They guided you through pregnancy, they guided you through baby's first year, and now they'll guide you through the toddler years. In a direct continuation of What to Expect When You're Expecting (over 9.6 million copies in print) and What to Expect the First Year (over 5.6 million copies in print), America's bestselling pregnancy and childcare authors turn their uniquely comprehensive, lively, and reassuring coverage to years two and three. Organized month by month for the second year (months 12-24) and quarterly through the third year (months 24-36), What to Expect the Toddler Years, 2nd edition covers each growth and development phase parents are likely to encounter-when they're likely to encounter it. Hundreds of questions and answers treat everything from eating and sleeping problems to day care, tantrums, bottle mouth, shyness, self-esteem, and more. An entire third section of the book is devoted to toilet training, safety, and health, and a fourth covers special concerns-the exceptional child, siblings, and balancing work and parenting. Remarkably thorough, caring and intelligent, What to Expect the Toddler Years, 2nd edition is as valuable for the seasoned parent as it is for the new parent.
I appreciate this series. It has given me a lot of information over the years, and I can tell that the writers work hard to make their answers on different topics apply to as wide a range of parents as possible. They have their particular views on parenting - for instance, they adamantly oppose any form of physical discipline, even spanking, which I don't use personally but I do know some parents who use that form of discipline safely (key word) and effectively - as do all parenting manuals, but they try to be objective. Since this is a reference for the toddler years in general, the authors don't dwell in great detail on every topic, but they cover so much that it is very handy as a mom to just pull this book out and search the index for whatever random new parenting challenge arises. I do wish they would use years and months, instead of just months - really, am I an odd parent for considering my child two years and two months old, instead of twenty six months? - but that is a small complaint. When I am dealing with an issue in parenting that I need particular help with, I seek out other books that are devoted just to that problem, but this book serves as a good general guide, a reminder of things I can improve on, and a place to find quick answers.
I didn't love the format, but I did find answers to some of my questions. I probably wouldn't have bought this book on my own, but having been handed down a free copy made it worth while.