What to Expect the Toddler Years

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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 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 is as valuable for the seasoned parent as it is for the new parent. 2.4 million copies in print.

Customer Reviews:

  • Love the series...
    I love the What to Expect Books. They offer the best parental advice for different situations.
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  • Outdated information on breastfeeding
    This is a huge book which probably has lots of helpful information on raising toddlers, but I couldn't get past the first chapter and so will never know.

    Within the first chapter of the book, the authors have presented misleading and inaccurate information on breastfeeding beyond one year of age. Their "advice" is contrary to current recommendations from the American Association of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. It also just plain doesn't make sense, as it suggests children and mamas who breastfeed beyond one year will be maladjusted and malnourished. From my own experience and that of many friends, this is baloney!

    Too bad that such a popular series has such bad information. ...more info
    Purchased for my step-daughter. She has other books from the series and just loves them. Waited many months for the book to come out due to delays but it was worth while. Recommended....more info
  • well represented
    The product I received from your store was perfect. The online description was accurate and well represented. Thank you....more info
  • A must have for parents, grand-parents, and sitters!!
    All in all, this is a must have for parents of toddlers. If you only buy one book on raising toddlers, this should be it. When I was originally considering this purchase, I held off based on many bad reviews. I loved What to Expect When You're Expecting and What to Expect the First Year. Many of the reviews stated that this book was nothing like its predecessors and recommended Toddler 411 (another good book and a nice companion to this, but more medical in nature - I definitely recommend buying together). However, I recently purchased this book in my quest for some serious help with "Terrible 2's". I couldn't decide which book would be best, so I bought 6! Anyway, I am amazed, although I haven't read all I need to on terrible 2's.

    I will give a nice breakdown of the pros and cons that I have found so far compared with what other reviewers said which made me originally not purchase this book. First off, it has been noted that it's difficult to find a lot information on a single topic, such as night waking, for example. You can sometimes find it in the index, but the issue is discussed on different pages so you have to flip around from one section to another in the hope that at least one of those pages will address the point on which you need guidance. But you can usually put all the information together to at least give you general information and clues on how to begin attacking the issue at hand. Also, since toddlers don't really change on a monthly basis, such as this layout mirrors its previous versions, it can be annoying when you're looking for a solution to the tantrum that your child is currently having. But that only accounts for about 1/3 of the book. The remainder of the book has chapters dedicated to certain issues, such as potty training.

    The book is a bit wordy with a lot of irrelevant introductions. I just skip the first paragraph or so and read the important information. Also, you need to take some of the information with a grain of salt since there are some controversial issues discussed, such as breast feeding. Don't hate the book because it says you should wean your child by age 1. This is how most people do it, and if you don't want to you don't have to. I actually skipped most of that section since my child was already weaned when I made this purchase. Children who are weaned by age 1 grow up to be perfectly healthy adolescents and adults - as do children who remain on the breast until age 2. Don't read too much into the information you are reading because you can take it too personally. This book is written in very broad terms to try and suit the vast majority of people.

    At almost 1,000 pages, there is a lot of information in this book. I just read about 10 pages on traveling with an infant/toddler, including abroad. It includes do's and don'ts for air, car, and train travel, as well as what to expect at different types of sleeping locales. This book includes all the basics with a lot of extra information that is useful. It is hard to have a book about everything and have it include EVERY scenario because the book would be too big to print! This is definitely an abridged version of a toddler training manual.

    This book is one of those that should be read a little bit each day, not at the moment you need it. If your child falls and you think his/her arm is broken, you probably won't know where in the 3-4" thick book to find it. You would be better off Googling it. However, once read, you have a general idea of which section you read that tidbit about "how you know when your child breaks a bone". You need to read the section on tantrums to know where to go back and re-read the section "how to handle a tantrum - soothing and meditating techniques to keep your child calm".

    Note: the quotes are not actual sections of the book, but a general idea of some.
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  • Awesome Book!
    This book is so handy.. i bought it to refresh my memory with my grandkids since i have them here with me alot! It has been so helpful! I recommend it to any new parent or even if your already a parent! It's a great handbook and should be made legal for every parent and grandparent to own one! lol
    It arrived in a great timely manner and i luv shopping with AMAZON.com...more info
  • Good reference
    This is a good reference but it is hard to think of toddlers in the "month to month" fashion that is typical of this book series....more info
  • Pre-dates the Internet explosion and multiples boom
    This is an enormously helpful guide to parenting your toddler, from feeding to safety to dealing with your own emotions in the face of an irrational toddler. The book is comprehensive in its month-by-month guide as well as the special sections on toilet training and other crucial topics. However, I am struck by the fact that this edition was completed before the Internet became the vast resource that it is today. This is not to say that the information provided here can be found as easily or in such a comprehensive manner on the Internet. It's just that there are numerous additional resources to be tapped on the Net and it would be helpful to sees references to those resources as part of the chapters or even specific sections. Also, as a mother of twins I am particularly sensitive to information (or lack thereof) on raising multiples. Yes, there are books out there especially geared to parenting multuples, but this book almost acts as if multiples don't exist. There was one tiny little section near the end, but that was it. With women having children later, there has been an enormous multiples baby boom. It would be nice of this book has more advice for those parents. For example, the book states "Never leave your toddler alone in the car for even a moment." This is completely unrealistic if you have multiples. Especially in your own driveway, you often need to leave one child alone (strapped into the car seat) for a moment while you bring the other into the house and put him in a safe area while you go get the other one. I would prefer that the book offered advice on how to handle these situations safely when you have multiples....more info
  • not so impressed
    I had to contact the seller and "remind" him that I ordered the book~ it took almost a month to finally arrive~...more info
  • Good reference, not as useful as the companion "First Year" book
    This has been a good reference to help us understand our growing toddler, but we haven't used it as much as the companion book, "What to expect the first year" which we also bought.

    As others have mentioned, there the author(s) do seem to have an agenda, but I didn't find it to be overwhelming. There's still a lot of good information provided and it's all in one place....more info
  • Must have book
    This is a must have book for all parents of toddlers. It has great reference sections on illness etc... plus I love the month by month format. I definitely use this book on an almost daily basis....more info
  • Both a reference and a study guide
    My son is now 17 months. We've used both this book, what to expect when you're expecting and what to expect the first year. These books also make the perfect soon to be or new parents gift.

    Two uses for the book:
    As a reference, it's invaluable. My husband and I use the index to reference everything from teething symptoms, playtime suggestions to what to do when he's sick and when to call the doctor. This is a faster and more effective alternative to trying to reach a friend or relative if they are far away, trying to find answers online or melting down yourself.

    As a study guide I read a section at a month at a time. Sometimes I'll read ahead or re-read a section. I learn how to be a better parent, how to better read my child and understand what he is going through, suggestions on resources and potential things to buy, and receive a sense of confidence that I'm getting the wisdom of many (as my family is spread out and I no longer have my own mother for guidance).

    The only reason I didn't give this book a five is because it isn't something I can take travelling. It's too big and heavy.

    Bottom line, each child is unique in his or her development and these books are invaluable as a guide not as a measuring stick....more info
  • Too old, out-of-date?
    I almost ordered this book but good thing I realized that this book was published in 1994, almost 13 years ago! Toddler care and education have advanced a lot since then, so I'm going to buy a book that's more up-to-date....more info
  • A must have for any mom going through toddlertime
    I wasn't going to get this book originally because I was so sick of reading all the parenting books while I was pregnant. But I'm glad I got it because it addresses health as well as behavioral issues that have been coming up with my daughter. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a baby 1 year and up. ...more info
  • Great Book
    This is a great reference book for new mothers and fathers. It tells you each month what your toddler should be doing. I like to compare my son to the average toddlers to see how advanced he is....more info
  • A lot of userful advice
    We turn to a lot of books for helping in raising our daughter (now 2 and a half) and the various issues we face. "What to Expect the Toddler Years" is among our top three, along with Penelope Leach's "Your Baby & Child" and the American Academedy of Pediatrics's "Caring for your Baby and Child". The advice of the three is quite consistent (including on such "hot button issues" as when to wean), but this What to Expect Book provides the greatest help on day-to-day stuff. The philosophy is consistently respectful of the child, and the book is full of useful advice....more info
  • Eh, it was okay, but...
    The first two entries into this library were great, but this book did not live up to my expectations. Some of the advice given was outdated, and sometimes just plain wrong. I have used it a bit, and I do read the monthly chapters as my child ages, but I would not use it as my primary source of information, and certainly not as my sole source of information. ...more info
  • I would have give it ZERO stars if it was an option!
    Don't waste your money - this book contains misleading and incorrect information! There are so many wonderful books on toddler development, don't waste your time with this one! The author's have a very narrow mind and only give answers that support their idea on how to parent as opposed to addressing the range of normal development and issues that parents face. ...more info
  • Needs to be updated
    This book has the same format as the other "What to Expect" books, but some of the information is out of date. This is not a book to read if you are breastfeeding, or if you are practicing any version of attachment parenting. The breastfeeding section quotes studies that have since been proven wrong, and will make you feel guilty for breastfeeding your child past their first birthday. I returned this book, and am looking for a more up to date toddler reference....more info
  • Obtuse and Unobtrusive
    I was unimpressed and also left quite uniformed on several issues concerning me. A lot of words here, the authors seem quite verbose, but the words ring empty. I would say I found it difficult to find anything I wanted to locate in this work. In all actuality there was truly nothing of substance to find. Metaphorically I was left empty handed.
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  • it's okay
    I have the whole 'series' and while I found the pregnancy and 1st year books helpful, I hardly ever used this book. The month by month format is helpful for babies/pregnancy, but toddlers don't really change month by month as drastically, so I disliked the organization. I agree with another reviewer that there is a bias/agenda to wean by 1 year and if you are into attachment parenting, this book doesn't fall in line with that at all. I just find it too broad and it hardly ever gave me the answers I wanted. ...more info
  • Easy to read & find info
    If you are going to buy a general book on raising toddlers, then consider this book. As a mom of 2, this series of books is the only one that I have kept, recommended and loaned out constantly.

    The format and writing style is easy to read and understand. It's easy to scan to find what you need. Although you may not share similar opinions on every child rearing subject, it's interesting to read the author's notes on what they feel works. But I did not feel pressured to choose one way or the other.

    So whether you buy, rent or borrow... this book is worth checking out. And I always think this book, along with What to Expect make great gifts for pregnant moms.

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  • Good, but not a "Must Read"
    What to Expect the Toddler Years provides a plethora of questions with answers regarding behavior, problems, growth, and various issues that arise with a toddler. It is a good reference book for parents or caregivers of two and three-year-olds.

    While I recommend "What to Expect When You're Expecting," and "What to Expect the First Year," I don't feel that this book is a "must read." It does contain a lot of information, but not enough about the things that I was concerned about as a parent. I was interested in solving my child's sleep problems. This book advocates crying it out, which I don't personally agree with. I also did not find the advise for weaning from the breast to be particularly helpful.

    There is a decent section on toilet training and a decent section on dealing with tantrums that is worth looking at.

    I might also add that I found that the "What Your Toddler May Be Doing Now" section for each month was three months behind what my child was doing.

    If you are curious about the book, I would suggest going to the library first and checking it out. If it has information that you think you could use, then buy it....more info
  • Awesome Reference Tool
    I was given this as a baby shower and as a first time parent, I found it to be very informative. I used it as a reference tool through out the toddler years and it even had a section on multiple births that I needed. I often compared my children's sysmptoms to what was in the book before I called their doctor. I have recommended it to all of my girlfriends and even given it as a gift!...more info
  • What to Expect the Toddler Years
    The book was received in a timely manner and it was in good condition....more info
  • Great reference!
    I amy really glad I have this book for reference on the month to month growth of my son! ...more info
  • Love this book!
    I LOVE the what-to-expect series. I have the prior two books, and it puts my mind at ease to have advice for each stage. LOVE it!...more info
  • Excellent for doubts on the toddlerhood
    If you want a quick reference to clear your mind of some questions you might have about your toddler, this is your book, with a decent and straightforward approach to tricky and embarassing situations that our toddler may have, it still has that "casual" feeling of talking to your next door neighboor, it gives general ways to treat those issues, and its a guide to be a gentle loving parent, if you want a medical approach, this is not your book, but wouldn't be bad to have it in your library....more info
  • Great book!
    This was money well-spent. It has so much useful information and helps me to feel that I am in good company and that other parents go through the same stages....more info
  • A good one to have on hand...
    In my opinion, this is good reference to keep with your WTE collection but like all books in the WTE line, I take the information with a grain of salt and use my judgement as well as my pediatrician as #1.

    NOT a good book for mothers of twins though. It has 1 page about twins in the entire book. ...more info
  • Pretty good so far
    So far this book is pretty good. I haven't had it long, but so far it's on target at where my 13 month old is at. Yes, I agree with the other reviewers about the advice on weaning your breastfed baby. I also breastfeed and plan on doing it for awhile, however the advice for people who want to wean is actually very good. Who says you have to do it now, do it when you are ready. Other than that, the book is pretty good....more info
  • First source for toddler basics
    This series was suggested to me by my doctor, who had used it with her children. The book covers developmental phases and common questions month by month. It also has helpful features such as nutrition and first aid. (I used the first aid section just last night when my daughter got her first goose egg on her forehead!) There are other books out there, but none cover so much and explains so well....more info
  • One of the best books
    It is a very useful book that guides you through your baby's growth through toddler years....more info
  • Great book, a little negative than the previous books!
    I am a first time mom and loved the first two books of the "What to expect" series, but I found this one to be a bit negative regarding the milestine reached. I was reading the first chapter and it said that they MUST reach "Milestone X" by 13.5 months or they need to be seen by the doctor and checked for abnormalities...FIRST OFF...milestones are reached at different time by each kid! If you child isn't walking by age 3 then maybe there is a problem, but if he isn't walking by 13.5 months, it's probably because he is content with crawling, or he is REALLY smart and knows that you will carry him, so why try! Some say that's a "dumb baby" I say that that is a "Crazy Smart" baby! Why walk around when someone can carry you! We need to learn from babies!...more info
  • Definitely outdated
    I agree with other recent reviewers that this book is very outdated, especially as regards their recommendation on weaning at one year. Not only does the AAP say nowadays that breastfeeding should continue for at least the entire first year, but also that it should continue for as long afterwards as is mutually desired by mother and child. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends that breastfeeding along with complementary foods continue for up to two years OR BEYOND.

    It is serious misinformation to state, as the authors do, that breastmilk has no nutritional value beyond the first year. It still contains many important nutrients and conveys important immunological benefits (in other words, it still functions to pass your immunities to your child and helps to prevent your child from getting sick!)

    They really need to do a revised edition that includes this extremely important health information and notes the immunological benefits of continued breastfeeding. It is problematic for the unrevised book to still be on the market with the series as popular as it is and misinformation that could be injurious to public health....more info
  • Incredibly outdated
    Unfortunately, the first section I read of this book was the section on weaning. It left a pretty bad taste in my mouth, making it rather hard to enjoy the rest of the book. And for the non-believers, The American Academy of Pediatrics has this to say about nursing beyond one year of age:
    "Increased duration of breastfeeding confers significant health and developmental benefits for the child and the mother, especially in delaying return of fertility (thereby promoting optimal intervals between births)." ...more info
  • Great for a step by step review
    I enjoyed the previous books in the series. And this does not disappoint. Great book, you don't feel like you have to read 20 chapters to get to where your kid is at in development....more info
  • Very good reference book
    Just like it's predecessors, this is a very good reference book. I like the beginning of each age group, when they state what your child should be doing. It helped me keep track of where my son was developmentally. Other than that, don't bother reading it from cover to cover, since kids do things so differently. Just use the index to look up issues as they occur....more info
    This book is like 15 years out of date!!!! Maybe it's "buyer beware" - but I mad the assumption that this book is just as updated as "What to Expect When You Are Expectating" - and that is NOT the case!@...more info
  • Love It/ Recommend it
    Full of useful information about baby month by month layout, also information about and for Mom and Dad, I refer to this book on a weekly if not daily basis for information from poop color to medication doses, behavior etc. IT has everything. Everyone should have this book. ...more info
  • Author's personal opinions stated as "fact" - not helpful
    I received this as a gift and was really excited to read it, as I enjoy learning about child development, but I quickly became frustrated with this book and refuse to read any more of it. The author gives many opinions about child development and "proper parenting" that are nothing more than her opinion or personal feeling and are not in agreement with other reliable sources of information. My biggest concern is the mis-information that she gives about breastfeeding, stating that it does not have any nutritional benefit after one year of age and suggesting that there is something wrong with continuing to breastfeed past one year. This simply isn't true and certainly should not be presented as anything more than her personal feelings on the matter. This completely discredited the book for me. ...more info
  • Toddler Bible
    Just like the other "What to Expect" books before it (While You're Expecting and The First Year), this book currently has a permanent spot on our end table and is the number one resource when we have any number of "issues" with our 2 year old. The book explains things in plain English and has been a savior on more than one occasion....more info
  • What to Expect the Toddler Years
    Like the first years book this is a good reference book and a general idea as to how the kids should be developing.

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  • Bible of the Toddler Years
    Everything you want and need to know about a toddler. Indicates milestone markers as to where your child should be at a certain age. Very helpful with illnesses and what you should/shouldn't do. Full of suggestions from what items to play with to what to feed your child....more info