What to Expect - Beyond the Toddler Years

Updated on April 27, 2013
F.B. asks from Kew Gardens, NY
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Mamas & Papas-

I remember my mom having a Dr. Spock book. We used the what to expect when you are expecting and the what to expect the toddler years. What do you have as your go to book for pre-school and beyond? I am looking for something which, like the like to expect series might have developmental touchstones, nutritional needs, parenting tips, and perhaps a health guide too.

Thanks in advance,
F. B.

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answers from Minneapolis on

Our pediatrician has always recommended books published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. I absolutely loved their "Caring for your Baby and Young Child" which goes to age 5 and then they have a "Caring for your School Aged Child" which is 5-12. This sounds like exactly what you are looking for.

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answers from Honolulu on

If you go to Amazon, there is a series of books, for each age.
For example: "Your One Year Old", "Your Two Year Old," "Your Three Year Old," and it goes all the way up until "Your Ten To Fourteen Year Old."
The books are by Louis Bates Ames etc.

It is a good series. It merely explains, what EACH age goes through and how they are developing or seeing their world.
Although written years ago, it is still very pertinent and helpful. And it is very easy to read, and not a super thick book that is impossible to finish.

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answers from San Francisco on

I had the Dr. Sears books (can't remember the titles.) The library has lots of books on child development and health. I would check some of those out before buying anything.
Make sure you are looking at "child development" not the parenting or discipline ones, those are usually written by people with big opinions and little credentials.

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answers from Chicago on

I read the Ames books.


answers from Dallas on

Calcium in the diet. Especially pre and young teens. boys and girls. Newest studies are showing just drinking milk doesn't do it that you have to have D3 at the same time! Osteoporosis can be avoided later in life if you pay attention to it young. If I had known this I would have made sure my kids (especially ages 11-15) took a good calcium supplement during these years.



answers from New York on

Have you read Terry Brazelton's Touchpoints? I can't remember till what age they go to. The first book goes to 3 and sounds exactly like what you want; I'm just not sure if there's a sequel. Also, the official American Pediatric Academy books cover development. The first is 0-5, then 5-12. Regarding the what to expect books, what do you think of them? After a while, I started to think they should be titled, 100s of things that can go wrong that you never knew about but now you can add them to your worry list!



answers from Rochester on

There are many books, B..

you can go by spock. you can go by someone else's theory. You can look stuff up online.

We follow the Waldorf education tradition quite a bit, and it shows not to introduce anything beyond play to a child until they are 7 (ish) because their body is growing.

Nutritional needs? I would check into westonaprice.org - nourishing traditions is a book by sally fallon morell.

there's a whole lot more, but I have my own children to look out for,


answers from Victoria on

While I am not sure on the nutrition aspect, because the .gov sites group children in larger groups than by each age, I can say that what we did was find free sites that listed what the child would learn in preschool along with educational books bought from stores for that age group. Most of the educational books/websites listed abc's, and many other things that preschools look for. Also just plug in any private preschools around and see if their website gives any information to go by (whether your child will go there or not).


answers from New York on

Happiest Toddler on the Block goes up to age 4, goes thru the emotional stages of each age group.



answers from Oklahoma City on

parentcenter.com has all that.

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