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Product Details

  • Board book: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Brdbk edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762440554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762440559
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JUNE/JULY – Scholastic Parent & Child/ featured in “Best New Parenting Books”
“Who needs free weights when you have a 10-pound bundle of joy to lift? Sweet, funny, and full of advice on how Dad can buff his body while bonding with his baby.”

About the Author

Joshua Levitt, ND is a naturopathic physician, an involved father of three, and a certified human jungle gym. He lives near New Haven, Connecticut where he owns and runs a natural family medicine practice and teaches at the Yale School of Medicine.

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Our son LOVES being moved around while dad works out!
christa laursen
"Baby Barbells: the Dad's Guide to Fitness and Fathering" written by Joshua Levitt, ND is a wonderful book!
K. Ingerto
This would make a great gift for yourself or a new dad that you know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jill Casertano on April 26, 2011
Format: Board book
Dr. Levitt's first book, "Baby Barbells: The Dad's Guide to Fitness and Fathering" is phenomenal. Not only does Dr. Levitt give great ideas for how to interact physically with your baby in a way that keeps your body strong and toned, but it also gives great advice for all fathers. With pages dedicated to "staying present during your time with your child" and "remembering to support your exhausted wife and do a little extra around the house", this is much, much more than a fitness book. It is also a board book, so it will last a long time, and survive enthusiastic book loving babies. The text is easy to read and brief, allowing for a quick read for even the most exhausted or busy dad. One last bonus: This is a book mom's will love and learn from as well. Bravo Dr. Levitt. This book is a breath of fresh air!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tova Pollen on April 28, 2011
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I love this book, It is a treat and a treasure. Baby Barbells: The Dad's Guide to Fitness and Fathering by Dr. Josh Levitt packs a punch of wit and wisdom about parenting and family health. The writing style is charming, very instructive and the drawings are awesome. My recommendation: buy a bunch of these delightful books and gift them to the guys you love.

Tova Pollen
Airmont, New York
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2011
Format: Board book
BABY BARBELLS, a joint hard book effort by writer Joshua Levitt and illustrator Matt Stevens, is one of the most inclusive guides on how to stay fit not only physically but also mentally and spiritually for new fathers that is available on the market today. Levitt takes an infectiously lighthearted approach to his subject matter and his writing is not only pitch perfect as far as content is concern, but warmly supportive for fathers who are either stay at home dads or just new to the game of family life.

The book subtly outlines exercises that can be done using the baby as the resistive weight or focal point for doing various exercises and these very fine suggestions of how to bring your gym into the nursery are sound and extremely well illustrated by Stevens: it would be impossible not to be able to follow these thoughtful and workable exercises. That, to the browsing shopper, might seem to be the point of this book. But instead that is only a part of the content. The divisions in this book address how husbands/fathers can take over the chores of baby tending, relieving the mother for well deserved timeout. But at the same time the book also emphasizes such aspects of 'new family practice' as tending to the spouse, father-type bonding with baby, nutrition, coordinating work life with family time, plying with baby in many formats, being a stern while loving parent in taming fussy babies, etc. Yes, the author does give solid instruction in how to tend to each body part (biceps, chest, calves, abdominals, lower back, triceps, etc) including cardiovascular and complete fitness as gleaned from hikes, balance training, lifting, calisthenics while at the same time he offers sage advice about sleep, relationships as a family and bonding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chad Smith on May 19, 2011
Format: Board book
I recently had a chance to read this book at a friend's house who had just picked up a copy. I was impressed with it in so many ways that I felt like I had to write a review and recommend it to everyone, not just dads. So many of my friends are having kids and I am getting them all copies of this book because it will help them stay in shape, make meaningful and lasting connections to their kids, have a lot of fun, and give them a lot of general health and wellness guidance.

Between work and being a new fathers I have seen a lot of friends sacrifice their physical and mental wellness for the sake of their kids, and that's laudable. You should make your kids your priority. But there's no reason you can't have it all, and a happy and healthy dad is better for the kids too. So the idea of staying in shape while also bonding with your kids seems so obvious. Yet as simple as it seems this book is packed with useful information delivered in simple terms, with clever and funny writing, and an approach that doesn't guilt you into working out. It just shows you how to have fun with your kids and keep healthy as a side-effect.

There is also tons of bonus material that doesn't relate directly to a kid-dad workout, but instead is like a resource of really solid parenting advice. Not preachy, not complicated, just quality information from an expert delivered in a friendly way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Ingerto on July 29, 2011
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"Baby Barbells: the Dad's Guide to Fitness and Fathering" written by Joshua Levitt, ND is a wonderful book! This would make a great gift for all new dads! Once a man becomes a dad, his entire world has changed! This book shares tips for staying in shape physically and emotionally, building a bond with the baby and supporting the baby's money. This book is designed in a way that it is straight-forward and easy to read, filled with diagrams, charts and pictures and is enjoyable for everyone to read. Different aspects are addressed such as abs, down time, bonding with the baby and mother and balancing family and work. This book is the best fathering book I have seen!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wileyone on June 27, 2011
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I happened upon this book in a brick-and-mortar store. It is very simple, indestructible (always good with a little one around), and my husband loves it. Our daughter was 10 months old when we discovered Baby Barbells, and I wish we had it when she was littler! Such a great primer for things for dads to do with their babies, and great ideas for parenting and staying in shape. We went to an author event, and found the author really knowledgeable and approachable. This book is our new go-to gift for new dads we know.
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Joshua Levitt, ND is a naturopathic physician, an involved father of three, and a certified human jungle gym. He lives near New Haven, CT where he owns and runs a natural family medicine practice and teaches at the Yale School of Medicine. Stop by for a visit at www.babybarbells.com and be sure to give Baby Barbells the thumbs up by clicking the "like" button on facebook at www.facebook.com/babybarbells

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