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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (April 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435101391
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435101395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An indispensable tool for new fathers, this sequel to The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion delivers an entertaining and instructional guide to one of the toughest stretches you'll ever experience. Once again, the authors feature Gronk—who earlier made the prebirth journey from modern throwback to full-fledged Homo sapiens status—as a role model of sorts for men who need to learn the basics of fatherhood. As drawn by Kendall, Gronk's confused but loving gaze is turned toward Peanut, his baby girl, as the authors offer vital and to-the-point information about everything from breast feeding, clothing and medicines to excellent examples of meals and massages that modern cavemen can offer their deserving mates, the Carmella to our Tony. The best chapter, Health and Wellness, offers solid facts and advice on how to deal with medical providers, vaccinations and common health issues such as allergic reactions, along with a list of the 10 most commonly held medical myths and misconceptions about babies. (July)
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It may fascinate these doctors, but some of us have college degrees, even masters degrees, and have marketable skills.
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Honestly, I'm as clueless about being a parent as he is, and this book will help me get over some of the scares.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Perkins on May 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
I appreciate a book that has some illustrations to break up the text, and nice design too, but from the first page I was immediately turned off by how dumb the book expects the reader to be- it seems to persist the stereotype seen in commercials, where the dumb guy messed something up, or doesn't understand what's going on.

More annoyingly though, the book goes to wordy lengths to use every caveman metaphor imaginable. Sure, this can be an entertaining way to start off a paragraph, but the caveman banter saturates ever sentence, and it's exhuasting. The author clearly cracks himself up, but I think this narcissistic writing style detracts from the book.

Maybe I shouldn't judge a book so early on, but these things really stand out to me. There does seem to be lots of good info in the book, if you can dig though all the caveman jargon. Then if you ignore that the book treats it's audience like a high school dropout who has at the least "shown the ability to master sign language vocabularies of several hundred words and arrange them in short sentences", you may stand to benefit from it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcy on June 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this for my husband for Father's Day, as we're expecting our first child. He didn't even get to look at it yet because I spent the whole day skimming it. The whole book is very well written - not so technical as lots of the "mom" books are. Easy to read, easy to find specific topics. Good illustrations for baby massage, great tables on the timeline for foods, and I love the input from "expert" women scattered throughout. It will be read cover to cover before this baby arrives. Honestly, I'm as clueless about being a parent as he is, and this book will help me get over some of the scares.
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This isn't a bad book. It's well-intentioned, but can sometimes be a bit annoying. It also advocates circumcision, and presents some old-wives tales to back up its opinion on it.
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Great book , it was bought for me and I have bought for all my new dad's friends as a gift
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I have no idea how to raise a baby. With that said, I bought this book for my husband and myself. I appreciate the entertaining way this book is written. However, I don't find myself reading it from cover to cover. But then, I don't think that is the intent of this book. Rather, I use the glossary in back to steer me to the correct passage for my needs at that very moment.

Ultimately, this covers some basics that were good to know in those early days (how to swaddle, give baths, etc). I mean I literally never held a baby and this book really helped out with just not freaking out.

However, as baby and I progressed, I have found myself needing this book less and less. Good online communities, local friends/family, and our pediatrician have been the most useful resources when getting down into the nitty gritty.

PROS: Easy to search for topics. Straight language. Not overly gooey.
CONS: Very basic. Some information (regarding feeding for example) not up to date.
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I wanted a reference imaterial on our firstborn without waiting for my wife to finish her famous "What to Expect..." books. The books are straight forward and informative. My wife even steals the book when I put it down. She likes how clearly how it is written.
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