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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (January 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316159956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316159951
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mactavish presents a useful-though by no means comprehensive-guide for any dad-to-be who doesn't care about details and just wants to learn what's going to happen when his partner gives birth and how he should go about changing a diaper. The author is no doctor; he's "just a dude who's been through it twice," and his lingo-"BCF" means "be cool, fool" (borrowed from Mr. T.); "FPP" is your "female parenting partner"; an "NFU" is a "new family unit"-is appropriately casual. The book covers the most basic of parenting skills from birth through three months, with a few toddler tips thrown in. It's humorous (or insensitive, depending on one's point of view) in its approach. For example, on postpartum depression, Mactavish warns "PPD is a beaucoup serious condition that can have a devastating effect on the FPP." Although most of the book's advice seems quite obvious, tips on assisting a partner in labor ("offer backrubs on a consistent basis"), helping a baby pass gas (or "dislodge an air biscuit") and preventing diaper rash ("keep the butt dry after bathing") will be of use to any new father.
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More About the Author

Scott is an author, filmmaker and veteran of the United States Navy. He's the founder of Mactavish Pictures, a film production company that focuses on stories of honor, courage and commitment.

Customer Reviews

This book was an easy read and was very funny.
Pekin Dad
Book has pretty useful and humorous advice to prepare you for baby.
kristytoxic
Loved reading this book, I had a lot of laughs while reading it.
Andy

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By BHoP on February 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a quick funny read; perfect for the new dad with little time. Mr. Mactavish has done an outstanding job of conveying the feelings and fears of new dads from personal experience. The book,however, is meant to 1)reassure the new dad that we've all been there and 2) give insights into certain events that are yet to come (Particularly liked the circumcision description-OUCH!). Take the negative comments about this book with a grain of salt. It's humor, not a guide on new parenting. Highly recommended.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Klynstra on December 31, 2012
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This is dude-to-dude advice. It has a "you got your lady knocked up / say goodbye to Monday night football" kind of tone. I suppose in retrospect, it could be expected with the "Man-to-Man Advice" in the title.

I did't need to be reaffirmed of my "dudeness," I just wanted to read up on some tips to be the best dad I can be. The content may have been there, but I couldn't get past the cartoon of a tone of the writer.

If you're a dude freaking out over being a dad, this could be a good book for you.
If you're a man who wants to get some facts a dad-to-be should know without cutesy quips, check out "The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be"
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Ross on January 5, 2009
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I find it very heartening that more and more fathers are taking an interest in parenting. When my wife became pregnant in the late 1970's, it was very rare for fathers to be involved and it was discouraged by many obstetricians. I was only allowed into the birth room at the very last moment and kept well away from the "action". My own involvement resulted in doing two books on fathers (long out of print and now irrelevant).

However, it is quite encouraging to see the extent to which men are embracing fatherhood and are becoming so active in the entire process. The more books on the topic the better and this book does fill a need and does so with humor. Some of the advice like how to prepare formula on page 61, however, is pretty standard fare though and the book is limited in only dealing with the period of birth through the first three months.

I personally found the newer book The Dysfunctional Father's Guide to Pregnancy Birth and Babies to be much more amusing and realistic. It deals with the period from planning to get pregnant to the first birthday. I loved the illustrations

Marvin Ross
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Eric on February 19, 2007
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I've gone through a number of these types of books and this one is by far the best one out there. The author keeps it light, at the same time conveying what's really important to the new dad with honesty and a brutal sense of humor. It makes the new dad feel like he has some company in this new and alien experience of having kids. After reading it, I recommended it to all my buddies whoare in the same boat. It truly takes the edge off of first time fatherhood. Nice job!
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By DR on January 10, 2006
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My wife and I are expecting in 3 months. This book is Outstanding. There are innumerable pregnancy books written by women. The last thing I wanted to read was a book written by a chick telling me I needed to rub my wife's feet every night.

This book gives it to you straight and tells you what to expect. It's very informative and I especially appreciate the "Critical Survival Tips." The author mixes in humor to make the book much more interesting. I feel much more prepared and educated than I ever thoughtI would. Now if I can just make it through the birth!

A must read for any new dad.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Shields Whittaker on December 14, 2005
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As the son of a military father (who happens to have the same sense of humor as the author) I was personally raised the way this book describes child rearing. Let's face it not everyone who has children instantly becomes an adult. Just because you have a child doesn't mean you must now handle everything with a serious manner. Your first child is an exciting and often scary event. In most situations similar to this, the human psyche responds with humor or laughter (think about the first time you went on a roller coaster you were scared but couldn't stop smiling). The author captured a feeling that most of us have but rarely talk about. Bravo!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michele Ehrenfeld on September 25, 2010
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I bought this for my husband maybe 3-4 months after we found out we were expecting. I'm reading more serious/typical books & this one was recommended for men. He loves it! He was touched I thought of him too & has loved reading the info for new dads. It's an easy read & he's actually learning things from it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Larkins on July 3, 2008
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It held my husband's attention and he actually took the advice seriously because it was obviously written by a "manly man" as opposed to some of the other books that I had him read. It was very humorous and offered practical advice focusing on after baby arrives. If you're looking for something to help him understand what you're gong through while you're pregnant, this isn't the book, but once you head to the hospital, this will give him some general direction (it is by no means a thorough instruction guide).
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