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Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months Paperback – April 18, 2011
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This book makes every stupid cliche joke you can think of. Worst of all, it imparts little-to-no useful information.
Unsatisfied, I looked around for another book, and found "The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be." I'm about 1/3 of the way in, but I've already learned more than I did from the entirety of the "Dude!" book.
Seriously, I read the entire thing.
Learn from my pain.
Do not buy this book.
Summary: Wife will be "DEFCON 1 CRAZY", sex will not happen for over a year, you will never sleep, wife will spend all your money on "a whole new wardrobe". Basically, everything is not going to be fun but the reward is great.
A couple of times the author refuses to describe what an episiotomy *actually* is. Pg 93 "When you learn what that one is, you'll start to believe Eve did screw up and God did punish accordingly." and in the section Is It Sexy Time Yet? he says "Did she have to suffer through an episiotomy? (If you don't know what it is, dude. Pay more attention.)" However he NEVER tells the husband what it is! It's a very common procedure and requires special care, why wouldn't you just describe the procedure and how to care for your wife? I wanted this book to better educate my husband.
The book can be a liiiittle annoying at times, though I wasn't personally offended because my husband knows I won't blow $2000 on preggo clothes: Pg 38 "Now the bad news, she's going to need a whole new wardrobe," and it will cost "a mortgage payment." He does go on to mention you can try to borrow or buy used clothes, though.
His good advice moderately touches on: birth plans, doulas, c-sections, packing hospital bags. These all have a whole one or two pages of very basic information. The whole book reads like a pamphlet in the doctor's office.
Overall, if your husband/partner has agreed to read ONE pregnancy book, pass on this book and get The Expectant Father or Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads.Read more ›
I'm a "dude" who grew up with two older sisters who practically raised me. Father was a social worker who cleaned the house and cooked better than my mother. (To give just two examples.) Did my friend actually think I'd appreciate a book written from (to borrow another reviewer's comment) a frat boy perspective?
No, I did not read the entire book. I'd have no hair left if I had because it would be all pulled out. Every single page I turned to was full of idiotic nonsensical attempts at bad humor combined with a tiny scrap of somewhat useful info. For example, on one page the author comments that guys are clueless about how to hold a baby because we, the testosterone bloated beasts that we are, don't know how to be gentle with our hands unless we're touching breasts. Give me a random page number and I could give one or more example of this kind of crap.
Do not get this book for a man unless he's clueless. If he doesn't know the difference between a tampon and a pad maybe he might get something from this so-called "educational" book. Otherwise, give him something written by an actual expert on pregnancy and how men experience this life changing event. This doofus who wrote it - he doesn't have a degree, he's not a counselor. He's just some guy who's had some kids and someone told him he was funny and he seems to believe it. Worse, he seems to think he speaks for all other men. He doesn't. He's an idiot writing for other idiots. Unless you're one of those guys, stay away.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book. I was given this book just days after finding out that my wife is pregnant with our first child. I nearly finished the entire book in one sitting. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Peter
Fun book for dads-to-be to read! Its a light read from a dad's point of view, keeping it lighthearted and interesting. Read morePublished 2 days ago by CAK333
Informative and funny, even though there is a small amounts of profanity.Published 5 days ago by Jabneel Maisonet-Lugo
This book cracks me up! I purchased it for my husband and ended up reading it too. I don't find it insulting at all, I find it hilarious. Really great read. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Molly
I purchased this for my husband when we found out we were expecting. He loved this book and found it funny as well as very helpful!Published 10 days ago by Katie M.
I bought it for the hubby (father-to-be) and he laughed out loud often at it, so it was clearly a hit. Read morePublished 12 days ago by KimE
Lame book. Tries too hard to be funny. Not enough useful information. dont waste your time or moneyPublished 17 days ago by MrMosheB
As an upcoming father this book was great, lots of useful information to be bad. Plus it's written in a dad language!Published 18 days ago by Thomas P Capstick