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87 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
Truth be told, when my sister-in-law gave me this book during the week prior to the birth of our son, my thought was, "Well, that's nice, but heck, I've already read the books my wife bought." Yet, I soon changed my mind after starting the book. Mind you, there are scores of excellent parenting books out there, but this is one of the few that relate the experience of becoming a new dad from a man's perspective. That's been of more value to me than I would have thought: Let's face it, we men tend to get self-conscious when we try to talk to each other about issues of the heart, and the result can be that a man too often feels isolated upon becoming a new parent. Armin Brott comes across in a sensitive, sincere manner, without crossing the line into an Alan Alda-ish "Gee I'm sorry I'm a man" tone. He covers the practical considerations of having a new baby in the house, but just as importantly, he discusses the emotional issues that arise with the birth of a child, such as the importance of recognizing the changes in the relationship between a man and his partner that seem to catch too many folks by surprise. "The New Father" is a great resource for new dads; it beats the heck out of drinking beer with your buddies and complaining about how bad baby poop smells.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have really appreciated this book over the past 18 months, as my wife and I anticipated the birth of our child, and as he grew into a happy, bubbly one year old.
I've passed on copies to other fathers and will continue to share this wisdom with others.
There have been plenty of times I've reread chapters in anticipation of what was to come, dreaming of the time I would again be able to sleep through the night, hear my son call me "da", dance for the first time.
All of these events have occurred and are treasured in my heart.
This book helped keep me comfortable and informed through times of great change, great responsibility and overwhelming circumstances.
Moved by the sensitivity and good humor in the pages of this book, I respond by saying buy this book
A mans perspective in a field overflowing with women's experience based books is rare indeed.
Read the book and be reminded that there are other men in the world who take the time to consider their actions, take responsibility when appropriate and believe that having a child is the greatest growth experience a person can have, but only when they remain involved and loving.
Buy it for yourself, buy it for a friend.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The New Father is a summary of information about parenthood during the first year of the baby's life. Unlike many books not geared specifically to men, it presents information in a concise, direct way without a great deal of context. For this reason it is much less annoying than a great number of other pregnancy/parenthood books.
I bought this book for my partner, but ended up using it a lot myself. Organized by month, the book presents a lot of information that some of my other books didn't. In the fourth month Armin A. Brott discusses temperament, presenting a table of nine temperamental traits that babies are born with and the indicators of those traits. The balance between work and family is given a lot more page space than in other books, and money issues as a possible stressor is discussed as well.
Brott could have expanded some of his topics. I'd like the book to have been longer and more complete. Some topics are barely introduced and then dropped before they are fully addressed. But like parents, no parenting book is perfect. I recommend this book for new parents of all genders.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a fabulous book not only for fathers but for mothers as well. There are a number of reasons for this. First, there are a number of topics covered in the book which are never mentioned in similar books for women. For example, the book contains information on financial planning, estate planning and the like. Unfortunately, these issues are NEVER mentioned in books geared toward women, even though such issues are of crucial importance to women. I regret to say that I think the reason for this is lingering stereotypes about men being the "planners" or "long term thinkers" for the family. Second, the manner in which controversial issues (e.g., family bed, breastfeeding past 1 year) are presented is evenhanded and unbiased. For example, in What to Expect the First Year, breastfeeding past one year is discussed in wholly negative terms -- "hauling out one's breasts, lack of independence, ear infections etc..." This book's presentation truly incensed me, especially since the authors present the book as being the source for "objective" information. Attachment parenting books sometimes give one the impression that mothers should continue breastfeeding until the child is off to kindergarten. Brott's presentation, on the other hand, is truly evenhanded, and even mentions his partner's decision to breastfeed his younger child for two years. I really appreciated this after all the charged information I read in books geared for women. Finally, the manner in which common topics are presented/discussed is unique and useful. For example, he has sections dealing with a child's temperment and follows through on this theme by discussing how a parent can aid a child's various transitions depending on his or her temperment. All of this, plus he injects levity with various cartoon, and includes poignant vignetttes on various experiences with his children. Obviously mothers will need another book dealing with information pertinent to women, e.g. postpartum recovery, breastfeeding etc..., but this is great book for everything else.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This will make an excellent gift for any new fathers. It is written by a father for fathers, and is one of the few books of the seemingly millions of parenting books meant especially for dad.
It is broken into chapters corresponding with each month of a new baby's first year, and I have found myself going back to my well worn copy each month to re-read the chapter for a particular month. This is a good reference, but is unusually well written for a parenting book. Your dad friends (and the moms) will thank you for this nice gift when they get it, but more importantly, throughout the first year. I assure you they will use this book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Of all the books I read when we discovered we were going to be parents, The New Father was by far the most helpful, sympathetic and readable book this new dad ever laid his hands on. Brott's intelligent and helpful manner, combined with a score of personal anecdotes and experiences, really helped me make sense of the changes myself, my partner and our new arrival were going through. (The cartoons are an added bonus!) Our pride and joy is 10 months old now, and we're still referring to this book as much as ever. Strongly recommended.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
Since this is written by a father for fathers its got some good insight and topics. It's easy to read and entertaining, too, although there are a few odd topics. If you like Armin Brott you'll enjoy his book. The month-by-month layout is handy. I'd also check out Gentle Baby Care by Elizabeth Pantley - it's 550 pages of A to Z topics for about the same price as this one, and is set up to be an easy read for busy fathers (and mothers)
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
One minute after the birth of our son, I asked the doctor if the directions to this thing would be along shortly. But after a good laugh, I realized that I was just like every new father. I had ZERO experinece! This book is a road map pf the three most important things to consider...how do I feel, how does my wife feel, and what is the baby going through right now. It really helps you keep your senses when you fell like your world is crashing around you. It is written in simple english and is an easy read. I will most certainly pass this book along to the next friend of mine about to have a baby. My wife bought me this book as part of a 3 part series, and I'm glad she did. Which reminds me, this book is also much better that some of my wife's books I've read about this subject.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am the mother of a five month old hand full. Don't get me wrong he's wonderful but every now and then I could definitly use some help understanding him. This is the only book I seem to ever need. His father swears by it. He reads it every month, faithfully. And every month I ask him, "What does it say about this month?" I LOVE IT!
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
My wife bought me The Expectant Father while she was pregnant. I read through it and although it was a little "new age" for me I bought The New Father as a follow up after our son was born. Reading it I got a horrible feeling of Deja Vu. Very large passages from this book are simply cut and pasted from The Expectant Father. I didn't notice any completely new material until the last couple of chapters.
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