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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.
This book coaches everything as if you're a neanderthal with a frat-boy mentality and your wife is a shrieking frilly fru fru harpy. Every bad stereotype is used to full force in this book to deliver not very much information.
I was hoping to find a book that talked about the pregnancy process and how I could be a better father and partner and instead I got a book that basically says "Put your beer down and stop watching football long enough to help your crazy wife paint your man-cave baby colors".
Idiotic on every level. I was insulted by numerous chapters that talked to me in 8th grade level language about how clueless and stupid I must be and how my wife must be going gaga over the choice of baby car seats.
I'm going to be a stay at home father. My wife is a career woman who couldn't care less about what color a onesie that the child will outgrow in a month anyway is. This book is trash in the worst way.
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Bought this for my husband to tell him that we were pregnant! Loved it!!!Published 1 day ago by Serafina A. Spadaro
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