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The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fourth Edition) (New Father Series) Hardcover – Illustrated, May 26, 2015
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"This is an essential book for all expectant fathers." Publisher's Weekly
"Brott writes honestly and earnestly. His wry sense of humor will be a relief to hassled parents." Time Magazine
" stood out immediately because of its perceptive insights" San Francisco Chronicle
"The best guidebook to date for both the prospective father and his partner in their journey through the nine months of pregnancy a must for fathers-to-be." John Munder Ross, Ph.D., author of What Men Want and Father and Child
"One would be hard put to find a question about having a baby that’s not dealt with here, all from the father’s point of view." Library Journal
"For fathers soon expecting the ultimate gifta new member of the familyThe Expectant Father is his best friend." CNN Interactive
"The What to Expect When You’re Expecting for men If you know an expectant father, first baby or not, make sure he has this book." Full-Time Dads
" extraordinarily helpful packed with specific advice." Portland Oregonian
"For the dad-to-be, author Armin Brott's The Expectant Father is a terrific gift, offering insight into pregnancy and the first few weeks of parenthood." &mdash BabyCenter(dot)com
Winner, 2005 Adding Wisdom award from Parent-to-Parent
iParenting Media Award
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There are over 200 books in my house in various locations -- but the dog only eats (and to date has only eaten) this book.... I think ill just get the audiobook this time.
In all seriousness - very balanced and informative book. Highly recommend....hoping to be able to finish it.
If you and your partner used either IVF or any sort of AI, so your self a favor and avoid this book.
In summary, if you're about to be a father and feel like you have no idea what to do or what to expect, this is a good book for you. If you're about to be a father and you're just in the mood for some specific tips or pointers, this book might be a little too broad for you.
As for contents, it talks about what the expecting mother is going through, how he should help, and how to deal with things he might going through.
Now that our beautiful baby has arrived, I can reflect on how well this book prepared me. For me and our situation, I can say that this book had everything I really needed to know. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it to any expecting father. Read it all the way through ASAP, just to get the big picture, end-to-end. Then revisit each monthly chapter as the months approach.
After that, invest your time in learning about actually being a dad!
As a bonus, what I really appreciated about this book was how up-to-date it is, its inclusiveness of diverse situations (e.g. IVF and active duty expectant fathers), and its progressiveness.
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What I didn’t like:
- written for an American audience so a lot of the info on insurance and the cost of hospital bills etc was useless for Canadian dads
- a lot of that frat boy mentality I hoped to avoid when buying this book still came through
- the guy egregiously and narcissistically self promotes and it’s distracting/awkward (for example he talks about how much sex he and his wife had in the first trimester and how much of a man he felt because he could get her pregnant)
- a lot of the content was written in an insensitive manner (ie “another reason why I’m glad I’m not a woman!” and (after he spends a paragraph blowing up his own ego about how he’s such a man for getting his wife pregnant he goes “if you used ART or a surrogate, you probably won’t have those feelings of manliness but no worries, you’ll be just as much of a dad as the rest of us!” Like, what?
- a lot of the info is misleading, just like with a lot of pregnancy books. Zero tolerance advice re: alcohol, sushi etc is outdated
Overall, because of the constant condescending tone throughout the book, and the disappointing fact that it presented itself as “not another frat boy turned dad” book, and then turned out to kind of be that, I give it 2/5 stars. The intention behind the book was good, but the guy just couldnt help himself.
After reading the reviews I was looking forward to reading this, however on receipt and having read the book, it is clear that it is written from a very specific American perspective and is not very informative or insightful for a non American audience.
I am sure that this book has been of great help to countless US based dad's, however I would not recommend for anyone else.
After buying this for myself I've began buying it for any first time father's I know. It's a quick read once a month and has made me feel more comfortable and prepared for our baby. It does a month to month breakdown of what physical and mental changes your partner is going through, how baby is developing, and then things you could be feeling. Being adults we always want stats to back up claims so when they're saying "83% of men feel this" they provide studies they're referencing. They also provide recipes, and considerations that should be taken as your due date gets closer.
But it's written keeping in mind the AMERICAN Dad, not meant for Indian dads.
If you are looking for a "Dad to be Guide" then go for an Indian writer with good reviews.
I repeat again, a Very Good Book. But NOT FOR INDIAN DADS.
Most of all, this book is broken down into manageable chunks - month by month bites. I'd always read one month ahead, so I knew what was coming, and it made all the difference. The perspective that it's written from is also super accessible - "what's going on with your partner, what's going on with you, what's going on with your baby" was exactly how I was thinking about my wife's pregnancy.
I have dad friends from all walks of life, this is the one book we all agreed on. If you're an expectant father, or know one, buy this book now - and rest easier.
I found that helped bring my husband closer to the pregnancy and I feel him more involved. I totally recommend this book.
I only found a few pages useful and after breezing through it in one night I haven't felt the need to pick it up again.