Read some books, boys
Baby books. The dreaded baby books. Every man's nightmare, every women's requirement. When you think of pregnancy from the man's perspective, we all think pregnancy and baby books are synonymous. Some men retch when they think of the "required" reading when it comes to pregnancy. Others are 100% on board with reading the never-ending list of pregnancy "reference" style books.
Still, reading and doing research on things to come is only a positive. Part of being a responsible dad isn't knowing everything, but having some good go-to advice and a basic level of knowledge. Awareness is also a good thing. It also shows your partner you are committed to the cause. Even just skimming through some of the self-help books can be the difference between sleeping on the couch and comfortable sleeping in the bed next to your partner.
Fortunately, there are some pretty insightful and entertaining books directly marketed for 21st-century males. They offer some valuable advice and knowledge while keeping things light and humorous. They are designed to keep our attention for as long as possible.
During my wife's pregnancy, I did some research and found several books that met my wife's expectations of "baby books", while serving my purpose of reading for entertainment. Throughout this post, I will provide some honest feedback about my top two, of the numerous books I read.
There is a myriad of books and publications written by dads specifically for us dads.
Let's highlight a couple.
"Dude, You're going to be a dad!", by John Pfeiffer was by far one of my favorite reads. Pretty straight forward in terms of pregnancy books for dad's.
Much like this here blog, this particular book has straight forward knowledge when it comes to the first 9-monthes of a pregnancy. I learned a great deal of information from reading this book. It also helped keep my attention as it was light-hearted and humorous. I especially liked the chapter on planning. I like a good plan. Sometimes to a fault and sometimes I take that to the extreme, but with good intention. A good plan is the frame work from getting from point A to point B and if the plan is good, it will incorporate a plan b, plan c and d.
This book although geared for the modern man, is definitely a great book for the mom-to-be to read. Everyone needs to take a break from the seriousness of pregnancy once and a while, this book is one of those breaks. Mom's can learn from this book, but can also get a kick out of its content.
Overall, I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 Stars. The only down side I really noticed is that it's length is kind of short, but that isn't really a downer by any means. Keep in mind this was written for the guy that doesn't really want to read the baby books. Content was spot on, but some topics could have been elaborated on, but overall great read!
"The New Dad's Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers," written by Scott Mactavish and was almost a tie for first place in my reading endeavors.
For all my tacti-cool dads, this is a great addition to your reading list. This book was written more like a military operation, than a pregnancy reference book. For this review, I had to start with the back of the book in the glossary. Every term a new dad needs to know is in the back of the book with a little definition. I found great humor with the addition of the glossary. Not sure what a "yurp" is? Well head to the back of the book for a humorous, colorful definition.
Another great section added to this book was the section entitled, "Ancillary Duties". As a new dad, I understand how easy it is to fall into the pattern of dad duties, work, sleep, and repeat. This section of the book reminds dads that its not only okay to keep and maintain avenues of stress relief, but its perfectly normal (And Healthy). I
Overall, I really enjoyed the mission style orientation of the book. It took a hot minute to understand and remember what the acronyms used are, but aside from that, another great addition to the new dad's reading list.
I would score this book 4.0 out of 5 stars. The book was packed full of "Critical Survival Tips", which I thought were great. Glossary of terms, was awesome. The only downside I found was there was not that much information per page. After adding the illustrations, I felt as though there were many pages with hardly any content.
Basically guys, there are ton's of books out there for the new dad. Make sure you do some research and find some books that cater to your requirements of reading baby books, gaining knowledge of what lies ahead and impress your girl with your new found knowledge. For some, I know, it takes quite a bit of effort to crack a book open and have it hold your attention from cover to cover. Thankfully, there are authors out there like John Pfeiffer and Scott Mactavish that break down the required knowledge using humor to get the point across. If you are a new dad, I would recommend started with these books, but there are hundreds, if not thousands of titles out there that will get you interested in learning about pregnancy and beyond.
Click on my link below to amazon, and search "Pregnancy books for dads". Amazon will not disappoint in this subject matter.