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The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Reads well and informative

    With a new bundle of joy on the way and never really even holding a baby let alone been around them much, I decided to read up a little. From the myriad of choices covering a baby's first year, the vast majority are primarily focused on the mother or are more humorous than informative (the caveman themed one comes to mind). I wanted a book that was free of gimmicks yet focused on fathers and this one seemed to fit the bill.

    Not yet being a father, I can't say how useful the book actually is in practice yet. However, I did find the book to be informative and comprehensive. While it is impossible to be fully prepared just from reading a book, I beleive I at least have a feel for some of what to expect.

    The first chapter of the book coveres just a little bit of the birth and the first week. Each subsequent chapter covers a month. Each chapter follows the same pattern. The chapter will start with where the baby is in his development physicall, verbally, and emotionally. The next section covers what the father typically experiences. Following that is a section discussing what the mother is going through. Finally, the chapter will often end with some other important topic such as insurance, child care, traveling with an infant, etc.

    Scattered throughout the book and in the appendix are a plethora of resources such as lists of books suitable for reading to the baby, links to baby sign language programs, baby massage, father's groups, life insurance info, immunizations, child care, and more.

    The author's writing style is humorous and the tone is anything but patronizing. However, there are a few flaws. At least one whole section of the book was repeated verbatum. Other information was repeated more than once though at least it wasn't verbatum (e.g. the list of books to read to the baby).

    Over all this is a solid book and I'm happy to have read it. In sixteen months or so I might come back and update this review once I have a chance to put it into practice. As it stands, I would highly recommend this book to expectant first time fathers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Very helpful!

    This book is a great resource to being a new father. Thank you to the author for all insight & tips!

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  • Posted December 30, 2010

    Great book

    Full of excellent advise and helpful information. I recommend this book to any father.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2006

    On behalf of my husband...

    This book was EXACTLY what my husband was looking for in a '1st year' book - realistic, practical, and very informative... from a man's point of view. This author really hits the mark with this book and with his Dads-to-be book, which is also excellent. (see my review there)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Brott keeps on being helpful!

    My dad gave me this book before my son as 6 months old so I put it away. He's now 20 months and I've found it again. I'm so glad! I feel like I can contribute more to the discussions my wife and I have about our son. I think she enjoys not being the only one that has a clue about what's going on with him developmentally. <p>More than that, it's great to read about parenting from another dad. Most books like this don't deal with things like wills and college planning. Brott does AND makes it interesting. I've read alot of parenting books but it's great to compliment those with the breadth of Brott's overview and insights.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2001

    A Real Help

    I bought this book for my husband, who has never had a baby (I have) And it helped him out so much, it goes month by month. It;s great they finally have something for the men noe. Id advise you to buy it,

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