I'm Going to Be a Dad: Now What?: Everything You Need to Know about First-Time Fatherhood


So, you are going to be a dad? The first leap can be an overwhelming, confusing, and complex time in your life. Nine months might not seem like enough time to figure it all out.

Lucky for you, I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What? has done the research for you, compiling all the information needed for first- time fathers. Starting with the moment you found out you were expecting, this book takes you through your role in the parenting process. You will learn how to help your partner ...

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So, you are going to be a dad? The first leap can be an overwhelming, confusing, and complex time in your life. Nine months might not seem like enough time to figure it all out.

Lucky for you, I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What? has done the research for you, compiling all the information needed for first- time fathers. Starting with the moment you found out you were expecting, this book takes you through your role in the parenting process. You will learn how to help your partner during the pregnancy, how to prepare for the birth, and what to do during labor. This book further details what to expect after the birth, including the many different ways your household will change, from pets and possessions to baby-proofing.

This book may not make you sleep, but it will give tricks to catching up on sleep between the crying and infamous 3 a.m. feedings. You will learn how to keep calm and adjust to your new role as a dad. This book discusses the health issues your child may have and how to deal with teething, a colic, and potty-training. You will learn what to expect as your child grows up and different games to play with your child to help develop their skills.

Above all, you will learn how your role as a father will vary from that of the mother and how to juggle between working, being a father, and spending time with your partner. This book will guide you through the earliest days of your child’s life to the learning phases of toddler years as you learn how to be a first-time father. Welcome to fatherhood!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601383952
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,148,236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Section 1 Getting though the Nine Months 17

Chapter 1 The First Trimester 19

Understanding Trimesters 20

Choosing a Doctor 21

Coping With Morning Sickness 22

Changing Feelings 24

The First Ultrasound 27

Hearing the Heartbeat 29

Miscarriage 30

Changing Your Diet 32

Conclusion 34

Chapter 2 The Second Trimester 35

Getting Your Finances Ready 36

Finding Out the Sex 40

Your Partner's Changing Body 41

The Changing Sex Life 43

Prenatal Communication 44

Setting up a Nursery 46

Conclusion 48

Chapter 3 The Third Trimester 53

Birthing Classes 54

Preparing for the Hospital Trip 57

Dealing With the Water Breaking 60

Talking to Work 61

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 61

Who Goes Back to Work? 63

Choosing a Pediatrician 65

Understanding False Births 67

Conclusion 68

Section 2 Birth to Six Months 73

Chapter 4 The Birth 75

Remaining Calm 76

Helping the Mother 77

The Stages of Labor 77

Labor Contingencies 81

Cutting the Umbilical Cord 84

Conclusion 85

Chapter 5 Bringing the Baby Home 91

Your Room or the Nursery? 92

Crying and Late Night Feedings 93

Adjusting Work Schedules 97

Installing a Car Seat 98

Your Partner, Her Emotions, and Your Sex Life 98

Changing Diapers 102

Interactions Between the Baby and Pets 105

Bathing the Baby 107

Going Back to Work 111

Conclusion 113

Chapter 6 The Baby's First Three Months 117

Adjusting to Life 118

Introducing the Baby to Friends and Relatives 119

Nurturing the Baby's Mind 120

Putting the Baby in a New Care-Giving Setting 125

Child's Perceptions 129

Getting Clothes and Dressing theChild 132

Leaving the House 135

Where to Go and Where Not toGo 140

Managing Stress 143

Colic 146

Baby-Proofing the House 148

Conclusion 156

Chapter 7 From Three Months to Two Years 161

Playing With the Baby 162

Preparing for Walking 170

Time to Speak 174

Switching to Solid Foods 178

Teething 183

The First Haircut 186

Potty Training 187

The First Birthday Party 191

Restaurants 194

Going to Hotels 197

The Airplane 200

Conclusion 203

Section 3 The Reference Guide 207

Chapter 8 Illnesses and Your Baby 209

Chickenpox 210

Fever 211

Baby Allergies 212

Baby Jaundice 215

Group B Streptococcus 216

Meningitis 217

Measles 219

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 220

Other Diseases 222

How Can You Prevent Illnesses and Disease? 224

Conclusion 225

Chapter 9 Baby Dangers 227

Most Common Cause of Infant Deaths 228

Most Common Injuries among Babies and Children 229

Less Common Dangers 234

Conclusion 238

Chapter 10 Games for the Baby 239

Conclusion 246

Chapter 11 Being a Father 249

Can I Care for a Baby? 250

Will I be a Good Father? 250

Will I be Able to Afford a Baby? 251

Will I Have Independence? 252

Can I Handle the Labor? 253

Will I be Able to Help My Partner? 253

Issues for Fathers 254

Being a Primary Caregiver 256

Bond With the Baby 256

How to Bond With the Baby (Beyond Games) 257

Conclusion 262

Conclusion 263

Appendices 265

Appendix 1 Glossary 267

Appendix 2 Popular Baby Names 273

Bibliography 279

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

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    This Book Is Tailor-Made for Expectant and New Dads

    Most pregnancy and early childhood books are targeted to moms. After all, she's the one who's physically carrying the child, going through labor, giving birth, breastfeeding and more. But today's dads are much more involved in the whole process, from attending childbirth classes and being in the delivery room to getting up for night feedings and changing diapers. Of course, dads don't really need to know how to get rid of stretch marks or cracked nipples. However, they want to be able to understand better why their wife is so tired, how to know if she's in labor, and what supplies they'll need for the baby. So, how can they get that information without wading through the "mom stuff"?

    The answer: "I'm Going to Be a Dad: Now What?" This book is tailor-made for expectant and new dads. It walks them through each trimester of pregnancy, childbirth, and baby's first two years, but from their perspective. It also explains baby illnesses, dangers, and games, and the emotional issues that new dads often deal with, such as, "Will I Be Able to Afford a Baby?" "Will I Have Independence?" and "Can I Handle the Labor?" This book gives dads the basics to increase their confidence as future fathers without overwhelming them with details that aren't that relevant to them.

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  • Posted March 4, 2010

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    Great Father's Day gift

    I also have a good book that I am sharing with her husband. He received "I'm Going to be a Dad: Now What?" It is a wonderful book to answer all those questions. We all wish our children came with an instruction book--right? Well here is the help that those Dads are looking for. I was thrilled to read all the information it shared on how to be a supportive husband during the pregnancy. And then the great parenting tips to help from the 3 a.m. feedings to dealing with teething on to juggling work and being a parent. Whew! What a job it all is. I also thank Atlantic Publishing for helping me with this gift too!

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  • Posted February 15, 2010

    Prepare Yourself

    From time you first find out your going to be a dad to the point where your child makes their grand entrance in the world, there's so much to learn along the way. This book seems to have it all covered. In fact much of the material, I never would have even though about.
    I'm actually on the road to fatherhood myself and this guide has and will continue to be a map to me along the way. From an emotional standpoint that both the mother and father face, as well as communication, physical changes, eating habits, this book touches on everything, even loss (though miscarriage, etc.) and the physiological implications of that.
    Mixed with humor and practical advice about everything from your feelings to food and baby names, this book is a must read for anyone who's approaching fatherhood. I give it five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2010

    Everything You Need to Know About being a Dad

    For a man, becoming a dad can be just as confusing as the experiences for a woman. To help men from all walks of life make the adjustment to fatherhood the book I'm Going to Be a Dad? Now What? Everything You Need to Know about First Time Fatherhood gives insightful ideas that will prepare you for fatherhood. This important, because the ideas presented by the author, Craig Baird, talks about every aspect of fatherhood from: the first month of the pregnancy to the age of two years old. As a result, the book is an overall guide that can help bring the expecting father up to speed about his overall responsibilities and roles. Then, its covers everything from illnesses of the baby, to what it takes to be a father. Together all of these different elements make the book a useful guide for all future fathers.

    As a result, this book received a rating of four stars out of five. This is because of the overall treasure trove of information that Baird provides on the subject, which makes for excellent reading as you learn all of the ins and outs that come with fatherhood. There are many specific examples, along with the guide in third section providing an excellent reference to refer to time and again. For anyone who is looking for easy to understand, yet straightforward information on fatherhood; this book provides for easy reading on the subject.

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