An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.
Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to:
-Change a baby at a packed sports stadium
-Create a decoy drawer full of old wallets, remote controls, and cell phones to throw baby off the scent of your real gear
-Stay awake (or at least upright) at work
-Babyproof a hotel room in four minutes flat
-Construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape
Packed with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jeannie Hayden is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer whose clients include Nickelodeon and the American Museum of Natural History.
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Be PreparedA Practical Handbook for New Dads
By Gary Greenberg Jeannie Hayden
Simon & SchusterISBN: 0-7432-5154-7
Chapter OneThe First-Month Slump
Fatherhood can hit you like a sucker punch. The baby arrives, you're showered with help and gifts and food for a week or two, and then everyone leaves. And you are suddenly hit by this overwhelming feeling that nothing will ever be the same again. Someone has taken away your old life and replaced it with this really long, frustrating community service project.
For the first couple of weeks post-baby, you may feel anxious, depressed, and lonely, and why shouldn't you? You're completely at the mercy of a relentless little dictator, and there is no relief in sight. But as you're wallowing, it's important to remember that you are not alone. Fathers the world over, from Copenhagen to Cape Town, from captains of industry to ditch diggers, have all gone through this rough patch.
For the majority of dads, this phase lasts somewhere between eight and twelve weeks, at which point you switch into the "I might as well make the best of it" phase. Several factors combine to help lift the dark clouds from your head, including:
The baby is sleeping longer hours. You're feeling more adept at handling and troubleshooting her. She's finally smiling at you (the baby, not your partner).
If this period lasts more than three months, or you begin to feel completely overwhelmed or withdrawn, talk to your partnerand friends and think about seeking professional help.
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Table of Contents
The First Week
What Your Newborn Won't Look Like
What Your Newborn Will Look Like
Newborn Party Tricks
Handing Over the Baby
You Are the A.V. Club
Why Your Partner May Not Be Functioning Properly
Breast vs. Bottle
Bidding Farewell to the Breast
The Joy of Burping
The Basic Change
Your Newborn and Your Pet
How to Entertain a Newborn
The First-Month Slump
Moms and Mood Swings
Scrubbing Your Sprout
Coping with Crying
Wrestling the Breast Pump
Sleeping Like a Baby
Returning to Work
Reading Sports Illustrated to Your Baby
A Guy's Guide to Strollers
The Infant Ensemble
Your Mental Health
Resuming a Sex Life?
Protecting Your Back
Circuit Training Your Baby
Tethering Everything to the Baby
Temperature Taking Tactics
Getting Medicine into a Baby
Soothing the Teether
Be Prepared for Outings
Great Outings 4-6 Months
Driving and Crying
Using the Baby as a Prop
Breastfeeding in Public
Starting Solid Foods
Effective Diaper Disposal
Skill Builders 4-6 Months
Sleeping Through the Night
Removing a Foreign Object from the VCR
The Terrible Tube?
Great Outings 7-9 Months
Skill Builders 7-9 Months
Babies and Language
The Secret Meaning of Peek-a-Boo
The Big Bath
Eating Like a Person
Babies and Restaurants
Great Outings 10-12 Months
Skill Builders 10-12 Months
The Decoy Drawer
Rigging Emergency Diapers
Advanced Changing Maneuvers
Making Your Baby Laugh
Babies and Airplanes
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn
How to Neutralize a Runner
Camping with Your Cub
The First Birthday Party
The New Year's Panda
About the Authors
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great book! Bought it for my husband when we found out we were expecting. The authors have some great observations, words of advice with interjections of humor, helping him to get through some of the more stressful times of becoming a parent for the first time. He has since passed his copy on to another 1st time father and we have purchased additional copies for male friends expecting for the first time. A great baby shower gift for Dads!
This book prepares you from the first page and the first moment your new baby emerges. An easy read with fun pictures and humorous content, this book gives you the tips, tricks, and general information you'll need for taking care of your new baby and dealing with the changes associated with it. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this book for all of the new Dads that I know.
A handy little and a quick read for busy dads.
I got this book for my husband and brother, both soon-to-be-dads. Written by guys for guys, this book takes a light hearted approach to parenthood. If in the wrong mood, an evolved man may take offense to some of the humor, as it is pretty basic guidance in parts. Illustrations are a bit funky, but do the job. Our favorite part are the first two pages that set expectations about what a baby really looks like when first born. I would buy again.
I bought this book on friday and read it over the weekend.It gives u great informaton as well as advice on reading sports illistrated to your baby. I loved learning how to make a diaper out of a towel, a sock and duct tape.
With Father's Day just around the corner, I was searching for gifts for the many friends of mine who are presently (or soon will be) new dads.I bought this book for one of my buddies, looked through it before giving it to him, then bought three more for all of my pals in the 'new kid' category, and one for myself, and I don't even have a significant other at present. This handbook is informative and funny,and has great illustrations.
Have you ever seen the shocked look on the face of a new father? Seen him struggle to manage the new tasks facing him? Run out and buy Be Prepared as soon as you can. I have given this book to 3 new fathers this week and they have been delighted to receive a book written JUST FOR THEM! I have even witnessed a wife trying to wrestle the book from her husband. Be Prepared is both informative and funny. A great read for both new and 'old' dads. The learning never stops!