Dude, You're a Dad!: How to Get (All of You) Through Your Baby's First Year

Dude, You're a Dad!: How to Get (All of You) Through Your Baby's First Year

by John Pfeiffer

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Overview

Dude, You're a Dad!: How to Get (All of You) Through Your Baby's First Year by John Pfeiffer

Your guide to living with your new family!

Pregnancy was just the warmup. Now, it's time to get into the game and help your family through your baby's first year.

From 4 A.M. feedings and visiting the pediatrician to getting back to work and hopping into bed with Mom, Dude, You're a Dad leads you through all the trials and tribulations you'll face as a new dad. Author John Pfeiffer has braved the journey not just once but three times, and will tell you exactly what changes to expect as well as what you can be doing for your baby—and your baby mama—during this time. Complete with foolproof parenting strategies for handling tricky situations, this book also braces you for the years to come, which will be full of head banging, temper tantrums, and restless days.

The first twelve months are make-or-break when it comes to parenting and Dude, You're a Dad is your guide to making sure that nothing gets broken.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440541124
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 04/18/2013
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 116,820
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John Pfeiffer is the author of Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad! and a married father of three. He hopes other new dads will learn from his parental victories (and defeats). John lives with his family in Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Part 1 Months 1-3 15

Chapter 1 (All Together Now) Getting to Know You 17

Meet Your Baby 17

From BMP to BRP-Here's Mommy 21

This Is You as a Father 26

Chapter 2 Home Sweet Home 33

Preparing Your Home for Tiny New Residents 63

Baby Seats: Trickier Than You Think 42

Toys R You 45

Baby Clothes: Beyond the Onesie 52

Puppies and Kitties and Babies … Oh My! 54

Parental Leave 56

Chapter 3 Playing Doctor 61

Doctor Selection for Beginners 62

Doctoral Relations 65

Playing the Percentages 66

1st Year Appointments 68

They Grow Up So Fast 82

Common Health Issues 84

Illnesses 85

Vision and Hearing 90

Hygiene 93

Chapter 4 Eat, Sleep, Poop, and Other Exciting Things Babies Do 99

Feeding (Months 1-3) 100

Sleeping (Months 1-3) 103

Poop Goes the Weasel 107

Talking and Signing 108

Part 2 Months 4-7 113

Chapter 5 Babies Grow Like Weeds 115

Medical Considerations: The Four-Month and Six-Month Medical Issues 116

Physical Growth and Development 118

Eating and Nutrition 123

Sleeping (Months 4-7) 126

Chapter 6 Taking Care of Mom 129

Know Your Role 129

Moms and Dads: Teamwork Makes Winners 131

Brownie Points with Mom 135

Her Health 138

Chapter 7 Your Health 145

Physical 146

Mental 147

Vasectomy: To Snip, or Not to Snip 151

Work/Life Balance: What's That? 153

Chapter 8 Welcome (Back) to the Outside World 157

Competitive Parents 157

Working with "The Schedule" 158

Daycare 161

Oh the Places You'll Go (If You're Brave Enough) 169

Part 3 Months 8-12 175

Chapter 9 Breaking Developments 177

Baby's First Steps 177

Sleeping (Months 8-12) 178

Separation Anxiety 178

Dealing with Temper Tantrums 179

Playtime 180

Little People Exploring a Big World 180

Chapter 10 Mom and Dad 183

The Relationship 184

Getting Back to Normal 191

Chapter 11 Parenthood 195

Different Parenting Styles 196

The Answer to Raising Children 199

Part 4 One Year and Beyond 203

Chapter 12 Year One: Milestones and Beyond the First 12 Months 205

Physical Developments 205

Talking 206

Social Developments 206

Eating 206

Sleeping 207

Toddlers: Fun and Frenetic 208

Afterword: Ready for More? 215

Appendix: Additional Resources 216

Index 218

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