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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (15 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844257592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787958459
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Ian Banks has written numerous popular health titles, including the best-selling Haynes Man, Baby and Sex manuals. He is also the author of the NHS Direct Health Care Guide, a frequent broadcaster, the President of the European Men's Health Forum and Visiting Professor of European Men's Health at Leeds Metropolitan University.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Lewis Graham VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2007
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The format - a baby book laid out like a car maintenance book - might seem trite and shallow. It might even seem like a jokey gift to give to a new dad, but there is much more than that to this book.

The author, Dr Ian Banks, is a medic and father with a flowing and matey line in narrative about children. His no-nonsense style about conception and the first two years of life are a refreshing alternative to the earnest earth-mother style that pervades this kind of literature. Not only is the text spot-on, but the illustrations spell out just what you need to know at the right moment.

What makes this book special is that it discusses the emotions men experience. Speaking as a man, emotion is something other people display, but this book lets men know that it's OK to feel amazed/overwhelmed/torn all at once and not be a wuss.

For fathers-to-be and new fathers, this book should be compulsory reading. You might feel the need for more detail in parts, but for new fathers it's hard to beat.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By anndon on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
We bought the original edition and it was exactly like a Haynes car manual. Most baby books are aimed at mothers, few if any, with photos of dads. The original edition was very amusing, but particularly designed to appeal to dads to be. Format and layout was exactly like a car workshop manual, but the vehicles were prams and buggies. Feeding and nappies were approached like adding petrol or doing an oil change. The new edition probably contains the same invaluable information, including an essential first aid section, but the layout is nothing like a car manual and more like your average baby book. We have bought several copies over the last few years for friends who were about to be first time dads,and they loved it too, but having bought the newer edition a few weeks ago after a few years break, we won't be buying this as a gift again. Shame!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Wrigley on 25 Aug. 2003
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This book was an inspiration.
For those fathers who want to learn a little more and did not know where to look then this is the answer.
It is well written and is also very funny! The author has managed a great mix of useful facts and humour to make it very readable.
I would heartily recommend it to my friends and would urge anyone reading this to place an order today for a great read!
Well done.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Wrigley on 25 Aug. 2003
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This book was an inspiration.
For those fathers who want to learn a little more and did not know where to look then this is the answer.
It is well written and is also very funny! The author has managed a great mix of useful facts and humour to make it very readable.
I would heartily recommend it to my friends and would urge anyone reading this to place an order today for a great read!
Well done.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura Shepherd on 7 April 2009
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I bought this for my partner as he is an engineer and already has a few haynes manuals floating around the house. He has already read it from cover to cover and feels that it will be very helpful manual for once our new addition arrives. I have also read this and feel it gives practical advice in an amusing way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wrigley on 25 Aug. 2003
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This book was an inspiration.
For those fathers who want to learn a little more and did not know where to look then this is the answer.
It is well written and is also very funny! The author has managed a great mix of useful facts and humour to make it very readable.
I would heartily recommend it to my friends and would urge anyone reading this to place an order today for a great read!
Well done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Blackwell on 8 Mar. 2011
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I bought this book recently as a gift for my husband, as we are expecting our first baby.

He really likes it because it is written from a male point of view whereas most other books out there are aimed at the mum to be. Although it does seem to cover all the important bits, it does so in a lighthearted way.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gupster on 10 Oct. 2003
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This is a great book aimed at blokes, with information provided in a factural to the point manner without lots of waffle. My only complaint, is that there are a few areas that seem to get missed. An example being it talks about conception and birth, but hardly meantions the 9 months of pregnancy.

The best bit I love is the facts and figures to hand easily, but then maybe that's because i'm an engineer.

I should now add (a few years later) that I came back to this when we had our second child and still found it a valuable resource. I've also given it to a few friends when they've had little ones on the way.
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