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Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads [Paperback]

Gary Greenberg , Jeannie Hayden
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21 Jun 2004
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.

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  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster; 1st Simon & Schuster Paperback Ed edition (21 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743251547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743251549
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 186,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Reiser "New York Times" bestselling author of "Babyhood" If you're a new dad, keep a copy of "Be Prepared" by your bedside. It's funny, informative, and -- let's be honest -- it's not like you're going to be sleeping anyway.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dated but not out of date! 12 Sep 2011
This book was brilliantly written and although the illustrations were a bit passe (could do with some modernisation) and some of the terms were American - this book was exactly what my husband needed to humourously prepare him for fatherhood without making him feel absolutely out of his depth or stupid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light-hearted and sneakily useful 31 Jan 2011
By ImogenM
No man likes to read the instruction manual and Be Prepared understands this mentality from the get-go.

This book is essentially comedy, with actual education sneakily inserted into every page. From the ugly reality of what a newborn really looks like (more like an evil changeling than a photogenic bundle of sweet-smelling cuteness) to the great pacifier debate and the sexless months in store for all new parents, this down-to-earth collection of tips are really pretty handy for any father-to-be.

It's even worth a look for experienced parents... Although most of the info will already be known, the achingly familiar problems (and their solutions) will raise a smile.

I bought this book as part of a New Daddy Survival Kit for my husband - including strong alcohol, ear-plugs and a home-made voucher for 'Two Nights in a Row of Uninterrupted Sleep.' All of these things are, in my opinion, essential for a new dad and this book makes the must-have list as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 24 Jun 2014
A funny enjoyable read.
Perhaps not received in the best of condition.
Would recommend as a novelty gift for a new dad.
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I bought this book for a new Dad in my office (Secret Santa gift) based on the high rating it had received. He was delighted and found the tips and ideas fascinating. I would happily recommend this book to anyone.
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