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Commando Dad: How to be an Elite Dad or Carer. From Birth to Three Years [Paperback]

Neil Sinclair
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Book Description

30 April 2012
Attention! In your hand is an indispensable training manual for new recruits to fatherhood. Written by ex-Commando and dad of three, Neil Sinclair, this manual will teach you, in no-nonsense terms, how to: • Survive the first 24 hours • Prepare and Plan to Prevent Poor Parental Performance • Maintain morale in the ranks • Feed, clothe, transport and entertain your troops • Transport the troops successfully on manoeuvres • Increase your flash to bang’ time and ‘square away’ tasks along the way. And much, much more. Let Training Commence.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (30 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849532613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849532617
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 14.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been a Commando, a PE teacher and a security guard at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, but it was the terrifying experience of bringing my first son back from the hospital that prompted me to write Commando Dad. Everything you read, and all the classes, prepare you for the birth - not the entire life beyond.

As a new dad, what I wanted was a basic training manual for new baby troopers; a parenting version of the 'Basic Battle Skills' that I was given when I joined the army. And that is what I hope I have created with Commando Dad.

After 10 years as a stay at home dad to my three troopers, Sam, Jude and Liberty, I am still learning new things about parenting. I've created a website:, that not only has extra resources (such as videos about how to hold, feed, burp, change and bath your baby troopers) but also forums where dads can share tips and advice with me - and other Commando Dads.

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'A no-nonsense guide to being an elite dad or carer, from birth to three years - great package.' (The Bookseller)

'one of the best parenting books I've ever read' (Lorraine Kelly)

'The advice, approved by healthcare professionals, is quick to read, easy to understand and simple to digest, delivered in short, unambiguous bullet points and, no-nonsense rules – and, pretty unarguably, spot on.' (Jon Henley The Guardian)

'A must-have for new dads' (MADE Magazine)

'brilliant book' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Neil Sinclair experienced many life and death situations during his six years as an Army Commando. But forget tracking drug traffickers through the jungles of Belize or clearing mines in Iraq while dodging sniper fire - the most daunting thing the dad of three has ever faced is bringing his newborn son, Samuel, home from hospital' (Baby & Me Magazine)

About the Author

Neil Sinclair is an ex-Commando, qualified childminder and full-time dad to three young troopers!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Right Tool for the Job 19 Aug 2012
By Weeg
This book is straight forward and written using down to earth words not long unpronounceable ones. After reading other books this is by far the best. As a serving soldier I found this book amusing as well and greatly detailed. With the army style instruction and links to video on the website any man will find what he needs. If I was to sum this book up in one word it's MEGA.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear concise guide to babycare 21 Nov 2013
By Mary H
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I bought this for my husband as we're expecting our first child. It's very succinct and focuses on the practical aspects of baby care. Many of the books targeted at new Dads seem to be the Loaded magazine guide to fatherhood and are full of unhelpful misogynistic rubbish. This book is helping us to feel more prepared and more confident.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have recently found out I am going to be a dad for the first time and straight away set out to read as much about it as I could.

This book is easy to read and gives extremely clear and simple instructions on how to deal with almost every daunting scenario I expect to be faced with as a new dad.

I can't recommend this book enough for soon to be new dads.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 8 Jan 2014
By Mrs_A
Format:Kindle Edition
I found this book for my husband, and though it might be a lighthearted approach to early babycare. He has since read it from cover to cover (having struggled to get interested in any other babycare books), and has found it full of great tips and advice. Would definitely recommend to other couples!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Commando Dad 5 Oct 2013
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I bought this for my son who is soon to be a dad for the first time. He thought it was very funny. We both loved its light hearted approach to the introduction of the daunting prospect of fatherhood. Mission accomplished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fluff-free 'Daddy' book 8 Sep 2013
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A straight forward read which strips right through the superfluous info found in most other daddy manuals. Loved the organisation, concise descriptions with checklist supports. Easy to absorb when under the 6 month countdown. Strongly recommended and great present for Friday-night-wingmen friends on the path to fatherhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading 18 July 2013
By Locobbb
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Very easy to follow, useful information with out all the usual dull details. Every time a friend has a children the first thing i do is buy this book and send it to them
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift 7 Jun 2013
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Bought as a gift for my friend who's baby is due any time now, I have heard great things about this book and my friend advises it simplifies the tasks a dad will need to take when looking after his mobile trooper!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars spot on
excellen clearandtothepoint excellent first read and to refer back to. i will be sending a copy to my mate when he is expecting
Published 2 days ago by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for new Dads
Great book for new dads. very strait forward and to the point about what you will need and how to deal with newborn babies. Read more
Published 19 days ago by GARETH BIRKETT
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick common sense guide to (male) parenting, dressed up in military...
The author - with a career in the military as well as childcare - has created a succinct and well structured guide for the newly minted father here. Read more
Published 27 days ago by AK
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Dads
It's exactly what you'd expect from the title. Baby-care described with checklists, short & to the point instructions, success criteria, and a minimal of pink & fluffyness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Wonderfully simple and funny step by step instructions that every man can follow. My other half found it a wonderful read and I have bought another for my friends husband.
Published 1 month ago by Annie May Herbert
4.0 out of 5 stars funny
This was bought for my nephew after it was recommended. Clearly set out with useful advice in a humorous way.
Published 1 month ago by janet vardy
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic
It's ok for quick read but there's noting in here that's really researched by doctors and fact based Got the mayo clinic book and it's way better I'd recommend going for that one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Commando Dad Book
This was an ideal gift for a first time Dad who is in the RAF he loved it someone had already recommended the book by a friend
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Shirley Rapson
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable and easy to act
Well written for the intended (male) audience and so easy to understand and action. Very helpful tips and tricks for either partner, but great for guys to cut to the chase.
Published 3 months ago by McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for my husband before the birth of our first child, written in an army major fashion, he said it did prepare him more for fatherhood although initially an overload of... Read more
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