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The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2010
I have read of few books for dads on pregnancy and most have been quite jokey and blokey. Recently released this book was like a breath of fresh air.This book does have a really great sense of humour and speaks to dads in their language but it is no way flippant. The book is packed with expert tips from a male midwife, obstetricians, psychologists and `a man who knows a lot about car seats'

Each chapter roughly follows the pregnancy as it should progress and gives an idea of how the child is developing in the womb, how your partner is feeling and why she is in the mood she is and it contains expert advice and tips to help you make the right decisions. Lots of dads also share their story.

I think this book is fab...so easy to read, interesting and useful. It also shows great empathy towards a woman's experience and I felt the author really cared about mum being fully supported.

Some really useful parts of the book (often not addressed) are dealing with miscarriage, an explanation of the facts of life, a conversion chart for baby weights, a discussion of the dad dreaded nappies, a little chapter entitled when bump stops the grind (SEX!) And many other really useful bits every woman would want someone sensible to chat to her partner about.

The book also has a brilliant glossary at the back so all those new confusing words are explained. The last words in this book go to the mums in a nifty little section entitled the `Dos and don'ts of being a new dad according to new mums.' This is my favourite:

Don't sit next to your partner while she is breast feeding, put the TV on sports news move the remote put of reach then go upstairs out of earshot while we're left unable to move watching the bloody football for 40 minutes!

Oh how I wish someone had told my fella this!

Overall, I found this to be a very funny, immensely sensitive and deeply informative read. I would highly recommend this book to new dads.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2014
When looking for a book to help me through the experiences of pregnancy and early fatherhood, I wanted to read something that was written from the male perspective and this book delivers exactly that. It informs you of what will be happening with your partner through each trimester, what sort of things you can be doing to be prepared for the arrival of your child, and gives experiences from other dads. Would definitely recommend to any expectant father.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
Bought this book for my son-in-law as he was hogging my daughter's book, while complaining that it wasn't aimed at him. He takes it to work to read in his breaks and also to bed, as his bedtime reading. He loves it and now feels more informed about what's going on and what to expect.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2011
I got this for my husband as we are expecting. Alot of it we already knew as he has been following me and my massive baby book. But this book is great for guys and gals! Everything is in plain english so makes it easy to understand and tells of all the highs and possible lows of pregnancy. Brill book and brill price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2013
My husband didn't want to read any of my pregnancy books either because they were a bit too graphic for him or the sections for Dads seem to be "it's all your fault she's pregnant so now you have to make up for it!" But this one seems to deal with exactly the thoughts and feelings he has about the forthcoming baby, without being condescending. It also helped him to realise there are other guys in the same situation thinking the same daft things as him, and helps to explain them!
A must for any first time dad, and I thought it was pretty helpful for mum too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2014
This was a very easy to read and entertaining way of learning how your life is about change for the better even though you will never sleep again or know the meaning of silence lol ;) and I find myself reading it again now that were having another little terror.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
I bought this as a gift on the basis of all the positive reviews and I have to say the good reviews were right. This is full of just the right kind of advice that expectant and new fathers need. It's funny and sensitive, upbeat and practical. It's clearly written by a dad for dads and this will appeal to all real fathers out there. The advice is delivered with fun and compassion but is backed up by lots of practical advice from experts at the top of their field. If you are a new dad or a dad-in-waitng, then this is the only book you'll need to read
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2014
I've read through it and I'm determined my other half is going to love this, as much as I did. What makes this book great for all expectant fathers, is the honest insight to how us pregnant mothers feel and how our partner can help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2013
I recently purchased this for my husband and he is thoroughly enjoying reading it.

Some of it is a little tongue in cheek but it's written in a way that gets through to men.

The style of writing and humour isn't really my cup of tea but it is certainly communicating important issues and facts to the husband which is what I wanted!

I would definitely recommend this book to any expectant father.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2014
This book feels like it was written for future dads who didn't want to be dads in the first place:
- There is a section about why you shouldn't be cheating on the future mother of your child... Well thanks for that, don't think I need a book to be told in the first place, and it's really the last thing I want to read when preparing for my first child.
- In the first chapters, there is something about how to react when your partner tells you she's pregnant... First of all, if you have the book you probably were already told, so it's a bit late... And if you are preparing to have a child, already bought this book in advance, well you probably want to have a child... If you need to be told how to react, you should really rethink that.

But probably the worst chapter of all is the one that lists all the things you could potentially be freaking out (if your couple is strong enough, money problem, etc.). Thank you very much book, I wasn't thinking about any of these before you listed all of them in details for me! It's a "do not think about a pink elephant" type thing!

To me, it seems like this book is written for macho-men who don't really want to have a kid in the first place. There is a lot of "you should act like this" or "you should be like that", as if all men were just cavemen former monkeys who didn't know better. But I guess it's all in the title: "Survival guide"... You are not preparing to go into the jungle with only a knife for survival, only going through the happiest time of your life!
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