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Fathering Books for New Dads and Dads-to-Be

No more waiting outside the delivery room. Dads today rock! Here’s a great list of books on fathering for your reading pleasure…

What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding 1 of 17
A parody of the long-standing bestseller, full of tongue-in-cheek guidance for the expecting father. A two-time veteran of both childbirth and humor-book writing, Hill covers everything from the latest technology and literature to politically correct rituals and behavior. An essential book for the father-to-be.
My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy 2 of 17
Tells men everything they really want to know about pregnancy, such as: How much is it going to cost? Why does your wife primp before seeing her doctor when she hasn't put a stitch of makeup on for you in months? And, most important, what's it going to do to your sex life? This laugh-out-loud book is for expectant dads in search of bottom-line pregnancy information, from the maternity wardrobe to baby names and the birth.
The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year 3 of 17
An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, The New Father charts the physical, intellectual, verbal, and emotional changes which a child experiences in the first year and examines the emotional and psychological developments the father may be experiencing.
Dada: A Guy's Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood 4 of 17
Dada is a must-read for new and expectant fathers and mothers alike. Michael Crider's ability to point out humor in every aspect of pregnancy and parenthood makes this a book a joy to read and at times touching. The perfect gift for anyone who is expecting or has been through the joys of pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.
Becoming a Father 5 of 17
Dads these days do more than ever—doing things that fathers from past generations believed was a "mom's job." Dr. William Sears shares his advice to men on all aspects of fatherhood, from being there at childbirth to sharing routine care with Mom.
The Joy of Fatherhood: The First Twelve Months 6 of 17
A dad-friendly guide to Baby's first year of life. Covers topics from bathing, diapering, feeding, and childproofing to working with their exhausted partner in the parenting process.
Father's First Steps: 25 Things Every New Dad Should Know 7 of 17
Drs. Robert and James Sears draw on their experience as fathers and pediatricians to discuss 25 important aspects of new fatherhood, including supporting the mother during labor, bonding with Baby, deciphering baby talk, being a good husband as well as a good father, and more. For anyone anticipating fatherhood with a mixture of joy and jitters, this reassuring book is the perfect resource.
Checklists for the New Dad: The Expectant Father's Guide to Pregnancy, Delivery, and Baby's First Year 8 of 17
Designed to equip and energize new fathers and help reduce the stress on new mothers. Find out what to know, what to expect, and most importantly what to do. Each chapter concludes with a user-friendly to-do list to keep new dads involved and on the right track. Also includes a glossary of over 250 terms to know and how-to sections on everything from changing a diaper to cleaning the house.
Pacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad 9 of 17
Comic Chris Mancini was terrified of his impending fatherhood. But soon after throwing up upon seeing the little blue line, he realized that most expectant dads sometimes feel nervous, depressed, or powerless—like a new baby is guy-kryptonite. Mancini has been there and survived it. In this book, he'll talk you off the ledge.
Finding Time For Fatherhood 10 of 17
A collection of thoughtful and intriguing essays on a variety of topics—ranging from the men's movement, the role mealtime plays in families, talking about sex to the Oedipus myth. Author Dr. Bruce Linton is a counselor and psychotherapist who counsels dads and runs fathering classes, and has written a book that's a valuable tool in all stages of fatherhood.
Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages 11 of 17
Novelist Clyde Edgerton switches his focus from fictional characters to the very real characters in his own life—his four children—to draw inspiration for this humor-rich guide to fatherhood. The book includes practical advice for prepping for baby and parenthood itself. Edgerton, who had three of his children later in life, also includes short sections targeted specifically for what he calls the "Considerably Older Dad."


Show Dad How 12 of 17
This fully illustrated, often hilarious parenting manual from the editors of Parenting Magazine provides step-by-step guidance on practical matters like mixing baby formula to more unique subjects, like how to deliver a baby in the subway. Perfect for dads who prefer zippy graphic novels to text-heavy tomes.
Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time 13 of 17
You're sure to score points with any sports fans-turned-father with this gift book that features more than 100 quotes from iconic coaches like Vince Lombardi and Phil Jackson along with advice from parenting expert and book author Tom Limbert. Pearls of wisdom on hard work, leadership, responsibility and more will inspire dads through every stage of fatherhood.
Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months 14 of 17
According to author John Pfeiffer, there are about 3,712 ways for a man to look stupid during his "baby making partner's" pregnancy—and his book can help you avoid most of them. This user-friendly, often humorous book offers information and advice on everything from conception to "push" gifts and beyond.
Dad Is Fat 15 of 17
Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan reflects on life with his five children and shares clutch wisdom such as "there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor." Don't count on this book to tell you everything you need to know about fatherhood, but do count on it to keep you guffawing from start to finish.
Big Daddy's Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look 16 of 17
Tough guy actor Steve Schirripa of "The Sopranos" gives his old-school take on parenting—including being a dad, not a friend—in this book about life with his two daughters. Schirripa shares heartwarming, funny stories about his family while railing against the modern stereotype that dads don't know what they're doing. Prepare to be empowered.
Dad's Guide to Pregnancy for Dummies 17 of 17
A complete guide to preparing for fatherhood and being a new dad, this "For Dummies" book includes practical advice on everything from setting up a nursery to changing diapers to dealing with common illnesses to emotional issues. New moms may be especially inclined to give it a thumbs-up—it includes advice on how to support a woman in her postpartum recovery.
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