If you're an expecting parent, congratulations! You've got a lot of changes to look forward to and a lot of plans to make. If you're the mom, you might already have some ideas of what to expect. But if you're the dad, you might have a lot of questions and concerns. The mom-to-be is going to get a lot of attention, and a lot will be happening to her over the next ten months. How are you handling it all? How are you preparing for parenthood? Have no fear, dad-to-be. We've rounded up some great pregnancy books to help you deal with your parenting concerns. Take a look at these 11 helpful reads for new dads!
11 The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-To-Be
This best seller is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It has recently been updated and expanded. The book delves into the emotional and physical effects of impending fatherhood on men, and is packed with answers to the common questions. Am I ready to be a dad? Can we afford to have a baby? Will I be able to handle being there for labor and delivery? What do I do with a new baby? According to Publisher's Weekly, it's the book all expectant fathers should read.
10 Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!
This humorous book urges dads-to-be to focus on what you can do for mom, rather than what's happening to her. Candid and at times comical, this book attempts to cover serious topics such as choosing a health care provider and how to handle emergency situations.
9 Your Pregnancy for the Father-To-Be
This thorough survival guide covers the first weeks after conception all the way up to the first few weeks after delivery. Along with helpful do's and don'ts that are scattered throughout the book, there is also a glossary of pregnancy terms to help expectant dads decipher what's going on from the time the pregnancy test reads positive to when it's time to head to the hospital!
8 The New Dad's Survival Guide
Packed with information to help you get through baby's 18 months, this is a great resource for any new dad. It covers concerns new dads may have such as holding a newborn, properly installing and using a car seat, and how to help out mom after delivery, especially if she's breastfeeding. The book also covers baby basics: what's happening and what they can do at each age and stage.
7 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad
This parenting book doesn't discuss due dates, delivery, or diapers. Instead, it gives dads simple and practical ways to be there for their family--not just being present for the kids, but being a good example and a positive influence. It contains 52 ideas (one for each week of the year) for how to be a good dad--things as sweet as "kiss your wife in the kitchen" and as frank as "get rid of your porn." This is a great book for dads that want to be more involved and hands-on.
6 The EVERYTHING Father-To-Be Book
The EVERYTHING series now has a book for expectant fathers! This book contains a lot of practical advice to help calm soon-to-be dads' nerves: how to prepare your home and car for your baby, how to handle labor and delivery, and ways to help the new mom.
There's a section devoted to keeping the romance alive with the new mom after the baby arrives, and it doesn't just talk about sex. It gives advice and ideas for how to make the most of the time you have together when you're stressed and exhausted from adjusting to life with your new baby.
5 A Dude's Guide to Babies
Although geared towards dudes, this humorously written guide would be helpful for moms-to-be, too. There is a section included for nervous new parents that can help get you through many "first-time" scenarios: the first time in the car seat, the first bath, and the first doctor's appointment. Packed with lots of lists, quizzes, and helpful pieces of advice, the Dude's Guide is a great read for expectant fathers!
4 Bro, She's Pregnant!
This week-by-week guide to pregnancy teaches dads what moms are going through--the morning sickness, the hunger and cravings, the aches and pains. Written with a sense of humor, the chapters of the book are split into five sections so that dads know what's happening with the baby, what's happening with mom, what's likely happening with dad, what dad can do to help. The fifth section includes healthy and nutritious recipes to make sure that mom and baby are getting all of the vitamins and nutrients they need.
3 Dad's Guide to Pregnancy (for Dummies)
This Dummies' Guide is a wealth of information on everything from what's happening during pregnancy, how and when to announce the pregnancy, what to do during childbirth, and how to take care of a newborn. It also helps new dads confront some of their biggest fears, from financial concerns to changing diapers to dealing with sex after the baby.
2 The Baby Owner's Manual
For the new dad who likes to have all of his bases covered, this book has it all. What's the best way to keep a baby swaddled? How can you help your baby sleep through the night? When do you need to call the doctor? It also covers topics such as preparing the nursery, crib safety, installing the car seat, breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, diapers, bathing, toys, and games! It's a handy resource for a new dad.
1 What Is She Reading?
Guys shouldn't be afraid to crack open books like What to Expect or The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. These books have been passed around for years by girlfriends and devoured by expecting moms wanting to know just what's going on in that baby bump. Sitting down to read through pregnancy books together, whether it's something as lighthearted as The Shit They Don't Tell You or as straightforward as the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, can help you both prepare for pregnancy, labor and delivery, and caring for your new little one. So, get cracking and start reading--and talking--about pregnancy today.