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NewBee Daddy: Can you become a good dad by reading a book?

Posted Tuesday, July 13th, 2010 at 1:00 am by alobosco in Cultural Bees. More in 10025

Be Prepared

Well, the reality of becoming a father has officially kicked in. Although my wife is due on Halloween, it seems like it’s only around the corner.  So much to do and to learn….so little time.  This time last year we were preparing for our wedding, but this is different.

We’ve been making plans to get the apartment ready for the baby, or as I like to call it, nesting.  She’s 24 weeks along and the baby’s growing and becoming more active every day.  In fact, the baby is about a foot long.  According to, she’s as long as an ear of corn.

I spent this past Saturday at my buddy’s place with his lovely wife and two beautiful children, a 14 month old boy and a 3 year old girl. My interaction around children up until now has been limited and consisted mostly of getting them riled up for their parents, but this time I spent some quality time with the kids.  Since I was in daddy mode, I had an opportunity to ask them about whether books really have helped them with being new parents.

At the end of the day, I got some pretty good advice about parenting books, which is consistent with what other friends with newborns have said – “Parenting books put things in perspective when things get pretty intense.”

Do I expect to learn about being a new dad from reading a book?  Probably not, but hopefully the books will shed some light on what to expect and how to handle tough situations as they come.  As a new dad, there are many thoughts going through my mind, and from what I’ve read, they’re pretty common.

So, you can take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but it doesn’t hurt to get some advice from people that have been through it. The following books were given to me by my wife, friends and family.  Each of them have come highly recommended and some have lots of pictures, which is right up my alley!

1) Be Prepared – This was a gift from my wife and so far, this has been a fun book to get acclimated to being a new dad.  If you haven’t seen the book, Be Prepared is a funny, informative survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood. It’s jam-packed with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.

Be Prepared

Gift from wife

2) The Happiest Baby on the Block – My friend recommended this book and said it’s done wonders for him when dealing with crying babies.  The New Way to calm crying and help your newborn baby sleep longer. Calm colic crying babies in minutes or less with this new revolutionary approach.

There is also a DVD that I recommend purchasing as well.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

Gift from buddy

3) Dad’s Pregnant Too – This was a gift from my Mom.  It’s a comprehensive guide that helps expectant fathers understand their partners, themselves and what’s going on inside her belly.

Dads Pregnant Too

Gift from mom

Some good places to buy the books are:

Barnes & Nobles – Lincoln Triangle

1972 Broadway (at 67th Street)
New York, NY 10023-5903
Take the 1 train to 66th Street stop

Strand Book Store

828 Broadway
(between 12th St & 13th St)
New York, NY 10003

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