dad reading bookSure there are plenty of resources for all the moms-to-be out there, but we can’t forget the dads.  And in the vein of “their own style,” we’d like to recommend five excellent books that are written just for dads. They might not always be as mushy or scientific as the books you mommies-to-be prefer, but the point is that all the correct information is transmitted.

5 Must-Have Books For for Dads-to-Be

So, here are five of our recommended reads for Dads-to-Be, in no particular order:

1. Diaper Dude: The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Surviving the First Two Years

From the same author who wrote: “From Dude to Dad,” “Diaper Dude” explores all that uniquely comes with navigating the first two years of fatherhood. As the description reads, “the book is an easy-to-read resource for new dads, combining hard-won lessons learned, pitfalls to avoid, and practical advice from a dude who hasn’t lost his identity (or his sanity).”

2. The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life

Written by former NFL tight end Benjamin Watson, The New Dad’s Playbook is every man’s game plan to being the best partner and the best father, from pre-season (preparing for fatherhood) to Super Bowl (birth) to post-season (after baby is home).” Bringing an inspiring and relatable approach to parenting, this less conventional book is sure to keep a sports fanatic dad’s attention.

3. Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool

Cribsheet is for all the dads out there who love data.  “Armed with the data, Oster finds that the conventional wisdom doesn’t always hold up. She debunks myths around breastfeeding (not a panacea), sleep training (not so bad!), potty training (wait until they’re ready or possibly bribe with M&Ms), language acquisition (early talkers aren’t necessarily geniuses), and many other topics.”  Emily Oster is also the author of Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know.

4. Show Dad How: The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year

This book is perfect for the more visual learners out there. It’s packed with illustrations, helpful graphics, and step-by-step instructions for over 150 things a dad needs to know, packaged together with a bit of fun and humor. “Help any new or expecting father become the coolest, smartest, and most prepared dad around with Show Dad How, a fully illustrated, step-by-step guide to everything a dad needs to know from conception through baby’s first year.”

5. The New Father: A Dad’s Guide To The First Year

This book provides dads with a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development and explains how they will change, grow and develop during the first year of fatherhood.  The New Father also offers information pertaining specifically to today’s dads, such as how technology is changing fatherhood and changes in the ways society deals with dads.