Most women love to get online or burrow into a book and read all there is to know about babies. Then, they regale their honeys with that wonderful information all night long – and all through the nine months – until the baby finally arrives.
However, there are (ahem!) some dads who actually like to glean information about their upcoming fatherhood, babydom and what’s going on inside their beloved’s every-growing belly at their own pace and in their own style.
5 Must-Have Books For Your Baby’s Daddy
And in the vein of “their own style,” we’d like to recommend five really awesome books that are written just for dads – and (mostly) by 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 right information is transmitted.
So, here are five of our recommended reads for Dads-to-Be, in no particular order:
- Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad. Okay, this book is not laden with all of the mushy gushy facts you’d want him to know. In fact, it’s sort of like a combination of a humorous, What to Expect When, combined with frat house humor. However, there are some pretty good points in it and if your man isn’t typically a reader, this is the book that will prime his pump and peak his interest so he may also pick up a copy of one of the other books listed below.
- The Expectant Father. This is the book you want Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad to be – – and your partner will probably be more interested in it if he’s been able to laugh a little and put some of his initial panic and fears to rest as a result. Authored by Armin A Brott and Jennifer Ash (see, wherever there is serious information about pregnancy/parenthood there seems to be a woman attached to the authorship…), this book covers a range of topics including his moods, emotions, as well as your physical well-being, moods and emotions. It even includes tips on child-related subjects such as how to start that college fund.
- Darth Vader and Son. This book is a fun gift to get dads-to-be, especially those who are 30-years or over or who have a serious appreciation for the Star Wars dynasty. While the premise of the book (really, it’s a graphic novel that was written and illustrated by the talented Jeffrey Brown) is humorous (what would life have been like for Luke Skywalker if Darth Vader had been an involved father…), there are touching moments throughout. Most moms end up picking this one to read as well.
- Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads. Authors Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden have cleverly created lists and instructions for surviving the first year of fatherhood. There are tips for changing a baby in a crowded sports arena, babyproofing hotel rooms in under 10-minutes, and other humorously written (but completely relevant and honest!) advice, all divided into five digestible sections and full of catchy graphics and illustrations.
- Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters. Written by well-known psychologist, Dr. Meg Meeker, this book discusses 10 secrets every father should know in order to raise a daughter who is strong, independent and confident to make her own way in a world that may not share her values. The book isn’t a list of instructions, per se, but rather it reviews the needs that every girl has in order to grow into herself, especially when being raised in a culture that has made women into sex objects and where sex is commercialized and commoditized.
What are some of your favorite books for dads-to-be? Are you a dad? What were the books that helped you the most? We would love to read your recommendations and insights in the Overlake comment box below.