Book Review: You’re Going To Be A Dad

You’re Going To Be A Dad

Daddilife Books 2021

Written by men for men, “You’re Going To Be A Dad” focuses on pregnancy, labor, and infancy from the dad’s perspective. Dads from all across the world were interviewed to provide a diverse range of feelings and medical knowledge. The sections on “Reflections From Our Dads” provide practical advice. One dad stated that he wished he had read the manuals for baby gear in the 3rd trimester instead of when he was sleep deprived with newborn twins.

The dad-to-be or dad can read the book in its entirety or focus on week to week in pregnancy or monthly milestones in infancy.

The book focuses on both the emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy for the woman as well as the dad-to-be. It is both detailed and comprehensive. Some might say that it is too medical, but for those who want it, it’s there. Each section has medical terms that pertain to that time in pregnancy.  The book discusses the roller coaster of emotions and the importance of a team concept in supporting each other. The medical terminology for the most part is comprehensive and correct. The only thing I would change is the definition of colic. The book associates colic with pain and gas. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, colic is the term to describe infants who cry excessively for no apparent reason during the first three months.

Each chapter includes helpful hints in the weekly checklist. Week 16 reminds us about the baby registry and starting to prepare for the baby’s needs. Week 17 recommends making a “Baby Playlist” of your favorite music. As you get closer to your due date, birthing classes and birth plans are encouraged.

You’re Going To Be A Dad includes so many fun and practical reminders until the end of pregnancy and the time to hold the beautiful new baby. This book is an excellent baby shower gift for the dad-to-be.

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