6 Books every First-Time Dad should read before baby comes

First Time Dad

You’re pregnant! Or at least your partner is, and while she has her head buried in the latest edition of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, you should be busy reading, too.

Here are 6 books for dads-to-be you should add to your Good Reads list.

The Expectant Father
By Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be (Fourth Edition) (The New Father (1))

Originally published in 1995, this comprehensive classic explores all the ways your partner’s pregnancy could impact you. With a month-by-month overview, The Expectant Father covers what’s going on with your partner (emotionally and physically), what’s going on with your baby, and what’s going on with you.

And the book doesn’t shy away from pregnancy’s financial implications or how pregnancy can affect your social life and sex life.

The latest edition also includes special sections on labor and delivery and the first few months after baby’s arrival.

From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy
By Chris Pegula

From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy

Written by Diaper Dude creator Chris Pegula, this book covers need-to-know essentials of pregnancy and parenting and reminds you that it’s perfectly normal to be scared out of your mind. Fun fact: Diaper Dude’s bags have been used by Brad Pitt and this book was endorsed by the author of the original What To Expect. So, grab your copy and learn what your partner is going through each trimester and how to be the best dad-to-be.

 

The Birth Partner
By Penny Simkin

Birth Partner 5th Edition: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Partners, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions

Now in its fifth edition, this book will help you be the supportive partner the mom-to-be in your life needs. The Birth Partner covers all things labor and delivery including how to prepare for labor and know when it’s started, medications, and other techniques for easing labor pains, C-sections, and more.

Keep this guide on hand so you can help your partner through every step of labor and be supportive during breastfeeding, newborn care, and all other parts of parenthood.

 

Dude, You’re Going to Be a Dad
By John Pfeiffer

Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months

In this go-to guide for guys, John Pfeiffer shares all he learned dealing with morning sickness, doctor visits, painting the baby’s nursery, choosing a name, and more.

He wants you to realize this: she might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.

His goal is to help you help your partner and he wants to help you not look stupid in the process.

 

We’re Pregnant: The First-Time Dad’s Pregnancy Handbook
By Adrian Kulp

We're Pregnant! The First Time Dad's Pregnancy Handbook

This standout guide for first-time dads offers month-by-month tools to help you prepare for baby’s arrival and participate in your partner’s pregnancy with confidence. The book includes must-ask questions for the doctor, milestone trackers, and more to create a handbook that’s both approachable and action-oriented.

Sooo, You Got Her Pregnant

By: Christopher Williams, II

Sooo, You Got Her Pregnant

Williams believes that the challenge of being a good dad begins not when your baby is born, but as soon as you find out your partner is pregnant. He wrote this book to be a roadmap to help you do just that.  Drawing from his own experiences as a husband and father of three, Williams gives advice on how to navigate the ups and downs of pregnancy and the first year of parenthood so you can be a good dad and keep your relationship with your partner intact.

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