The 7 Best Books For New Dads Every Expectant Father Must Read

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Becoming a new father is no small thing and we all know that babies don’t come with instruction manuals.

However, what we also know is that these books for new dads will become your next best friend – your saviour!

The realization of becoming an expectant father doesn’t dawn gradually.

You design the baby’s room, buy all the baby equipment needed, and then you sit down and suddenly realize: I’m a dad-to-be! I’m going to be a father for the first time! OMG!

Next, the following questions start to run through your head: Will I be a good dad? What are the roles and responsibilities of a father?

You dive into a whole new dictionary consisting of words like pregnancy, birthing, parenthood, and baby care. 

In other words, you feel lost.

Let me assure you, this is more than okay and nothing unusual! 

Every expectant dad wants to be the best dad to their new baby and one surefire way to achieve this is by reading the following baby books for new dads! 

These books are full of practical advice, parenting wisdom, and guidance, which is exactly what every first time father needs!

Getting ready for a new baby has never been easier with these amazing parenting books that you won’t be able to put down!

1. Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden

I personally can’t stand reading handbooks that are boring and which have the sole purpose of piling up as much information as possible.

It’s totally unmotivating and it screams boredom! 

And I’m sure many of you think the same.

When you think of reading a book for a new dad, you probably imagine a technical text devoid of any humour that will result in hours of boredom.

But, not with this one!

Be prepared, because this is one of the most entertaining books for new dads ever!

I mean, I myself couldn’t believe how much creativity, wit, and humour was used by the authors. 

In summary, this book has everything.

It’s an easy read, a no-nonsense guide that provides all the essential information – including sketches – in an interesting, funny way! 

One of the topics covered in the book even include identifying crying patterns.

Let’s be honest. Being able to identify the crying patterns of your new baby is probably one of the best things since sliced bread.

When you know the reason your baby is crying, you will know exactly what to do! It’s as simple as that.

You will save tons of time and prevent many sleepless nights just by learning how to differentiate your baby’s crying patterns. Simply brilliant!

This practical handbook is perfect for both new dads and new moms.

Once you learn everything, make sure you share some parenting wisdom with your wife as well! 

2. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

Remember when we mentioned feeling lost and all those questions running through every new dads head?

Will I be a good dad? What are the roles of a father?

Well, this book looks at all that and more! It is an in-depth, month-by-month guide about the things you need to prepare for.

It also describes how you, your baby, and your partner may be feeling. 

Unlike the majority of other books, this one covers it all: The emotional, financial, and physical effects of parenthood! 

I gave this one to a friend who was also a dad-to-be even though I know for sure that he’s not a huge reader (like me). 

To my surprise, he said that he was drawn to every page of it because reading about all these parenting stages was beyond entertaining.

I remember one thing he said that made me really happy: “This book also helped me understand what my wife is going through”.

And I simply cannot emphasize enough how important this is!

Understanding and compassion are so important when preparing for all kinds of parenthood challenges. 

I believe that when you understand each phase of parenthood, you have a chance of always being one step ahead of the game and that’s exactly what every new parent needs to achieve!

3. The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year by Armin A. Brott

Similar to the previous one, this book can also be classified as a new dad’s survival guide (especially if you’re a stay-at-home dad)! 

As the title implies, this book is about your baby’s first year, which means it’s more specific than the previous one.

What I like the most is that the chapters are divided into weeks and months. 

Each chapter describes what you, your baby, and your wife are going through during that specific period.

So, you don’t have to read the whole book if you don’t have time.

Instead, you can go through the chapters as your baby is growing.

You will find a step by step guide on how to change a diaper, special techniques and strategies on all kinds of things, a dad’s special impact on girls and boys, and all kinds of other stuff. 

So, if you’re not feeling that confident about your role as a new father, read this book and you will become ten times more confident!

Why? Because the book explains everything in detail. 

It’s both entertaining and easy to read. It is both a pregnancy book and the ultimate survival guide. 

And most importantly, it encompasses everything a new father needs to know, from helping in the delivery room to other more challenging tasks during the first year.

So, whatever your wife or your baby is going through, you will know exactly why and you will know what to do.

Needless to say that your wife will be amazed by your devotion and willingness to learn and participate! 

After all, your wife will need all the help and assistance possible, so reading this book is a great investment and the least you can do for her.

4. The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing up for the Biggest Game of Your Life by Benjamin Watson, Kevin Kenerly, Meg Meeker MD and Kirsten Watson

If you’re a sporty type and you love the Super Bowl, then this is a must read!

This book is written by Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson and it abounds with football and sports analogies to depict parenthood.

There is no better way to learn something than to compare it with things and phrases you already understand.

There is no better way to prepare for the biggest game of your life than to read this book!

The New Dad’s Playbook goes through all the physical and emotional challenges that your partner might go through.

It also prepares you for all the baby challenges that you should expect when your baby is home. 

It tells you how to deal with all the upcoming daily struggles like a champion!

In summary, The New Dad’s Playbook prepares you for the biggest game of your life and it does it like a boss!

While reading it, you will feel how the book gradually boosts your confidence as a new parent in a way that is understandable to you and other members of the male species and fans of the Super Bowl. 

It is specifically designed for the  male brain because it is not overly detailed.

It provides just enough information to help you gear up for the game of your life! 

And if you’re expecting a boy, this will be a long-term investment because one day they’ll probably need to read it, too!

5. We’re Parents! The New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year by Adrian Kulp

Speaking generally, the Internet is a great thing, but sometimes when compared to books, it’s not so great after all.

When you’re looking for a specific thing on the Internet, you will literally get 1 million answers. 

And then you have two options: Read every single one of them until you decide which one is the best or withdraw in a seriously confused state of mind. 

In summary, searching for online answers might result in “information overload” and you wasting tons of your time which, as a parent, you definitely cannot afford.

So, wouldn’t it be great if you could find everything you need to know about a baby’s first year in one single book?

Of course it would, right?

This New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year is exactly what I’m talking about! 

The book’s biggest advantage is that it’s written in checklists (like many articles nowadays) and quick chapters which makes it easy to read and navigate through. 

Needless to say, it covers just everything from burping to bath time and all the other “baby ceremonies”.

Best of all, it’s straightforward and the content is very organized.

So, when you find yourself in a specific situation and you’re in need of quick advice, you will find it in the book in a blink of an eye.

You won’t have to look for an answer online only to end up sorting through all the answers and hoping that you’ve found the best one. 

Whatever topic you need, it’s there! 

The book also abounds with lots of helpful illustrations and tons of tips & tricks that will help you overcome every struggle and become the best dad to your new baby!

6. From Dude to Dad: The Only Guide a Dude Needs to Become a Dad by Skyler Wolf Jones, D.K. Godard and Craig Dunn

As I already said, I’m a huge fan of having fun while learning.

I’m not saying that the book or guide has to be written by a professional comedian, but it has to have something that will capture my attention.

Some good books have humour used sparingly, which is totally okay, and others abound with it! From Dude to Dad is a perfect example of the latter.

As the title implies, this guide is written for dudes (first time dads) by dudes.

As the dudes who wrote this book know how every new dad’s brain functions, they have used their knowledge to create this amazing book!

Similar to The New Dad’s Playbook: Gearing up for the Biggest Game of Your Life, this book uses humour in the best possible way and understands the male mindset to get to its readers. 

It is the true epitome of both a humorous and informative book, with lots of eye-capturing illustrations!

So, if you’re not a huge reader, you’ll definitely love this one! 

You will learn a lot while laughing out loud. I don’t think it gets any better than this, right?

7. Diaper Dude: The Ultimate Dad’s Guide to Surviving the First Two Years by Chris Pegula and Frank Meyer

Judging from the experience of all my friends with children, I can say for sure that the first two baby years are both the most critical. Why?

Because you’re new at this game called parenthood, and you have no idea what to do when your baby starts crying, toddling around, or having mini tantrums.

You want the best for your baby but you often feel like you’re missing something. 

And that’s where these parenting books come in handy!

No matter how many articles about parenting you’ve read, you can never learn too much. 

And I can assure you that this book is more entertaining than any article out there!

It’s filled with tons of anecdotes from the author’s own experience, which makes it more relatable. 

The book provides essential information in a funny and easy going way.

The moment you start reading it, you will be hooked from the first page to the last.

Definitely one of the bestsellers every first time father must read!

Happy parenting is all about working on improving yourself! 

The above books for new dads will be your best friend when it comes to stepping up your parenting game.

From mastering diaper changes to learning how to differentiate crying patterns, each book is filled with all the essential information you need!

And remember: Constantly working on becoming the best version of yourself as a parent is a surefire way to success!

Happy reading and happy parenting!

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Written by Ivana Davies

Hey there mamas! I'm Ivana, a millenial mom of two wonderful kids. I was a teacher, but now I'm a stay-at-home mom running this blog with the goal of uniting all moms into a supportive community and providing insight into the everyday battle of motherhood.