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  • Written by: Armin A. Brott
  • Narrated by: Armin Brott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father.

The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men listening to The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first 12 months of fatherhood.

In each chapter, Brott focuses on What’s Going On with the Baby; What You’re Going Through; What’s Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom - and humor, thanks to Brott’s light touch - make The New Father indispensable for the modern father who doesn’t want to miss a moment of his child’s first year.

What’s new?

  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • Changing definitions of fatherhood
  • Changes in the way society deals with dads - from changing tables in public men’s rooms to workplace flexibility
  • Research proving that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s 
  • How being an involved dad rewires a man’s brain 
  • How changes in women’s roles in the family affect dads and their roles 
  • Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology 
  • The special impact dads have on girls and boys 
  • Specific strategies dads can use to get - and stay - involved in their children’s lives 
  • Updated resources for new fathers

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015, 2004, 1997 Armin Brott (P)2018 Armin Brott

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Great but could use better organization

There is so much excellent information in this book. My wife even found parts of it I shared with her very interesting - some is universal to all parents, but she also enjoyed the dad-specific parts as it’s interesting to gain some insight into the other partner’s perspective.

There are a couple areas for improvement in this book, however:

1. Each “month-specific” chapter, after the actually month-specific “what’s going on with the baby” and “what’s going on with you” intros, is filled with information that is generally applicable to the whole first year. I would think “there’s no point listening to the 6th month chapter, I’m only in month 5”, but later I would find that chapter contained important information I wish I had known even in the first month. I would much prefer that the book was reorganized to put all the general info at the beginning, and leave the small amount of actually month-specific items to the end. Meanwhile, if you get this book, I really recommend going through the whole thing even if you’re only in your first month - or even before the birth!

2. The month-specific stuff is written authoritatively like “this month your baby is doing X, Y, and Z.” The thing is, there’s no such thing as a definite month-by-month schedule of what your baby WILL do! They will do some things sooner, some later, and some maybe not at all! It’s disheartening, as a parent already full of worries, to hear “this month your baby is running marathons, tap-dancing, and engaging in political debates with top academics”, and thinking “but my baby can only say mama and still isn’t eating reliably”. It should really be re-worded to say “this month about 63% of babies can do X, but many will acquire this skill 2-3 months earlier or later.” Meanwhile, do yourself a favour and look up some info on the typical windows for developing different skills, and at what point not having a particular skill is actually of any concern.

3. Last, it would be better if the chapters in the audiobook were labelled with their chapter headings as well as numbered. If I want to refer back or forward to something, a chapter title like “Chapter 11” is useless.

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New Father's must Read

This book is an absolute must read for any New Father's. It talks about the details of having a child from what to expect in the first week up to the entire year on a month to month basis. With lot's interesting facts along theway.

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  • Tampa2
  • 2020-08-22

Great guide but expectations are insane

book reads great and I love the format and breakdown. the suggestions are grest as well and I recommend listening. HOWEVER, his development milestones are not realistic. everything he says they should be doing at various stages are wildly early. at 11 months they can help dress themselves? as a themed "new fathers" book, remember we are just trying to survive, don't tack on ideas that sound good but can't be executed unless you spend 24hrs a day trying to develop your child like a soldier

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  • Ian
  • 2019-12-27

A detailed, exhaustive, and well-organized guide

After reading Brott's "The Expectant Father," I was happy to see that he has written guide books for most of the subsequent years as well. This is yet another good, detailed guide for fathers tackling their first year. The consistent organization of the chapters, arranged by time periods, with "what's going on with ..." make them easy to access. The chapter titles on the pages and bullet-pointed summaries also make it easy to skip ahead or go back through to find information you may be looking for. While I do not agree with all the advice Brott may give, he does a great job of putting things in context and does not tout what he says as "gospel" but rather good recommendations from experienced dads. He does a great job narrating and the PDF attachment is useful, though I recommend just getting a paper copy of this book to follow along with and refer back to. I am now expecting twins and wish that Brott would write a book like this for fathers of twins, though there is already good (if short) literature out there on fathering twins. This is a must-read for new dads!

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  • RICANELAS
  • 2019-02-18

Where are the pdfs

Where are the downloadable pdf ?
Please bla bla bla tsss que mas y mas y mas

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  • Juan José Fuchs
  • 2019-02-14

Great for the US market

Most of the book deals with specifics about the US reality and it's not transferrable to other country's realities

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-09-16

Great New Father Instructions Manual

A baby does not come with an instruction manual but this is the closest thing to one. Each chapter was another month. I would listen to each chapter around the time my son would reach that age/month. I was amazed how many times the chapters were spot on. What the baby is going through, what the mother is going through and what you are going through. First time fathers, this book is a must.

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  • Vance
  • 2019-05-15

Great info with slight issues

Great source of info for new fathers but the narrators voice can drone on at times. And not in a good way.

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  • Timothy H.
  • 2023-01-21

Missing chapter titles

The printed version of this book labels each chapter based on the age of your child. This makes it really useful to reference as your child grows. The audible version, unfortunately, simply labels them “chapter 1”, “chapter 2”, and so on. Seems like a minor detail but I’ve come to realize that for this type of book it makes it practically useless.

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  • Stefan
  • 2023-01-18

Disappointed

Don’t waste your precious time listening to this. I kept waiting for it to get better… never happened

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  • Alex
  • 2022-12-09

Wow! Highly recommend

This book is great and well worth its price. I was looking for something practical, that wouldn't be too long and/or preachy, and this book was exactly that, very specific, brief and to the point. I learned a ton of nuance, and it was very helpful both pre-birth, and after.

Pre-birth it gave me a lot of confidence, by knowing what to expect and having realized that it doesn't sound all that difficult and scary. I didn't advertise reading it to my partner, and it was a very pleasant surprise for her to realize that somehow I knew all these minutiae about newborns, and she really, really appreciated that. It's worth a lot!

And after the birth, I can't count just how many times I thought: "whoa! that's exactly the situation from the book!". Apart from very practical baby stuff, the book had a a lot of warnings and advice about life in general, and how it changes with the baby, and this had very real implications for me. Recognizing problems I've read about made it so much easier to change attitude/cope with them, and I can confidently say if it wasn't for this book some of my actions would've been different, and probably not for the better.

Well that's it, I don't think I can give it any higher praise than that, really :)

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  • J. Lowy
  • 2022-11-20

Armin A. Brott is not an expert

The trouble I'm seeing with alot of books now that are promoted to a wider audience is that it seems anyone who has little to no knowledge in a field of study can just gather a bunch of information to patch together a book with an attractive theme. It seems that anyone can look up this information as it is widely available on the internet and probably write a better book.

If you're looking for real knowledge and wisdom from experts you won't find it here. This book has a decent of acceptable information incidentally but is plagued by just as much heresay. The first chapter starts strong but it's not before long that the writing becomes disorganized and inserts alot of unproven theories that are definitely not going to age well.

In the same chapter the author will scare you with SIDS, tell you to make sure you have warm pants for your baby, not to use sunscreen until a certain age and that the all the differences between behavior in men and women are due to social conditioning. Brott does not list sources or studies to back up most of his claims. It was my mistake to buy a book because it was on sale instead of looking up the author who used to be a marine and decided to get into the world of writing and just happens to be a parent.