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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-09-24

Phik

Great read for new fathers ....expect everything from you new born the author talks about....Its a must read ...I plan listening too the audio book again

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  • A Martinez
  • 2021-09-01

A nice comprehensive self help book for new fathers

As a father of my first child in my 40’s I came to realize (very quickly!) how different my ‘memories of my own childhood and my relationship with my father are to my current way of living. Specially more obvious since my child is a girl! This book really covered the main key points that I needed as I was preparing for the arrival of our girl. Unfortunately, our girl arrived a bit earlier than expected so I missed the opportunity to calmly go over the first 2 months (I wish I had the time!) I now know that the topics covered during birth and the 1st month make a lot of sense.
My journey ahead is not that of an in-home dad but I still appreciated the guidance re Dad support groups, communication, vaccines, financial planning, baby feeding, discipline, playing! … this book compliments very nicely the other books on nutrition, co-sleeping, baby sign language and after 1 year books.
I purchased the printed copy for future reference while I listened to this book during several long burping and calming the baby sessions during her 2 month.

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  • Cosmin Ivan
  • 2021-08-26

Great book

I liked the way the facts were presented, as well as the voice of the author.

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  • Michael J. simonson
  • 2021-08-24

As a new dad I’ve read a lot of parenting books…

And don’t get me wrong, the books written by women for women have a ton of great material, especially for how to support my wife. But Armin Brotts books have helped ME tremendously! I appreciate his emphasis on active fathering and how he points out and disarms the many parenting myths around fatherhood. His book The Expectant Father was the book that most prepared me for the birth of my son, which was far crazier and emotionally vivid than any other moment in my life. And this book has helped me to get a grasp on the milestones I have to look forward to now that we’re home and parenting (our son is 10 days old as I wrote this). Thanks Armin, sincerely, you helped me grasp the task at hand, from so many different angles!

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  • Justin Wright
  • 2021-07-19

Good book for very young fathers

In my opinion most of this book gives very common, obvious knowledge. I didn’t gain much from it.

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  • Marco Paschkewitz
  • 2021-04-14

Great book to guide fathers through the first year

Great book recommended it for all fathers. Good insights into how to handle the first year.

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  • Matt
  • 2020-05-30

Great for advancing your steps to fatherhood!

Thank you for expanding your series for successful fatherhood. My partner and I are looking forward to growing our family. We appreciate the anecdotal lessons throughout the book.