The Essential Guide

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(3 customer reviews)

Parenting for Dads made easy! Covering everything from how to change a nappy, bonding with your baby and registering for nursery, this book takes a down-to-earth look at everything a dad might need to know. Much of the information about children and childcare is written with mums in mind. Dads might get a paragraph or a chapter if they’re lucky. This book seeks to redress the balance. Tim Atkinson provides an easy-to-read, accessible and informative book on pregnancy, birth and the first years of a child’s life written for dads, by a dad. This book is also essential reading for mums and mums-to-be if only to give them an insight into what their partners might be thinking and feeling. Fatherhood: The Essential Guide guides the reader from the very first stages of planning a family, through the nine months of pregnancy, labour and the birth itself. It then deals with the practicalities of caring for your baby from the first hours, days and months with the new arrival right through to the first three years of a child’s life. Author: Tim Atkinson

Chapter Headings

Planning a Family

The Pregnancy


First Days and Months

Three to Six Months Old

Six to Twelve Months Old

One Year to Three Years Old

Financial Help and Legal Entitlements

Help List

Book List

Author Bio 

Father-of-three Tim Atkinson is a multi award-winning UK parent-blogger and a well-established author. His site: www.bringingupcharlie.co.uk is among the most popular parent blogs in the country and has featured in national press, on radio and television as well as winning several national and international awards.

Tim is frequently invited to discuss a wide range of parenting issues on radio and television as well as contributing to features in newspapers and magazines. 

Having spent a wonderful sabbatical as a stay-at-home dad with his three-year-old son, Charlie, he is passionate about helping other dads make the most of the vital early months and years with their children.

Customer Reviews...

Paperback (via Amazon) -
Despite the ante-natal classes I still picked up this book each night before the birth of our daughter and each night for weeks after for reference. It is written for fathers but with respect for their partners as well. Our first child has been a rapid learning experience to say the least but this book continues to be useful even if just to see what milestones we are about to look forward to! A must read for expectant and new fathers.


Tom Briggs (via Amazon) -
This title will be welcomed by new and expectant dads because, let's be honest, there is a serious shortage of books for parents who also happen to be blokes. Sure, there are plenty of excellent general parenting books out there, but the questions that a lot of soon-to-be dads have about the highs and lows that are to follow are largely unaddressed in them. The book covers planning a family right through to what to expect as your child approaches the age of three via, among a great many others of course, pregnancy, labour, childbirth and those exciting but frankly terrifying and knackering first few days. One of the things I particularly liked about the book is that all of the scary stuff is in there and is dealt with in a reassuring way - I, for one, would definitely have benefitted from the advice on its pages when we were expecting our son. It's accessible, informative and authoritative, something one or two of the books I consulted a year or so ago could learn from. All in all, this is a comprehensive, down-to-earth offering.


Mr. B. D. Wakeling (via Amazon) -
Written in a format which means you can pick it up and put it down as and when you need a bit of information or advice, `Fatherhood' also has the added benefit of every now and then being a bit cheeky (especially when you read about breastfeeding, on page 35), which helps steer it away from being a crumbly old text book. Instead, it's a book about being a dad, written by a dad, who's been there before and knows exactly what to talk about to help you through the first three years of your baby's life. Each section (of which there are 8, starting at `Planning a Family' and finishing with `Financial Help and Legal Entitlements') is neatly broken up under various headings, which means you can quickly find what you're after. Even handier, each section ends with a `Summing Up' page, which allows us men to cut to the main points when our primitive brains can't cope with paragraphs. To sum up, then (hurrah for the seamless link), `Fatherhood: The Essential Guide' is a great reference book for new and experienced dads, and it is obvious that a lot of research has gone into this book.


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