Father’s Day 2022: the best 11 books for new dads and expectant fathers

On the occasion of March 19th, here are our tips for giving a good book to those who have recently become dads or are about to become one.

Giving a book for Father’s Day is always a great idea. For this reason, if you are looking for something special to celebrate a new father or a future father , why not choose a good read?

The experience of fatherhood is one of the most exciting and overwhelming that can happen in a man’s life, but at the same time it can be very unsettling , especially in the first few months.

So then, relying on a good book can help to better face doubts and uncertainties , understand the needs of the newborn (and the new mother!) or simply receive practical advice , for example on changing the diaper or bathing.

In this article, we have selected for you the 10 best books for expecting dads and new dads, to read during pregnancy or after the birth of the baby, to deal with fatherhood in a more aware, informed way and, why not, with the help of a pinch of irony!

1) Get ready! Practical guide for new dads

For this first Father’s Day are you looking for an ironic book but at the same time full of information?

“Get ready! A practical guide for new dads ′′  by  Gary Greenberg  and  Jeannie Hayden could be for you.

It is a text that addresses various topics useful to novice dads even with a certain amount of irony.

It ranges from newborn care to choosing the right stroller, or ways to make the baby laugh.  There are parts that are fun and others with valuable information for dads-to-be with little or no previous experience. 

2) I was born a dad. Even fathers are expecting a child

Written by Alessandro Volta ,  paediatrician and father of three , the book tells the first – person story of fatherhood  from conception to the first year of a child ‘s life .

The text aims to shed light on the individual and couple dynamics that emerge with the arrival of a child in the family, with a positive and optimistic spirit . Furthermore, given the author’s medical training, the book also contains some information sheets and spaces for in-depth study on the period of  pregnancy and the  puerperium .

Highly recommended to all expecting dads !

3) …I’m pregnant too. Practical guide for fathers-to-be: what to know and what to do for a happy pregnancy together.

Book that was very successful in England, the country of origin of the author, journalist and writer.

It contains a detailed guide for each month of pregnancy , with tips and advice for dads on how to experience their partner’s pregnancy, how to help the future mother and how to make the nine months a moment of sharing.

4) Almost Father

Two bars color the  pregnancy test  and this is how the wait for one of the most significant existential milestones begins. But on closer inspection, those two bars are also a countdown that day after day takes us away, at least in part, from what we have been to project ourselves into a totally unknown future.

Christian Bergamo , in “Almost Father”, tells us these feelings in his autobiographical novel , which runs through “his” nine months of pregnancy :

“ Men are also expecting a child. They do it tormenting themselves, with the melancholy of almost achieved goals, the fear of not being up to par, the embarrassment of feeling useless and the anxiety of not showing it too much ”.

5) The father’s manual. Everything you need to know about pregnancy, childbirth and the first year of life in three

This guide aims to be a practical and emotional support for dads , to prepare them during pregnancy for the birth of the child up to its first year of life.

It contains various lived experiences that can be of support to those who are experiencing similar situations.

6) The rookie dad

The book contains 220 questions and answers to small and big doubts that crowd the minds of future fathers or new fathers.

7) Dads are from Mars, moms are from Venus. Because mom and dad do the same things differently

From the positive pregnancy test to the first three years of the child’s life, the book deals with the story of two parents from two points of view : that of the father and that of the mother (but not only).

The authors Alberto Pellai and Barbara Tamborini , as well as parents, are also a psychotherapist  (him) and  educational psychologist  (she).

8) In dad’s belly. Father and son – an emotional relationship

Also this book sees as author Alberto Pellai , father and well-known psychotherapist of the developmental age. The text aims to take new dads by the hand, helping them to understand the emotions and overcome doubts and fears that can accompany fatherhood.

9) Love them without ifs and buts. From the logic of rewards and punishments to that of love and reason

The book by Alfie Kohn , American writer and educator, tries to answer the initial question: “What are the needs of our children and how can we satisfy these needs?” .

The answers are given through suggestions and methods that help the parent to pass from the logic of imposition to that of collaboration.

10) What if he gets addicted? Cultural prejudices and the essential needs of our children

How many times are new parents told not to pick up the baby or put him to sleep with them because he could “catch the habit”? In this book, Alessandra Bortolotti, a psychologist specializing in the perinatal period , debunks common prejudices about children’s need for contact.

“In fact, we live in a society that imposes times and spaces based on the logic of productivity and consumerism and that does not care enough to protect the emotional development of the little ones. Our children therefore grow up in a world that has often forgotten about them, demanding that they immediately become autonomous, that they do not disturb, that they ignore their instincts and the ability to communicate their needs from the first moments of life. Through the analysis of the primary and universal needs of every child, these pages deal with topics such as breastfeeding, the sleep of newborns and older children, the need for contact and the most effective forms of communication between parents and children.. In short, this book wants to “liberate” parents who make care choices based on unconditional love and the primary importance of the emotional relationship.

11) Survival manual for new dads. Man-to-man advice for primiparous fathers

We close with an ironic and amusing book , written by a man for other men.

The text is designed as a sort of military-style guide, in which the author addresses future fathers as if they were his soldiers. But be careful: due to the very crude and direct language in the description of some moments of pregnancy and childbirth,  it may not be suitable for the most anxious and sensitive future fathers!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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