The Expectant Dad’s Handbook is the new parenting manual written by Dean Beaumont, founder of DaddyNatal. It’s selling out a storm on Amazon. Our man Dan takes a closer look…
Dan is expecting his first baby this year and writes: “As a dad to be I’ll be totally honest and admit this whole baby thing is a massive learning curve for me. With that in mind I jumped at the chance of reading this book and understanding more about my role as ‘dad’.
So what did I learn? Loads! Importantly what my role as a dad-to-be actually means and specifically how I can support Caroline throughout the pregnancy and when our baby arrives. The book is split into 3 key sections: Pregnancy, Labour & Birth and Life after Birth. Each one is incredibly insightful and is broken down into digestible sections meaning you take all the content in – there’s practical tips on everything from swaddling to nappy changing as well as tips on how to be emotionally supportive. I’m not a great book lover but found this an easy read. My wife got continually frustrated with me saying ‘did you know this Caroline?’ whilst I read the book.
Would I recommend this book to fellow dad’s to be? Absolutely. If you really want to support your partner through there pregnancy, this book will certainly help you do so. There’s no need to fear what others will think whilst you’re reading the book. My copy made it out to Greece with me and Caroline and 5 other couples for our last holiday together before Baby Marshall arrives. The lads cracked a few jokes on my choice of book but at the end of the day I’ll be a dad in less than 3 months so I want to know as much as I possibly can to help my wife.
What’s next? Well given all the insight I gave Caroline whilst reading the book, she’s now decided she wants to read it. I think she’ll get a lot from it. I’m also going to try and attend one of Dean’s Daddy natal classes. One of the team here has been (Daddy G – read his blog stories here) and said it was really insightful and great to be with likeminded dads to be.
My next book? I think I’ll got back to the iPad for a while. The transfer window has just passed and I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!”
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