I'm Going to Be a Dad: Now What?: Everything You Need to Know about First-Time Fatherhood

I'm Going to Be a Dad: Now What?: Everything You Need to Know about First-Time Fatherhood

by Craig Baird


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So, you are going to be a dad? The first leap can be an overwhelming, confusing, and complex time in your life. Nine months might not seem like enough time to figure it all out.

Lucky for you, I’m Going to Be a Dad: Now What? has done the research for you, compiling all the information needed for first- time fathers. Starting with the moment you found out you were expecting, this book takes you through your role in the parenting process. You will learn how to help your partner during the pregnancy, how to prepare for the birth, and what to do during labor. This book further details what to expect after the birth, including the many different ways your household will change, from pets and possessions to baby-proofing.

This book may not make you sleep, but it will give tricks to catching up on sleep between the crying and infamous 3 a.m. feedings. You will learn how to keep calm and adjust to your new role as a dad. This book discusses the health issues your child may have and how to deal with teething, a colic, and potty-training. You will learn what to expect as your child grows up and different games to play with your child to help develop their skills.

Above all, you will learn how your role as a father will vary from that of the mother and how to juggle between working, being a father, and spending time with your partner. This book will guide you through the earliest days of your child’s life to the learning phases of toddler years as you learn how to be a first-time father. Welcome to fatherhood!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601383952
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company FL
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Section 1 Getting though the Nine Months 17

Chapter 1 The First Trimester 19

Understanding Trimesters 20

Choosing a Doctor 21

Coping With Morning Sickness 22

Changing Feelings 24

The First Ultrasound 27

Hearing the Heartbeat 29

Miscarriage 30

Changing Your Diet 32

Conclusion 34

Chapter 2 The Second Trimester 35

Getting Your Finances Ready 36

Finding Out the Sex 40

Your Partner's Changing Body 41

The Changing Sex Life 43

Prenatal Communication 44

Setting up a Nursery 46

Conclusion 48

Chapter 3 The Third Trimester 53

Birthing Classes 54

Preparing for the Hospital Trip 57

Dealing With the Water Breaking 60

Talking to Work 61

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 61

Who Goes Back to Work? 63

Choosing a Pediatrician 65

Understanding False Births 67

Conclusion 68

Section 2 Birth to Six Months 73

Chapter 4 The Birth 75

Remaining Calm 76

Helping the Mother 77

The Stages of Labor 77

Labor Contingencies 81

Cutting the Umbilical Cord 84

Conclusion 85

Chapter 5 Bringing the Baby Home 91

Your Room or the Nursery? 92

Crying and Late Night Feedings 93

Adjusting Work Schedules 97

Installing a Car Seat 98

Your Partner, Her Emotions, and Your Sex Life 98

Changing Diapers 102

Interactions Between the Baby and Pets 105

Bathing the Baby 107

Going Back to Work 111

Conclusion 113

Chapter 6 The Baby's First Three Months 117

Adjusting to Life 118

Introducing the Baby to Friends and Relatives 119

Nurturing the Baby's Mind 120

Putting the Baby in a New Care-Giving Setting 125

Child's Perceptions 129

Getting Clothes and Dressing theChild 132

Leaving the House 135

Where to Go and Where Not toGo 140

Managing Stress 143

Colic 146

Baby-Proofing the House 148

Conclusion 156

Chapter 7 From Three Months to Two Years 161

Playing With the Baby 162

Preparing for Walking 170

Time to Speak 174

Switching to Solid Foods 178

Teething 183

The First Haircut 186

Potty Training 187

The First Birthday Party 191

Restaurants 194

Going to Hotels 197

The Airplane 200

Conclusion 203

Section 3 The Reference Guide 207

Chapter 8 Illnesses and Your Baby 209

Chickenpox 210

Fever 211

Baby Allergies 212

Baby Jaundice 215

Group B Streptococcus 216

Meningitis 217

Measles 219

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome 220

Other Diseases 222

How Can You Prevent Illnesses and Disease? 224

Conclusion 225

Chapter 9 Baby Dangers 227

Most Common Cause of Infant Deaths 228

Most Common Injuries among Babies and Children 229

Less Common Dangers 234

Conclusion 238

Chapter 10 Games for the Baby 239

Conclusion 246

Chapter 11 Being a Father 249

Can I Care for a Baby? 250

Will I be a Good Father? 250

Will I be Able to Afford a Baby? 251

Will I Have Independence? 252

Can I Handle the Labor? 253

Will I be Able to Help My Partner? 253

Issues for Fathers 254

Being a Primary Caregiver 256

Bond With the Baby 256

How to Bond With the Baby (Beyond Games) 257

Conclusion 262

Conclusion 263

Appendices 265

Appendix 1 Glossary 267

Appendix 2 Popular Baby Names 273

Bibliography 279

Author Biography 283

Index 285

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