The Best Baby Books for Men

Bringing home your new baby is one of the moments in your life that you’ll never forget. And along with the love and joy that you feel when you look at your little bundle of cuteness are all those questions every new parent has about baby care. Whether you’re a single dad or in a loving relationship and parenting with your partner, here are some of the best baby books for men with parenting tips and information that can help make you the best dad ever.

Parenting Advice

When you’re on your way to becoming a new dad, family and friends can often be too helpful when it comes to parenting advice. Everyone will think they know best – and that you’ll need all the friendly tips and advice that you can get. It can quickly become overwhelming with too much information that’s often confusing.

Here’s where books can be helpful. Before baby arrives, pick up a few books that are targeted for men. The books on this list offer valuable information about parenting, baby care, and how to maneuver your way through the first couple of years of being a new dad.

Perhaps the best piece of advice can’t be found in a book, be gentle and kind with yourself and your partner during this first year. What works for one family, may not work for you. Babies have their own personality and agenda from day one. Parenting is all about making the best decisions for all of you, from what bottles to use to whether co-sleeping is something that will fit into your family and parenting style.

These are just a few of the many baby books for men on the shelves today that can answer all your parenting questions:

1. The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be

by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash

There are a lot of books on the shelves for expectant mothers. Now here’s the best book for men who are expecting. This is the ideal book for dads and their partner, as well as for single dads. While your surrogate is pregnant and as you wait for the birth of your baby, this book takes you through the journey and prepares you for the coming months with your newborn. And it’s not just about caring for baby – the book also includes chapters about the emotions you might be going through as you prepare for the biggest and best moments of your life.

2. Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality

by Laura A. Jana and Jennifer Shu

Here’s everything you need to know about what to expect when you first arrive at home with a new baby. Should you be concerned about those hiccups and spit-ups? What about peeing and pooping – should you be paying attention? When it comes your little bundle of joy, there’s no question too small or too silly to ask – and this book has you covered.

3. The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year

by Armin A. Brott

Another book in the dad-parenting series, this is great book that prepares you for the wonders of the first year, so you have some idea of what to expect. The information is down to earth and practical, giving you lots of tips for sleep, first foods for baby, and what to do when you can’t get your baby to stop fussing. It also gets into things like feelings, with a focus on taking care of yourself and your partner as you’re caring for baby.

4. What to Expect the First Year

by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

Although not aimed just for men, this book is a classic on the shelves of parents. You can probably anticipate all those questions you’re going to have in the first year – everything from what to do when your baby has a cough to how to travel with your little one. This is a practical and easy to read book, that acts as your guide through the first year so you can make decisions with confidence as a new dad.

5. The Happiest Baby on the Block

by Harvey Karp

Whether it’s you and your partner bringing home that adorable baby or you’re doing it as a single dad, you’ll soon discover that a good night of sleep is essential for everyone. Tips in this parenting book will give you some good information on getting your baby to sleep better and longer. And better sleep means “the happiest baby on the block”.

6. Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood

by Michael Lewis

When you’re in the mood for something a bit lighthearted, the “Home Game” shows you how wonderfully funny and touching life as a new dad can be. Lewis has written down what life is like after the birth of each of his three children. As a new parent, you’ll appreciate that other men are going through the same parenting excitement and learning experiences that you are.

7. Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?

by Dan Bucatinsky

This is a great book for gay men who are first time parents. Bucatinsky talks about his adventures into fatherhood – that first year where it seems like you’ll never sleep again to those moments when you look at your baby and can’t imagine life without them.

8. The Family Book

by Todd Parr

While this book may not offer hands-on advice for bringing home your new baby, it’s never too soon to start reading to your little one. And “The Family Book” will give you lots of inspiration as you embrace the differences in your family in a fun and spirited way.

The thrill and excitement of surrogacy has been a wonderful journey. Now it’s time to be that dad you’ve always dreamed of, holding your newborn in your arms and learning a little more about each other every day. The books on this list can help make your parenting experience the best it can be, as you start on your new journey as a family.

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