While you’re planning the nursery, picking names and going to doctors appointments, don’t forget about the dad-to-be! Here are some great books for new dads, and dads-to-be!
It’s easy for your guy to feel like he’s not included. The doctor’s appointments are just about you and baby’s progress. Everything your buying is for the bump or the baby that’s on the way.
What about dads-to-be? They’re important too! You get to walk around, feel the kicks, get asked questions. Even if it’s sometimes annoying, at the end of the day, it’s physical and non-stop for you. I know my husband mentioned this to me a few times. It wasn’t until he said something that I actually stopped and thought about it.
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Think about your partner. He’s at work, or wherever. People only know a baby is on the way if he tells them. They don’t ask how he feels and such.
The moment I could tell he felt the most left out was when I was starting to feel flutters. You know, or may not yet know. They’re the first twinges you feel before baby-to-be is big enough to make kicks and punches you can feel on your belly. I wish I could remember how long it was between flutters to kicks but unfortunately, I don’t. I could only tell him how it felt.
The first time that my husband was able to feel kicks was when we were laying on the bed in our spare room. This room would also be Peyton’s first nursery. We had just finished setting up the bed and were laying on it. He had his hand on my stomach and was talking to our little bean when Peyton kicked for him! It was so exciting to see his face. Finally, he could feel a physical connection with our little guy.
Another time that really stands out was again in the kicks department. It was the night before the 2016 Super Bowl. Geoff was drumming a rhythm on my belly and then Peyton started kicking back. Hubby would give three taps, Peyton would give three back. Then he’d do two taps, and get another two back. This went on for quite some time. It was a really cool hubby-belly interaction.
All these and more are why I think it’s important to include him in the process. No, he doesn’t need to know if you’re experiencing hemorrhoids, but you know what I mean.
Daddy-to-be is important too! It took two.
After you’ve shared the news with him and the initial craziness calms down it’d be worth treating him! If your guy is a reader grab a couple of these books for him, I’m sure he’d appreciate it!
Be Prepared // Get it here
The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year // Get it here
The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be // Get it here
Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months // Get it here
New Dad’s Playbook, The: Gearing Up for the Biggest Game of Your Life // Get it here
The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers // Get it here
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Dude, You’re a Dad!: How to Get (All of You) Through Your Baby’s First Year // Get it here
Show Dad How (Parenting Magazine): The Brand-New Dad’s Guide to Baby’s First Year // Get it here
First Time Dad: The Stuff You Really Need to Know // Get it here
Dad Life: A Manly Adult Coloring Book: A Unique & Funny Antistress Coloring Gift for Fathers to Be, New Daddys & Husbands of Expecting Mothers // Get it here
What to Expect When Your Wife Is Expanding: A Reassuring Month-by-Month Guide for the Father-to-Be, Whether He Wants Advice or Not // Get it here
Do you have any new dad book recommendations? Please leave them for us in the comments below!
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