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Parenting advice for fathers only

Author James Dunsford
Submitted 03-08-2008

Anyone becoming a father for the first time is likely to be relatively clueless about what bringing up a baby involves and are faced with the task of learning a vast amount of information on everything from sleeping to vaccinations in a short amount of time

Although there is a plethora of books on the market to offer parenting advice, most have typically been aimed at mothers, leaving dads out in the cold.

That is now beginning to change however, with websites such as this one stepping in to help hapless fathers-to-be and baby books appearing that offer more male-centered advice.

John Port has just published the ‘Caveman’s Guide to Baby’s First Year’ along with his friend John Ralston and family physician Brian M Ralston, after the success of ‘The Caveman’s Guide to Pregnancy’ in 2006.

He told the NY Daily News: “When it comes to pregnancy and to parenthood, men can be like deer in the headlights … we end up scratching our heads and not having a clue what to do. So many parenting guides are written from the woman’s perspective that fathers are made to feel like Neanderthals.”

As Ralston is a chef the new book offers plenty of nutritional recipes, as well as medical advice and general practical tips, all presented in a humorous and man-friendly format.

Dads wanting to get the low-down on raising kids without stealing their pregnant wife‘s literature could also consider ‘The New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year’ by Armin Brott or ‘The Baby Bonding Book for Dads’ by Jennifer Margulis and James di Properzio.