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Be prepared : a practical handbook for new dads
Greenberg, Gary.
Personal Author:
First Simon and Schuster paperback edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Simon & Schuster, [2004]

Physical Description:
viii, 229 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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HQ756 .G7 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
HQ756 .G7 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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An indispensable survival manual for guys entering the trenches of fatherhood, Be Prepared is loaded with one-of-a-kind insights, MacGyver-esque tips and tricks, and no-nonsense advice for mastering the first year as a dad.

Finally, a book that teaches men all the things they really need to know about fatherhood...including how to:

-Change a baby at a packed sports stadium
-Create a decoy drawer full of old wallets, remote controls, and cell phones to throw baby off the scent of your real gear
-Stay awake (or at least upright) at work
-Babyproof a hotel room in four minutes flat
-Construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape

Packed with helpful diagrams and detailed instructions, and delivered with a wry sense of humor, Be Prepared is the ultimate guide for sleep-deprived, applesauce-covered fathers everywhere.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Parenting is hard, and reading many of the jargon-filled parenting books out there can make it even harder, but with a combination of smart writing and clever illustrations, husband-and-wife team Greenberg (The Pop-up Book of Phobias; etc.) and illustrator Hayden make both seem fun, if not easy. As the subtitle suggests, the book is filled with advice that will appeal to the solution-centered male perspective, from step-by-step swaddling instructions to a guide for identifying six distinct infant crying patterns. (A hunger cry, for example, is "a pattern of low-pitched, rhythmic moans, growing more and more insistent," whereas a boredom pattern is "a low-volume whimper which stops and starts irregularly.") Not only is Greenberg and Hayden's information useful, but it's also been vetted by "several distinguished fellows" at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Along with the conventional chapters on baby-proofing your house and taking a baby's temperature are more obscure-and amusing-topics, such as how to videotape your baby and how to conduct a "Mirror Puppet Sing Along" to sooth a crying baby while driving (the technique requires two mirrors, a hand-puppet and an indifference to looking silly). Hayden's drawings strike just the right balance between textbook-boring and tongue-in-cheek funny, depicting everything from a sketch of a bottle of teething gel to a drawing of an exhausted father snoozing in a business meeting. Greenberg and Hayden have succeeded in providing new dads (and many moms, for that matter) with an entertaining and informative cheat sheet. Agent, Todd Shuster. (June 1) Forecast: With a blurb from Paul Reiser and a low paperback price, this book should be a strong Father's Day seller. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A husband-and-wife team, Greenberg (The Pop-Up Book of Phobias) and illustrator Hayden have produced a parenting book styled after a 1950s adventure manual. The challenge: to survive a newborn. The strategy: guyish, no-nonsense tactics for dealing with the trials and tribulations typical of a baby's first year, from diaper-changing to sleep deprivation. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.



The First-Month Slump Fatherhood can hit you like a sucker punch. The baby arrives, you're showered with help and gifts and food for a week or two, and then everyone leaves. And you are suddenly hit by this overwhelming feeling that nothing will ever be the same again. Someone has taken away your old life and replaced it with this really long, frustrating community service project. For the first couple of weeks post-baby, you may feel anxious, depressed, and lonely, and why shouldn't you? You're completely at the mercy of a relentless little dictator, and there is no relief in sight. But as you're wallowing, it's important to remember that you are not alone. Fathers the world over, from Copenhagen to Cape Town, from captains of industry to ditch diggers, have all gone through this rough patch. For the majority of dads, this phase lasts somewhere between eight and twelve weeks, at which point you switch into the "I might as well make the best of it" phase. Several factors combine to help lift the dark clouds from your head, including: * The baby is sleeping longer hours. * You're feeling more adept at handling and troubleshooting her. * She's finally smiling at you (the baby, not your partner). If this period lasts more than three months, or you begin to feel completely overwhelmed or withdrawn, talk to your partner and friends and think about seeking professional help. Excerpted from Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg, Jeannie Hayden All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

The First Week
What Your Newborn Won't Look Like
What Your Newborn Will Look Like
Newborn Party Tricks
Handing Over the Baby
You Are the A.V. Club
Why Your Partner May Not Be Functioning Properly
Breast vs. Bottle
Bidding Farewell to the Breast
The Joy of Burping
The Basic Change
Your Newborn and Your Pet
How to Entertain a NewbornO-3 Months
The First-Month Slump
Moms and Mood Swings
Scrubbing Your Sprout
Coping with Crying
Wrestling the Breast Pump
Bottles Up!Sleeping Like a Baby
Returning to Work
Sports Illustratedto Your Baby
A Guy's Guide to Strollers
The Infant Ensemble 4-6 Months
Your Mental Health
Resuming a Sex Life?
Protecting Your Back
Circuit Training Your Baby
Tethering Everything to the Baby
Temperature Taking Tactics
Getting Medicine into a Baby
Soothing the Teether
Be Prepared for Outings
Great Outings 4-6 Months
Driving and Crying
Using the Baby as a Prop
Breastfeeding in Public
Starting Solid Foods
Effective Diaper Disposal
Skill Builders 4-6 Months 7-9 Months
Sleeping Through the Night
Going Mobile
Removing a Foreign Object from the VCR
The Terrible Tube?
Great Outings 7-9 Months
Skill Builders 7-9 Months
Babies and Language
The Secret Meaning of Peek-a-Boo
The Big Bath
First Haircut 10-12 Months
Eating Like a Person
Babies and Restaurants
Great Outings 10-12 Months
Skill Builders 10-12 Months
The Decoy Drawer
Rigging Emergency Diapers
Advanced Changing Maneuvers
Making Your Baby Laugh
Babies and Airplanes
Hotel, Motel, Holiday Inn
How to Neutralize a Runner
Camping with Your Cub
The First Birthday Party
The New Year's Panda
About the Authors