, September 24, 2014
Review by Dorothy A. Bell of A Dude's Guide to Babies by authors Richard Jones and Barry Robert Ozer
I received a download of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A Dude's Guide to Babies is great. The book should b required reading for all new fathers and all men contemplating matrimony who want to start a family. Heck, give it to grandfathers, too. They might get brave enough to try a few things they were too macho to take on when they were newbe fathers. Maybe, finally, they could get comfortable, be more useful with the grandbabies.
Brides should read this book too, to gather insight into how a man looks at marriage and having children. It scares the hell out of them. I think, as a woman I knew that, but I didn't understand why. It's the lack of knowledge, the fear of doing something wrong, not knowing what to look for. Men are mechanic-minded, analytical beings. These authors give men permission to shape infant care to their own way of doing things. For instance diaper changes--do them on the floor. Baby doesn't have a chance of falling, keeping one hand on the kid at all times, of course. After all, babies are unpredictable, unreliable, tricky things, you have to stay with them, be in the moment, on guard at all times. And, guys don't do diaper bags, they do backpacks.
I found the book entirely entertaining, positive, chock-full of no-nonsense information, easy to grasp tips, researched explanations wrapped up in humor and guy-speak. No, I don't think the guys can keep this one to themselves. Ladies, brides-to-be, grandmothers, you must read this too; you're gonna love it and learn a lot. Kudos fellas.