A Dude's Guide to Babies: The New Dad's Playbook is a fun user's manual for every dude who's sweating all the small and big stuff about bringing up his little dude or dudette. With seven children between them (and wives who helped somewhere in there) Richard Jones and Barry Robert Ozer share straight talk, practical advice, and personal experiences (their own and those of other dads) to ease the stress about cleaning, feeding, and playing with your newborn, as well as keeping him or her safe, happy, and not in need of too much therapy. This guide reveals what to do in the delivery room (Houston, We Have Splashdown), how to baby-proof your home without going over-the-top, the inside scoop on poop, questions to ask the doctor for a well-child visit, and it also includes Pop's Quizzes so dudes can test their Dad-fu (think Kung-fu only with more diapers and fewer mystical quests).The funny, short chapters will keep new Dads interested as well as allow them time to catch a few minutes of the game before the baby wakes up. This is the must-have book that tells what to really expect after all those months of expecting...and how to thrive (and not just survive) as a new dad.
A Dude's Guide to Babies
A Dude’s Guide to Babies is a fast, funny and occasionally hilarious look at how first-time fathers can get deeply involved with rearing their children without, you know, breaking too many things.
That can’t be hidden. Too many things that can’t be hidden. We do need to be precise.
Over the course of a couple of years, my friend and co-author Barry Robert Ozer put together this fantastic user’s manual for babies.
It’s something we wish we could have had when we were just starting out taking care of our little dudes and dudettes.
Seriously, we were so clueless, we might have been judged as anti-clue. We knew nothing.
Notice, however, that all that is in the past tense. Yeah, Barry and I managed to muscle our way through, learning just enough here and there to become relatively proficient at the whole dad thing.
We started this way back in 2006, just a few years after I had my heart attack. I was looking for something to drag me out of depression and Barry was looking for another project. We found each other.
Since 2006, we’ve managed a daily website, A Dude’s Guide to . . . Everything, and mostly lived up to that whole daily thing.
During that time, we spent about a year researching all the things we wanted to include in this book, that we, as dudes, wrote for other dudes to read. We eventually went away for a weekend and managed to come up with about the first third of the book.
Which was good enough to sell to the publisher, Sellers Publishing. They loved it. They gave us a contract, an advance and lots of love. Then they told us to rewrite the book. I ended up writing about three times more than we handed in.
If you’re a guy, this is all you need to know when you’ve got a question about what you should do with a baby.