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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide by Rob Kemp.

From buying buggies and cutting the cord to dealing with your wife's breastfeeding in public - the life of a first-time father will throw up new experiences every day. 

The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide tells you everything you need to know during your partner's pregnancy and the first few weeks of your new life as a dad. Combining expert advice from midwives, psychologists and obstetricians with first-hand accounts, it explains what's happening with her, what's going on with your baby, and what the hell you should be doing every step of the way. 

With tips from those who know, what-to-do explanations and fascinating facts, this survival guide will ensure you're armed and ready for your role as a new father - from discovery to delivery and beyond. A must-listen for all fathers-to-be.

©2019 Rob Kemp (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Awful.

In an apparent effort to seem irreverent, this book adopts a horrible "bloke-y" tone throughout that makes it close to unlistenable. Expect to include constant references to the pub and "your missus" and hilarious comments like "your 20 week scan might be the first time you've attended a hospital appointment together...well apart from that time you had to go to the STI clinic". Even as a relatively old first time dad-to-be I found references to the Subbuteto figurines and the Grandstand Vidiprinter a bit dated and grating.

There are some useful bits of advice and information, which are generally adequately resourced. An exception is the "Advice From Expectant Dads" section at the end of every chapter, which include completely unchecked unsourced statements (eg "I've done some research - the main reason the hospital advise against Caesarean sections is the cost".

Avoid if you're looking for a book for grown-ups.

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Informative but frustrating.

This really should be titled “The Reluctant Dad’s Survival Guide”. As someone who planned pregnancy with their partner, and is looking forward to fatherhood, I found this book alienating; it assumes the opposite on point counts. There are countless references to your “motor” getting ruined by a baby, you are reminded not to squeeze your partners sore breasts once a chapter and the book assumes you’re going to be embarrassed by every aspect of caring for a child. I really could have done without the entire section that explains why it’s a bad idea to have an affair while your partner is pregnant, or the part that reminds you not to tell a new mother to f**k off.

There is enough useful information to make this worthwhile but prepare to become annoyed if you don’t consider yourself a “lad” or are actually looking forward to becoming a dad.

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Only for the young men with no clue

Couldn't get all the way through it and had to turn it off.
This book appears to to amid at very young men or men who still think they're young. To much banter distracts from any meaningful information.

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Read if you’re a moron/don’t want a baby

Didn’t expect the title to be a literal representation of the content. Tone assumes you absolutely don’t want to be a parent and believe society has imposed a new set of requirements for dads which you find unreasonable.

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So much Information for a panicking future father

Makes me feel bit more prepared and allows me to share information with my other half.

The best bit is I feel like I actually know stuff now 🤣
and I have a better understanding of what she's going through and what to expect thanks to the other peoples stories

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A must for expectant dads

I purchased this with a few weeks left before birth. Found it so helpful from start to finish.

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Really handy insights

Fun to read. Lots of useful information broken into bitesize sections. Would recommend. Thank you.