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u/EscapeFromTexas · 70 pointsr/AskTrollX

I always gift expecting parents: (men, women, and everything in-between):

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance
by Louis Borgenicht M.D.

u/Gizmotoy · 14 pointsr/3Dprinting

>modes of operation

This reminded me of the Baby Owner's Manual by Louis Borgenicht.

One section describing the baby's body parts I find particularly humorous.

"Neck: Upon arrival, this feature may appear 'useless.' This is not a defect. The neck will become more useful in two to four months."

Highly recommended.

u/CluckMcDuck · 11 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm partial to the baby's owner manual. Mostly because it treats it like a car or electronic purchase (ie: troubleshooting, first year maintenance, etc). Keeps the info light and fun.

u/wanderer333 · 11 pointsr/Parenting

Have you seen the book The Baby Owner's Manual? Your post reminded me of it!

u/moartotems · 10 pointsr/BabyBumps

>I want to make sure that when my SO looks back on her first pregnancy, that she sees me right by her side.

Dude, that was heartwarming AS FUCK. I'd say you're already on a pretty good track just having that mindset.

I had a really tough first trimester and was having a lot of trouble eating/keeping weight on. Any time I had any little craving my SO made it happen like he was a freakin' genie or something. That was pretty nice. I think a big one is never making her feel like she needs to rationalize anything to you, whether it's a craving or a bad mood. Let her complain, be that sounding board.

And here are two books I'm really liking:

Congrats on the upcoming addition to you both. :)

u/plasticcastle · 10 pointsr/Parenting

Butt paste

Burp cloths

Depending on your friend, a book like Geek Dad might be a good advance purchase.

Takeout gift cards

Cereal bars for snacking

NO BLANKETS; NO STUFFED TOYS. Those things breed and you end up with thousands of them. Possible exception: Ugly Dolls.

u/BumpinBella · 10 pointsr/BabyBumps

We really like this book:

My SO has absolutely zero experience with kids or infants and it has really helped him learn a lot and feel very confident. It is written very much like a techincal manual but humorous. I have looked through it also (LOTS of experience with infants here!) and I find the information to be solid and it gets the point across easily.

u/AlphaAnt · 10 pointsr/predaddit

Check out the Baby Owners Manual. It's informative, funny, and doesn't make any assumptions about what you already know.

u/Mermaid_raper · 9 pointsr/predaddit

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year. So I haven't read a whole lot of this book yet, but from what I've read so far I really enjoy it. It mixes in some humor with a lot of great information. I saw it recommended in another thread on /r/predaddit and decided to purchase it.

u/shmeggt · 8 pointsr/predaddit

I'd also recommend The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance and the Caring for Your Baby and Young Child book by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Oh... and Happiest Baby on the Block. I didn't read it... we watched the video instead. Really good advice for calming newborns.

u/sewmanybees · 8 pointsr/BabyBumps

My husband is not much of a reader and likes things straight-forward. So i got him this: and he loves it.

u/Pyrate_Wench · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

I ordered the manual separately for my husband. He needed one with pictures.

u/Un1cornsparkles · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

My brother got me this book it's a baby instruction manual.

u/Epicethanyyy · 7 pointsr/ChildrenFallingOver
u/quelle_crevecoeur · 7 pointsr/BabyBumps

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u/jmbenesh · 7 pointsr/predaddit

Haven’t dug into this yet but I bought it specifically because it is structured like an owner’s manual:

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

u/Aaron215 · 7 pointsr/TagPro

It gets better. At 3 months you leave the "OH MY GOD WILL IT BREAK IF I HOLD IT? IS IT BREATHING? I NEED TO CHECK." stage. At that point you don't wake up every 5 minutes to check on them if they don't cry. You think: "Oh thank goodness, they're sleeping for more than 5 minutes"

You should get this book, it's awesome.

u/meatloaf_again · 6 pointsr/NewParents

The Baby Owner's Manual is fun and informative. We have a copy that we both read before our baby arrived.

u/SiriusHertz · 6 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

One of my favorite gifts was The Baby Owner's Manual, which gives practical advice on being a dad to an infant in terms similar to those used in car-repair books. (How to change a diaper, etc)

u/irl_lulz · 6 pointsr/predaddit

The Baby Owner's Manual:

The scary thing is it's actually really well made and has a load of well thought out information.

u/Shortkaik · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

This one is pretty good - it's a good "dad" book, and keeps things pretty straightforward but in a fun way. It's not the most detailed book (I don't think it covered things like sleep regression) but it might be a start?

u/punkpixz · 5 pointsr/BabyBumps
u/jordanleveledup · 5 pointsr/predaddit

Decent book. Also check out this one. Seems goofy but was super fact heavy and spoke to me in a language i both found humorous and easy to read.

u/waspocracy · 5 pointsr/predaddit

If you have the mind of an engineer or programmer, this.

How did you react? When my wife woke me up I just replied, "me too thanks." I don't have much of a brain until about noon.

u/fritzvon · 5 pointsr/SaltLakeCity

Easiest recommendation I've ever made, Dr. Louis Borgenicht. He is a great guy, funny as can be and fits your last criteria by being Jewish. Here is a link to a book he wrote and a video he did for, "Old Jews telling jokes." He is a great doctor and a very good person.

u/vectaur · 5 pointsr/Parenting

S’ok, you can always buy it from Amazon if you’re too tired for the ceremony:

(I have this book, it’s pretty funny, but not sure how much better it really is than flying by the seat of your pants)

u/Physicsmagnum · 4 pointsr/February2018Bumpers

I'm going to make my husband a shirt that says "copy" and a onesie that says "paste" and [The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance] (

u/coiptic · 4 pointsr/BabyBumps

Congratulations! Welcome to the journey :D. As far as books go, my husband likes The Expectant Father--it's full of good advice and doesn't treat you like a clueless idiot. For after the baby's born, The Baby Owner's Manual takes a humourous approach to the first year of newborn care.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/daddit

Being a technical person as I am, this book was awesome.

It reads like assembly instructions. Plain, easy to read stuff that is truly valuable, and it's written with a good sense of humor.

u/muncho · 3 pointsr/predaddit
  1. Don't panic.

  2. This book was excellent for me as a gift from the inlaws.

  3. Sign up for free samples of baby stuff and you'll get great coupons for diapers and wipes and stuff.

  4. Congrats!
u/tchuckss · 3 pointsr/NewParents


The New Dad's Survival Guide

The Baby Owner's Manual

Dad's Playbook

These are all a bit lighter reading, and mind you I do not regret buying them at all. Really useful information in all of them.

u/amperturelabs · 3 pointsr/Parenting

There is a book called the The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance . In it I learned about sleep patterns of babies and we used their method on both of our kids. Basically what you do is during the day you only let them take very short naps. Like 1-1.5 hours at a time. Basically just annoy them a little bit to get them to open up their eyes... Try and entertain them. Maybe change a diaper... offer a boob/bottle... etc.

What this does is make them naturally realize that they get bothered during the day and will make them more tired at night since they didn't get a full 5+ hour stretch. As you slowly push their sleep a little bit each day in about 1-2 weeks they will be getting their longest nap at night when you want them to. I say nap because let's be real here... damn babies don't sleep like we do.

It also helps to make a grid and track their nap times so you get a better understanding about how long each one is. From this you will quickly realize where you have to wake them up to make it adjust.

u/wibblezibble · 3 pointsr/beyondthebump

My husband is in software so my mom gave him this book:

My friend with whom I used to go to happy hour weekly bought me this book:

u/topher78714 · 3 pointsr/Parenting

Depends on if you want super serious or not. One that somebody gave me when we found out we were expecting our daughter was this:

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

u/Chefitutide · 3 pointsr/NewParents

I got the "baby manual" Funny stuff, but contains lots of useful information

u/Kimpyman · 3 pointsr/predaddit

If he's super into being a new dad maybe get this book. But maybe something really cool and personal that isn't necessarily baby related.

If all else fails a BJ is the best present a guy could receive.

u/digitabulist · 3 pointsr/BabyBumps

Oh and the Baby Owner's Manual was really good, he liked that one.

u/NugsCommaChicken · 3 pointsr/predaddit

Small gift,

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

A cool gift could be his own diaper bag even. Maybe something nice leather with a monogram. Just my two cents, but having a second diaper bag for my card would be nice and easy rather than having to switch back and forth between cars.

Or something that can keep him busy while baby is sleeping and you are napping.

u/GomerGTG · 3 pointsr/suggestmeabook

My husband really liked the baby owners manual. It's funny, succinct but also lots of practical advice

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

u/Zophyael · 3 pointsr/daddit

This, the Baby Owners Manual, was probably the most useful and appealing to me. It is presented like an actual manual but the instructions were very easy to understand, had great pictures to accompany the descriptions and appealed to my witty side.
I read this before my son was born and I learnt how to how him, swaddle him and kept it close by for reference most of the time.
I passed it on to a friend when they were expecting and I recommend it a lot.

u/squeamish · 3 pointsr/WTF

Which stupid? Stupid enough to need those instructions or stupid enough to think they're real?

That looks to be from this book which is actually both really funny in some places and really useful in others. Somebody gave it to us when our first was born.

u/shmody · 3 pointsr/predaddit


We're in our 17th week, so I'm right there with you. I picked up all 3 of these from a local used book store, and I like to read at the same pace as the pregnancy is going because these first 2 are broken up by month.

For you, there's The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-to-Be. Good book from the father's perspective. Covers the often overlooked male emotional issues that you may go through.

For both of you, there's the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Covers a lot of medical and physical issues she'll be going through. Almost like a school textbook, but a good one.

And if you're into geeky and funny, there's The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance. There is some good tips here, but it is humor first and informational second.

u/iheartallthethings · 3 pointsr/TFABGrads

Yes, it's [this one] (! It's meant to be humorous, but it has a lot of very practical info written in the store or an instruction manual. It's been quite helpful for us, as I too had zero experience with babies before my own arrived. ☺️👍

u/stargirl142 · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

The symptoms that I had in the beginning were far more severe than what I am experiencing now that I’m starting to show. This is totally normal and expected. Your body is going through a ridiculous amount of change and is being absolutely flooded with hormones. I got my husband a few new dad type books and he reads them, It seems to help a lot with getting them to understand what’s going on before you can physically see the changes. I’ll edit in a moment with the books that I purchased


I got them all used I believe, so picked out a few that had good reviews. He’s been primarily reading the one with the plaid shirt on the cover

u/InarisKitsune · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I just ordered my SO this awesome shirt and onesie combo, an epic coloring book, something to help if he's feeling overwhelmed, a book for bedtime, and a shirt to help bring out his inner nerd as a late father's day/early baby day present~ get your hubby something fun that matches his personality, there's plenty of awesome things on amazon for dads-to-be for every kind of dad out there. You just have to look :3

u/Mermaid_Dad · 2 pointsr/predaddit

I'm also a researcher in my professional life and I found just reading a few books and taking a class was the best way to get my basic knowledge of parenting. I like to keep The Baby's Owner Manual around as a nice reference. After that I talk to parents online and in person about parenting, asking questions here and elsewhere as things came up. There are so many products advertised as essential for kids that it can be useful to get feedback from other parents.

I've probably spent the most time researching medications and ingredients in various products. It seems like many things like gas drops or teething soothing medicines fall under homeopathic medicines.

u/vertigo3pc · 2 pointsr/predaddit

> If any of you have any advice, books, or any information that you wish you would have known prior to becoming a father, please post!

Don't worry about being a first time father, the kid is a baby for the first time, so you're both learning on the job! :-)

I enjoyed reading this book prior to the arrival of my first kiddo:

u/Muaddibisme · 2 pointsr/pics

We used The Baby Owner's Manual

An an amazing book for beginners.

u/mnnsn · 2 pointsr/CautiousBB

I never read any baby books... Just had a few apps on my phone. Baby is not dead. You'll be OK!

I do recommend this, just because it's handy and kind of funny:

u/cincymatt · 2 pointsr/daddit

Deep breath. Everything's alright. Babies just happen sometimes. Remember that we somehow evolved as a species by having babies in the woods, when our best tools were sharpened rocks. Just love, relax, and be compassionate... everything else will play out on it's own. You sound like you are in a better position than I was (in college, delivering pizza, and no savings). I'm sure you can google your specific questions, but here's my opinion:

  • Business trips - Good, more pillows for her. Things don't get too exciting until the 3rd trimester.

  • Insurance - hers, since until the baby is born, it is essentially her 'condition'. After the baby comes? I guess you'll just have to compare co-pays, maximum benefits, whether a preferred provider is on the list, who will be taking to appointments, etc.

  • Last name - Yours, assuming you want to be involved, she is cool with that, and possibly she might take on your name as well.

  • Share news - standard is 12 wks, but it's your call.

    I recommend:

    The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

    It's amusing and actually very informative. I found it more readable than the 'What to expect when you're expecting' series. Cheers!
u/jj7897 · 2 pointsr/daddit

I'm 9 weeks into this same thing (a boy and a girl).

One thing I've learned so far is you can't do it all. There is going to be moments where somebody's going to have to sit and cry. For example, you can only change one diaper at a time. They will be okay.

Do some research about babies being in the NICU. Don't let it worry you too much. It seems most twins go to the NICU for at least a little bit. Mine were there 3 weeks

Definitely keep both on the same schedule. If you feed one, feed the other. If you change one diaper, change the other.

There's going to be a moments where you get overly frustrated. Put the babies in a safe place and walk away for a few breaths. Also make sure momma does the same thing.

Always accept help. Don't feel proud and try to be a superhero. Weather it's somebody willing to come help you watch the kids, or someone willing to cook you a meal. If they offer, take advantage.

Some more spacific things would include:

  • Keep a changing table in your bedroom (an extra for downstairs if you have two floors)
  • Keep spair clothes in the bedroom.
  • Use puppy pads to put them down on the couch or bed
  • Label their bottles and pacifiers for each child (I have one with thrush right now)
  • Buy something to hands-free carry them around the house with
  • Multiple bottle drying racks
  • Podster baby seats
  • Be prepared to need formula
  • Find a brand of coffee and creamer you like.
  • Get a coffee pot with a timer
  • Get A Yeti or Thermos coffee cup
    (I may add to this later if I think of more)

    A couple of good books I liked:

    Be Prepared
    The Baby Owner's Manual

    Lastly, and most importantly, if you're worried about being good parent, then you are being a good parent.

    Good luck my fellow brethren
u/flamebroiledhodor · 2 pointsr/predaddit

Not being sarcastic, and even though the book is funny I highly recommend you pick up the Baby Owners Manual.

It helps the analytical person have a pocket reference for topics they can't rightly plan for. They have a toddler version to buy i can't speak to it.

u/kalebdraws · 2 pointsr/Parenting

THIS BOOK really helped me out when we had our first. It's beautifully illustrated, full of helpful information, and worded just like a manual which is funny, yet gets right to the point in three easy steps.

u/heidihannah · 2 pointsr/atheistparents

So much is stressful in preparation mode. You can't forget to laugh. Here is my suggestion. I promise you won't regret getting it.

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

u/oldark · 2 pointsr/gaming

Amazing book written like a user manual. The sections are great because they're divided up into maintenance, troubleshooting etc so I can quickly find what I need to.

u/Eloquent_Macaroni · 2 pointsr/AskParents

I'm a genetic counselor so I won't tell you what to do about the genetic testing (though one point you might consider is that blood testing options are something some people do just so that they have some warning ahead of time about what they might be facing, even if they would never terminate the pregnancy. But some of the blood tests have high false positive rates and might lead to stressful situations. Make sure you've discussed all options with the ob).

My husband hated all of the "expecting" books until I bought him this one: It's pretty funny and he likes fixing things and working on cars and stuff so he liked the owners manual approach

u/GWindborn · 2 pointsr/AskParents

I agree that most books are broad strokes, but this one really helped out from a new parent perspective. It's also really funny, so that helps:

u/TheGripper · 2 pointsr/Portland

What to expect when you're expecting?

Also, Baby Owner's Manual

u/Sageypie · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Not sure if it'd count, but there's this Baby Owner's Manual that my SO and I got when she was pregnant. Lucked out and found it at a Goodwill while buying some other baby books and whatnot. Anyway, it's actually got some pretty great info and it's presented in a pretty fun way.

Other than that, just have to say, be prepared for poop. Like, I know that you've already braced yourself for dirty diapers, yeah, that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about how babies will just magically find ways to get poop from their diapers onto everything else. Like there will be that dreaded blowout, and trust me, one of you at least will be sent into this sort of shellshocked mode of just sitting there and shaking your head and just mumbling "I don't know, I just don't know."

u/showtunesaboutbacon · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I'm a FTM and I have taken absolutely zero childbirth classes or infant care classes. I have done a lot of research on my own when it comes to childbirth, however. The library has been my best friend. I don't plan on doing any infant care classes. I've been around babies with my nieces, nephews and cousin's kids so I'm not worried about that. I did, however, purchase The Baby Owner's Manual for my husband and he loves it. He's never really had any experience with babies at all.
You are definitely not a bad mom already! You will survive without them. A lot of child care is intuition and with childbirth you will have your doula. I think you'll be absolutely fine. You got this!

u/bastion72 · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Here's the one my wife got me.

It reads like a car manual.

u/davincisbeard · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

As mentioned by DangerDance read some books. The What to Expect Book was a pretty good start and reference during the first year. A lot of it is kinda "figuring it out as you go along" but you are going to have a MUCH easier time doing that if you educate yourself first.

Edit: Also, another book I had was The Baby Owner's Manual which is really geared towards fathers and those with a sense of humor.

Edit2: Also, there is /r/Parenting

u/GeeEmPee · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

We were given this one. it's great for the tech minded guy.

u/ADKitten · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

The Baby Owner's Manual

I don't know if this is "small" enough, but it's relatively cheap and a smaller sized book, and I found it incredibly useful! We were gifted it after the baby was born, and I really wish we had gotten it before I gave birth!

It's funny, concise, and actually really useful. :D

u/a3r1al · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I am reading through:
which is pretty good with what you need to know about newborns.

I also have which is a quick and easy reference guide and should be more handy when I need to look something up.

I also have what to expect the first year, but I haven't actually looked at it yet. My DH has the Be Prepared book for dads, which he likes.

u/p_kitty · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

I recommend this (which is about being pregnant, but useful, funny and informative) and this which is about taking care of an infant and all sorts of really useful information. I've read both cover to cover, they were gifts from friends of ours, and invaluable.

u/Alisonisacatlady · 2 pointsr/TFABGrads

This one is really funny but also has some useful information. Someone gave it to my husband and we loved it

u/jhuston · 2 pointsr/daddit

When we were expecting our first, someone gave us the “Baby User Manual”. It can with a poster that had swaddling steps. A bit of practice with it and could start swaddling with my eyes closed. Which was pretty normal after a few weeks of 3AM feedings.

u/Ovark · 1 pointr/parentsofmultiples

As a engineer dad of twins my wife got me "The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips and Advice on First-Year Maintenance" ( It has a lot of useful information for a first timer and it's presented in a very entertaining way. Other than that I second the jogging stroller.

u/MeishkaD · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I like to theme my gift around all the things my husband and I had to dash out the door for with my first. Baby Tylenol, a good thermometer, ice packs, mothers milk tea, baby spoons, a very large/warm blanket sleeper for camping or just staying somewhere chilly, things like that. Oh! And everything needed for a good pedicure to celebrate when the mom to be can see her feet again. If it is for a first child, I also like to include a numerous (but helpful) baby care guide for the dad. This is a favorite. If it is not a first child, I like to bring a small present for the older sibling(s). It doesn't have to be big, a coloring book and markers will do, but it is always very appreciated by the child and parents. Hope that helps!

u/hWatchMod · 1 pointr/predaddit

We are on almost the exact same timeline (ahead 1 week) and also having a girl. I too have a younger brother, but honestly anytime I ever imagined having a child it was a girl so I feel like im subconsciously prepared for it. I was more fearful about having a boy!

I would recommend checking out this baby book I got recently which helped put my mind at ease for the infant stage. It reads like an instruction manual and has some good humor in it. Better than any of the other books ive read, and yes it covers wiping, burping, swaddling, etc.

All in all though, i wouldnt stress about the sex. It's going to be a wild ride regardless!

u/BexKix · 1 pointr/AskMen

Gifted this to a couple of new dads in my work group. It’s great.

Pictures. Lots of pictures. They change so fast yet it’s right in front of you, you don’t realize it.

u/yeswearedelusional · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

There's a lot of awesome suggestions here, but several would depend on your relationship with your coworker. Some of these are rather personal.

I'd personally go for a restaurant gift card and try to find some humorous things. Everyone needs to eat and who doesn't love laughter?!

One of my husband's fave gifts was a baby owners manual.

u/Bolt986 · 1 pointr/funny

Instruction manual sold separately

u/andrearb · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

This is the perfect book for you :

Actually I bought it for my husband with our first, and we ended up finding it quite helpful.

This book is supposed to be for fathers/parterns for labor, but I read it and found it a much better read the the ones geared towards mothers:

u/Mighty_Andraste · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-shooting Tips, and Advice on First-year Maintenance was great for us - we are both STEM nerds too, we loved this! It’s humorous yet informative - I’ll get the toddler version later as well!

Not really set in an inspirational or emotional tone, kinda the opposite really since it’s supposed to resemble an instruction manual, but it’s our favorite book.

u/xrayjack · 1 pointr/daddit
u/1personpizzaparty · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

This is what I got for my husband when I was pregnant last time. He seemed to like it, he didn't read it beforehand, but dug it out once the baby was here and there was something he needed info on.

u/rawr_ginger · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Its silly, but this book is cheeky but can help with details around babies, cleaning, washing and sanitizing bottles etc. There is skin care for babies, stump care for the baby, and all kinds of instructions.

u/OneFleurAll · 1 pointr/GiftIdeas

For BIL, I would definitely get a new dad book, perhaps something along these lines?

For your sister, I suggest getting her a gift to use for her pregnancy. You didn’t mention how far along she is, but if she’s got a ways to go, then something like belly bands, a full body pillow, or maternity pajamas will help her deal with the discomfort of being pregnant.

u/DanBetweenJobs · 1 pointr/AskMen

Dad of 2 here (4 and 2)


  1. Breathe. You cannot comprehend what its like to be a dad yet so frankly don't burn too much energy trying. Just prepare the best you can and accept that there will be things you aren't ready for. But it will be ok, you and your wife will get through this into parenthood just fine.

  2. The best baby book I've ever read as a dad is the Baby Owner's Manual. I give it to all my buds who are soon to be dads.

  3. Take care of your wife and be prepared to be patient. She is literally growing a being inside of her. Shit is gonna get stressful and downright traumatic for her and you need to be her anchor to reality and calm the whole time.

  4. Don't hesitate to ask for advice from other parents the entire time. It really takes a village, digital or otherwise, to make it work and you are not alone.


    Good luck, man. Congratulations!
u/bossmaser · 1 pointr/AskMen

There is one book I would recommend:

It has everything you need to know

u/curiouslywanting · 1 pointr/InfertilityBabies

My friend gave me this great book before I had my first:
The Baby Owners Manual & Trouble Shooting
It's a funny, well designed book that is straightforward with all of the basics covered.

The other book that I would recommend is Baby 411
It's a really great book for reference when you are worried about everything - behavior, feeding, sickness, sleeping, etc...

u/sjogerst · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Am I the only that read the manual?

u/InlinedSnakePlane · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I totally agree. We have the AAP Guide (this one: ) as well as this "baby manual"

I like both because neither push an agenda, and are very straightforward.

u/Sneekey · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I got The Baby Owner's Manual for practical information like this. Funny and helpful.

u/KT421 · 1 pointr/parentsofmultiples

Buy this. You sound like you need it. Still waiting on the arrival of my twins, but I found the book helpful in getting prepared, plus its very straightforward.

u/virtual_six · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

I swear by the Love and Logic series. They have this, which I have not tried but plan on getting. I have used this book with my 6 year old daughter for the last 2 years. I really wish I would have found it sooner! It would have made the toddler years much less confusing and waaaaay less frustrating. I went through a lot of trial and error with parenting methods, and this is the only approach that makes me feel like I am doing the right thing as a parent.

As far as taking care of a baby, this is helpful and hilarious. The men get a kick out of it, and the information is wonderful.

u/sealegs_ · 1 pointr/BabyBumps


These are the only ones I bought and read:

  • The Baby's Owner Manual

  • Pregnancy Instruction Manual

  • The Pregnancy Countdown book

    I love this Subreddit and just how easy breezy and fun the conversations were while still being helpful. I found these books had a similar feel to them.


    Baby Bump

    I'm pretty petite and really didn't start showing until 24-ish weeks? Then is was like BOOM. There's a baby in there. So, I bet it's coming sooner than you think. I honestly was able to sleep on my stomach late into the 2nd Tri - which made me very happy.



    I just ate what felt right at that moment. I had a lot of food aversions and it was just hard for a while. Eventually, I found things that worked and then the aversions tapered. I've been eating cashews a lot lately... Milk hits the spot... I'd say keep trying until you find something!



    I didn't really have a "timeline," and my OB would remind us and help us figure out when to do some things like, call the insurance company, schedule classes, etc. I preferred to take the classes later so the information stayed fresh.

    As for a car, we started that early because we knew we had two cars to sell/trade and wanted to make sure we found something we both really liked.

    Make a list of what you want done before baby comes and place it according to "MUST HAVES" / "NICE TO HAVES" -- that helped us prioritize and made it feel more managable.

    Hope some of this helped!!
u/laurenbug2186 · 1 pointr/Parenting

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual)

Highly recommend

u/mothergoosetobe · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

No baby here yet (I'm due 3 days before you and still haven't popped yet!), but I have a few book recommendations. Your boyfriend might enjoy the first because it's amusing and not really overwhelming, called The Baby Owner's Manual. I am currently reading Mayo Clinic's Guide to Baby's First Year, which is more clinical but VERY detailed. I really enjoyed the mayo clinic pregnancy book because it wasn't as scare-tactic as some of the others (like What to Expect) but still gave good, evidence-based information. Speaking of evidence-based, I read and thoroughly enjoyed The Science of Mom, which is kind of like Expecting Better but for baby's first year of life. It goes over a lot of scientific studies, if that's your thing!

u/astral_lariat · 1 pointr/wow
u/blindeenlightz · 1 pointr/EDC

I have a couple models too. Can't believe they don't come with a manual. I had to buy mine after market.

u/whatathymeitwas · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

These have super high reviews and are what I'm considering for my husband (I've done this before, he hasn't):

The Baby Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

Be Prepared

The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be

Edit: sorry for such messy links!

u/CouncillorBirdy · 1 pointr/blogsnark

My husband and I are adopting, so I figure this is my opportunity to buy all the dorky dad and grandparent gifts. Definitely getting him this book and maybe a "manly" diaper bag or baby carrier. Any suggestions?

u/iella_w · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

Not quite the same, but there is an owner's manual for babies! ;)

u/monkeydave · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

Do you mean books on how to be a dad? Books to read to your baby? Books on how to teach your kid science?

Edit: For the first category, start with this

u/bounceb-all · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Hubby got this as more of a gag gift, but it was actually really helpful for the basics - clear instructions with diagrams

u/a_statistician · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We both enjoyed The Baby Owner's Manual, which is a rather nerdy look at how to care for a baby. It doesn't cover pregnancy or childbirth, though.

We particularly liked the fact that it said things like "bouncing a baby at a frequency of > 1 Hz is shaking a baby". It's nice to have good definitions of that boundary line.

u/sakkaly · 0 pointsr/Parenting

Here are some things I found vital.

-Car seat. Of course. Buy new, it's worth it for this one item. Everything else can be secondhand.

-Rags. You can use what you already have but try to pick up some more cheap dishrags cuz baby's gonna puke A LOT.

-Diaper changing pads. One for at home and one for the diaper bag.

-Diaper bag. I had one big one and one small one depending on how long we were going to be gone. You don't need anything fancy just something to carry your diapers and formula/breast milk.

-Tiny garbage bags for the diaper bag! Don't want to put the used leaky diapers back into the diaper bag loose.

-I'd invest in a diaper changing station. Not 100% necessary, but very convenient. I set mine up on top of her dresser.

-DON'T BUY A BUMBO SEAT. Ugh those things are terrible.

-After baby is born and you know what size he is. Then go to the resale store and buy nice warm baby clothes. Warm sleeping clothes are better than lots of blankets.

-Bottles. Breast pump if she is breast feeding and formula if she is not.

-The very best book on raising a baby was The Baby Owner Manual I'd highly recommend it.

u/IDontherun · 0 pointsr/Parenting

Congratulations! I found Dr. Sears to be pretty helpful. Also, the Baby Owners Manual for the mechanics of year 1.

Edit: corrected url. Also, it's okay for her to have a beer or 1/2 glass of wine now and then, especially after 20 weeks.