Book review: The Expectant Dad’s Handbook

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When we first found out we were going to be welcoming both Dylan and Xander to the world, Kate and I did the thing that I imagine all expectant parents do – went to get books on the subject so we could swat up on the next nine months and beyond. Wherever we looked, there was a wide variety of choice of comprehensive, informative offerings… for mums. Many of them made the odd reference to dads and some had short sections dedicated to men, but didn’t go into any depth about how I could help. They certainly didn’t make me feel as though dads were considered important. Something had to be done to redress the balance and, thankfully, something has. Step forward award-winning antenatal expert Dean Beaumont of DaddyNatal with this brand new title.

Divided into three sections – namely Pregnancy, Labour and birth and Life after birth – The Expectant Dad’s Handbook: All you need to know about pregnancy, birth and beyond takes you through all the stages of the journey towards becoming a father and is positively crammed with practical tips throughout. As well as things you can do to help your partner through the highs and lows of the three trimesters, there are great tips for being the supportive birth partner she needs as well as plenty of advice for what to do once your little one has arrived.

What I liked about this book was its humorous, down-to-earth nature. While it is, of course, authoritative it’s got a really friendly tone throughout which should put even the most nervous of expectant fathers at ease. There are also anecdotes and case studies from other dads who have already been there, seen it, done it and got baby puke on the proverbial T-shirt. It’s also great to see a good number of dad blogs listed alongside all the useful resources at the back of the book – thanks for including Diary of the Dad and also for quoting me, Dean. I’m honoured!

All in all, this book is a pitch-perfect resource for future dads; it’s informative, accessible and clearly structured for if you have to come back to it for reference once baby has arrived – though that’s no excuse not to read it from cover to cover first! I wish it had been in print when we were expecting Dylan and Xander. Even though I now know what to expect next time, I still learned a great deal from it that will serve me well when we’re ready for another baby!

If you’re a dad to be, I strongly recommend it.


  1. ManAndBuggyBlog

    Sounds like a good read. Best advice I could give would be to read it from cover to cover before the big day! Lack of sleep from day one onwards means you’ll only have time to dip into the book in short spells. Nice looking blog by the way.

    1. Post

      Yes, it’s well worth buying and reading through in good time! Thanks for your kind words about the blog too – will check out yours too. 🙂

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