That long walk out of the hospital door, into the big bad world with a newborn baby, is about as terrifying as things can get. No escort home to check you’re doing everything right? No forms to sign and no fee to be paid? What a strange, strange feeling.
Author Jon Smith lives with his wife Lisa, and their children Alia and Ronin in southern Spain, although he is originally from Liverpool.
This book is for any bloke who is, or is about to become, a dad. It is for men who are petrified by anything they don’t understand. No flowery prose or idealistic diatribe; just telling it how it is, raw and unabridged. What’s the worst that can happen? What’s the best? If the engine is smoking, what should we look at first – the radiator or the alternator? Here is the truth, in bite-size pieces:
- those first few weeks – getting to grips with nappies, bottles, extreme exhaustion and the whole breastfeeding caboodle
- your baby’s measurements – from IQ to willy size; are you now a competitive dad?
- the truth about babies’ birthday parties, fitting car seats,resuming ‘biblical relations’ with the missus, suddenly becoming a ‘babe magnet’
Most “How to…” baby books are written by women and aimed at women – understandably. Blokey bloke books for blokes are a fairly new thing, and there are more of them appearing. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times – where historically birthing and child-raising was the job, and the preserve, of the mother, modern man is a moisturising, nappy changing, paternity-leave-taking being.
Men these days are not afraid to be in tune with babycare, and expected to play the loving family man. The dochotomy for a book like this one is that “men don’t read maps or instruction manuals” so why would they read a book about how to look after a baby?
The style has to be different. Jokey, blokey and a little off the cuff. That’s partly what this book tries to be – to entertain as well as inform.