Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads is a how-to guide that is both hilarious and practical. The cover of the book, as well as the motto “Be Prepared” reminds one of the 1950s/60s and of the Boy Scout movement. It features a new dad in a lumber jacket carrying a baby in a backpack. Strapped on his belt are all the utensils one might need when venturing outside with a baby, such as baby bottle, various baby toys, teething ring etc.

The book itself gives good information on baby/childcare during the first year of a baby’s life and is divided into 5 different sections. Section 1 “First Week” gives the basics of newborn care, from discussing the pros and cons of breast milk vs bottle, burping, the issue with diaper changes etc. Each section will give advice on normal baby development and how new fathers can be of help. Topics include: how to deal with crying, teething problems, sleeping through the night, venturing out, solid foods and lots more. But in Scout fashion, the book also covers ideas on how to solve emergency problems, such as running out of diapers and creating one out of a sock, kitchen towel and duct tape, making home-made bathtub toys and other ideas Scout dads will love.

Overall, I think this book is very appealing to new fathers who enjoyed Scouting in their youth and love the idea of a fun and informative hand-on book on how to be a great new dad.