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Table Of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
Conventions Used in This Book
What You’re Not to Read
Foolish Assumptions
How This Book Is Organised
Part I: From Here to Paternity: Conception to Birth
Part II: The First Year
Part III: The Toddler Years
Part IV: The Preschool Years
Part V: What Happens When
Part VI: The Part of Tens
Appendix
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
Chapter 1
Dispelling Common Myths about Fatherhood
The pros and cons of fatherhood
Knowing what to expect
Trading in your lifestyle (but not the sports car)
Only Fools Rush In
Hey, I’m not ready for this
My partner wants a baby
Timing isn’t always everything
Introducing the New-Generation Dad
Dadhood: A good time to man up
Joining the movement
Exploring care routine strategies
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Dads
Help, I’m a Dad!
Asking for directions
Finding trusted organisations and sources of information
Internet research
Turning to friends, colleagues and family
Starting your own group
Here Comes the Fun Part
Conceiving naturally
Improving the odds — pregnant tips and tricks
Conception’s not happening
Understanding What Can Go Wrong
Working out why conception hasn’t happened
Exploring other ways to get pregnant
OMG, You’re Going to Be a Dad
Knowing what to do next
Choosing a carer
Things to do before morning sickness starts
Act One: The First Trimester
Eating for two — or how to gain 15 kg in 40 weeks
Understanding the medical stuff
Dealing with common side effects in the first trimester
Making choices about the birth
Understanding even more medical stuff
Dealing with common side effects in the third trimester
Preparing for Project Push — are we there yet?
Getting the Right Gear
Clothes and shoes
Toys
Strollers, prams and buggies
Car seats
Other accessories
Making Room for the Baby
The nursery
Decorations
Animals in the house
Finding the Right Consumables
Nappies
Checklists
The Final Countdown
Discovering what you need to know about labour
Understanding your role in labour
Getting ready — last minute preparations
Action!
When you think you’re in labour
When you’re really in labour
Helping your partner through childbirth
Keeping sane
Giving nature a helping hand
The Big Moment’s Arrived
Cutting the cord
When time stops — meeting your baby
Keeping your cool
Welcoming Your Baby to the Real World
What happens immediately after birth
Dealing with the Aftershock
It’s life but not as you know it
Meet the baby
You’ve got the blues
Looking after a Newborn
Getting your hands dirty
Feeding
Sleeping — you and the baby
Crying — you, your partner and the baby
Daddy time
Juggling Your Other Priorities
Making time for yourself
Looking after your partner
We are family
Managing the work–life balance
Getting to Know Your Baby
Groundhog day
Practical solutions to common problems
Non-trivial care jobs
Hands-on Dad
Baby massage
Baby activities
Keeping baby safe and sound
Your Baby’s Development
Growth and weight
Hearing, sight, taste, smell and touch
Your baby’s amazing brain
Male and Female Postnatal Depression
Do you feel like screaming?
Support organisations
Your Growing Baby
Baby’s new tricks
New challenges for dads
New adventures for dads
Adjusting to your baby’s changing needs
Getting On with Life
Out and about with your baby
Wading through the necessary paperwork
Doing things together: You’re still a couple
Leaving Your Baby with Others
Family and friends
Nannies
Babysitters
Day care centres
In-home care or family day care
Keeping Up with Baby
Your baby’s changing diet
Don’t forget the toothbrush
Your little explorer
The routines, they’re a-changing
Parenting styles
You’re good at this
Playtime with Daddy
Sitting, crawling, walking
Talking the talk
The life aquatic
Playgroups
Toys you already own
Here Come Some Milestones
Preparing to return to work
Going on holiday
Wow, that’s strange: Addressing your concerns
One today!
Hey, You’ve Got a Toddler Now
Sleeping update
Eating update
Health update
Safety update
Conscious Fathering
A Busy Year for Your Little One
Toddler development
Tantrums, biting and hitting
Sharing — what a nice idea
Setbacks
Exploring the World with Dad
Helping your toddler grow up
Developing skills and confidence
Fun and games
Some words for worried mums
You’ve Created a Genius
Development update
Giving your toddler choices
Setting boundaries and rules to match
Stimulating your toddler’s interests
Talking to your child so he understands
Exploring Different Opportunities
The fathering road less travelled
TV, videos, computers and games
Next stop — kindergarten
Having Another Child
Is having another child worth it?
What to expect
Looking after Another Family Member
Taking a practical approach
Keeping two or more healthy and safe
Juggling activities
Sibling Discipline
Understanding sibling rivalry
Coping with jealousy and fighting
Fighting and setting boundaries
Discovering different personalities
Your Active Preschooler
Mapping the next two years
Building self-sufficiency and self-esteem
Father worries
Keeping Your Preschooler Busy
‘Dad, I’m bored’
Bad weather busters
Bringing out your child’s talents without going OTT
Being a good sport
The great outdoors
Lifelong Learning Starts Here
Kindergarten happiness
Learning objectives
Learning for the whole family
Food, Nutritious Food
Cooking and baking for busy dads
Avoiding the wrong foods
Introducing different foods
Leading by example
Curbing fussy eaters
Coping with special dietary requirements
Exercise
Getting your child (and yourself) into exercise
Working-out routines
Practising yoga and meditation
Common Health Problems
Childhood illnesses
Recurring health problems: Where to from here?
Alternative medicines and remedies
Child obesity: Honey, we’re spoiling the kid
A word on health insurance
Exploring Education Philosophies
Getting your head around education choices
Alternative education philosophies
Private versus public
Same-sex versus co-ed
School Begins This Summer
Preparing for school
Checklist: Things kids need to know
Homework with dad
Special dads for special needs
When schools don’t meet your expectations
Complementary Education
Languages
Music
Sport
Religious education
Daddy’s in Da House
Debunking some myths about guys as primary caregivers
Coping with your new career
Getting organised
My Daddy Just Cares for Me
Healthy bodies and active minds
Keeping mum in the loop
Working from home
The Brotherhood of Dads
Networking as a SAHD
Being the only guy in the room
Avoiding Health Problems
Protecting against diseases
Providing a violence-free home
Keeping accidents at bay
A healthy start to life
Birth options to reduce the risk of fatality
Reducing the risk of SUDI and SIDS
Calling all dads — creating a healthy and safe home
Coping with Illness and Injury
Spotting injury
Diagnosing a serious illness
Preparing for the End
Taking care till the end
Knowing when something is wrong with your baby
Physical disabilities
Intellectual disabilities
Multiple disabilities
What comes next?
Help, My Child is Disabled!
Adjusting your expectations
Finding help, assistance and resources
Access for People with Disabilities
Your special baby
Working with health professionals
Living with a disability
Changing your lifestyle
Sharing the love
Marriage on the Rocks!
What you can do
What you can both do
Where to go if all fails
Splitting Up
Out the door, with the shirt on your back!
Understanding the divorce process
Making separation easier on your children
You’re not just another statistic
Finding good support
Separating being a husband from being a father
Are You Still Dad?
Who’ll look after the kids?
Being a remote or part-time father
Understanding contact arrangements
Paying child support
Seeking guardianship of your children
Getting advice
She Left Me but I Got the Kids
Getting to grips with being a primary caregiver
Supporting your children’s mother
Seeking help and assistance
Having fun
Introducing a Stepmum
Talking about a new partner to your children
Meet and greet
Getting remarried
Take Care of Your Lady
Get on the Wagon
Give Your Partner Some ‘Me’ Time Every Now and Then
Be There for the Medical Stuff
Get with the Program
Go on a Babymoon
Be Excited about Becoming a Dad
Celebrate!
Record That Beautiful Belly
Keep Telling Her How Beautiful She Is
Be 100 Per Cent Committed
Be at the Birth
Up Close and Personal
Ready, Set . . . Read!
Tummy Time
Be Hands-on — Literally
Be the Paparazzi
Get Creative
This Stroller Was Made for Walking
Get Your Hands Dirty
Obstacle Course
Get Handy
Playing Chase and Tag
Jigsaws
Balloons
Balls
Water Games
Reading
Stacking Blocks and Building
Glossary
Index
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Being a Great Dad For Dummies

Being a Great Dad For Dummies

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Published by Wiley
Created especially for the Australian customer!

Your essential guide to being the best dad you can be

Have you just found out you're going to be a dad, or perhaps you're already a brand new dad? Being a Great Dad is a comprehensive and practical guide to For Dummies dadhood, with advice on topics ranging from conception to looking after your baby, connecting with your little one and helping your child develop and grow.

Know what to expect during pregnancy and birth -- be prepared as your baby grows and enters the world Prepare for a baby in the house -- find out the essential gear you'll need Keep baby safe and sound -- tips on how to baby proof your home and keep junior safe Be a hands-on dad - learn practical solutions to common parenting challenges Manage the work-life balance -- find out how to balance your work commitments and life outside work Be a stay-at-home-dad -- discover how to combine being primary care-giver for your child with paid work Choose the right school for your child -- examine the education choices available and what's best for your little one
Created especially for the Australian customer!

Your essential guide to being the best dad you can be

Have you just found out you're going to be a dad, or perhaps you're already a brand new dad? Being a Great Dad is a comprehensive and practical guide to For Dummies dadhood, with advice on topics ranging from conception to looking after your baby, connecting with your little one and helping your child develop and grow.

Know what to expect during pregnancy and birth -- be prepared as your baby grows and enters the world Prepare for a baby in the house -- find out the essential gear you'll need Keep baby safe and sound -- tips on how to baby proof your home and keep junior safe Be a hands-on dad - learn practical solutions to common parenting challenges Manage the work-life balance -- find out how to balance your work commitments and life outside work Be a stay-at-home-dad -- discover how to combine being primary care-giver for your child with paid work Choose the right school for your child -- examine the education choices available and what's best for your little one

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