Becoming a dad is a massive milestone in any person's life. Not only will it change your life entirely, but it will also change your outlook and the way you see things. You are no longer only living only for yourself when you have a little person you love so dearly. Raising a child can be both exciting and daunting, but most of all, watching someone you love grow is a precious gift.
Whether you know somebody about to become a dad, in the adoption stages, about to become a step-dad or the father of your child, then books for new dads will be an excellent way to get them clued up on what's to come.
Before your baby is born, you are overwhelmed with what it will be like as a parent. The thing is, people often forget to tell you some of the finer details of being a dad, and some of them are quite important!
We have compiled a list of books, some more informative, some more humorous and others that will make the dad-to-be laugh and put him at ease. Whatever his taste, here are the best books for new dads to start him on this exciting new journey.
Fatherhood: The Truth by Marcus Berkmann
The best book for new dads about Fatherhood
You can quickly locate a book on Motherhood or Parenthood in a bookstore, but there are not many books on Fatherhood to hand. Fatherhood - The Truth is a book just for that. It's a book that tells of all the trials and tribulations of becoming a new dad and is packed with side splitting humour and handy advise.
Review: "Best paternity book out of the three I have tried. Every page in this book is useful, whilst at the same time an enjoyable enough read to keep interesting. Very well put together and has sections on every area of concern for prospective dads. Humorous examples keep the pace of the book bubbling along nicely too."
Dummy: The Comedy and Chaos of Real-Life Parenting by Matt Coyne
The best book for new dads based on a real stories
This Sunday Times top ten bestsellers from Matt Coyne, known for his popular blog Man vs Baby, is a refreshing and fun take on life as a parent and will make the dad-to-be laugh as he looks forward to his life as a parent. We love the honest, no-nonsense parenting stories and (completely impractical) advice on parenthood.
"Very, very funny" u002du002d Phillip Schofield - This Morning
Review: "Like many people who probably bought this book, I’ve followed Man vs. Baby for a while. Firstly I’d say to anyone who reads the blog, but isn’t sure if they’d want to read the book... Trust me, you need to read this. Matt goes into so much more depth and with diagrams, charts and more pop culture references than one of those crappy top 100-moment TV shows, this book is a constant turn pager."
Pregnancy for Men: The whole nine months by Mark Woods
The best book for new dads for learning about pregnancy
Women may experience all the physical effects of pregnancy, but men who want to be involved will never fully understand what it is like to be pregnant. Get your partner clued up by buying him this Pregnancy for Men book -it gives new dads a comprehensive idea of what to expect during the pregnancy and how to support your partner.
This book is easy to read and caters towards men to put them at ease if they feel a little anxious. If you are looking for a book to calm their nerves and give them a few laughs along the way, this is the book for you.
Review: "Bought this for my husband soon after finding out we had conceived. He was a little unsure at first of having a book to read. But after picking it up and reading a couple of random paragraphs, he was looking forward to reading it."
"He's enjoyed it, founding funny and informative without being patronising and too "blokey". He understands a lot of what I'm going through too after reading it in this book. I ended up buying the next book after for him too as he liked it that much."
All New Dad Jokes by @DadSaysJokes
The best book for new dads as a funny gift
Based on the Instagram sensation that is the 'Day Says Joke' page, this book includes a range of dad jokes that were submitted by followers and hand-picked by the team. You'll be rolling your eyes at the amount of dad jokes they'll be spewing out, but on the inside you'll be feeling warm and fuzzy - we promise.
Review: "Purchased as present for my husband. Dad jokes are usually terrible but these are quite hilarious. He now thinks he's a comedian!"
The Expectant Dad's Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know by Rob Kemp
The best book for new dads that is informative and funny
This book combines expert advice from psychologists, midwives and obstetricians with a personal account of Fatherhood. If you are looking for a book that will give you insight into your partner's pregnancy and the first few weeks of life as a dad, this would be an excellent pick for you.
Review: "I bought this as a gift for my husband after a successful 12 week scan. A great read throughout pregnancy and good to get the male perspective on the process and humorous parts. It also continues into the first few weeks after birth. A minor note that some details are now out of date as this book was published in 2012."
As Good As It Gets: The funniest book of the year by Romesh Ranganathan
The best book for new dads that want a good laugh
Comedian Romesh Ranganathan tells a hilarious and brutally honest account of his experiences as a parent and life as an adult in his classic ever pessimistic way. While this book is not strictly a book for dads, it is an excellent read for those looking for a book on child-related and adulthood experiences.
"Hilariously told, this personal interrogation is both relatable and comforting, recognising that nobody really knows how to be a grown-up." ― Radio Times
Review: "If you like Romesh, just stop reading the reviews now and buy the book! You won't be disappointed! I loved how honest and unedited the book is. It wasn't a series of stories told in a way to cater for everyone. What it is is an honest review from Romeshs point of view. His anecdotes had me laughing out loud so many times that I lost count of my belly laughs! I am definitely going to read his first book now, I shamefully missed it first time round! 5 out of 5 from me!"
Ladbaby – Parenting for £1 by Mark Hoyle
The best book for new dads for budgeting
If you are after a budgeting book for a dad-to-be to put his mind (and wallet) at rest, then look no further than the Facebook page sensation LadBaby, ran by Mark and Roxanne Hoyle and their book - Parenting for £1. Packed with money-saving hacks, this book will not only help you avoid some of parenthood's biggest expenses, but get you thinking creatively - such as how to find alternatives to overpriced items such as moses baskets or nappy stations.
Review: "I bought this book to support LadBaby, and having just finished it this very minute, I think it's the only book where each page turned, put a smile on my face. The ideas are incredibly wacky, and getting feedback from both Mark and Rox is an excellent touch. I really recommend this book even if you don't plan to be a parent and just want a funny read!"
Commando Dad: Basic Training by Neil Sinclair
The best book for new dads that gives a no-nonsense guide
Used by none other than Prince William himself, this no-nonsense training manual is written by ex-Commando and dad of three, Neil Sinclair. It promises to teach Dad all the practical skills needed to be a top-ranking parent, including how to maintain morale in the ranks and how to feed, clothe and entertain the troops.
Review: "I got this for my partner on a whim. He’s felt a bit out of touch with the pregnancy due to COVID and not being able to attend appointments and despite participating in online antenatal classes, he found them boring and couldn’t relate."
"I decided this may help to educate him on what we need to prepare for but in an entertaining way and this certainly didn’t disappoint! He absolutely loved it and read it all within two days. He then had a complete change of attitude and became a lot more attentive where he started to actively check we have everything baby proofed, checking our sleeping, changing, bathing items to ensure we have essentials, taking the initiative to add things to my hospital bag for what may be useful."
Becoming Dads: A Gay Couple's Journey to Adoption by Pablo Fernández
The best book for new dads based on a same sex couple's account
This book tells the story of Pablo and Mike and how they started their adoption journey. This honest and inspiring account describes the highs and lows of adoption, the administration, the milestones, the doubts and the details to help others who are looking to adopt to have some insight. This is an honest, real and moving read that will make you laugh, cry and leave you feeling inspired.
Review: "This book is brilliant. As a prospective adopter in a same-sex couple, it was such a relief to know someone else had the same thoughts I was having. It also highlighted several things I hadn't thought of, which to me was the bigger benefit. I'm not sure how current it is, as this book details experience of the adoption process from a few years ago, so some of the hoops they had to jump through as a same-sex couple may not exist now, but it is still an excellent and thought-provoking read."