Nipple Confusion, Uncoordinated Pooping, and Spittle: The Life of a Newborn's Father
For new babies, there are the first-year milestones that everyone talks about-baby's first smile, first steps, and first words-and then there are all the firsts that everyone conveniently forgets to mention. The first time you find yourself hanging around the baby store parking lot, waiting for the doors to open so you can make an emergency breast pump purchase. The first time you discover that girls, too, can shoot pee across the changing table when you're least expecting it. And the first time you discover baby poop smeared on your tie moments before you need to leave for work (and it was your wife, not you, who changed the poopy diaper). It's not surprising that firsts like this leave you feeling like you're on your own as a new father, and that perhaps you should have skimmed one or two of your partner's what-to-expect books that appeared everywhere around the house over the course of her pregnancy. With Nipple Confusion, Uncoordinated Pooping, and Spittle: The Life of a Newborn's Father, Roger Friedman wonderfully captures all of his daughter's firsts in an often humorous, sometimes poignant, and occasionally grown-up manner. It's an enjoyable, honest account of the confusing, terrifying, and downright messy world of parenthood.
Great for new and expecting fathers
By Phillip Reed - February 15, 2005
I've read a number of books geared towards the expecting or new father and have found this one to be the most enjoyable. Friedman captures the daily trials and tribulations with a wry sense of humor and touching sentiment. The book flows nicely, chronologically from late pregnancy though his daughter's first year and covers the major topics of early parenthood with helpful and insightful advice along the way. Not dry or patronizing like some advice-books, "Nipple Confusion..." made me laugh outloud and would certainly bring comfort to the expecting father who may otherwise feel alone or even petrified about the thought of a new baby in his life.
From any perspective, a great insight into parenthood!
By Erin Donahue - March 8, 2005
Do I have children of my own? No. Would I recommend "Nipple Confusion" to other people who don't have children? Definitely.
When I first came across this book, I immediately thought of my friends who had recently become fathers. I thought it would be fun to send them a book particularly geared towards their experience. Then, when the book arrived, I started to read it and found that I couldn't put it down.
The author uses the perfect balance of humor and unpretentious insight to show his readers the joys and pitfalls of parenting. The book is written as a journal account of the author's experiences, then he throws in very useful tips at the end of each chapter. Some of those tips range from picking up the best breast pump to looting all the tissue boxes from your hospital room to just hugging your mother (my personal favorite). On one page, I'll be laughing hysterically about a diaper-change-gone-wrong incident, and on the next page I'll be in tears over... read more
Roadmap for Expectant Fathers
By J. Vaughan - March 3, 2005
"Nipple Confusion" provides a humorous insight into the challenging and rewarding experiences of fatherhood. The shelves of bookstores are filled with guides focused on the first year for both the child and the mother, but little attention is paid to the adjustments of the father. Mr. Friedman's lighthearted approach to the joys of parenting serves as a preview for both men and women to life after delivery and offers encouragement to those filled with insecurities about their new roles. This book is a must for people expecting, raising or contemplating a family.
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