7 Best Books For Expecting Dads [First Time Pregnancy]

By John Cruz

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There are way too many books for expecting dads that you’ll probably be more confused if I throw them all at you.

To avoid such a catastrophe, I have narrowed it down to just 7.

One is all you need and I think less is better in this case.

As a new dad, you never know what to expect.

You can hear all the stories and even see other parents in action but you will never, ever know what is coming your way.

Thankfully, there are tools, websites, videos, and most especially books that will help with the many questions you have.

There are things you should do to prepare for a new baby but there are also many other things that you must know and understand as well.

I don’t care how prepared you think you are, there is no telling what will happen.

What happens with one parent does not mean it will happen to you, just like everything else in life.

But with something like giving birth and all that pre-birth craziness comes the same problems that all dads can expect.

She can deal with her part of what comes with a new baby and you can do your part.

Or can you?

With these books for the soon-to-be dad, I’m sure you can at least learn and understand some of the basics.

Whatever else you can’t seem to comprehend, you will just have to learn along the way.

With that being said, let’s get right into our list of the best books for dads that are probably lost right now.


1. Best Book For Expecting Dads – Commando Dad


Commando Dad is our top pick for any dad to be and for many reasons at that.

Becoming a dad is a complete honor and a life-changing thing.

You probably won’t realize this until you mature a bit more and get some real hands-on experience.

But trust me, you will see that becoming a dad was the best thing that could have possibly happened to you.

Regardless of what you think now.

When you’re expecting, you are soon to be in charge of another human and you want to do things your way.

You don’t need anyone telling you what to do or how to run things or trying to assume you know nothing about life.

However, you do need that advice from other dads and that’s what Commando Dad provides.

They don’t question your intelligence and they will keep you going in the right direction, of the man I hope you already are.

Out of all the expecting dad books out there, Commando Dad is my personal fav.

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2. Best Practical Book – Be Prepared


In life, especially as a parent, practicality is going to be key.

The same thing applies to something as simple as changing a diaper.

With “Be Prepared”, they show you how to do that but in the most practical of ways possible.

Changing diapers in real places, staying awake at work, and constructing an emergency diaper?

That’s the kind of stuff inside Be Prepared and why it is one of the better books for expecting dads.

Although practical and somewhat serious, I find it to be a lot more on the humorous side of things.

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4. Also Awesome – From Dude to Dad


This was one of my favorite books as it feels like it’s designed for every party animal, single dude that only cares about themselves.

Then you get the news that you’re going to be a dad.


What do you do, what do you read, and how do you even react?

Are you even ready to be a father?

This book will show you what to expect when you find out you’re pregnant and how to deal with your other half all the way to the final trimester.

It is very much practical but some of you might feel your intelligence is being tested.

It’s not.

The book is very basic and is designed for the absolute newb when it comes to parenting.

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5. Still One of the Best – We’re Pregnant Dad’s Handbook


This is probably the best book for expecting dads when it comes to expecting the unexpected.

I’ve dealt with it and I’m sure a lot of you dads have as well.

“I’m pregnant”.

Two words you probably never wanted to hear but you heard it anyway.

Excitement is not the word to describe your emotions but a bunch of others that I’d rather not mention.

For those of you in that situation, “We’re Pregnant” is going to be a great book for you.

On top of the unexpected, you will also get some advice on what your partner is experiencing along with that other human you just created.

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6. Worth Buying – Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad


The one thing I like about this book is that it focuses on what you should be doing to please her rather than yourself.

Most young men only know about themselves before they have kids and that’s neither a good nor bad thing.

It’s just something that comes with the modern world but can all be fixed with the words “I’m pregnant”.

With “Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad”, you can get a head start on not being selfish by simply reading it.

Your other half will be beyond impressed and her parents will probably love you even more.

Wait, they never love you, so they will at least develop a softer side for what the real you are about to become.

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7. The Expectant Father


Other sites like Fatherly have this as the best book for expecting dads but I personally don’t think it ranks that high.

The great thing about this specific book is that everything is laid out on a month-by-month basis.

So you get to see what usually and typically happens when you find out your pregnant all the way to the even crazier months when mom is bigger and moodier.

Do not tell her that though, unless you want more attitude.

The Expectant Father does have some great advice on how to combat such a thing among other things that will help you understand things better.

Learn about what to expect in the delivery room, how your wallet will get affected, and topics on sex and emotional needs as well.

If there’s one book that covers everything and the kitchen sink, “The Expecting Father” is it.

One thing to take note of is the fact that it is also a best seller.

It has been constantly updated and improved upon for the past 20 years since it was created, so you know that it’s not going to be some methods that worked in the ’90s.

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♦ Bonus Book

This list would not be complete if I didn’t add a book that has added true value to me as a parent and my overall life.

This book is the most common and most passed-up book in the world.

Everyone knows about it but not many care about it or the advice its contents provide.

However, this book is my true #1 recommendation but you will never understand unless you give it a chance.

It’s better than any of the books mentioned and it is absolutely FREE.

Yup, you read that right.


Now you want to know what this book is?

It is what we all know as the Bible.

I am no religious person but I do know that what is in that book is true, especially when it comes to parenting.

I don’t care how religious you think you are or think you’re not, every single father-to-be should read the Bible.

Sure you can learn about Adam and Eve, Noah and his sons, and all that stuff but you can bet that this book of life has a very awesome section on parenting.

Not just parenting but the type of parenting that will make you a better parent, that will have you raising a better kid.

I’m sure you see all the kids these days and how crazy they act and you think that that’s just how things are.

Heck, you might just be that kid yourself but that’s okay too.

Give the good old Bible a read and you will see how life can be so much easier.

If you want the best book for expecting dads, this is by far the one you need.

How to Choose the Best Book For You?


You go with the type of person you are.

What is great for one person is not always the best for another.

I have laid this list out in a way that you can do just that, so go with the type of person you are.

If you don’t like to be told what to do, then you know that Commando Dad is not for you.

If you are an absolute newb to life (aka a baby having a baby), something like the Expectant Father will work best for you.

Don’t overthink things as you will most likely change and learn a lot on your own.

Just One of the Best Books For Expecting Dads is All You Need

Well, there you have it, the best books for expecting dads.

I know things can be a little nerve-wracking but just take things one day at a time.

Enjoy the whole pregnancy while you can because the baby will be here sooner than you think.

If you haven’t already, consider picking a baby name now so you don’t find yourself trying to think of one in the labor room as I did.

But before anything else, please do grab one of the best books for expecting dads as I’m sure it will come in handy.

Thanks for reading and please do share any of your favorite reads.

Congrats and welcome to parenthood.


About the author

With four humans of his own, John is our parenting expert. He loves being a dad, and when he's not trying to work on his golf game, you'll find him at his kid's soccer games or at the mall with his kids.

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