• The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (New Father Series)

  • By: Armin A. Brott
  • Narrated by: Armin Brott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (431 ratings)
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The New Father: A Dad's Guide to the First Year (New Father Series)

By: Armin A. Brott
Narrated by: Armin Brott
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Publisher's summary

An indispensable handbook on all aspects of fatherhood during the first 12 months, by the author of The Expectant Father.

The essential handbook for all things first-year father is now fully updated and revised. Not only will new dads get a month-by-month guide to their baby’s development, men listening to The New Father will learn how they change, grow, and develop over the first 12 months of fatherhood.

In each chapter, Brott focuses on What’s Going On with the Baby; What You’re Going Through; What’s Going On with Your Partner; You and Your Baby; Family Matters; and more. The latest research, as well as time-honored wisdom - and humor, thanks to Brott’s light touch - make The New Father indispensable for the modern father who doesn’t want to miss a moment of his child’s first year.

What’s new?

  • How technology is changing fatherhood
  • Changing definitions of fatherhood
  • Changes in the way society deals with dads - from changing tables in public men’s rooms to workplace flexibility
  • Research proving that a father’s love is just as important as a mother’s 
  • How being an involved dad rewires a man’s brain 
  • How changes in women’s roles in the family affect dads and their roles 
  • Special concerns for: young dads, older dads, at-home dads, unmarried dads, dads in same-sex couples, dads in blended families, dads of kids with special needs, and men who became dads with the help of technology 
  • The special impact dads have on girls and boys 
  • Specific strategies dads can use to get - and stay - involved in their children’s lives 
  • Updated resources for new fathers

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2015, 2004, 1997 Armin Brott (P)2018 Armin Brott

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Great guide but expectations are insane

book reads great and I love the format and breakdown. the suggestions are grest as well and I recommend listening. HOWEVER, his development milestones are not realistic. everything he says they should be doing at various stages are wildly early. at 11 months they can help dress themselves? as a themed "new fathers" book, remember we are just trying to survive, don't tack on ideas that sound good but can't be executed unless you spend 24hrs a day trying to develop your child like a soldier

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A detailed, exhaustive, and well-organized guide

After reading Brott's "The Expectant Father," I was happy to see that he has written guide books for most of the subsequent years as well. This is yet another good, detailed guide for fathers tackling their first year. The consistent organization of the chapters, arranged by time periods, with "what's going on with ..." make them easy to access. The chapter titles on the pages and bullet-pointed summaries also make it easy to skip ahead or go back through to find information you may be looking for. While I do not agree with all the advice Brott may give, he does a great job of putting things in context and does not tout what he says as "gospel" but rather good recommendations from experienced dads. He does a great job narrating and the PDF attachment is useful, though I recommend just getting a paper copy of this book to follow along with and refer back to. I am now expecting twins and wish that Brott would write a book like this for fathers of twins, though there is already good (if short) literature out there on fathering twins. This is a must-read for new dads!

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Where are the pdfs

Where are the downloadable pdf ?
Please bla bla bla tsss que mas y mas y mas

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Great for the US market

Most of the book deals with specifics about the US reality and it's not transferrable to other country's realities

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Great New Father Instructions Manual

A baby does not come with an instruction manual but this is the closest thing to one. Each chapter was another month. I would listen to each chapter around the time my son would reach that age/month. I was amazed how many times the chapters were spot on. What the baby is going through, what the mother is going through and what you are going through. First time fathers, this book is a must.

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Great info with slight issues

Great source of info for new fathers but the narrators voice can drone on at times. And not in a good way.

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A Must Read

Armin Brott's "The New Father" is a must read for any new dad. The chapters are broken down month by month making it easy to follow along. He addresses not only the development stages of your baby but also the social and marital aspects as well of each parent. Whether you're a young dad or older dad this book is for you. Highly recommended!

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it was good

a few things were repeated from his previous book but none the less a great deal of knowledge packed information!

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Good idea, written by a moron.

I applaud the idea of a dad-focused parenting book, and the intro chapter (available in the preview) is excellent.

However, the meat of the book is a systematisation of anecdotes and personal interviews. The parenting advice presented is consequently a mix of the well-founded, the misconstrued, and old-wives tales.

The book does not clearly distinguish the well-founded advice from loose opinions. And the choice of focus is not what is statistically most common or important, it is "whatever the author was thinking about".

Bluntly, I don't think the author has the kind of organized mind needed to prioritize parenting data and present it to others.

For a desperate man in search of some advice that might be okay (although you will waste time and effort on non-impactful parenting). But for the father in search of well-supported advice, this is not the book you need.


I'd suggest buying the physical book so it can be skimmed for potentially relevant information.

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Relatable book

I listened to this as my baby grew from a newborn to a toddler. The content was very relatable and helped me a lot in my parenting

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