Baby Management for Men: a very practical guide

Baby Management for Men: a very practical guide
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ISBN:  978-1-905177-68-4
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Author: Henk Hanssen
Published: 26th March 2013                                                           Binding: paperback
Format: 175 x 130 mm
Pages: 240
Illustrations: colour throughout
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Translation rights: Marianne Schönbach Literary Agency

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At last a book on child care written in a language men can relate to. Approved by men who hate to read, Baby Management for Men is the must-have guide for men who are about to become dads. The book portrays the new father as a manager who has a very special product to develop: his own baby.

- Input: How do I feed the baby?

- Output: How do I change his nappy?

- Communication: How do I understand why the baby is crying?

- Profit: What do I gain from being a father?

Baby Management for Men is a very practical guide to discovering the pleasures and challenges of fatherhood. It's fun, factual, up to date and written in a language many men will appreciate.

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A fun and quirky little book
Monday, 15 July 2013  | 

Henk Hanssen has given us a fun little book here. Aimed at 'modern' dads-to-be, the book is written in office-speak, referring to the baby as 'the product', the mum as 'producer' etc. It's a humorous and novel way of looking at the subject, although does get a bit tiresome after a while. Still, like I said, a great concept and perhaps would appeal to dads more than your run-of-the-mill baby manual. It covers mainly the first six months of a baby's life, and is limited in detail, so further reading may be required.

A couple of criticisms: Hanssen suggests that some babies may sleep through the night at 6-13 weeks he should clarify what he means by sleeping through. I'd hate for dads to read and expect their babies to sleep 12 hours solid - it rarely happens! He suggests that at roughly three months, night feeding becomes a thing of a past - pah! There's a brief mention of baby-led weaning, but he focuses on purees. Perhaps BLW hasn't really caught on in his native Holland.

On a positive note, he mentions the dangers of using disposable nappies and discusses the benefits of using cloth ones. He does also mention co-sleeping.

I like this book. Hanssen doesn't take himself too seriously and manages to cover the babycare basics.

 

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A handy guide for new dads and dads-to-be
Wednesday, 26 June 2013  | 

I was immediately drawn to Henk Hanssen's 'Baby Management for Men' because of its amusing diagrams and easy-to-read layout. Henssen packs each section of his book with informative, practical and often fun information and advice about most things to do with preparing for and enjoying life with your newborn; from choosing a car seat to maintaining a fulfilling work-life balance.

Initially, I found the convention of using 'management speak' to talk about the subject a little alienating and cold, even patronising - is this the only way men will recognize and respond to the subject? However, I soon saw through this convention, appreciating it as a witty complement to Hanssen's dry, knowing sense of humour, which he uses to litter his book.

On a practical note, I found the blue font used for most of the text a little difficult to read. Additionally, while I wanted to take the book to read on my daily commute by train to work, it is quite heavy (weight-wise), even though it is a paper-back complete with child-friendly rounded corners and high-gloss paper finish.

As it says on the front cover, this is a 'very practical guide', which has just the right mix of fact and fun to make it accessible to the reader

 

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A practical and fun guide for 'beginners'
Monday, 24 June 2013  | 

I was originally sceptical about the title: he word 'management' scares me a little on baby topics. But the book won me over after few pages. In this case the world 'management' is more about how you manage yourself as a parent, specially related to work-life balance.

I found the book fun and entertaining with very practical information. It touches on a variety of topics to do with baby care, work-life balance, products to buy etc in a very concise way. It talks about one topic in a basic informative way and moves on to the next one with the same concise way.

While I wouldn't recommend the book for those people that are passionate about the subject and want to explore more, I would passionately suggest it for those people that are new to the subject and want an understanding of involvement with practical concise facts and a fun approach. Plus it is easy to read 'on demand' rather then form beginning to end. A 'sure start' book!

 

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Informative and accurate
Saturday, 25 May 2013  | 

Author Henk Hanssen claims that fatherhood is his favourite subject, and a real sense of fun comes across in this warm and accessible little baby manual.

"In this book, the father is the consummate manager. The family is your enterprise, the mother your producer, the baby your product." [p10]

Heavy on the business-speak and technical jargon, it might not appeal across the board, but beneath the veneer of gentle silliness, the book is packed with practical information. It addresses how the new father's life will change, how to approach his employer with requests for paternity leave and flexible working hours, and directs the him to think about the kind of father he wants to be. It then goes on to describe in detail the baby's appearance, likely behaviour, and maintenance required in the first year or so.

You might pick up a book with the title "Baby Management" expecting a rigid, parents-in-charge approach; in fact I would place this well towards the attachment parenting end of the spectrum. Hanssen encourages dads to be hands-on, and quotes evidence to show the benefits of an involved, engaged father, for the whole family.

My few criticisms of the book would include a raised eyebrow that the feeding section starts with expressing before actually addressing the subject of breastfeeding. Granted that's because the focus is on how a dad can be involved with this, but I would rather see the emphasis on supporting the mother to establish breastfeeding first; there are lots of ways dads can help with this. Hanssen erroneously states that breastmilk can be kept in the fridge for up to 72 hours; most reliable sources state 5-7 days. Other than that, the section dealing with feeding is almost entirely accurate. Sadly when it comes to introducing solids, the advice given is rather old-fashioned purees-only approach.

The section on growth and development is particularly fascinating, and the book is well-referenced. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fathers-to-be.

 

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