Looking for baby stuff for dads he’ll actually use? Take a look at the new dad must haves and gadgets every father is sure to love.
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My husband took one glance at the baby wrap I bought for us and looked at me like I’d lost my mind. He was on board with baby wearing, but he clearly had a preference for color, something he’d feel good wearing outside.
So it was no surprise that when we had twins a few years later (and would need two wraps), he immediately ordered another one for himself—in black.
While dads these days are taking an active in role in parenthood, it was only a few short decades ago that they weren’t expected to push strollers or change diapers.
Thankfully, we’ve made a few strides. From childcare to household duties to balancing work with parenthood, dads have taken it upon themselves to be more present in their children’s lives.
Top 7 baby stuff for dads
Still, you can’t deny that many men would like baby stuff for dads they can use and appreciate. New dad gadgets that don’t seem like mom’s stuff passed on to them, but things they’ve chosen for themselves.
So I came up with my top seven baby items dads are sure to love. Because while baby registry lists are chock full of items for moms and babies, you don’t always find baby registry items for dad.
Take a look at a few items dad would love:
1. Diaper bag
2. Baby carrier
3. Baby books
- On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
- The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer
- Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
- How to Get Your Baby to Sleep without Being Held
4. Jogging stroller
5. Coffee travel mug
6. Children’s books about dads
- Charlie Rides by Bob Bianchini
- Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
- Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz
- Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa and Dan Santat
- The Berenstain Bears: We Love Our Dad! by Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
- My Dad Loves Me! by Marianne Richmond
- Me and My Dad! by Alison Ritchie and Alison Edgson
- When Dads Don’t Grow Up by Marjorie Blain Parker and R.W. Alley
- My Dad by Anthony Browne
- Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin and Bryan Langdo
- I Love My Daddy by Sebastien Braun
- I Love You Daddy by Jillian Harker and Kristina Stephenson
- Spot Loves His Daddy by Eric Hill
- My Dad! by Charles Fuge
- I Love My Daddy Because… by Laurel Porter Gaylord and Ashley Wolff
7. Hiking baby carrier
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We’ve come a long way from the days when dads wouldn’t be caught toting a diaper bag or taking part in childcare duties. Now we even have gear they can happily use and appreciate.
So go ahead and add these items to your registry list, or gift them to the dad in your life. And if your husband is anything like mine, make sure to get the baby carrier in black.
Get more tips:
- Dads Are Co-Parents, Not Babysitters
- 5 Useful Tips for New Dads in the Newborn Stage
- Why We Need to Ask Dads about Work Life Balance
- Top Parenting Books Moms and Dads Should Read
- 15 Children’s Books about Dads
Tell me in the comments: What baby stuff for dads have been your partner’s favorites?
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