Looking for cool gifts for expectant dads? Take a look at these best new gift ideas for your dad to be, perfect for expectant fathers.
Dads have raised the ante with the role of fatherhood.
While I’ve seen plenty of dads at park outings, I’m seeing more and more of them taking an active role in the daily routine. On Facebook, my dad friends post blurbs about helping kids with homework or taking them to doctor’s appointments.
In my own home, my husband isn’t merely the occasional babysitter and instead feeds, bathes, and regularly engages with our kids.
And my brother—long-known for packing his daughters’ lunches, doing their laundry, and playing crazy games with them—has proudly proclaimed, “I know how to do a French braid!”
Welcome to the new dad: men who no longer see themselves merely as husbands or providers, but have stepped up their game as the amazing hands-on father.
The same is true during our pregnancies. For many expectant moms, pregnancy wouldn’t be the same without our supportive partners by our side.
Cool gifts for expectant dads
While the last nine or so months may have been about mom and the baby, many of us also want dad to feel just as special for The Big Day.
Your partner has been amazing and looking forward to being a parent as much as you are. And he’s been great through every step of the pregnancy, from making you comfortable to easing your anxieties.
It’s no wonder soon-to-be moms want to give expectant dads a touching, thoughtful gift that includes the baby and fatherhood. And if not a gift for the baby’s arrival, then perhaps a dad-related one to get him for your first holiday as a family, or for his first Father’s Day.
Except… you’re drawing a blank on what to get him. Maybe he’s not the easiest guy to shop for, or everything you’ve seen so far doesn’t seem to match his personality.
While you know your partner best (“He’s just not the engraved keychain type of guy…”), sometimes seeing a list of cool gifts for expectant dads can help. Below, I found several ideas to check out, and perhaps you’ll find one perfect for the best expectant dad in your life:
1. Matching sneakers
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If matching T-shirts aren’t your thing, how about matching Converse sneakers? Sure, the baby likely won’t wear them the first few days, but for any dad who loves his Chucks, matching ones with the baby are sure to delight.
And since Converse sneakers are unisex, you can pick a pair for the baby even if you don’t know the gender.
2. Children’s books about dads
One of my favorite and earliest gifts I got for my husband was a children’s book about a dad and his child. I outlined my eldest’s hand on the first page of the book and dated it to mark his first Father’s Day.
3. Diaper bag with baby items
Does your partner want a more masculine (or at least less floral!) diaper bag? Give him a diaper bag that suits his personality! Even better: stuff the diaper bag with other baby items he’d love as well. A few ideas include:
4. Plant a tree in your yard
Mark the baby’s arrival by planting a tree sapling in your home. This makes for a wonderful gift that dad can share throughout your little one’s childhood.
5. Coffee machine or mug
One of the first items my husband bought after becoming a dad was his own coffee machine. Go figure: coffee drinking tends to increase with new parents battling sleep deprivation. If you already have a coffee machine, a special mug or travel mug also make cool gifts for expectant dads.
6. Matching shirts of his alma mater or favorite teams
Is your partner a sports fan of a particular team? Is he a proud alumnus of his past college? Gift him matching shirts for him and the baby. He’ll love the gear he gets, plus getting to share the pride with your little one.
7. Sleep mask or ear plugs
As sleep-deprived as new parents are, they still deserve a good night of sleep! Give your partner a sleep mask or ear plugs for those nights he needs to sleep. Give these to him alone, or perhaps as part of a bundle in a diaper bag.
You can even add his favorite snacks to this “survival kit,” perfect for getting through those rough few days and weeks.
8. Letter of appreciation
Want to melt your partner’s heart as a new dad? Write him a letter of appreciation, to be opened on the day your baby is born.
Make it even more special by writing one letter a month during your pregnancy, talking about all the ways you appreciate him. He’ll love reading through your journey together as expectant parents, waiting for your little one’s arrival.
9. Baby carrier
Give dad his own baby carrier, with his favorite color and style. An added perk? Having your own baby carriers means neither of you will have to adjust the straps to fit your frame.
10. Lullaby versions of his favorite bands
Is your partner a music fan? Gift him a set of lullabies of his favorite band’s music! From The Beatles to Dave Matthews Band, many albums are available as lullabies for the baby to sleep to. Dad will appreciate listening to his favorite music as he helps the baby fall asleep.
Many moms report their partners truly appreciating mementos like sculptures, framed sonograms, poems, and other keepsakes marking this special moment. You might not think he’ll like these types of items, but fatherhood brings out the sentiment in everyone!
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Get more tips:
- Top Baby Stuff for Dads He’ll Actually Use
- How to Make Time for Your Partner (Even If You Have Kids)
- Top 7 Qualities of a Good Father
- 12 Unique Father’s Day Gift Ideas He’ll Love
- The Ultimate Mom to Be Guide: Everything I Wish Someone Had Told Me when I Was Pregnant
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