In today’s world, there are so many gadgets and gizmos that help make parenting so much easier. There are a lot (ok, I’d say 90%) of products out there geared towards moms. But what about the dads out there who are rocking fatherhood? The ones who do the adorable dates with their kids? The single fathers? The stay-at-home dads? Where is their gear? What things are out there to help them parent even better? What are the best first-time dad gifts?
In this article, we’re going to go over 20 items that help dads rock fatherhood and help make this crazy journey we call parenting, a little bit easier.
20 Great Gifts for First Time Dads to Rock Fatherhood
A Diaper Bag of His Own
Diaper bags are normally targeted towards women, but there are more and more men out there who are the primary caregiver for their children and there are more men out there who love taking their kids out for solo time. Most men probably wouldn’t mind carrying a more feminine diaper bag around, but why not get one that suits them?
A backpack diaper bag will give the first time dad two hands for everything he needs to get done. This Hello Bello from Walmart comes with a changing pad, 9 pockets, and 2 insulated pockets for bottles. I love that the shoulders are padded enough that you can wear this backpack all day comfortably.
Parker Baby Co. makes a great unisex diaper bag. This bag also looks like a backpack but it packs a punch. With plenty of space, pockets, and leather detailing, any dad will feel confident carrying this diaper bag around.
Another diaper backpack! This Vemingo Infant Diaper Bag is one the larger side, with 15 pockets and 3 insulated bottle holders. It makes for a great bag when you’ve got a long day ahead to pack for.
Gift the First Time Dad a Baby Carrier That Works for Him
Whether you plan on taking your baby hiking or just taking a walk around the neighborhood, I consider a baby carrier one of the necessities.
If you are a hiker, Chicco makes a great lightweight hiking baby carrier. It comes with a canopy protect your little one from the sun and it has a kickstand built into it. I recently saw a friend use this carrier as a portable high chair at a party. Pure genius.
If you are looking for a baby carrier that could easily work for multiple caregivers, Infantino makes my favorite unisex carrier. Plus, it comes at a great price!
Wrap style baby carriers don’t have to be complicated. This one by Boppy has three easy steps to put it on and carry the baby safely. This is a great wrap-style baby carrier for dad because it comes in neutral colors, has a yoga comfort style fit and look, and folds into a small carrying pouch to stow and go.
The Carry On Multi-Pocket Carrier is Infantino’s top-performing product and features an adjustable seat that grows with babies! It also features six intuitive pockets that serve as a handy tool belt to make everything parents need for the day that much more accessible.
Delivery Services to Make Life Easier
Anything that gets delivered right to my door gets an A+ in my books. Although “delivery” isn’t an item per se, I do get a lot of items delivered to my door on a regular basis. There are so many amazing deliverable goods out there but some of my favorites are diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper (it comes in a huge box which is a great toy for the kids for the next 5 days), laundry detergent, and pizza. Any of these services make for a great first time dad gift!
If you have an Amazon Prime account, you can get your essentials delivered right to your door every month, every other month, or whatever schedule you need. Getting things delivered to your door is such a lifesaver. Yes, you could buy all of those things at the store, but when one of the kids is crying and the other is sitting inside the cart, you can’t really fit your pack of 30 rolls of toilet paper AND 500 diapers in there with your kiddo.
Save the new parents from ever having to run out for diapers in the middle of a blowout with a subscription from ABBY&FINN! They deliver diapers right to your door, and it’s a feel-good gift too! For every subscription box purchased this amazing company gives 30 diapers to families in need.
Wallet and Phone Docks
When you come home from work and put on your comfy dad clothes, what do you do with all of your stuff? You need a wallet and phone docking station!
You can store your wallet, keys, sunglasses, pens, watches, and phone all in one convenient place. This dock has a little notch at the bottom so you can discreetly hide your phone charger. A docking station like this means you will never be searching the whole house for your keys and wallet again. Keeping them all in one spot will help you stay organized and on time.
This charging station can also hold all your devices in one convenient place. It has 5 charging ports. It is a great choice for the tech-savvy dad who has an Apple Watch, Bluetooth headphones, a phone, and other devices.
A Good Thermos
Parenting is hard and exhausting. The kids are up all night or they’re arguing with each other and there just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done. A thermos will at least keep your coffee warm all day, making for a wonderful first time dad gift!
Invest in a good thermos like this Yeti and you will always have hot coffee even if you pour it at 6 AM and don’t get around to drinking it until 8 AM (thanks kids for not wanting your breakfast, refusing to get dressed, and for missing the bus). Not a coffee drinker? No problem! You can use your Yeti thermos for cold adult beverages too like when you take your kids trick or treating, hiking or doing yard work.
Car Seat Protectors- A Great First Time Dad Gift That Benefits the Whole Family
Have you ever taken a car seat out of your car and were horrified at what you found under it? Or does your car look like you live in it?
You can keep your car organized and the seats protected with car seat protectors like these from Emma & Ollie. These car seat protectors come in a two-pack and each set includes a car seat protector to keep your seat clean from boogers, Cheerios, and spills and it also comes with a seat back organizer. Store toys, wipes, diapers, and tissues in the organizer so you or your child can grab what they need while you’re on the road.
We all need a little pampering in our lives. Women have their monthly subscription boxes and now men do too. Clubs like Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club offer top of the line shaving supplies, shampoo, soap and more. These clubs provide great products for men so they can look and feel their absolute best. Everyone functions better and feels better about themselves when they’re clean and looking good. These are both gifts any first time dad will love because you’re a better dad when you feel great about yourself!
This set comes with everything the new dad needs to make shaving a little easier.
Just like above, this is another way to take something off the first time dad’s plate.
Wi-Fi Enabled Baby Monitors
Yes. Just, yes. We all like our techy gear, but a tech-savvy baby monitor is amazing! There are so many different baby monitors out there, but when they have Wi-Fi and you can check on your baby when you are halfway across the country, you can still feel connected to them and feel good knowing they’re safe. Baby monitors have come a long way from the audio-only versions. Now you can get a baby monitor that is connected to a heart rate monitor so you know how your baby is sleeping, breathing and more.
Mobi makes a great and affordable baby monitor. It is Wi-Fi enabled, comes with a free app, you can connect up to 16 cameras to the app and much more.
Safety 1st also makes a great smart baby monitor. This one comes with more tech and features than the Mobi, but it comes at a higher price as well. Either of these is great, though, and are going to give any dad peace of mind.
The Gift of Peace of Mind for a First Time Dad
Feel better knowing your family is safe no matter where you are. Home security systems give anyone the comfort of knowing that their home is being protected whether they are home or on the other side of the world.
18. Home Security Systems
You can get a basic home security system through a provider like ADT or you can get an ultra-techy home security system through ADT, SimplySafe, Vivint, and more.
19. Smart Home Tech
They’re baaaaaack! I remember my dad always having a hankie when I was a kid. I hated putting them in the wash and dealing with them, but when we were out and about and no one had a tissue, my dad’s hankie always came to the rescue. And now they’re back!
The ultimate reusable tissue. Women have purses to carry travel packs of tissues in but men don’t have that luxury, which is where the hankie comes in. Since hankies are thicker than tissues, they can also serve as a burp cloth, bib, and temporary Band-Aid. Welcome back hankie. Welcome back.
There are so many different things out there that parents need in order to take care of their kids. Not all of them are necessary but this list of items will help any dad proudly rock fatherhood. Welcome to the club dads!
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