When a couple is expecting a baby, pretty much all the excitement is directed towards mom. She gets baby showers and push presents, while dad is pretty much standing to the side nodding his head at every baby registry item you point that registry gun towards. That doesn’t mean that dad isn’t elated at the idea of becoming a father, just that it’s not as typical for him to receive gifts for it. Well, if you’re a woman who wants to get her man something special for this new phase in life, this is the post for you! We’ve gathered some super awesome gift ideas for the new dad in your life.
1. Dad Literature
Becoming a father doesn’t start to feel real for a dad often until your child is born, unlike a mother who starts to feel the connection with her baby from the moment she finds out she’s pregnant. Many men benefit from reading up on the topic of fatherhood, and the book “Dad’s Playbook,” is a highly popular book because it’s written by some of the best sports coaches of our time. Your man won’t have any problem listening to the best advice around from some of his favorite icons!
2. Books for Baby & Dad
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the activities you’ll be doing with your new baby, especially if your dad-to-be hasn’t spent a lot of time around kids before. Make it an easy transition towards those bedtime stories with books he will love. The Vader series by Jeffrey Brown is a must-have for your dad’s collection, and Brown has a Darth Vader & Son version you can find too!
3. One Handed Bottle Opener
If there’s one thing that’s certain, it’s that dad is going to have his hands full! While we know that not every man drinks, those that do are going to need all the help they can get opening their favorite brews. This one handed bottle opener is the perfect gift for your multi-tasking dad! They can open a bottle in one hand while keeping your new bundle of joy snug in the other.
4. Dad’s Survival Kit
You can just as easily make your own “survival kit” as you can purchase a pre-made one. The important thing is your kit has everything your new dad will need to carry out his duties. Diapers, wipes, pacifiers, you name it. I’d even recommend throwing some his favorite food an beverages in there! This gift will put him at ease as he takes on the role of new dad.
5. Manly Diaper Bag
There will be times when your future dad-to-be takes the baby on his own and you’ll want to make sure he’s equipped with a bag to carry all of your baby supplies. While some men feel confident to carry your Petunia Picklebottom bag, many men aren’t. You can help ease him into the world of diaper bags by getting him his own manly diaper bag. We’ve got a great list of 7 bags right here!
6. Dad Apparel
Your new dad can let everyone know of his new status as a parent with this simple, yet hilarious tee. Mom’s body isn’t the only one that probably took on a new shape during pregnancy, and this shirt lets everyone in on the secret! I wish I could convince my husband to wear this.
7. Sports Themed Baby Wrap
It takes a secure man to baby wear, and this wrap is seriously awesome. There are many sports and teams to choose from and it could give your man the extra push to wear your baby in style. This is the ultimate item for multi-tasking: holding tightly to your new bundle of joy and cheering on his favorite team!
8. Hospital Kit
Before having my daughter, I heard ideas about what to bring for my husband while I was laboring away. But a hospital survival kit would have been awesome to have! You’ll be pretty busy eating ice chips and sweating the day away in pain, but your husband could really benefit from a little thinking ahead. Pack snacks, entertainment and some witty gifts and your dad will feel extra special while he awaits the arrival of his new babe.
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