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Best Baby Gear for Dad

Find the perfect gear for every type of Dad.

Best Baby Gear for Dad

With Father’s Day approaching, there’s no better time than the present to think about the best baby gear Dad will love (especially new dads).

My husband is a baby whisperer. He loves babies, gravitates towards them, and has an arsenal of tricks up his sleeve to make babies laugh. Of course, with five kids of our own he’s had quite a bit of time to perfect his craft.

Over the years my husband has been both the primary caretaker for our kids as well as the primary breadwinner. He’s slipped from one role to the other rather seamlessly and has learned to rely on some staple baby gear to help him out.

From our family to yours, here’s our top baby gear for all types of Dad.

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Dad the Explorer

My husband learned early on in his stay-at-home dad days that sometimes the best medicine for a crabby baby was to get out of the house. He became at expert at packing up and heading for the outdoors when the going got rough. For these adventures he had a few, select items he would always use.

For our infants, a front carrier such as the Baby K’Tan is perfect for Dad. It has all the comforts of the Moby Wrap (my go-to newborn carrier) without the wrapping that can seem complicated.

As baby grows, my husband prefers to switch our toddlers to a back carrier. The Tula Toddler Carrier supports toddlers as they grow in both front and back carry positions.

And if Dad is on-the-go with baby a lot, especially if he's outdoorsy, he'll want to check out the BOB Revolution Flex Single Stroller. It's innovative features make it perfect for any sport experience.

When heading out of the house, my husband appreciates a diaper bag that isn’t too feminine. The Westin Convertible Diaper Bag certainly fits the dad-friendly design.

My biggest tip? Keep a dad-friendly diaper bag stocked and ready with diapers, wipes, and extra outfit and a few baby essentials. Pacifier clips are a diaper bag essential, as Dad can use these to secure pacifiers, toys, and teethers when exploring.

Dad the Chef

Let’s face it, as a parent you become jack of all trades. Learning how to be a master chef for your little one is at the top of the list.

If baby is used to being breastfed, having a bottle warmer on hand will ease the transition between breast and bottle. With automatic shutoffs, a bottle warmer can heat breastmilk or formula perfectly within the course of a diaper change.

With bottle feeding comes extra cleaning and preparation. A bottle brush, cleaning tools, and a bottle drying rack will help Dad keep all those little parts in one place.

If baby is starting solid foods, Dad might enjoy trying his hand at introducing a new food with a baby food mill.

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Dad the Cleaner

Babies are messy and there’s a good chance that Dad will have his fair share of cleaning up after your little one to do.

Having a diaper caddy is perfect for Dad to grab at that crucial moment of realizing baby has soiled another outfit. Also making sure that there are outfits matched together in baby’s dresser or closet will help both you and Dad in those moments of desperation.

My husband is typically in charge of bathtime and one thing he dreads is kneeling next to the bathtub while baby splashes. A tubside seat can help to eliminate the awkwardness of trying to reach baby and stay comfortable.

Dad the Memory-Maker

My husband is one of the most creative, fun-loving Dad’s around. He can turn anything into an adventure and my kids have some of the best memories of everyday events that turned special.

Having a phone or camera handy is essential for Dad for those spur-of-the-moment times that a picture can capture the exciting adventures kids are engaged in.

During naptime, Dad may enjoy having a wireless baby monitor so he can enjoy some downtime around the house while still keeping an ear out for baby.

While most of these thing aren’t needed, having a special product or two that works well for Dad will benefit your whole family. What top baby gear would you recommend for Dad?

Baby K'tan Organic Baby Carrier
Baby K'tan

Organic Baby Carrier

$ 59.95

The Baby K'tan ORGANIC is made of a 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. The soft natural fabric will give you and your little a warm and cozy hold. Wear baby in multiple positions, without any wrapping or buckling. Ergonomic positioning for healthy infant development. Evenly distributes weight across back and shoulders. Double-loop design slips one like a t-shirt. Material: 100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Positions: 6 Positions, from...

Product of the North

Westin Convertible Backpack/ Tote Diaper Bag

$ 169.99

*Hands free magnetized body flap closure *Large front pocket with YKK zipper / Leather pull *Hide away shoulder straps *Side panel baby bottle slips *Removable shoulder strap *Removable stroller clips *Removable diaper changing mat *Removable baby wipe kit *Leather accents and trims *Large internal slip organizer pockets *Internal zipper pocket Dimenions: 13.75”H X 12.5”W X 5”D

Westin Convertible Backpack/ Tote Diaper Bag
Tula Ergonomic Toddler Carrier

Ergonomic Toddler Carrier

$ 169.00

An award-winning industry leader, Tula is proud to offer beautiful, easy-to use, versatile, and long-lasting carriers which provide a comfortable, ergonomic method of supporting the bond between caregiver and child from birth through 4 years old and beyond. Tula Baby Carriers are available in a variety of prints, making them both useful and stylish! Tula is proud to meet and exceed safety standards and norms, and is a business member...

Safety 1st

Sure Glow Audio Monitor (1 rx)

$ 34.95

The Sure Glow Audio Monitor by Safety 1st features a a 600 foot range and handy belt clip & carry loop, making it easy to keep an ear on your little one throughout the day.At night, the Parent Unit stands easily on your nightstand, and the Baby Unit features a comforting glow with the tap on/auto-off nightlight that lets you peek at your sleeping baby without turning on brighter lights.Parent...

Safety 1st Sure Glow Audio Monitor (1 rx)
The First Years Quick Serve Bottle Warmer
The First Years

Quick Serve Bottle Warmer

$ 24.99 $ 26.99

Designed for use from birth the Quick Serve Bottle Warmer from The First Years lets you warm bottles and baby food more accurately and with more consistent temperatures. The compact design and contemporary styling complements any kitchen or nursery counter or table top and the safe user-friendly design saves time so your hungry child doesn't have to wait to eat. Fast Convenient HeatingThe Quick Serve heats any bottle instantly...

Summer Infant

Tubside Seat and Organizer

$ 19.95

The Tubside Parent Assist Seat is a comfortable, convenient way for parents to bathe their child while keeping all their bath time essentials in one place. A comfortable sturdy chair allows parents to sit at a comfortable height to bathe their child while convenient storage pockets can store all of child's toys, wash cloths, and soaps. When not in use, simply fold and store in linen closet. ...

Tubside Seat and Organizer
GRASS Countertop Drying Rack

GRASS Countertop Drying Rack

$ 15.99 $ 18.99

This sleek and stylish drying rack can be used with a wide variety of baby accessories. The two-piece design makes it easy to clean. Water drains into the lower tray while baby accessories rest on flexible grass blades to air dry. Great for everything from bottles to pacifiers. GRASS and tray are both dishwasher-safe. Stuff to know Low-profile drying rack looks great in a modern kitchen...

Born Free

Pacifier Holder - 2 pack

$ 6.95

Helps keep pacifier clean. The holder attaches to babys clothing to keep pacifier within reach. Fits most button and handle style pacifiers Colors and styles may vary BPA and PVC free

Born Free Pacifier Holder - 2 pack
Straw & Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set

Straw & Sippy Cup Top Cleaning Set

$ 4.99

The OXO Tot Cleaning Set for Straw & Sippy Cups is perfect for those hard to reach Sippy and Straw Cup areas.  The straw brush is the perfect length to reach down into all Straw Cups and kids' sports bottles.  The lid brush eases into tight spots on the underside of tops and even breast pump parts.  The slim-as-a-toothpick sippy-spout explores even the tiniest openings to ensure no drop of...


Bristle Bottle Brush - Color May Vary

$ 5.40

Keeping baby bottles clean is essential for baby's health. But let's face it, germs love kitchens and bottle washing is a part of (kitchen) life. Now there's a smart way to keep your trusty bottle cleaner safe from household germs.The Munchkin Bristle Bottle Brush features a patented suction cup base, so when scrubbing is done, you simply pop it onto the countertop to keep it upright, fast-drying and away from...

Munchkin Bristle Bottle Brush - Color May Vary

Jess Wartinger resides in rural New York with her husband and five children. Formerly an early elementary teacher, Jess currently spends her time loving her kids and holding down the fort at home.


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