New moms are showered with gifts and advice while new dads are often overlooked. Moms are certainly due a great deal of love, support and attention, but don’t forget about the dad-to-be. Put together a survival kit for new dads.
For the Hospital
New dads will appreciate receiving a hospital survival kit. If you go this route, consider making one with bottles of water, snacks and food. It’s also a good idea to add hygiene products to keep dad smelling and feeling clean and fresh. This can include items like deodorant, wipes and lotion. Crib decor and swaddling products can be purchased at Go Mama Go Designs. Visit the site when you want something unique.
Go with the Essentials
Gifts for dad include going with the essentials. Collect things like portable changing pads, wipes and diapers. Instead of selecting items with frills and flowers, choose essentials that feature bold colors and classic patterns.
A Basket of Goodies
A basket of goodies for the new dad is sure to help him feel more prepared for the birth of his child. This can include stuff like food, coffee, snacks and aspirin. You may even want to add a few joke items like a too big coffee mug for dealing with sleepless nights and a dad bod fanny pack. Or, include rubber gloves and a surgical mask to make diaper blowouts a little less painful to deal with.
When He Needs a Break
New parents need breaks. Gifts for dad you can DIY include making a survival kit with items like a new set of headphones or a gift card for a massage. He can use the headphones to listen to his favorite tunes or watch a movie without waking up his little one. A massage will give him an hour or two to rejuvenate.
Dad Inspired Clothes for Baby
Few things melt a new dad’s heart like seeing his just born son or daughter in a dad inspired outfit, one that says “I love daddy” or “Daddy’s girl or boy.” Choose an adorable onsie or a miniature jersey with dad’s favorite sports team. You’ll find plenty of clothing options for the new baby at Modern Nursery.
The Right Reading Material
Encourage dad and baby time by giving the new dad picture books that he’ll enjoy reading to the baby. Consider “I Love Daddy Because…” written by Laurel Porter-Gaylord or “Daddy Hugs” by Karen Katz. Since these books are all about dad, he’s sure to enjoy reading them over and over again.