10 Must-Have Items for New Dads: A Checklist for Fatherhood

July 25, 2023 4 min read

10 Must-Have Items for New Dads: A Checklist for Fatherhood

Needing a few gift ideas for that special soon-to-be father in your life? Perhaps you’re already a father and are frantically searching and needing some practical tips on getting your baby to sleep. Whichever your situation is, a checklist of “fatherhood items” is what will make all the difference. Some of these on the list might be items that you didn’t even know that you needed, but can make a huge difference, especially for your baby! Keep reading to find out 10 useful and must-have items that every new dad needs.

The Happiest Baby on the Block

By Harvey Karp M.D

You’ve done everything that you can think of to get your baby to stop crying. You’ve fed them, changed them, layed your baby down for a nap, you name it, and still, the crankiness continues. This can be extremely frustrating, especially when you’re already running on only a few hours of sleep and have no other solutions. When you don’t know what to do in this situation, The Happiest Baby on the Block is a powerful book that will provide dad with several techniques to help baby calm down and stop crying.

A Sturdy Carrier

If you’re a first-time dad, you might think that you’ll look absolutely ridiculous wearing a baby carrier. After all, that’s what your arms are for, right? But let me tell you a secret: That teeny tiny little bundle of joy is going to want to be held a lot and they don’t get any lighter the longer you carry them. There will be times when you’ll also need a way to keep your hands free to be able to take care of the everyday tasks around your home. There are all kinds of brands and styles to choose from. Just be sure that you’re getting one that has plenty of support for dad and is still plenty comfortable for baby.

Coffee Subscription

Dad will certainly be losing a lot of sleep over the next several months and will be in desperate need of something he can look forward to each morning to start his day off right. There’s no better way to do that than by providing him with a fresh cup of coffee. Similar to a beer subscription, a coffee subscription is delivered right to his front door and will allow dad to try several new roasts each month and maybe find a new one that he loves!    

Ember Heated Mug

When dad is caught between staying awake and catching a few more z’s while sitting in his recliner, this Ember Heated Mug will keep his coffee warm for when he’s finally wide-eyed and ready to tackle the day. The battery on this self-heating coffee mug will last for up to two hours and it will stay charged when using a USB cord.  

Tactical Diaper Bag

Ladies, when your man is on baby-duty and is heading out somewhere, we need to make sure he has all the gear that will get him through the day. Supplying him with a Tactical Diaper Bag that contains everything he will need during his adventure with his newest little pal is the surest chance of success. There’s plenty of room in it for a baby blanket, a change of clothes, toys, diapers, wipes, and it even provides a changing mat so dad won’t have to panic when the baby is in need of a change and there’s no place that’s comfortable for a change.  

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

When mom is away at work and dad is on the clock and expected to have dinner ready, this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker will make dad look like a professional chef when he has a very short amount of time to deliver. It’s incredibly easy to use, and can cover several different cooking methods that no other kitchen appliance can match. Plus, you can find hundreds of simple Instant Pot recipes online to assist dad in improving his cooking skills.

White Noise Machine

Sometimes it can be more difficult for dad to get their baby off to sleep. The sound of rushing air is not only soothing for a sleeping baby, but it also helps to block out all other sounds that might accidently wake them up. Not only will this White Noise Machine help your little one get a good nap in, it works for adults (especially tired dads) as well. So ladies, don’t be surprised when you get home if you see dad nestled under a blanket catching his afternoon siesta as well.

Ultimate Ears Wonderboom  

Dad can still sing along with some of his favorite tunes on this Ultimate Ears Wonderboom small portable speaker. He can get 14 hours out of it on a single charge while it covers a surprising 131 foot range. The sound quality and the powerful boom of this speaker are equally as impressive!

Foot Massager

When it’s time for dad to get off his feet for the day and finally relax, a foot massage is exactly what he’ll be in need of. Not only does this Miko Shiatsu foot massager relieve tired and aching feet, but it also helps with improving blood flow. So, even if he’s never complained about his feet hurting before, after using this device, he’ll notice a drastic difference. This is obviously one that he will want to share with Mom, too.

Philips Norelco Electric Shaver

It’s fairly common for most dads to look a little rough after a week or two at home with a new baby. This electric shaver is considered one of the better razors out there for men, regardless of whether dad has a bit of stubble or a thick beard to tame.  

These are 10 must-have items that every new dad needs. Which one or two items do you plan on getting your favorite dad in your life soon? Feel free to leave a response below!

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