If you are a wife looking for gift ideas for a new dad then you have come to the right place!
I took a little while before writing this article, to think about the gifts I would have liked to have received from my wife when I was a new dad and I am confident that each of these would have been extremely useful.
When putting this list together, I also thought about the importance of creating a strong bond between the new dad and his baby. It is vital for the development of the baby, and the sanity of the new dad that the bond is strong!
Some of the items on this list are purely to build a bond, and some of the items are just TOO useful to leave off.
10 Awesome Dad To Be Gifts From Wife
When my son was born, I was lucky enough to receive a frame with his photo in it.
During those tough times at work, I would look over at the picture and realize who I was doing this for. The photo gave me some focus and gave me some encouragement when things got busy at work.
Not only will it give dad some focus, but it will also act as a conversation point for other parents at his place of work. Other parents in the workplace will give advice and support because they have been there before.
A photo frame is a very simple, low-cost gift for a new dad from his wife, or from anyone in fact.
Always ensure that you take plenty of photographs during the pregnancy and after birth. Use these photographs to create a montage for his photo frame.
When a new dad is handed his baby for the first time, it can be overwhelming. Here is a brand new person that you need to look after, and keep safe. Without knowledge, dad may struggle at first.
If a new dad begins to struggle, it can learn to with withdrawing himself from fatherly duties, making him feel useless or left out.
Arm the new sad with some knowledge BEFORE the baby is handed to him.
Preparation is vital!
Before my son was born, I attended first aid and birthing classes. I also read a number of books to arm myself with knowledge. Of all the books I read, I recommend Commando Dad. The reason I liked Commando Dad is that I love the way it reads.
Us dads are pretty practical and it is much easier for us to learn when there is an element of comedy in what we are reading.
Commando Dad has both!
If you need more inspiration then check out these awesome books for a new dad.
Kids Book About Dad
A bond between dad and child is extremely important and needs to be in place from the very beginning. There are quite a few items in this post that will kick start the bond between a new dad and his baby and a book is one of them!
Studies have shown that a dad reading to his baby has a huge developmental benefit (sorry moms). Why not help dad build a bond with his new baby by getting him a book that he can read at bedtime?
A strong bond between dad and baby will stop dad feeling useless and will help to avoid paternal postpartum depression.
Make it a funny story, like the Dinosaur That Pooped Daddy!
Baby Carrier For Dad
A baby carrier an item that will strengthen the bond between new dad and baby, and will also stop dad feeling left out! Buying dad a baby carrier just for him also means that mom can take a break when you are out for a walk.
You may already have a baby carrier in mind, which is also a great option for dad. BUT, if you want dad to feel important then why not buy him his own carrier?
A personal favorite of mine is the BabyBjorn Original Baby Carrier.
A baby carrier has some awesome benefits! Not only do they help to build a strong bond between parent and child, but they also get dad and his new baby out in the fresh air.
If dad has a bad back, there are some Baby carrier options out there for him too!
Baby Changing Kit For Dad
When my wife was pregnant we looked at various items to buy which will make out lives easier when we are out of the home. A baby changing kit was right up there at the top of the list.
Unfortunately, I left my wife in charge to order whichever one she wanted. When it was delivered, I was a little disappointed to see a flowery baby changing kit…it was not very manly!
In hindsight, I should have been more involved in choosing the baby changing kit but hey, I am not precious, and I used it every time I took my Son out.
A manly baby changing kit is an excellent new dad gift from his wife!
Dads Own Baby Bag
You can go one step further from the baby changing kit above and get Dad his very own baby bag!
Baby bags are very functional and are vital if you are traveling with a child. But, what if you are a dad and the only option is a baby bag designed with a woman in mind?
I have witnessed poor Dads carrying designer handbag style baby bag! Do him a favor and buy a baby bag that has been designed with men in mind.
The baby bag needs to be functional, comfortable, and big enough to carry everything a new dad needs when he is looking after his baby.
A personal favorite of mine is this functional baby bag.
A new dad T-shirt is an awesome gift that his wife can buy him!
There are so many options available, and some of them are very funny, and some are pretty crude too!
Take a look at some of the new dad T-shirts available and pick one that suits his style, and sense of humor.
Whilst a T-shirt is an excellent gift, you could go one further and buy matching clothes for him and his new baby!
Again, it is best to look out for some matching clothes that fit his style and sense of humor.
Toys, swings, furniture. All of a sudden, dad’s life will be full of things to build.
It begins in the buildup to childbirth when dad will need to build all of the furniture needed to host a new baby. It does not stop there either.
As they grow, dad will need to build and fix a large number of items around the home!
Christmas changes completely! Now, dad will spend much of Christmas morning putting together a host of new toys. Prepare him now by ensuring he has the correct tools to complete the jobs.
I would cover the following items:
Another awesome option is a magnetic wristband. I was halfway through writing this article when I was called away to build a breakfast bar! I dropped a screw 4 times before searching for the answer…a magnetic wristband!
Hey, this one is totally free too! Give him a break!
I do not mean a break away from home…
During the pregnancy, he has probably been through a lot. Your fluctuating hormone levels have driven him crazy. He has been very busy preparing the home for the arrival of the new baby, and he is tired. Mentally and physically.
…before I carry on, I know that mom is going through something much worse than poor old dad, and for that. Carrying a baby for 9 months before the agony of childbirth has been though, and we are eternally grateful!
Dad needs to let off some steam to stop him from becoming overly stressed. If you are the wife of a new dad, check in with him to see if he has had time for his hobbies. If not, help him to make time.
A less stressed Dad will be much more helpful than a dad who is overwhelmed and stressed out.
There is a danger that extra stress for dad could lead to paternal postpartum depression, which will also make mom’s job much more difficult.
I am certain that the 10 items above are awesome gift ideas for a new dad from his wife!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post before I started to write this post I thought of the 10 items that I would like to have received from my wife when I was a dad to be.
Every single one of them would have been extremely useful to me, I can guarantee that.
The most important thing that a wife can do for a new dad (It is not what you are thinking by the way!) is keep an eye on him. He will (or should be) keeping an eye on you as well. It is vital that you keep an eye on each other so you can spot the early warning signs of postpartum depression!
Good luck with choosing your gift!