Every new Dad needs a treat. right?
Whilst I have put together a new Daddy survival kit which gives you some ideas on what to buy a new Dad, what about must-haves that will help Dad longer term?
What are the new Dad must-haves that will help him well into the first few months of Fatherhood?
There are some things that a new Dad wants, and then there are things that a new Dad NEEDS.
When I thought about this list, I thought about gift ideas that help him be a Dad, not help him survive.
Let’s take a look!
New Dad Must-Haves – The 7 Items
- Digital Thermometer
- Baby Carrier
- Baby Bag
- Portable Baby Changing Mat
- Baby Night Projector
- Medicine Applicator
- Baby Movement Monitor
As if having a baby is not tough enough! Add is a baby that is not well and it can be a huge challenge.
If the new Dad is anything like me, he will not be able to sleep if he knows his son/daughter is not well. Whenever my son is sick, he has his temperature read on a regular basis.
There are a few different ways to read a babies temperature, but without a digital thermometer, I would be lost!
Digital thermometers are so easy to use, and the memory function that some models have, it is so easy to keep track of the ever-moving temperature.
After working my way through multiple in-ear thermometers, I can confidently tell you which one is the best!
Getting a baby to sleep is also a challenge that new Dads need to master. For those nights where they just simply will not settle, those nights where everything you do is not working, let an awesome baby carrier take the strain.
Babies and toddlers love movement. It settles them and sends them to sleep.
With a baby carrier, you get two things:
As I mentioned above, the movement of a baby being carried is your best friend when it comes to settling a baby or toddler.
A baby bag is a 100% must have! Whilst there are a ton of options for Moms, the baby bag options for Dad are lower. Personally, I did not really care what the baby bag looked like, I just saw it as a piece of functional equipment.
As long as it has separate compartments for everything you need when taking your baby out then that is all you need.
Take this Dads baby bag as an example. It has multi pockets, functional, and pretty plain looking. Perfect for Dad! Boy, or Girl, Dad will not be worried about taking this out with him.
As an added bonus, he can use it even when he is not out with the new baby!
Portable Baby Changing Mat
If you are at home, out visiting friends/family, or you are just simply outside because fresh air is good for you, it is so much easier to change a baby if you have a changing mat.
I am not talking about a regular rectangle changing mat here, I am talking about a roll-up, easy to store, has everything you need changing mat.
Take this portable baby changing mat for example. It has a section for wipes, a section for diapers, and a section for the disposable bags that you need to use.
When my wife approached me about buying a portable changing mat, I was skeptical. Not because I do not like spending money, I just did not see any real benefit. After all, you can change your baby anywhere, right?
I was wrong.
The portable baby changing mat was one of the first items in the bag when I took my son out when he was a baby! It was extremely useful and without it, I would have struggled a number of times.
Baby Night Projector
As a new Dad, it is awesome to spend some time with your new child! It is also VERY awesome when they are settled, in bed, fast asleep.
For those times when they are laid down for a nap and they just simply will NOT fall asleep, a baby night projector will keep them entertained until they are too tired to stay awake!
Night light projectors do not only work with babies, but they also work for toddlers too. I have also been known to fall asleep whilst staring at the wonderful light show on the ceiling!
Sleep is vital for your childs development. So ensure they are getting enough good quality sleep.
My son went through a stage where it was a challenge to get him to sleep. I took him out for a lot of rides in the car, just to get him to sleep! It was hurting my wallet! I needed another option.
After searching for ideas, I thought I would try a night light projector, and boy was was I happy that I did!
The change was immediate. As soon as it was switched on, my son’s eyes were transfixed to the ceiling until he was too tired to keep them open.
This goes hand in hand with the digital thermometer. When your baby is sick, they may need medicine, and getting a baby to take medicine can be a challenge.
It is even MORE of a challenge when they hit the toddler years!
What you need is a pacifier style medicine dispenser.
If your baby uses a pacifier, you can use a pacifier medicine dispenser to use when you need to give your baby medicine.
These are so easy because the natural sucking is already there and the pacifier applicator simply passes the medicine through.
Baby Movement Monitor
No kidding…I bought a baby movement monitor when my son was born and I am CONVINCED it enabled me to have some awesome nights sleep.
See, I am a bit of a worrier and spent some time listening to my son sleep after he was born. Obviously, I couldn’t keep that up all night every night, so I needed some help.
I decided to get a top baby movement monitor to take the strain. It was amazing to know that if there were any issues with my son breathing during the night, I would be woken up so I can deal with it.
Obviously, Dad needs much more than this! Support, time, and a good deal of sleep, however, these 7 items are certainly my top new Dad must-haves!
These 7 items will definitely help the new Dad as he enters the world of parenting for the first time (or even if it is his 2nd, 3rd, or 4th time).
It is really important to ensure Dad has everything he needs for the first few months of the new babies life.
Although there are some items on this page that he has already taken care of, I am sure there are some items that he has not.
It is true that during the later stages of pregnancy, Mom can enter the ‘nesting stage’ which includes arranging and cleaning the house. It will also include ensuring the new baby has everything they need to enter the world.
While we are discussing these new Dad must-haves, it is worth pointing out that being a new Dad can take a toll on a person, as well as being a new Mom.
If you know someone who is just about to become a parent then the best thing you can do is keep an eye on them to ensure they are keeping it together under the extra stress.