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What Are the Top Ten Things a New Dad Needs to Survive Parenthood?


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If you were anything like me as a new Mom, you questioned your every move! Did I do that right? Am I starving her? Should I call the doctor? Do I need to change formula? How do I take her temperature? Did I burp her enough? Does she need gas drops? Did I give her too much?? It's all so overwhelming! Well, if you were confused, imagine how your husband probably felt!

Until you settle in and get your confidence back, it can be unnerving - especially for fathers. Help them get comfortable with their new little ones with these ten Daddy must-haves:

1. Daddy Diaper Bag: You probably carry either a designer or a femininely designed diaper bag. Don't make your man carry the same one! Get him a manly bag for his days taking the baby out. Believe me, it's a small thing, but it will make a difference.

2. Book: Think “What to Expect When You're Expecting" but funny, and for a man. This book “She's Having a Baby and I'm Having a Breakdown" will give him a comical view of what's happening . . . and proof that others have been through it, and even survived!

3. Carrier: Let's be real, there is nothing sexier than a man at the park, store, or anywhere - with a baby in a carrier. And it's a way for Dad to bond with baby that's different than just holding her. This carrier is perfect!

4. Sports Toy: What's the best way to get Dad comfortable playing with your baby? Get him in the right element! Nothing is better than this Lil Champs Sports Center. He can teach baby to shoot basketball, score a touchdown, and hit a baseball all in one! And it's perfectly baby-sized.

5. The Medicator: Just ask your husband to give your baby medicine for the first time and he'll look at you like you're crazy! Make it easy for him with this pacifier and medicine dropper all in one. Just poor in the medicine, give it to baby, and they practically medicate themselves.

6. Thermometer: Another difficult task is taking the baby's temperature for the first time. Honestly, this is no fun for Moms or Dads! You can forget the rectal thermometer for sure. An easy one-second ear thermometer is an easy win and a great way to get Dad involved in some of the less pleasurable tasks.

7. Tall Stroller: Get a lightweight stroller that comes with tall handlebars so Dads don't have to break their backs pushing the little ones around. Make sure it is sporty, has a big storage basket, and easily pushes with just one hand.

8. Team Spirit Pacifier: Your baby probably uses a pacifier, right? Get a special one for Dad times . . . pick his favorite team!

9. Toddler Tractor: Boy or girl, they all love ride on toys! Get this toddler tractor and Dad will love it because it's not totally baby designed and the baby will love it for the same reasons!

10. Car Organizer: Does your man have a thing about a clean car? If so, grab a car organizer and fill it with all the little things he might need: diapers, wipes, antiseptic, band-aids, extra socks, whatever you can think of! He'll love the lack of clutter and be thrilled to know he has all he needs.

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