Traditionally, parenting a baby was seen as a mother’s burden. But in the modern world, parenting is rightfully a co-ed task. This means both men and women equally prepare (and get nervous) for their new arrival. And after the birth, both moms and dads change diapers, read to their newborn and get up in the middle of the night to see what all the fuss is about.
The new age of co-ed parenting also means that baby showers aren’t just for women anymore. Increasingly, fathers-to-be are present at the baby shower and even invite their male friends to participate. So it only makes sense that gifts for dads-to-be are more popular than ever.
Whether you’ve been invited to a co-ed baby shower or you simply want to acknowledge the joy and difficulty ahead for a new father, we’ve found ten of the best gifts for dads-to-be. From digital cameras to daddy-themed books, any excited, expecting father is sure to appreciate one (or all) of these items.
1. Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer
Reading to a baby creates an unbreakable bond. The sound of your voice and the physical closeness works wonders. Not only does a baby learn vital communication through reading, it also learns more about the person doing the talking. For that reason, one of the best gifts you can buy a father-to-be is children’s books. In particular, Just Me and My Dad by Mercer Mayer is a classic daddy-child book that is sure to be read hundreds of times over the first few years of life. This funny and heartwarming book is a great anytime gift for dads.
2. The Happiest Baby on the Block DVD
BEST FOR THE NERVOUS NEW DAD
Born from the successful book by the same title, The Happiest Baby on the Block is full of useful tips. Thousands of parents have followed and thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Karp’s five methods for keeping a baby happy. The methods are designed for babies under three months, and the DVD gives you short, to-the-point tidbits on how to put the methods into action to stop your baby’s cries. With over 1,250 five-star reviews on Amazon for the DVD and several thousand more positive reviews for the book, The Happiest Baby on the Block is a must for fathers-to-be.
3. Daft Baby Pizza Pie & Slice Matching Clothing
BEST FOR THE FUNNY NEW DAD
Cool dads eat pizza, but even cooler dads wear matching pizza outfits with their baby. This funny set includes an adult-sized t-shirt showing a pizza pie with one slice missing as well as a baby onesie showing the missing slice. The set is available in either gray or black and comes in a variety of sizes for both dad and baby. Plus, as the family grows, the adult t-shirt can be replaced with another showing more slices of the pizza missing.
4. Letters to You Hardcover
This is one of the sweetest gifts you could give a father-to-be. The premise of the book is that the dad writes letters to his child every year. Then, the book is given to the child as a graduation or wedding present. Inside the hard cover, the book includes writing prompts and plenty of space for dads to wax poetic about their child’s life. For a gift that will be appreciated for years to come, you can’t go wrong with the Letters to You Hardcover.
5. Fridababy Fridaballs Boxer Brief
BEST SILLY GIFT
Pregnancy can be a tense time for new parents to be. For any moms-to-be who need to make their male counterparts laugh a little should gift them a pair of these Fridababy Fridaballs Boxer Briefs. Carrying your young is a rite of passage, but as any experienced father will tell you, a tiny foot can cause a lot of pain when kicked in the wrong direction. These boxer briefs prevent that ball-busting pain by providing a built-in, foam cup. Plus, the moisture-wicking fabric and secure-fit waistband keep everything fresh and comfortable down there.
6. Big Dot of Happiness Daddy’s Diaper Duty
BEST GIFT SET
Modern dads don’t let moms handle all of the diaper duty anymore. For a funny gift that’s actually quite useful, consider giving fathers-to-be the Big Dot of Happiness Daddy’s Diaper Duty Service. This kit includes diapers, baby wipes, plastic tongs, baby lotion, baby powder, baby shampoo, baby wash, diaper cream and safety glasses tucked into an apron tool belt. An ideal co-ed baby shower gift, this fun set will make any dad the “finest quality diaper changer” around.
7. Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery
BEST FOR THE FORGETFUL NEW DAD
New dads have a lot on their minds. From pediatrician appointments to feeding the dog, there’s a lot to forget, especially with a sleep deprived brain. Too often new parents are running late to their next big event, so make those moments a little bit easier by ensuring they aren’t rushing around trying to find their keys or phone. To do so, gift a Tile Pro to any fathers-to-be in your life. These nifty little devices attach to any objects you might misplace and tether them to your smartphone. Simply download the Tile app, and you can see exactly where your missing items are. Alternatively, ask your phone to make the Tile Pro ring to hear exactly where your keys are.
8. HighSpeedDaddy Diaper Bag Backpack
BEST FOR THE ACTIVE NEW DAD
This tactical diaper bag backpack was built for the difficult job of keeping a baby happy on the go. It looks like any military-grade backpack, but inside, you’ll find space for diapers, bottles, a diaper changing mat, baby wipes and all the other gear you need. Stroller and padded shoulder straps allow you to wear the bag on your back or attach it to your baby’s stroller. Plus, as your family grows, this backpack has enough room to fit a toddler’s toys in the main compartment and a baby’s diapers in the back.
9. BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One
BEST PRACTICAL GIFT
As much as we imagine babies sleeping, eating and playing at home, new parents definitely need to get out and about with their little one. To make traveling around the city a breeze, gift the father-to-be a BabyBjorn Baby Carrier One. Considered the top baby carrier, this ergonomic device can hold children from birth to 36 months and can be adjusted to fit a wearer of any size. In addition, the BabyBjorn allows parents to carry their child on their front or their back and allows the child to be either front facing or back facing.
10. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera
Everyone knows babies are the cutest, especially when they are your own. That’s why every father-to-be needs a way to capture the beauty of new life. If you want to spend a bit more, a nice mirrorless camera is a gift that will last. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Camera is one of the best models on the market, and this set comes with a 14-42mm II R lens to get you started. Plus, it has a built-in silent mode to disable all shutter sounds, letting daddy take pictures of his bundle of joy sleeping awake or asleep.