LOOKING FOR SOME DAD FRIENDLY BABY GEAR? I HAVE A FEW GREAT PRODUCTS TO SHOW YOU. THANKS TO SOME OF BRANDS BELOW FOR PROVIDING PRODUCTS TO SHOW YOU IN THIS POST.
When it comes to most things baby let’s be honest, they pretty much aren’t aimed at pleasing dads! Or at least at aesthetically pleasing dads. Ain’t nothing like a pink, tulip print baby carrier to make a dad feel beyond weird about strapping his offspring to his chest. I should know because I had ALL the pink things when Kayla was born and quickly realized my mistake. Second time around I was ever so slightly wiser and made a point to find some things I thought Craig could appreciate from both a functionality standpoint and a just-let-me-look-manly(ish)-standpoint.
So here are a few of my favorite recent finds for dads. Scouted by yours truly at ABC Kids Expo and approved by my allergic to all the pink things husband Craig.
TWELVElittle Unisex Courage Bag
This is the very first diaper bag I have seen in my nearly 7 years of mom life that I actually thought both Craig and I could use and neither one would feel weird about it. I knew it passed his test when I showed him a photo of it and asked if he would be open to using it and he actually responded with a flat out YES. The kiss of death response is “it’s definitely a possibility!” which means NO. No way woman. Men are so confusing, aren’t they? 🙂
Anyway, the TWELVElittle Unisex Courage Bag is a sleek, well thought out unisex bag with plenty of features we both love. Craig loves that it’s a backpack, has a secret pocket to stash away wet or dirty clothes and comes in a manly grey color. I love that it has large insulated side pockets which accommodates most baby bottles, sippy cups and even adult water bottles. We both love that the Unisex Courage Bag has a padded compartment which can hold a laptop for travel so it doesn’t just act as a diaper bag but also a completely functional bag to take when hopping on a plane which we frequently take turns doing for our jobs.
Cosatto Supa – Hipstar
So I’ve mentioned the Cosatto Supa in a different pattern before. I got to visit with my friends from Cosatto at ABC as well and I seriously can’t say enough good things about the Supa. I quickly noticed that Craig was putting it in his trunk and using it as a go-to stroller around town and even around the neighborhood. His favorite things were that it’s lightweight, has adjustable handles, a smooth ride and is really just very user friendly and simple to use.
I think it’s safe to say that the fastest way to make a dad hate a stroller is to buy one that has “secret” tricks to opening it, folding it, swapping seats around, etc. We both agree that the sun canopy on this stroller is in a class of its own when battling the sun here in San Diego. I still can’t for the life of me understand why a giant, easy to use canopy isn’t standard on EVERY stroller ever but we’re grateful for the thought that went into this product.
If dad is a techie, they’ll be excited to know that embedded in that giant canopy is a clear window where you can put an iPad or tablet if you’re traveling and have decided that letting your child watch a movie is a way to get a few moments of vacation peace. We haven’t utilized this yet because Blake is so small and I’m an overprotective nutter when it comes to tech, but I’m sure that by the time he’s a threenager we’ll let him indulge in some Elmo on the go.
Chewbeads Pacifier Clip
Blake is our first pacifier using child. Kayla utterly refused anything that might pacify her as a baby. Which in part helps explain the 5 year age gap between them. Mmmmhmmm. I quickly bought one of the standard ribbon-like pacifier clips out one the market and it worked fine. On a whim while shopping one of my favorite local toy stores I saw the Chewbeads pacifier clip and figured we could use a second one.
What was meant to be a backup quickly became indispensable and one of Craig’s favorite pieces of gear. Beyond the obvious purpose of keeping a pacifier front and center he felt that the clip also made it easier to spot the pacifier, even in the dark since it has some glow in the dark beads attached to it. He also noticed that Blake loved holding the beaded string and seemed to find that more calming than just the pacifier on its own.
Last but definitely not least is the Booginhead Sippigrip. This is one of the few pieces of baby gear that is a straight up repeat purchase from years past. Nothing about the design seems to have have changed but quite frankly Craig and I think it requires no improvement.
The Sippigrip attaches to your stroller or highchair and has a non-slip loop that holds a sippy cup or bottle. It means that if you have a child who LOVES to throw their cup, it won’t go far and you won’t find yourself digging it out from under some stranger’s car in a parking lot. Not that either of us have ever done that. Mmmmhmmm. Sippigrips are relatively inexpensive and you just need one or two to get through toddlerhood.
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