The Best Gifts for a Dad-To-Be

Father and daughter

I’ve written about pregnant women getting Mother’s Day gifts and brand-new moms getting “push presents,”  but since Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, it seems appropriate to ask how you guys feel about giving a little something to the dads-to-be in your lives.

As a firm believer that gifts are always nice, I think that whether you feel like you should get Dad something or you just want to – whether for the upcoming holiday or the upcoming birth of your baby (or both!) – it really is the thought that counts, and I know he’ll appreciate it.

After the baby, the person who gets the most attention right now is the mother, so here are a few things consider for dads who could use a little extra love too.

Diaper Bags

What? Yours doesn’t want to carry around a bag with pink and yellow flowers either? DadGear has some cool options in both plain and graphic styles.

Amazon also has some great dad-friendly choices, like this Dude Diaper Bag:


I haven’t read any parenting books written especially for new fathers, but these two have received rave reviews on Amazon:

The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers, by Scott McTavish (a “military-style guide to surviving and thriving through…pregnancy, birth, and babyhood”)

Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads, by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden (includes “MacGyver-esque tips and tricks,” like how to construct an emergency diaper out of a towel, a sock, and duct tape)

Baby Carriers

This special edition Boba Carrier from Diaper Dude (which also sells a lot of diaper bags) comes in pinstripe and camouflage.

You could also make him a custom wrap carrier using the perfect fabric. For my husband, I’m thinking guitars or martinis.


Whether you buy it or make it, you can’t go wrong with a card that tells your man how much you appreciate him and his support during your pregnancy, especially if he’s been kind enough to massage your back, paint your toenails, or stand outside the dressing room holding your purse for an hour while you try on nursing bras.

How about you? Any gifts in mind for the dad-to-be in your life?