12 awesome gifts for expecting dads

Gifts for expecting dads - our top gift ideas for expecting dad - gifts for new dads that they will love

Nothing changes a man’s life quite so profoundly as the moment they become a dad. 

It’s the start of a brand new adventure – full of magical moments as they head into the unknown. From that very first time when they get to see and get to hold their newborn baby in their arms – life will never be quite the same again. 

To celebrate that moment we’ve put together some of the best gifts for expecting dads to mark and to prepare them for this momentous occasion.

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Commando dad: basic training manual

This was the book that Prince William used when he first became a dad. And if it’s good enough for royalty…

It’s one of the best gift ideas for expecting dad as it’s one of the top new dad books around.

Packed full of no nonsense advice to survive everything from the first 24 hours right up to age 3. 

A new dad’s survival guide (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2pmY4rC



Matching dad and baby tees

There’s nothing cuter than a matching set of tees for a new dad and his baby to wear.

There are loads of stylish and funny designs available.

We love this cute Captain and First mate matching set (Amazon): https://amzn.to/35APK8k

And this finger pointing design for answers for when dad and baby get in trouble!

He Did It matching set (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2OQpDnZ



Daddy’s nappy changing waist tool belt

One job any new dad might not be looking forward to is changing all those smelly nappies.

This nappy kit arms them with everything they’ll need for the task in hand in a fun apron tool belt.

But, for a bit of added fun, there’s not only nappies and wipes, there’s also a pair of nappy lifting tongs and safety goggles too.

Daddy’s diaper duty service tool belt (Amazon): https://amzn.to/33tBa0C



Science experiments to perform on your baby: Experimenting with babies

This great book shows you how to do creative studies of your baby’s development in an engaging and fun way. You can understand how your baby’s mind is working and how they are learning new skills.

A great book for all inquisitive dads-to-be!

Experimenting with babies (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2oHwQfw



Precious moment hand moulds

One of the greatest first parenting moment is getting to hold hands with your baby. With these DIY kits you can freeze that moment in time as it creates a cast of your hands.

Any plaster mould kit for hands works. One we like is Darice Impressions Memory Hands Keepsake Kit (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2IPVod4

It can be baby’s hands alone, or Daddy’s hand holding baby’s hand.

You can take impressions and make it into a clay model or even turn it into a bronzed sculpture to keep forever.

Hand model kits are a great gift idea for expecting dad. They can hold tight to the memory of those tiny hands in theirs. 



Kangaroo care – skin-to-skin bonding T-shirt

We love these t-shirts, which have a special pouch for holding baby in. They’re the perfect way for newborns to get skin-to-skin cuddles with Daddy.

Brilliant to wear in hospital for cuddles right after birth but also perfect for snuggle time with dad back at home.

We love this one from DadWare – Bonadaroo skin to skin bonding T-shirt (Amazon): https://amzn.to/35vqVLf



Daddy baby book bundle – Read to me

There are so many story books aimed at mum reading to their babies. But there are also loads focused on the magical relationship between daddies and babies.

They celebrate this special bond and can help dads have beautiful moments snuggling up to their little ones at bedtime while reading to them.

Here are our top 4 Daddy-baby books for bedtime reads:

I love you to the moon and back 

A bear and cub spend the day together from sunrise to sunset. Celebrating the incredible love between a parent and their little one.

I love you to the moon and back (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2qfY8Kr


Hello Daddy, baby touch book

With bright pictures on the left hand side, and touchy-feely pages on the right, you can talk baby through all the different animal babies and daddies with this interactive book.

Hello Daddy (Amazon): https://amzn.to/35zImdv


The Dinosaur that pooped Daddy

Enjoy this funny board book and count down from 10 at the same time with this great little story.

Danny and Dino set off looking for Daddy until they hear some rumbling in Dino’s tummy.

The Dinosaur that pooped daddy (Amazon): https://amzn.to/33BuIVz


I love you Daddy

Little baby bear sets out for some grown up adventures but Daddy and baby soon realise that he needs a little help. Daddy bear is more than happy to give baby a helping hand.

I love you Daddy (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2IQOHrn



Stylish baby carrier

A baby carrier is an essential bit of kit for new babies and a great way for Dads to go out and about with baby.

There are a large range out there to choose from.

Our favourite is the classic Baby Bjorn Original Baby Carrier (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2MgxRnK

This one comes in neutral colours and a stylish design that dads will love to wear.

The reason why we love this one so much is that it allows you to carry your baby or toddler in 4 ways- facing both inwards and outwards or riding backpack style when they are older.



Dad-friendly rucksack changing bag

So many nappy bags are designed more with mums in mind. So why not get one that dad will feel happy to carry around too? 

Ideally try to find one that can be worn as a rucksack too, so that it’s easier for Dads to lug around.

We love Pipi bear unisex diaper bag travel backpack (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2VIesiP

It’s so versatile it can be worn as a rucksack, hooked onto a pram, or carried by the handle. It comes in a range of neutral colours, ideal for a unisex bag.

Since it works as a backpack and has a great design, it can still be used after baby grows older, for carrying all the caboodle they need as a toddler too.



Engraved new dad bracelet

These titanium bracelets are stylish and look great so they make a fab gift for dads-to-be.

They have ‘dad’ engraved on the front and ‘Best dad ever’ on the back. They even come with extra links that you can add with the kit provided so you don’t have to worry that they won’t fit.

We love Willis Judd black titanium bracelet (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2OMx7bF



Dad whisky glass

Every dad needs a stylish tumbler to wet the baby’s head.

By getting them one which is engraved and with your baby’s estimated year of birth, it will make it one to treasure.

Whiskey glass gift for new dad est. 2020 (Amazon): https://amzn.to/31fdTOv



“You can do this dad” baby vest

Nothing spells out more clearly how to put on baby’s first vests than this great little baby outfit.

Complete with a message to cheer them on.

“You can do this Dad” baby bodysuit (Amazon): https://amzn.to/33sz8hl



A great new dad gift can help fathers-to-be feel prepared for this life-changing event!

Better still they will actually use them as they embark on the exciting journey of fatherhood.


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