When it comes to fun and functional baby gear, who says moms should get all the best gadgets? Whether you’re searching for the perfect gift for a new dad or you want to up your own dad gear game, we’ve scouted out some of the top baby items for every kind of dad. From carriers to coffee mugs, check out our top picks to help new dads tackle parenting like a pro.
Dad-Friendly Baby Gear Guide
We’ve curated a list of the best products for every type of dad to make it easy to find the perfect gift for yourself or the new dad in your life.
For Every Dad
GB Pockit Air
Not only is the GB Pockit Air a streamlined, attractive stroller, but its easy-fold design shrinks it down to the size of a small carry-on bag that weighs just over 10 pounds. The GB Pockit Air is suitable for kids from six months to 55 pounds (about four years) and it comes in a variety of styles and colors. Its backrest is made of a breathable mesh material, making it comfortable for your kid even in hot weather (you can also opt for a padded insert for colder weather). The front swivel wheels on the GB Pockit Air can be locked in place so you can navigate rough terrain with ease. At around $160, it’s a budget-friendly investment that will get years of use.
Best Car Seat
Britax Boulevard ClickTight Convertible Car Seat
The convertible Britax Boulevard ClickTight car seat is designed to grow with your kid and provide them with comfort and protection through the infant and toddler years, up to 65 pounds. The seat can be both rear-facing and front-facing, and it’s super easy to install. The seat’s fabric uses Nanotex technology to combat stains and odors, so while the car seat will last for five years, it won’t look and smell like it’s been in your car that long.
Best Diaper Bag
Skip Hop Dash Signature Messenger Bag
The Skip Hop Dash Signature Messenger Bag comes with a changing pad and shuttle clips if you want to hook it to your stroller instead of carrying it. Hidden magnets keep the bag’s flap closed, and its bright red lining provides a contrasting backdrop to help you spot that lost pacifier. The messenger bag’s 11 pockets help you stay organized, and its soft, removable strap padding can take a load off your shoulders (literally).
Best Baby Carrier
The Ergobaby 360 baby carrier is an ergonomic solution to baby carrying, offering 360 degrees of baby-positioning options. Wear your baby on your front, hip, or back, facing out to the world or facing in toward you. The carrier provides extra support for your baby’s legs, allowing them to ride comfortably, and the wide waistband gives you the support you need to carry them from infancy to 36 months. Ergobaby also has a green buyback policy, allowing you to send back your used Ergobaby dad gear so the company can recycle it.
For Active Dads
Best Jogging Stroller
BOB Gear Revolution Flex 3.0
If a mountain bike and a stroller had a baby, the Bob Gear Revolution Flex 3.0 would be it. This jogging stroller features an adjustable handlebar, oversized air-inflated tires and suspension, and a locking front wheel. But unlike a mountain bike, this stroller comes ready to handle all your baby’s stuff, with an extra-large cargo basket, six storage pockets, and a designated cell phone pocket near the handlebar. The BOB Gear Revolution will take your child from infancy up to 75 pounds so you can keep jogging with your kid for years to come.
Best Hiking Baby Carrier
Deuter Kid Comfort Pro
Your kid might find riding in the Deuter Kid Comfort Pro hiking backpack even more comfortable than being in your arms, thanks to its cushy, breathable design and chin cushion for on-the-go napping. You’ll love this hiking backpack’s lightweight construction and easy in-and-out design. A built-in ventilation panel lets you say goodbye to back sweat on the trail. It’s also easy to adjust the Deuter Kid Comfort’s safety straps, seat height and footrests as your child grows, up to 48 pounds.
For Dads on the Go
Best Diaper Backpack
Tactical Baby Gear Backpack
No sleep, someone screaming at you all the time, 24/7 exhaustion — being a new dad feels a lot like being at boot camp, so why not have a hardcore diaper bag to match your tactical vibe? The Tactical Baby Gear (TBG) Backpack comes in Coyote Brown and Black Camo tactical polyester, and it sports an exterior webbing system so you can use carabiners and other TBG products to customize your bag. The bag’s multi-pocket nylon interior would make any drill sergeant salute its potential for extreme baby gear organization. The backpack also comes with an amusing changing pad with a “drop zone, stand clear” label, putting a positive spin on even the most unpleasant parenting task.
Best Travel Coffee Mug
Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug
The combination of vacuum seal insulation and a leakproof, spill-proof design makes the Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug our top pick for hassle-free coffee enjoyment for dads on the go. Its ultra-insulated mug compartment keeps drinks hot or cold for up to seven hours, and the one-handed opening button increases your chances that you’ll actually get to drink your coffee before those seven hours are up. The Contigo Autoseal also fits most car cup holders and comes with an easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe lid.
The right dad gear can give new dads the confidence they need to step up to the parenting plate. No matter what job he’s faced with — whether it’s fixing a car, cooking breakfast or taking his baby out for the day — having the best tools for the job can make it easier and more rewarding for everyone involved.