By Noah Henry • June 09, 2014
When June 16 strikes, a sizeable portion of fathers out there will be celebrating their very first Father’s Day. Coincidentally, it will be the very first day new fathers will receive adulation for the large dose of head-pounding labor they put in during these first few months. It is in this vein that we offer Father’s Day gifts for new dads. These gift ideas with help new fathers breathe a little and catch some much-needed downtime.
Gifts for New Dads
Amazon Fire TV - $99
As a new father, you will invariably spend your time caring after your little one. It will rob you of valuable “bachelor” time, which was a clinical must before the new member of the family came along. Amazon Fire TV hit the shelves only a few months ago, and it is being lauded as the best set-top device on the market. It is a definite time-saver and one of the best answers for a new father who desires couch-time after a long day chasing around his little one. It offers one location to watch everything, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ESPN and Pandora. I think we can all agree that one aspect of newly minted fatherhood is the immediate drought of free time; with regards to entertainment, Amazon Fire TV takes care of at least some of that problem.
A Diaper Bag from Diaper Dude - $60
Changing diapers isn’t generally associated with cool. That’s where Diaper Dude comes in. With a new twist on the diaper bag, Diaper Dude is one of the few stores that attempts to bring style into the wonderful world of fixing a crappy situation. These diaper bags have handy features and sporty messenger styling. As it says on the website, it’s “a diaper bag that dad won’t shy away from.” New dads often need time to get used to this icky responsibility, and it’s easier to assume the diaper-changing role when you look cool doing it. Right now, you can get 15% off with code DDLS15.
Smart Baby Monitor by Withings - $249.95
A good father is a father who’s always there, even when he’s not. In today’s world, it’s physically impossible to be there at all times. The Smart Baby Monitor by Withings addresses the concern of fathers who feel they might not be there as often as they’d like. It’s also one hell of a cool device. Tripling as a camera, video player and musical device, this product allows you to communicate visually and audibly directly from your iOS device. It has pan/tilt/zoom technology which allows you to move the camera to see your baby. It also allows you to choose different melodies for your baby’s listening pleasure. Finally, parents can set up alerts which monitor and improve your baby’s room conditions. You are always connected to your baby with unlimited range. Though priced at nearly $250, it’s entirely worth it when you consider how close you’ll be to your newborn and how protected he or she will be. Apple Store is offering this great product with free shipping right now.
Brica Phone Pod - $10.39
As a new dad, you will have one less hand, whether you’re carrying your baby to bed, rolling down the street with a stroller, or feeding your little one formula. Since mobile technology is an all-consuming force that steals quite a bit of your time, the Brica Phone Pod gives you back that stolen hand so that you can browse the web and work as if your baby never existed. Forgive me for those unsightly words. It is a hands-free holder that allows you to video conference, check off your grocery list, and listen to music with your baby in tow. If you’re someone who wishes you had another hand, consider the Brica Phone Pod that additional appendage.
Rockaroo - $159.99
The trick to successful parenting is letting your baby safely indulge his or her own interests. This allows you to collect yourself and rest, and it provides meaningful mother-and-father time, if you catch my drift. The Rockaroo is the infant-version of the rocking horse. It gives your child an exhilarating sensation, rocking your child back and forth like a nurturing swing set. It has five speeds and washable seat fabrics. The cheapest price is currently at Target for $159.99, and you can get it with a $5 off coupon.
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