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    Updated on May 30, 2019. Posted on May 30, 2019

    28 Father's Day Gifts For The New, Struggling Dad

    Ah, parenthood.

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    1. A nursery organizer so he can change diapers in less than 30 seconds like a total pro. This one can hold up to 72 diapers, wipes, powder, lotions, and extra clothes. It's just like changing a tire...right?

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this organizer! It’s strong and durable, perfect for diapers, creams, and wipes. I even stuck the monitor in it. The straps are very long and easy to adjust. It does come with the option to hang it as well. Personally I think I waited too long. I wish I bought this months ago. I love it!" —Sunshine

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in two colors).

    2. And a diaper duty gag gift set to keep him smiling when the smell hits. The fact that a human being so small can create that much waste is...shocking.

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    He'll get the apron, rubber gloves, face mask, clothes pins, extra diaper, and extra bottle nipples.

    Promising review: "Got this for my son who was about to be a father for the first time. Hysterical. Has all the important things a new dad will need to have to change diapers — especially a mask and long gloves!" —JBA

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    3. An Atlas coffee subscription, because we all know he's not gonna be getting much sleep. Each month, Atlas will send him freshly roasted whole beans or grounds from around the world, so when he's running on less than four hours, he'll at least have a caffeinated pick-me-up waiting for him.

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    He can receive bags biweekly or monthly, with a selection from over 50+ countries. All ingredients are sourced via sustainable farming practices and as soon as you place the order, the beans are roasted, meaning he'll always get a fresh batch. AKA, Atlas is the subscription he's been dreaming of.

    Promising review: "My first observation after opening the box was the smell. It smells FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC. It also comes with sweet postcards from the cities where the batches are from, so the entire experience feels so lovely and personal. As for the coffee itself, it's heavenly. I am used to store-bought coffee — which yes, is fine — but both of these tasted incredibly fresh and different from each other. The Peruvian coffee has this dark, almost chocolate taste to it, so I imagine it would be delicious with a morning sweet treat (maybe I should start eating pie every day?). The Colombian batch, on the other hand, was a little lighter roast-wise but still had delicious notes of rich sweetness. TL;DR: both of them were incredible both in taste and quality." —Kayla Suazo

    Get a subscription from Atlas for $9+/month (get $10 off your first shipment for Father's Day). You can also gift him a 3-,6-, or 12-month subscription starting at $55.

    And check out our full review of the Atlas coffee subscription here.

    4. A new parent's supply kit, since the time he'll have for himself will be significantly cut in half. Self-care who? It includes an olive oil soap, lemongrass hand cream, peppermint hand cream, and unscented dry shampoo.

    Uncommon Goods

    Everything included is free of harsh chemicals and fragrances, so he'll feel comfortably using them around the baby.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $45.

    5. And a new baby essentials kit that'll keep him prepared for any and every newborn situation. Diaper rash? Handled.

    Amazon

    It includes a saline spray, nasal aspirator, gas relief drops, fever and pain reliever, gripe water, and butt paste.

    Promising review: "This is a great starter set for babies. I bought this for my grandson who is now three-weeks-old. We have used the gripe water already. I would definitely buy this kit again. A lot of what's included is what a baby will use." —T.E.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in two versions).

    6. A custom footprints art piece to remind him how precious his little bundle of joy is even when they're wailing at full volume and he can't figure out whether it's because they're hungry or not.

    Minted

    Get it from Minted for $102+ (available in two sizes and various frames and colors).

    7. A sleep soother with 10 calming melodies and a star projector that'll help his little one fall asleep faster than ever before. It's cordless and has no hazardous small parts, so he'll feel comfortable laying it in the crib.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is so cool! My daughters were hypnotized by the lights and soothed by the music. The white noise is what finally got them to sleep though. It's compact, cute, easy to use and it comes with a cute tiny little screwdriver to open the battery panel. How clever! Great gift for newborns!" —Donna Griffit

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    8. A pair of Allbirds sneakers, because he'll be up and moving literally all the time, so he might as well get great arch support! They're a sleek and casual shoe for everyday wear.

    Allbirds

    He's already handling a newborn, he doesn't need aching feet and painful blisters, too.

    Get them from Allbirds for $95 (available in men's sizes 8–14 and 13 colors).

    These were also selected as the mid-price pick for the best casual everyday sneakers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    9. A set of hands-free ice packs for when unavoidable accidents happen. He'll probably panic, but at least he'll have these on hand to mend any bumps and bruises.

    Amazon

    The Velcro strap is adjustable, so ditch that old bag of frozen peas.

    Promising review: "Simple but amazing idea, and mandatory item for any parent of active toddlers or kids. The Velcro band is perfect for heads, arms, and legs. Fabric is soft and comfortable on the skin even with the cold temperature. Most importantly, the kids love wearing it. A+ product." —Timothy J Britten

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two styles).

    10. A six-quart Hamilton Beach slow cooker so he can make meals with zero effort. It's not like he'll have a ton of time to meal prep, so having something that does all the work for him is essential.

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    Once he buys his ingredients, he really just needs to dump everything in and set the timer. Some recipes call for slight prep work, but it's truly minimal. He can cook on high or low (his chosen recipe will instruct him which), and once that cook time is over, the slow cooker will switch to "keep warm." The lid will clip closed for sealed cooking, and to clean, just remove the stoneware from the base.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely in love with this slow cooker. I will admit I am a slow cooker fanatic. With six kids slow cookers have been a staple of my life for some time. I cooked a beef roast in it today with canned peaches and the juice from those peaches to marinate it. I was able to cook it on low for the actual amount of time the recipe recommended and it came out so tender, a knife wasn't even needed. You could just pull it apart with your fork. I loved the fact that it set to warm immediately after it was done cooking and that I didn't have to guess how much longer it would be until dinner was ready. I also LOVED the fact my kids could just look at the timer to see how long it would be until dinner was ready so they weren't asking me every 30 minutes. The eight-quart capacity is wonderful when cooking for a large family or a group. The features offer everything I could have asked for. If you're tired of wishing your slow cooker could offer you a bit more in terms of features and functions, this is definitely a great choice." —Phoenix

    Get it from Amazon for $38.24+ (available in two sizes). And check out this slow cooker recipe book for ideas!

    11. Or a Freshly meal subscription with pre-cooked meals to cut down on kitchen time. He'll get heating instructions and can choose from different meals each week.

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    There are different meal plan sizes to accomodate families. Meals get shipped directly to his door on the desired day! Freshly also ships across the continental United States.

    Get a subscription from Freshly for $49.99+ (available in four-, six-,nine-, and twelve-meal options).

    12. A 64-ounce personalized insulated growler if he's a beer lover who likes to indulge in a cold brew after a long day of daddy-duty. He can fill it at his local brewery so he'll always have a glass ready when the baby spits up on his shirt...again.

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    You can personalize the inscribing at check out!

    Get it from Custom Brew Gear on Etsy for $34.99.

    13. A waterproof backpack with multiple pockets for diapers, bottles, electronics, and snacks. Whatever he needs, this backpack will fit so travel will seem a lot less scary.

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    Promising review: "Very impressed on the quality and available space this bag has. I was skeptical on the amount of stuff it can hold, but surprisingly it fits A LOT. My wife loves it as well. There are also multiple compartments/pockets and even a water bottle holder. Very convenient to use and very spacious. We would recommend this bag if you’re looking for that hip functional stylish baby bag!" —PJG

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in three styles).

    14. A tortilla blanket so he can get a chuckle during his most trying moments. New Dad life can be tough! Everyone needs a little humor to lighten the load.

    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "The Tortilla Baby was a great gift for friends (he's an Executive Chef) celebrating the birth of their newborn son. The gift was humorous, fun, unforgettable, and actually practical for the new little 'baby burrito,' Ben. It was well-made, great graphics, and quality materials. I bought it with the taco booties too...so cute and fun!" —PopcornKate222

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $48.

    15. A neck and shoulder massager, because the stress of a newborn can cause some serious knots and tension. It has eight massaging nodes with a built-in heat feature, strength levels for deep tissue massages, and a timer.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I get regular massages for chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain. I have to say I was a little skeptical that a device like this would work for me. I am more than pleased with my purchase. It looks awkward and it is at first, but the design and handles allow you to control the massage area and pressure, which is very important. I was able to work on all my problem areas and the rest of my back with ease. I can tell already that this thing is going to save me a ton of money!" —SL

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95.

    16. A baby carrier with padded shoulder straps and front- and back-carry options so he can always keep his newborn close and protected. It'll be incredibly comfortable for long-time wear.

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    Promising review: "So far, so good. I love that my husband and I both can use this carrier. The fabric is soft and I love the extra cover for baby’s head. She fits nicely in it. First time we put her in at eight pounds and she’s over 14. I’m looking forward to moving her to the forward position and then the back. Great support for my back and fairly easy to get on and off." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95+ (available in 10 styles).

    17. A stroller clip to keep his phone very much in-sight while going for walks. He doesn't know every trick in the book, so let's just say the "phone-a-friend" lifeline will be used quite often and that means he needs his phone within reach.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very sturdy and holds my heavy bulky phone and case! I clipped it onto my stroller and it has been awesome! I no longer have to carry the phone in my hand when I go for walks." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    18. An Iron Man mug, because just like Tony Stark in Endgame, he's always there to save the day! Hey — he's learning just like every new dad, but he's doing his best and deserves some recognition!

    Firebox

    Get it from Firebox for $12.99 (available in six Marvel characters).

    19. A phone sanitizer that'll zap germs via UV-light. And let's be real — kids are a messy business, so his phone will be swimming in nasty bacteria. Keeping him and the baby healthy are a top priority!

    Uncommon Goods

    It'll fit all phone types and even tablets.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $59.95+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A contoured 3D eye mask that won't put pressure on his eyes during those very precious moments of actual sleep. With an adjustable head strap and deep pockets, no amount of light will sneak through so he can actually get rest.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I've tried almost a dozen different sleep masks and this is by far the best one! Comfortable, soft, and well-built. Most other eye masks I've tried start to come apart after just a month or two – not this one. Highly recommend and will purchase another one soon." —Andrew Dolan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    21. Alvababy reusable diapers, because the amount of diapers he'll go through (and then trash) is literally sky high. He's already stressed out, so helping his wallet from completely deflating will be a big help.

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    They're waterproof, breathable, and have an inner lining for supreme comfort. Microfiber inserts are also provided to help with leak protection. They're suitable for toddlers 6 pounds to 33 pounds, and have numerous snap closures to achieve a snug fit.

    Promising review: "I am new to the cloth game. My first was in disposables and my second was in disposables up until now. With our third coming, we were looking for ways to save money, so we finally caved. I finally bought a pack of Alva since I heard they were the most budget-friendly. I am seriously in love. I doubled up the inserts and they lasted overnight with zero leaks. The morning diaper had a poo and it washed right off with no residue. We will definitely be buying way more." —Emily

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in 15 styles).

    22. A wildly popular baby monitor for the super anxious dad who can't seem to leave his little bundle alone come nap time. He can customize his viewing angle and zoom so he'll always have his eye on his little one.

    Amazon

    There's zero lag time, a long battery life, two-way talk, an alarm function, a remote thermometer, night vision, and an interchangeable lens system.

    Promising review: "Our first baby is due on November 9th and I've been researching monitors here and there for the last couple of months. I've read really good things about this monitor on Amazon and other places. I finally ordered and received the monitor. Tested the monitor out and I am impressed with the picture clarity, sound quality and minimal delay. I've been paying extra attention to other monitors at friends/families houses and found the others controls to be clunky and picture not as clear. My wife and I are very pleased so far with this monitor and can't wait to use it for our baby. The range is great everywhere in and around my house. The talk feature works great and voice is clear on both ends. like many others, I highly recommend this monitor." —Hizouse

    Get it from Amazon for $165.99.

    23. A pregnancy handbook for first-time fathers who really don't know what the heck is going on! It offers helpful advice and tips from a veteran father. Everyone needs a little guidance here and there.

    Rockridge Press

    Promising review: "Got this for my husband after finding out I was pregnant. He really likes the author’s style and that it breaks up pregnancy into manageable chunks. It goes week by week and gives him a little more insight as to how I’m feeling and what’s going on with baby. His favorite part is that it gives him helpful tasks to do week by week." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $8.65+.

    24. A fill-in-the-blank book all about him so he knows his hard work and dedication is appreciated. Words of encouragement can go a long way with a struggling dad and this book is the perfect way to do so.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Dad LOVED it. I mean what do you give to someone who is turning 80? So, I gave it to him, and he read the whole thing while everyone else was chatting away. I could see his face, (a guy who rarely smiles) and saw his lips begin to curl. His eyes were fixed on the pages. every now and then he would smile and chuckle. I asked him if he liked it and he said with his Spanish accent, 'I'm gonna take it to my grave!' Deep." —Purring Kitty

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

    25. An Echo Plus that'll become his personal assistant and can remind him of to-do tasks, shopping lists, and appointments. Staying organized post-baby is already a challenging task, might as well have something to remind him when the next doctor's appointment is!

    Amazon

    He can use it to set alarms and reminders, plus ask questions regarding the baby.


    Promising review:
    "I listen to music a lot more now. It's so easy to just say 'Alexa play this or that.' If I have a question, Alexa answers it. I don't even have to get out my phone, tablet, or laptop. Plus, it's entertaining. Lots of trivia, games, and more. Cake in the oven? Ask Alexa to let you know when twenty minutes passes. Need a reminder for your doctor visit? Ask Alexa to remind you. Alexa even lets you know when your Amazon package is sitting on the porch." —Photo Memories

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in three colors).

    26. A pack of pacifier clips so the little one is never without the single thing that keeps them quiet. The moment it goes missing, it's like sirens go off.

    Amazon

    He'll also get a pacifier case for travel!

    Promising review: "My son often spits his pacifiers on the floor so I got these. This is something I should’ve done much sooner. It saves so much extra time and energy from having to run back and forth to the sink to wash his pacifiers over and over. I used to always be in the kitchen cleaning his pacifiers before I got these and if he dropped it in public everyone within a few feet would be out of luck. These pacifiers clips prevent that entirely and look cute to boot. It even comes with a pacifier case! They are so well made and can be easily paired with an outfit for those nit-picky about coordinating the two. I recommend this to all parents. Save yourself some time and trouble and get a pack of these." —Honey

    Get the pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    27. Noise-cancelling headphones for babies that'll provide protection so dad can maintain a social life even with a newborn. They'll come in handy for sports games, concerts, and are great for travel.

    Amazon

    The headband is adjustable and the ear cuffs won't apply pressure, just cancel out noise.

    Promising review: "I love these! One of the best things I've bought for my baby so far. Whenever we went to events, my baby cried because she wanted to sleep and could not because of the noise of the music or the people, but yesterday I just put her in these and she fell asleep peacefully." —Jennifer

    Get them from Amazon for $18.98+ (available in six colors).

    28. The Rad Dad subscription box to welcome the overwhelmed Dad to the joy of parenting. Each month he'll get a box filled with grooming products, snacks, dad-themed books and apparel, toys for baby, and dad/baby activities.

    Cratejoy

    It's like a little support system in the form of a carefully curated box! The standard box includes three to four items, while the deluxe includes five to eight.

    Promising review: "After searching quite extensively to find an appropriate gift for my husband's birthday (who became a father this year to our beautiful baby boy), I found The Rad Dad Box and was sold. What a perfect idea! A heartfelt blend of things for dad, baby, and the two to share together. I subscribed to the deluxe option (absolutely worth it!) and my husband was so touched by the idea, and loves the special gifts each month that add to the bonding time with our son. Not to mention that all the items are very unique— and nothing we've ever seen on the shelves before. Additionally, in a time where customer service is nearly obsolete (and online service practically nil), you're dealing with a family who take the time to email you personally, get some basic details on your child (to help ensure a fitting box!) and check in to make sure you're satisfied. Absolutely fantastic!" —Arie

    Sign up for a subscription from The Rad Dad Box for $22/month for a standard box or $38/month for a deluxe box.

    Here's to you, Dad!

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