This is not an exhaustive list, nor are we in partnership with any of these brands/companies. This is simply a compilation of items that we, as gay dads, found particularly helpful.
This automatic formula maker was a godsend for us. Even though we were feeding using some breast milk, when it came to making formula this invention gets a 12/10. Many will say it’s not necessary, but we beg to differ. This has saved us many hours and, with a newborn, you will take any time you can get.
This carrier is, in our opinion, dad-friendly. It has great support for your back and shoulders and is quite comfortable. It is also back and front-facing which leads to a longer period of use. It’s also idiot-proof which was key for me.
Again, these are idiot-proof and much easier to use than swaddling blankets. Save yourself a lot of frustration and pick up 5-6 of these babies if you want your newborn to sleep. I (heart) velcro.
We borrowed this bouncer from a relative, but we would buy this thing 10 times over, in every colour. While it’s a manual contraption, it is the one thing that our baby will routinely lay in without crying. You can also start using it fairly early (~4-5 weeks old) due to its different settings. AND the cover is machine washable!
We tried a lot of different pacifiers, but the Avent one was the winner. So, naturally, we bought 25 and have scattered them all over the place (car, all rooms, cottage, Mallorca, etc.).