Alternative gift ideas for the Dad-to-be

les-anderson-175603-e1500455486270.jpgEveryone else will buy them a baby grow, toy or book, and they’re great. But here are some dad-centric, left field is that may bring a laugh or at least a curious look out of him.



His kid will have a lot of things that go beep and flash. They all need batteries! Mostly AA or AAA and they need a little Phillips head screwdriver to put them in. Before the baby I only ever needed batteries for remotes, now I have so many of them I have a constant charger going.


infacolFor the baby. The best gift we got was an emergency kit from my sister of things that people don’t realise they may need. It saved me a trip to the 24hr Tesco more than once! It consisted of Infant Calpol and Infacol importantly, as well as Lanolin Cream and some less nice Mumthings, maternity pads and such.  I think there was also baby shampoo and baby bath.

Proper Coffee

coffee-cupSoon, drinking instant coffee will be as useful as putting an Elastoplast on a leg amputation.  Buy him beans, or ground and something to make it in! Aeropresses are an amazingly cheap way to make good home coffee.

A Box / Cup

21so2bjmkgelDad’s get kicked in the nuts more often than chance would suggest is reasonable. Babies kick and wriggle and so many of those flailing legs land uncomfortably.  Especially when changing the kid on the floor.

Graeco-Roman Wrestling lessons


Babies are strong mother-knackerers. Seriously! I can imagine that having some wrestling training would be really useful when trying to put a nappy on an 8-month-old who’s determined to roll off the changing station and hit the floor 4ft below.



Baby Rhythms

clem-onojeghuo-122041.jpgMinimalist and Progressive.

After the brutal chaos of the first 6 weeks, finally your baby develops a rhythm to life. Some people deliberately work their baby into schedules, others just wait for the baby to establish their own. I don’t really believe that actively trying to establish a pattern (usually from a bloody celebrity mum’s book) helps. Or gets you your your baby into a healthy pattern earlier. It just seems to cause stress during the establishment.  But either way, a baby will get a daily pattern.

The thing to remember is, I have found, is that this pattern is somewhat fluid, but it’s definitely there and within an hour or so you can expect the same sleep and feed points every day. On numerous occasions my wife and I have been frustrated that our boy is half and hour, an hour, later to bed than the day or two before hand.  This frustration is a massive waste of stress and energy. Since we have mostly learned to deal with the fluidity things have gotten better.

The pattern is progressive.

Slowly, without you really noticing it, it’ll change on a weekly, then monthly basis. Currently, our boy, who previously went to sleep quite easily, now needs to be walked at 8pm to actually go down. It took us a few days to embrace it and to stop even trying the old story-cuddle-cot system.  It’s a shame, the walk is a lot harder to face at the end of a long days work, especially in the rain!  Looking on the bright side, I’m thinking this will be different (and hopefully indoor based) again in a couple of weeks!