Rumparooz Cloth Diapers (KangaCare)
If you’ve been avoiding using cloth diapers, you’re about to run out of excuses. To start with, they’re adjustable, so you don’t have to wait for your baby to reach a certain size. Thanks to super absorbent, natural material and a patented “gusset” system on the diaper itself, even the gooiest messes stay where they’re supposed to. They’re also hypo-allergenic and very low in toxins. And finally, they come in a wide variety of snazzy colors and patterns. But best of all, they encourage dads to get more involved in what we think is a highly underrated way to bond with your baby. At around $25 each, they’re a little pricey, but your baby will never look better.

BestView Handheld Color Video Monitor (Summer Infant)
Not all that long ago, parents who wanted to be sure their baby was safe had to make do with listening for cries, or tiptoeing into the room to peek. Then, along came audio baby monitors, which made parents wonder what they ever did before. Now, with a full-color, digital display, the BestView is destined to be the latest “how-did-we-ever-get-along-without-this” gadget. With the pan and zoom features, even the most squirmy baby won’t be able to hide. Battery life could be longer, but at least it’s rechargeable.

Sound Beginnings (Creative Baby, Inc)
Sound Beginnings is a comfortable, fabric band that allows mom and dad to share music and voice with baby-to-be safely and easily. An easy-to-use, record-anywhere feature makes it possible for dads (and others) to even record their voice by phone if they can’t be there during the pregnancy. A great feature for dads who are deployed or who are on the road a lot.

First Toddle (First Toddle)
One of the frustrating things about baby gyms and play blankets is that they tend to be good only for a few months. But First Toddle is designed to stay with your baby from 3 months to three years. With a soft football, field hockey stick and ball, and soccer goal and basketball hoop, this is a budding sports dad’s dream. There are also plenty of other things for the baby to bat and smack around. Our reviewers noted that one of the nicest features is the absence of electronics. No batteries, no flashing lights, no sounds (except for your baby’s giggles). Easy set-up and breakdown, and an all-around great way to hang with your baby.

Sleep Tight and Enjoy the Ride (books by Suzy Martyn)
I had the chance to interview author Suzy Martyn on my radio show, “Positive Parenting” (you can hear the interview here), and she’s a smart, entertaining, wise, and very practical woman. These two slim-but-information-packed books are filled with terrific tips and advice on how to handle some of the most common–and most vexing problems new parents face. The more confident you feel in your own abilities as a dad (or mom), the more comfortable you and your baby will be with each other. And that’s an essential part of building a strong relationhip.


E-Z Bat baseball toy (Monkey Business Sports)
The E-Z Bat makes it easier for kids to hit the ball. Good for developing confidence, but also more fun for dad. If you’ve ever spent a half hour tossing unhit pitches and chasing balls that are behind your child, E-Z Bat is a good option for a more fun-filled practice session, until they get old enough to hit the ball.

Matryoshka Madness! Nesting Doll (Matryoshka Madness!)
If you’re the father of a daughter, you’ve probaby figured out that one of the best ways to spend quality time with your girl is to break out the dolls. And these Russian nesting dolls (Matryoshkas) are no exception. But unlike the original wooden ones from Russia and Eastern Europe (which were so easily breakable that they just weren’t fun to play with), these are made of durable ABS plastic. They also come in a variety of themes, inluding traditional folk costumes, puppies, and fairies. But in an attempt to woo little boys, there are also pirates, monsters, ninjas (pictured), and wrestlers. (


Book Pig (Book Pig)
BookPig is a Netflix-style book site for kids that helps kids choose a specific number of books to rent each month. The recommendation engine is especially powerful and helps dads know their kids are safe at a site that only has books that are appropriate for their age. Children’s Book award-winner lists also help dads pick out the best books for kids to to try.

Eco Acquarium (Wild Creations)
The Ecoquarium is an easy-to-set-up tank that comes complete with two adorable miniature frogs and a year’s worth of food. It’s extremely easy to take care of–and more fun for dads and kids–than fish. The “eco” part means it doesn’t require much cleaning or maintenance.

Land of Me Interactive (Made in Me)
An interactive “book” that provides a great opportunity for dads and kids to play together. Kids learn basic concepts like shapes, colors, and numbers. They can choose characters, make plot decisions, and visualize the choices they make. Meanwhile, Dad can read background information to discuss with the kids. Other tools give off-line cutouts of puppets, masks, and maps.


Zuvo Water Purator (Zuvo)
An eco-friendly solution for making tap water safe for the whole family to drink.
We liked now easy it was to install on a standard faucet, and the kids enjoy watching it working as the water bubbles through the cool blue UV light. Plus it satisfies a little bit of that provide-protector thing so many dads have.