Let's hear it for the dads! The days of dear old dad staying out of the nursery are a thing of the past — today's pops are redesigning the baby's room, bottle, and more. With more fathers taking on child-rearing responsibilities, they're upgrading lil one's gear with some touches that both moms and dads can appreciate. Just in time for Father's Day, meet the men who are making baby-raising healthier, easier, and more stylish than ever.
A diaper bag has become more of a fashion accessory than nappy slinging tote. From girly Petunia Pickle sacks to pricey Juicy Couture bags, ladies have the pick of the litter. The unfortunate flip side of the fancy bags is that many of us have a husband who refuses to lay a finger on our pretty paisley packs. So think about investing in a bag that's suitable for both parents such as the Diaper Dude ($60). Each diaper dude is made with function in mind, but is cool enough to pass as a hip messenger bag that either sex won't mind carrying around town.
Presents for new parents are usually geared toward mom and baby, but expectant dads shouldn't be left in the dark. Give the daddy-to-be a few gifts that will have him prepared and excited for the impending arrival.
- An expectant father is not always ready to give up his music collection for Baby Einstein and Barney. With the Rockabye Baby albums, he'll really be able to rock his lil one to sleep.
- When dad's on duty he's not going to be thrilled to take your Petunia Pickle bag to the park. The Diaper Dude looks like a messenger bag, but is equipped to carry bottles, diapers, and other baby essentials.
- Paternity leave doesn't hold a candle to maternity leave. When daddy is back at his desk dreaming of his bundle of joy, he'll love a digital photo frame to remind him of one of the reasons he's working so hard in the first place.