6 Baby Books About Dads

These dad-centric baby books will be fun for dad and baby.

6 Baby Books About Dads

My 18-month-old son is a bibliophile. When he likes a book, he can’t contain himself. After the last page has been turned, he immediately turns himself to face me and give his one-word critique -- ‘More!’. When he’s really into it, his love for baby books erupts, causing him to spin around on my lap like a footed-pajama wearing dreidel. I admit, I’m an enabler -- 95 percent of the time, I give into his request and flip the book to the beginning. One day last week, we read a book cover to cover 34 times!

The content of the books matters. It matters to me -- since I’m reading these things a dozen times in a row, a well written and illustrated book is worth it’s weight in gold. But it matters way more to my son. Not only do books help him identify and name things, but they also are the primary media he uses to explore the world. They help him understand things like cause and effect, and context and relationships.


When my son was a few months old, I realized we had tons of baby books with a loving relationship between mother and child at their literary core, but none involved a nurturing father. As my son got older and grew into a massive consumer of books, this observation grew into annoyance, then frustration. That reality didn’t represent my son’s life. My wife and I nurture and give affection to our son equally, and I’m proud of being his primary caretaker. I wondered, what would he learn reading dozens of books without a caring father?

So I scoured the internet and bought dad-related baby books for us to read together, and below, I’m sharing some of my favorites. Here are 6 dad-centric baby books.

1. Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

Water accidently spilled all over this book in the diaper bag a few weeks ago. You know what happened once it dried out? My son loved the water-logged and warped book even more. We read this book about a dad monster teaching his monster son how to play drums and use a pogo stick on an endless loop. My favorite part is when my son points at the monster dad at the end and says ‘dada.’

2. Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz

Have you ever seen your toddler hug another toddler? Holy cow, it’s adorable. I’m a fan of any book that encourages kids to hug. That’s what this one does. My son loves this book and has nearly memorized all ten types of daddy hugs that it lists.

3. My Dad Loves Me by Marianne Richmond

This straight-forward book has all sorts of animal dads showing love to their kids. Every time we get to the horse page, my son yells ‘NEIGGHHHHHHH!’. He does a really good ‘neigh’.

4. I Love You, Daddy by Jillian Harker and Kristina Stephenson

Everyone knows bears are great. Some of the greatest bears around are bear dads that teach their kids to eat honey, cross streams and do other typical bear things.

5. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

This was the first dad-and-child book I bought. It has adorable dialogue with a son asking his rabbit dad if there are limits to his love for him. Spoiler alert: There aren’t. I like this book a lot but for some reason, my son doesn’t. We have yet to make it to the end before he gets up to get another book.

6. Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon

The normal civility in my home was destroyed as my wife and I battled for months to get our son to say ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ first. One time, I was in another room and heard her whispering ‘mama’ over and over to our son, trying to get a quick leg up. Jimmy Fallon’s book plays on this common parental feud as all sorts of animal dads try to get children to say ‘dada’. (For the record: ‘Dada’ was my son’s first word. Also for the record: I cried when he said it).

These are only the vitamins I give my children and here's why

It's hard to say who loves these more—my kids or me.

When I became a mama five years ago, I didn't put too much thought into whether my son was getting the right vitamins and minerals. From breastfeeding to steaming and pureeing his first bites of solid food, I was confident I was giving him everything to support his growth and development.

But then the toddler years—and the suddenly picky palate that accompanied them—came along. Between that challenge and two additional children in the mix… well, I knew my oldest son's eating plan was falling short in some vitamin and mineral categories.

I also knew how quickly he was growing, so I wanted to make sure he was getting the nutrients he needed (even on those days when he said "no, thank you" to any veggie I offered).

So when I discovered the new line of children's supplements from Nature's Way®, it felt like a serious weight off my chest. Thanks to supplements that support my children's musculoskeletal growth, their brain function, their immune systems, their eyes and more, I'm taken back to that simpler time when I was so confident my kids' vitamin needs were met.*

It wasn't just the variety of supplements offered by Nature's Way that won me over: As a vegetarian mama, I'm the picky one in the family when it comes to scanning labels and making sure they meet our standards. The trick is that most gummy vitamins are made with gelatin, which is not vegetarian friendly.

But just like the other offerings from Nature's Way that I've already come to know and love, the children's supplement line is held to a high standard. That means there's no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin or common allergens to be found in the supplements. The best part? My two oldest kids ensure we never miss their daily vitamins—they are so in love with the gummy flavors, which include tropical fruit punch, lemonade and wild berry.

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Meanwhile, my pharmacist husband has different criteria when evaluating supplements, especially when it comes to those for our kids. He appreciates the variety of options from Nature's Way, which gives us the ability to rotate the vitamins based on our kids' daily needs. By keeping various children's supplements from Nature's Way on hand, I can customize a regimen to suit my kids' individual requirements.

Of course, high-quality products often come at a higher price point. But (to my immense gratitude!) that isn't the case with Nature's Way, which retails for a competitive value when compared to the other items on the shelf.

Like all mamas, my chief concern is supporting my children's health in any way I can. While I see evidence of their growth every time I pack away clothes they've outgrown, I know there is much more growth that doesn't meet the eye. That's why, for my oldest son, I like stacking the Brain Builder gummy with the Growing Bones & Muscles gummy and the Happy & Healthy Multi. My 3-year-old also enjoys getting her own mix to include the Healthy Eyes gummy. And both of my older kids are quick to request the Tummy Soothe tablet when something isn't sitting right in their stomachs.* And I'll admit it: I've tried it myself and the berry blast flavor really is tasty!

Although my current phase of motherhood may not be as "simple" as it once was, there is so much to appreciate about it—like watching my kids play and sing and create with their incredible imaginations. Along the way, I've eased up on some of my need for control, but it does help to have this range of supplements in my motherhood tool kit. So while I may not be able to convince my son to try kale, having the Nature's Way supplements on hand means I do know he's right on track.*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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