Let’s hear it for Baby Daddy! He rubbed your swollen pregnant feet (right?), put together your complicated stroller, and told you that you looked absolutely beautiful even when you were stuffing your face with french fries and hysterically crying during a particularly bad rage of your pregnancy hormones. He’s probably your best friend. And if he isn’t now, he will be as you parent this little baby of yours. Especially if you bribe him with a great holiday gift now. Here’s 9 ways to win Dad over this holiday season.

1. Father Figure Bandana Burp Rag

What better way to empower dad to be a part of the feeding ritual than to get him his own burp rag? We love this 100% organic muslin bandana number from Father Figure, a new clothing line developed to inspire and support dads, and benefit fathers in need through nonprofit partnerships. $24, buy here.

2. Product of the North Diaper Backpack

Speaking of products that should be made with dads in mind, this rugged Product of the North backpack is a welcome addition to the diaper bag marketplace. Your guy will love the way it looks nothing like a diaper bag, but has everything that a diaper bag needs, like side bottle slip pockets and a removable diaper changing mat. $89.99, buy here.

3. The New Primal Beef Jerky

Parenting makes you hungry. So just in case dad is feeding himself during those late night baby feedings, encourage him to snack healthier with The New Primal’s certified gluten-free, paleo-friendly, artisanal quality, and minimally processed beef jerky. $39.95/20 sticks, buy here.

4. Powerbeats 3 Wireless Headphones

Help dad listen to the best parenting podcasts with these high-tech wireless earphones. They’ve got 12 hours of battery power, sync seamlessly with his iPhone, and they’re sweat (and most likely spit-up)-proof. We swear he’ll never put them on and tune you out. Never. $199.95, buy here.

5. Babybjorn Baby Carrier One

Give him a chance to feel confident while he’s out and about with his newborn with this Babybjorn baby carrier. Help him strap in securely the first time and you’ll have him hooked on babywearing for life...or at least through year 3, which is how long this ergonomic, 4-position carrier will last. $169.95, buy here.

6. Ursa Major Fresh Tracks Shave Kit

Now that he’s cuddling up with baby, that 5 o’clock shadow has got to go. Incentivize him with this luxurious shave kit from the super-natural skincare experts at Ursa Major. And, this thoughtful gift says so much more than shave; it also says, “Dad, you deserve 20 minutes of time to yourself….But that’s it.” $54, buy here.

7. Mountain Buggy Bagrider

Let your guy get all the “hot dad” stares while he’s strolling through the airport with your kiddo on this Mountain Buggy’s Bagrider. This 2-wheel, carry-on size luggage adapts to a ride-on for your toddler (up to 33 lbs.) with a simple twist of a dial. $99.99, preorder here.

8. Odin 00 Fragrance

Have you ever smelled a man who pulled an all-nighter, is covered in baby spit-up, and accidentally smeared some poop on his hand when he was last changing baby’s diaper? And yet, one spritz of the latest fragrance from Odin and you’ll want to make another baby with him, despite everything we just told you. $185, buy here.

9. Cosabella Never Say Mommie Babydoll Nursing Nightgown

Ok, we know this looks like it’s for him, but it’s really for you too….and for baby. Based on one of our fave Cosabella nursing bras, this sexy sleepwear is as comfortable as it is functional. Sure, we know there’s more looking than touching these days -- at least for you and Dad. But at least this nightie will keep you looking fine (as you flee the room to feed crying baby). $148, buy here.

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