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16 great holiday gifts that will earn you brownie points with new dads

From gear he can enjoy with baby to stuff he'll want to keep just for himself, see our picks.

16 great holiday gifts that will earn you brownie points with new dads

Stumped about what to get the new dad in your life this holiday season? From gear he can enjoy with baby to stuff he'll want to keep just for himself, we've found inspiring ideas for the favorite man in your life this year.

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1. iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat

Turn dad's cruiser into a bicycle built for two. This cool seat puts a spin on the usual child bike seat—it's mounted up front, providing a better center of gravity and increased mobility for the rider.

iBert Child Bicycle Safe-T-Seat, Amazon, $129.97

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2. B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Much like your new baby, this speaker is teeny tiny but packs a big punch. It's super portable, splash-resistant, dust-resistant and is accessible with a quick shake or a tap.

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Amazon, $169.00

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3. VEER Cruiser

It's part stroller, part wagon, part head-turner and ALL AWESOME. It's a *major* splurge, but dad will đź’śyou forever for this all-terrain cruiser that doubles as a stroller and a wagon and seamlessly grows with your family from infant to toddlers and beyond.

VEER Cruiser, Amazon, $599.00

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4. Google Daydream View VR Headset

All new dads need an escape every now and then. This VR headset is affordable, high quality, and most importantly, really fun.

Google Daydream View VR Headset, Amazon, $41.00

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5. Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Keep dad hydrated and looking cool. This water bottle is one of our faves for its simple, slip-free design, insulated functionality (keeps cold for 24 hours and hot for six), and interchangeable tops.

Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle, Amazon, $29.95

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6. Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier

You've carried baby around for nine months—now it's dad's turn. The custom fit options means this carrier will fit any body type, from petite to larger, and with multiple carry positions available, you'll be able to carry your little one from day one, no insert needed.

Ergobaby Omni 360 Carrier, Amazon, $169.00

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7. Trianium iPhone Battery Extender and Portable Charging Case

A new baby means lots and lots of photos, and lots and lots of photos mean a faster dying phone battery. This awesome case boasts a battery extender and portable charging capabilities, so you'll never miss the next photo-worthy moment.

Trianium iPhone Battery Extender and Portable Charging Case, Amazon, $35.99

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8. Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription Service

Coffee. Really good coffee. Really good coffee filled with caffeine, friend to new parents everywhere. Delivered to your door. Yup.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription Service, Blue Bottle Coffee, starts at $24.00

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9. Peg and Awl Waxed Canvas Bags

From duffels to diaper bags, these handmade bags are beautifully crafted and perfect for any stylish dad. We love the attention to detail like the leather straps and brass rivets, the durability of the waxed canvas, and the vintage look cool factor.

Peg and Awl Waxed Canvas Bags, Etsy, starting at $44.00

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10. Patagonia Pullover

This pullover is sure to be a favorite with its fleece-lined interior and moisture-wicking fabric. Plus, it looks good on just about anyone so you can bet it'll be a staple in his closet for the next few months.

Patagonia Quarter Zip Pullover, Nordstrom, $99.00

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11. Adidas Iniki Runners

These retro sneakers will keep dad comfy while chasing after the newest addition. They're available in a few great colors and will definitely up his sneaker game.

Adidas Iniki Runners, Amazon, $93.88-$223.00

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12. Lululemon ABC Jogger

You'll have to look up what the "ABC" in these cool joggers stands for, but let's just say that certain, um, important parts will have lots of room to breathe here. We like them because they're super comfy—they're made from stretchy, sweat-wicking material—and they look great with just about anything.

Lululemon ABC Jogger, Lululemon, $128.00

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13. Welcome: A Mo Willems Book for New Arrivals

This board book from children's book icon Mo Willems makes a perfect first addition to any library and a perfect gift for any new dad.

Welcome: A Mo Willems Book for New Arrivals, Amazon, $11.19

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14. Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours

Being a dad is weird... but also funny, complicated, and amazing. This memoir from actor/writer/director and husband of Melissa McCarthy takes a poignant look at fatherhood.

Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours, Amazon, $7.49

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15. Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada

Join the worldwide secret campaign to ensure your baby's first word will be, of course, DADA.

Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada, Amazon, $5.59

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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.


Nature's Way Kids Mulitvitamin


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.


This article was sponsored by Nature's Way. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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There is rightfully a lot of emphasis on preparing for the arrival of a new baby. The clothes! The nursery furniture! The gear! But, the thing about a baby registry is, well, your kids will keep on growing. Before you know it, they'll have new needs—and you'll probably have to foot the bill for the products yourself.

Thankfully, you don't have to break the bank when shopping for toddler products. Here are our favorite high-quality, budget-friendly finds to help with everything from meal time to bath time for the toddler set.

Comforts Fruit Crisps Variety Pack

Comforts fruit snacks

If there is one thing to know about toddlers, it is this: They love snacks. Keeping a variety on hand is easy when the pack already comes that way! Plus, we sure do appreciate that freeze-dried fruit is a healthier alternative to fruit snacks.

Comforts Electrolyte Drink

Comforts electrolyte drink

Between running (or toddling!) around all day and potentially developing a pickier palate, many toddlers can use a bit of extra help with replenishing their electrolytes—especially after they've experienced a tummy bug. We suggest keeping an electrolyte drink on hand.

Comforts Training Pants

Comforts training pants

When the time comes to start potty training, it sure helps to have some training pants on hand. If they didn't make it to the potty in time, these can help them learn their body's cues.

Comforts Nite Pants

comforts nite pants

Even when your toddler gets the hang of using the toilet during the day, nighttime training typically takes several months longer than day-time training. In the meantime, nite pants will still help them feel like the growing, big kid they are.

Comforts Baby Lotion

comforts baby lotion

Running, jumping, playing in sand, splashing in water—the daily life of a toddler can definitely irritate their skin! Help put a protective barrier between their delicate skin and the things they come into contact with every day with nourishing lotion.

Another great tip? Shopping the Comforts line on Comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices—and follow along on social media to see product releases and news at @comfortsforbaby.

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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