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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 💜you 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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14 outdoor toys your kids will want to play with beyond summer

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

$30

Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!

$75

Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

$40

Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

$120

Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

$30

Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

$100

Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

$121

Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.

$100

Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.

$45

Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.

$179

Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.

$100

Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

$33

Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

$88

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This is my one trick to get baby to sleep (and it always works!)

There's a reason why every mom tells you to buy a sound machine.

So in my defense, I grew up in Florida. As a child of the sunshine state, I knew I had to check for gators before sitting on the toilet, that cockroaches didn't just scurry, they actually flew, and at that point, the most popular and only sound machine I had ever heard of was the Miami Sound Machine.

I was raised on the notion that the rhythm was going to get me, not lull me into a peaceful slumber. Who knew?!

Well evidently science and, probably, Gloria Estefan knew, but I digress.

When my son was born, I just assumed the kid would know how to sleep. When I'm tired that's what I do, so why wouldn't this smaller more easily exhausted version of me not work the same way? Well, the simple and cinematic answer is, he is not in Kansas anymore.

Being in utero is like being in a warm, soothing and squishy spa. It's cozy, it's secure, it comes with its own soundtrack. Then one day the spa is gone. The space is bigger, brighter and the constant stream of music has come to an abrupt end. Your baby just needs a little time to acclimate and a little assist from continuous sound support.

My son, like most babies, was a restless and active sleeper. It didn't take much to jolt him from a sound sleep to crying like a banshee. I once microwaved a piece of pizza, and you would have thought I let 50 Rockettes into his room to perform a kick line.

I was literally walking on eggshells, tiptoeing around the house, watching the television with the closed caption on.

Like adults, babies have an internal clock. Unlike adults, babies haven't harnessed the ability to hit the snooze button on that internal clock. Lucky for babies they have a great Mama to hit the snooze button for them.

Enter the beloved by all—sound machines.

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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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