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Cool Stuff For Cool New Dads

Updated on November 11, 2014

He's having a baby, too!

Here's My Story: It was Friday afternoon, I just had gotten off from my 9-5. You know that feeling. I got home and noticed a piece of notebook paper with words scrawled on it taped to the back door. NO SMOKING in big bold letters. I turned the knob and went inside...

Once inside I find my wife in the kitchen standing around by the sink. We exchanged the usual pleasantries and I began to question the unusual posting I'd seen outside. "Why do you think there would be no smoking in the house?" She asked. Perhaps, guests coming over later. Nope. My mind started turning over a few scenarios as to what the answer could be. And it finally landed on a conclusion, press pause and let me explain...

I hate to sound like Dragnet, but this had been the usual Friday. Work til about 3pm. We always got free lunch on Fridays, so very laid back. Nothing out of the ordinary. Status Quo, which by the way is a very nice 60's band. Looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend. The 48-hour getaway. Peaceful, like the gentle waves that tap the seashore in the night. We're having a baby! BAM! That popped in my mind as the logical reason to the NO SMOKING sign. That look, as my wife eyes and mine locked upon each others in gazing amazement as the reality began to take effect. I think the old comparsion to a ton of bricks.

I have started this website to offer back something that I trust will help someone along the way. After I found out the good news. I immediately began thinking how can I take steps towards eventually working at home everyday with a few keyboard clicks here and there and creating the time to become the cool Dad I had always wanted be.

DadGear Diaper Bag - Over 20 styles to choose from
DadGear Diaper Bag - Over 20 styles to choose from

Diaper Bags for Dad

Stylin' and profilin'

DadGear Messenger Diaper Bags

THE diaper bag that dad will proudly carry. Styled like a bike messenger bag, the Messenger is comfortable, durable, and looks cool. On the inside, it's packed with thoughtful features like the Quick Access Wipes Case that's sure to make your life easier. The DadGear Messenger is designed to be "hands free" so you can change, feed, and entertain your child without ever having to set the bag down. Over 20 styles to choose from...

Recaro PROride Series Carseats
Recaro PROride Series Carseats

Recaro Italian Car Seats

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By RECARO, the international leader in automobile, race car and child seat technology and a leading innovator in side impact protection.

Assembled in the U.S.A., the ProRIDE is a high quality child restraint that provides parents and children the luxury and safety they need for happy travels. The ProRIDE incorporates RECARO's Side Impact Protection designed to distinctly protect each of the 5 vulnerable areas of a child.

Rockabye Baby Music Collection - Click to listen
Rockabye Baby Music Collection - Click to listen

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      tessmckay 3 years ago

      nice idea for daddy

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      Klaartje Loose 4 years ago

      @OMGacademy: Oh, that's really cool!

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      Great ideas for the new dad:-) *blessed*

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      May Matthew 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story! Lovely and I will share this lens with the very new dads I know ( I know a few) !

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      neneix 4 years ago

      lol - these are great, JD. The baby videos are hilarious!

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      victoria91 lm 4 years ago

      These are some great gifts especially the carrier and the diaper bag.

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      OMGacademy 4 years ago

      Me and my kid do martial arts together! Might be an awesome idea as well! Kids Love to learn cool new stuff :)

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      Wow! I don't know long ago your new dad story took place, but what a wonderful story of finding out how your life was changing! Great collection of new dad stuff!

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      Great collection of cool stuff for new dads. My husband is an experience dad with twins and a 10 month old but he would still love some of this cool stuff!

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      NedD 4 years ago

      Got some good gift ideas for my son-in-law (and soon to be new dad) from this.

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      bbiernat12 4 years ago

      Great lens! I am going to be a new dad very soon... about 6 six :-) Tahnk you for the great information.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a grandson expected in May. These are great ideas!

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      numatik lm 5 years ago

      It's nice to see more Dad's taking time out to spend quality time with the kids. Many thanks for liking and blessing my lens:) Keep up the good work

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My hubby should read this lens a year ago:). Really nice story - the ''No smoking sign'' is really clever idea - I might steal it for my next pregnancy:).

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      mbredemeier 5 years ago

      Great Stuff Mr Wheeler. Check, Check, and Check

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      BestBuyGuy 5 years ago from Beekmantown, NY

      Excellent selections! I have several of these already but may have to invest in the diaper bag - much better than the PINK one I'm currently forced to use! That's what I get for letting the wife go shopping on her own.

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      boedax 5 years ago

      I'm new dad, and thanks for this lens, very helpfull :)

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      norahsaadah 5 years ago

      Informative lense. Wish I had known about this lense before I ventured into my distrastrous gift hunting for my good friend eddie

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      sageinacage lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. I really like the the video which encourages the use of sign language before a baby can talk!

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      GetPregnantFAQ LM 5 years ago

      I knew there were diaper bags for Dads out there! Oh well, I'm sporty with my pink one (even sportier while walking with the baby carrier at the same time!)

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      mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Great gift ideas for new dads this Christmas!

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Wow! I love this lens - sending link to my friend! Thanks for sharing!

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      clothing4boys 5 years ago

      Cool lens! I have just shared on my business Facebook page.

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      tobydavis 5 years ago

      Very cool idea for a lens - some fab suggestions for new Dads!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Happy Halloween blessings to you!

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      JulianBeams 5 years ago

      Been a few years since I was a "house-husband". My wife went back to work and I Iooked after the babies (now 17 and 15). Wish there had been a guide then but I sort of had to make it up as I went. At the time I even wrote articles on being a house-husband for a baby magazine! I had the car seat, diaper bag, backpack and sling carrier (2 babies) and "baby CD's." I used to survived bad days by camping out all day in friends coffee shop where all the ladies would entertain my cute babies. It was well worth it as that early bonding with my son's has meant a strong relatioship with them now. To all dad's who take on the task i say "good on ya mates."

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Very nice and sweet lens.

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      Monette 5 years ago from Dubai

      I love the video! so cute :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I really like the dad version of the diaper bag. I always hated carrying the pink butterfly covered version around.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Great ideas, gonna get some

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      It's real exciting, fun and creative for new dads to wear these awesome t-shirts to welcome a baby. I wish my husband wore one when we had our first baby. I love your cool stuff for dads! Immensely BLESSED by a Humble Squid Angel :) God bless you sir!

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      Love the tee-shirts. Thanks for sharing.

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      highfive23 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Gonna be a dad in t-minus 3 weeks or less. Was just wondering if you used baby sign language with your children. My wife is a sign interpreter and we will be doing this as it lessens fits and tantrums because you know what they want.

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      Smashbooks LM 5 years ago

      Fantastic recommendations for new dads!

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      Stephen Bush 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for watching out for the dads.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      Awesome lens! I wish I'd known about that dad guide for my husband when we had our first. He was a mess! He still gets confused as to what the baby can eat, but we've both learned a lot over the past 7 years.

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      Love that you put this together. It's usually the Moms that get featured so I'm happy to see you telling your stuff as a "modern" Dad. Love it! ~blessed~

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      kmyangel 5 years ago

      So interesting and fun lens for future dads !

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need to buy thet one: ''I listen to heavy metal with my daddy'' :). It would be perfect for my partner, since he is a fresh daddy from 9th January:). Really nice lens.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      We love the Rockabye Baby lullabies for our baby.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awsome ideas and prints makes me wanna take my kids eveywhere with pride and ease

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      Great suggestions! I might add that they are cool, too. A father has to be trendy too!

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Very helpful ideas for new dads. Wish you had written it 20+ years ago, but then again, Squidoo wasn't here yet, nor our computer. But good stuff for the ones here now. : )

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      acoreystory 5 years ago

      i liked the dad diaper bag, i wish i knew of it before i rocked my little girl's hello kitty bag for two years lol... its all good though

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hope the other dads are kinda like you too. It felt great when your husband is really excited about having babies. That's really amazing. :)

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      Simonemastro 5 years ago

      Good stuff, so many things out there and it's hard to choose what is important.

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      Alex Cortes 5 years ago

      Diaper bags for dad. Love it! I remember cringing every time my wife would ask me to carry her big 'ol diaper bag... ;)

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      StewartClan 5 years ago

      This is a lovely lens, I wish I had known about it a few years ago when I had my brood. Could have refered Husband here. It is so important that men know their role as Dad, especially if they didn't experience great parenting from their own fathers. I really like this lens!

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      TwistedWiseman 5 years ago

      I listen Heavy Metal with my dad! XD

      Nice one, well soon gonna be one I guess, the wife is off the pills for a while.

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 5 years ago

      This is a great lens with allot of useful information. Thanks for sharing your discoverys

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great info!

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      floppypoppygift1 5 years ago

      Awesome-Great lens cute shirts! Cheers~cb

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      decembermorning 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Very cool gift ideas. Thanks for sharing this!

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      It's nice to see a dad devoted to his own fatherhood as I can tell by your lenses...great idea that you're incorporating your thoughts and experiences as a father. Lots of great ideas here for my future lenses promoting my passion towards motherhood. God bless.

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      More and more dads are taking there parenting role very seriously. And is nice to see that.

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      Hawaiitom 5 years ago

      What a great idea here for a lens -- in fact all the lenses of yours I have peeked at are very creative! Way to go!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great ideas - love the music shirts for babies!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Great ideas

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      Netlexis LM 5 years ago

      Great ideas... and necessities!

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      alexis84 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've listened to a few of the 'Rockabye Baby' series, some of them are fantastic! And I love the look of the 'Music Lover' inspired clothing. My son has an 'AC/DC' T-Shirt which I try to get him to wear at every possible opportunity (until it gets covered in food and baby drool of course!)

      Really enjoyed reading!



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      Juice-Love 5 years ago

      Fun ideas here, very nicely done!

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      QuikSprocket45 5 years ago

      Not sure a baby carrier can ever be macho but great ideas, nice lens!

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Perfect timing for father's day coming up!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Great ideas for gifts for the new dad! Love that diaper bag. So manly.

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      rrrevolver 5 years ago

      Awesome info - you rock!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel so all the new dads out there can find it more easily. :)

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      Deserves a google +1.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      I think this is an absolutely fantastic lens. I am constantly impressed by all the men I see carrying their babies around with them. My mother once commented at the mall, 'Where are all the mothers? There are mostly men with these little babies!' To which I replied, 'They're probably working.'

      Men just one generation ago weren't this involved with their kids. It's great . . and it is refreshing to have a man write this.

      Thank you, keep 'em coming,


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Returning to bless all the cool Dads out there!

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      hntrssthmpsn 6 years ago

      Cool lens... there's so much info available for new moms on the Internet, it's great to see a lens just for dads! Forwarded to an old pal with his first on the way (muahahahah, he has no idea what he's in for!)

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      BabyMonitorsOnl 6 years ago

      Fun lens! Choosing a sporty looking car seat and a baby monitor that has lots of cool features always seems to be fun for dads :)

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      spartakct 6 years ago

      cool lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens mind if I link it to my next baby shower theme?

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      diaperbagdiva lm 6 years ago

      This is great! My husband will LOVE some of your posts. He won't carry our diaper bag even though it's blue - he says it's still too feminine. I'll have to check out some of your more manly suggestions :)

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      terifrancis 6 years ago

      Great lens -- love the New Dad T-shirts! Will definitely add this as a recommended link! : )

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      katiecolette 6 years ago

      Wow, that diaper bag looks very cool!

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      bikerministry 6 years ago

      Awwww. So neat thinking of the new Daddy. I like that fanny pack diaper bag. Cool.

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      courtneyh lm 6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      mattydaddy 6 years ago

      Great lens! I love the essential Daddy gear.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      I like your lens a lot. Its very nice, thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!

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      hankmolini 6 years ago

      Very cool lens! The diaper dude bag is a great idea!

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      cducky 6 years ago

      Very nice, I love all the info! I know a few dads who should read this!

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      bechand 6 years ago

      I think new dads always need something special - I think a Dad friendly diaper bag is always nice - many dads do not like the pastels ...

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      Northernista 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by my lens. I'm using yours as inspiration!

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      TopTenLists 6 years ago

      Cool Selection. Thanks for a great Lens.

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      Jack-in-the-Box 6 years ago

      Great lens. I loved the funny baby videos. You picked some wonderful things for a first time day or a 5th time dad. Thanks for sharing your story. How did you figure it out before you got inside though? Was it just the sign?

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      SavvyMama 6 years ago

      Great ideas! It's nice to see so much cool stuff for dads!

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      Elsie Hagley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice lens, great to see someone thinking of the new dad, without him, we would not be mums. Thanks.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Cool ideas.

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      stevenstones 6 years ago

      nice lense

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Awesome lens. My mom bought me the Be Prepared book and it is hilarious. Especially on how to deal with people who want to hold your baby.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lots of fun "gear" for new dads.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What a great idea to create a new Dad's lens, JD.

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      Howard 7 years ago from Michigan

      Loved the lens. I remember buying dad clothing and parenting books for my first child. Parenting is a big role but rewarding. I was so unsure of what to do with my first child but a couple more later and I think I am getting the hang of it:)

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      Gail47 7 years ago

      This lens is so cool - great job! Have fun with the little one, they grow up way too fast!!!

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      MagpieNest 7 years ago

      Lovely ideas. With our second child his Dad needed all the T-shirts he could get ...

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      Lee Hansen 7 years ago from Vermont

      Sweet and thoughtful collection. Nice that this list was made by a dad ... lensrolled to my baby shower and baby fashions lenses.