Unique Baby Gifts that Dad will Love


baby bifts that Dad will love Not Another Baby ShopForget the frilly pink dresses.  While these are the types of unique baby gifts that give mum happy tears, for dad it’s not such a wondrous moment. In a couple of years he’ll come to love his time in a tutu, but for now the thought of pink tulle sends shivers down his spine.

Mum gets plenty of gifts (deservedly so), but just a few gifts aimed at dad would not go astray.  So how do you choose a baby gift to make dad really smile and not just that “ahh great” smile?

Buying a Baby Gift is Easy Enough

Buying a gift for baby can be easy enough – you’ll find something cute at your favourite store. Buying a gift that dad will love may take a little more time and thought but will always be remembered.

Some dads like practical gifts like a nappy bin or even a box of nappies. While it’s appreciated, it doesn’t really bring too much excitement…”woohoo a box of nappies!”

You are just about guaranteed to get a big smile from dad if you buy a themed baby gift. To pick your theme, think about what dad likes most – after all this bub is going to be a chip off the old block…well so he hopes anyway.

Is dad an outdoors man? Then buy something practical and useful, for when the child is older that the dad can teach them how to use, like a utility axe. Or a crossbow. Ok, maybe not, but perhaps a My First Swiss Army Knife would be the go.

Car dads, science dads, music dads, handy dads, sci-fi dads, gardening dads, worker dads… the perfect gift is out there somewhere.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Themed Baby Outfits that Dad will Love

No matter what dad’s favourite team, rockband, tv show or sport, you can find a themed baby onesie that will suit the occasion. There are all sorts of cool baby outfits out there that will be appreciated by dad.  For example, music themedbaby apparel like AC/DC t-shirts, onesies or bibs, car or bike wear like Ferrari jumpsuits, sports wear such as  Bronco jerseys or soccer socks and TV apparel like Doctor Who onsies.  You can even get a little outfit to match dad’s job – mechanics overalls, doctors scrubs, suits or police uniforms.

Baby Toys that Dad will Love

You can’t go wrong with a good themed toy. Most dads love toys so why not buy something related to dad’s favourite thing. Even if bub won’t be able to use it yet, dad certainly will.  There are baby tool kits, tin toys, wooden toys, soft sports balls, baby guitars and motorised bikes or cars (and yes there are plenty of pink ones). Dads love big tonka trucks too. Especially ones big enough to put bub in and zoom them around the lounge room.  Reading to a baby is one of lifes simple pleasures. So if for example dad likes Star Wars check out Darth Vader and Son.

Memorabilia as a Baby Gift

Sports lover dads are generally easy to buy for, and with a little extra thought you can make a truly memorable gift – think about major events or victories in the year of the birth and go from there.  Does dad like cricket? Who did Australia beat this year? Did dad attend any of the games? Can you get a bat signed by the players?  Who is dad’s favourite player? Can you get a baby book signed by one of the players?

Memorabilia is also great for a tv/movie/music buff or comic dad. Think about something that came out in the year dad was born or the year bub was born. Or pick something that relates to a story about dad that he will someday share with his little one  (but not about that night when he… yeah you know the story).  For something music related, you could also get something just for baby, for example a Rock Lullaby CD… which gives homage to dad’s favourite band but is just for bub.

Still stuck for ideas for a baby gift?

Did I mention toys? Most dads love toys, so buying a few toys of any sort for when bub is older is always good. A manly nappy bag is handy too. Yes, I wrote that. When coming up with your baby gift just always remember the number one rule: no lace, no frills.

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Guest Contributor Joel from Not Another Baby Shop

What is a Wrap free lunch?


Wrap Free

Does your school have a wrap free lunch policy? Ours does and I have to say, at first it was a bit confusing. What exactly did they mean and what was the purpose.  It wasn’t explained anywhere in our school newsletter so I took to our facebook page and polled our likers…. needless to say we got a range of answers.  After several newsletters which each explained just a tiny bit more I have finally pieced together the answer… or at least what it means at our school.

So what does wrap free mean?

Well really its very simple and I guess I knew what it meant all the way along I just didn’t know how far they meant it to go.  Wrap free at our school means food has to be packed in containers that can be reused and isn’t disposed of after one use. This means if you buy things in packages (like tiny teddy biscuits, pop corn, museli bars, yogurt etc etc)  you have to repackage into a resuable container – take it out of its container and put it in another…. hmmm

So why are schools going wrap free?

Admirably some are doing it to save waste

but  I guess that’s what had me stumped… do they really want me to repackage things… that would mean I’m 1. destroying the environment for buying food with so much packaging and 2. then having to wash a container as well using water detergent etc, so double enviromental impact.

Some would suggest that it is good forsaving money as you start to buy stuff with less packaging ie buy a big packet of popcorn or make your own and split it accross containers rather than small packets  but I’m not sure as I hate to waste food at the moment I like buying things in small packages. If I only use them once a week, I can use one little pack, put the rest back in the cuboard and they are not open so they wont go stale….maybe when I am making lunch for more than one little chicken things will change.

Dont get me wrong it has certainly made me think about what I buy and I’m all for trying to change to for our enviorment and I guess in time my habits will change…right?

Another reason for wrap free is a sensible one – little kids can’t open packets but on that one Miss 4 can’t open my new expensive Tupperware sandwiches containers either in fact I can’t open them without breaking a nail.

Having got over my angst about repacking food we are doing well with our wrap free lunchs. I even take my lunch wrap free.

Miss 4 has to take morning tea, lunch and a fruit snack all in seperate containers  but more on that another day.  Needless to say because of this little adventure we have needed to investigate a whole lot of wrap free lunch solutions. We already had some in stock but by far Miss 4s favourite is the Itzy Ritzy snack bags, she can always open them and she loves the funky colours.  I love that you can just throw them in the washing machine too.

Itzy Ritzy Snack bags at www.notanotherbabyshop.com.au