Over the past month our ATYD Facebook Group has been humming along with Aussie dads sharing, discussing and recommending, helping one another through the journey of Fatherhood. Perhaps the most useful question thus far, for both expecting and new dads, has been what baby products can’t you live without? Here are the top responses from 150 dads in no particular order.
When it comes to bath time, water temperature shouldn’t be left to chance, or your heroic touch. It doesn’t need to be the fish, but some variation of bath thermometer. Arguably the greatest $4.95 you’ll ever spend as a father.
Wet babies are slippery and this bathing solution, keeps your secure, warm and uses next to no water. Unlike a flatter, conventional tub, it can be placed almost anywhere alleviating back aches from bending over. A great solution for parents living in apartments without a bath or sizeable sink.
A little pricey but worth every cent, the Leander change mat is sturdy, soft to touch, portable and easily wiped clean of the mid change wee.
The international baby whisper isn’t without her critics but a number of dads praised the routines of Tizzie Hall. Often those who oppose, reference Pinky McKay for an alternative approach to sleeping.
White Noise Machine
A white noise machine, (Sleep Sheep or Baby Shusher) was a unanimous hit among fathers, with many admitting they also had trouble sleeping without it once introduced. It doesn’t just help put the baby to sleep initially, it helps get you to sleep when the baby is snoring, farting or making noises like the town drunk.
Continuing the trend of sleep aids, Melbourne based Glow Dreaming’s multifaceted unit was highly recommend, utilising a combination of red LED light therapy, white noise, a humidifier and essential oils to induce sleep for babies, toddlers and adults.
Aussie dads spoke and the undisputed champion of carrying was Ergobaby, in particular the Ergobaby Omni 360. The all position carrier doesn’t require an infant insert and can easily transition from inward to outward carrying positions. The perfect solution for morning coffee runs when your partner needs a sleep in.
The Baby Bjorn bouncer received universal praise. Chuck the little one in and they can bounce until their heart desires/fall asleep or bounce them with one foot while you kick back on the couch – top parenting.
A travel must but also perfect for outings to cramped cafes and restaurants. Lightweight, resilient and able to be packed away or unfolded wth one hand, the Babyzen YoYo is small enough to fit in any car and the planes overhead compartment. Worth every penny. For those who desire a more affordable option the Mountain Buggy Nano also received a solid wrap.
Setting up a travel cot or putting one away can be an arduous task but Baby Bjorn has solved the dilemma with a winning, albeit pricy design. With a rating of 4.9 out of 5 on the brand’s own website, there’s no denying this small, lightweight and sturdy travel cot has pleased countless parents, and children.
Swaddling is an art form, one that Aussie dad’s say is far easier with stretchy blankets/wraps as opposed to muslin or posh linens. Familiarise yourself with different wrapping techniques and hone your skills. For dads whose babies don’t like being as confined or transitioning out of swaddling check out Love To Dream‘s Swaddle Up (pictured above).
Some were reluctant to say it, others reluctant to give in to it, but the old fashioned dummy is still one of the baby products dads can’t live without. Pictured here is the Doodle & Co Pop dummy, which features a pop up nipple that gets protected by a silicon sleeve when it falls onto the ground.