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Best Gifts for an Expectant Dad

Best Gifts for an Expectant Dad

July 24, 2023

Becoming a father is an incredible and transformative journey. While most of the attention during pregnancy is focused on the expectant mum, let’s not forget about the dads-to-be! They deserve recognition and support as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to celebrate an expectant dad, we’ve got you covered. Here are 10 thoughtful and practical best gifts for an expectant dad to make his journey to fatherhood even more special.

Parenting Classes

Invest in his knowledge and confidence by enrolling him in parenting classes specifically tailored for dads. These classes offer valuable insights, practical skills, and a supportive community for expectant fathers.

Parenting Expert Loves… Have you discovered MANtenatal yet? If you haven’t, then you really should – classes designed by a Dad for Dads! It is a unique program designed to support expectant fathers and empower them with the knowledge and skills they need to navigate the journey of becoming a parent. This innovative initiative recognises the importance of including men in the prenatal and postnatal care process, providing them with a safe and supportive environment to explore their concerns, fears, and questions. MANtenatal offers a range of online classes and resources that cover topics such as childbirth, newborn care, emotional well-being, and partner support. By fostering a community of engaged fathers, MANtenatal promotes active involvement, nurtures stronger family relationships, and promotes the well-being of both fathers and their partners during this transformative phase of life.

MANtenatal Logo

Dad’s Changing Bag

Help him feel prepared for outings with a stylish and functional dad-friendly changing bag. Look for one with plenty of compartments, a changing mat, and a masculine design that he’ll be proud to carry.

Parenting Expert Loves… The Bababing DayTripper Lite has been a popular changing bag amongst men for many years. The on trend satchel style teamed with the functionality makes this a hit with men it seems! 

Bababing Day Tripper Changing Bag

Baby Carrier

Encourage bonding between the expectant dad and his little one by gifting a high-quality baby carrier. This practical gift allows him to carry his baby close while keeping his hands free, promoting a strong connection from the very beginning.

Parenting Expert Loves… The Ergobaby Embrace is an ideal carrier for a man (and his partner). Made from super soft material and very supportive for your newborn, we think that this is a practical present that will help Dad bond with his newborn. 

ergobaby embrace baby carrier

Photo Journal

Create a personalised journal of baby’s first year. Everyone takes lots of photos of a newborn but they often end up just staying on your phone or social media. However, what happens if you lose your social platforms?

Parenting Expert Loves… Mosaic Journal. We love this idea. You take a photo everyday of your baby’s first year and upload them to the app. Prints are sent to you on a monthly basis which you can then slot into your journal. It’s authentic storytelling at its best and a lovely keepsake for all the family. 

Mosaic Journal

Dad’s Survival Kit

Put together a personalised survival kit with essentials like snacks, a water bottle, a funny parenting book, and even some earplugs for those sleepless nights. This thoughtful gift will bring a smile to his face and help him feel prepared for the adventure ahead. This can be great fun to put together and won’t break the bank! Just pop to your local supermarket and collect all the essentials.

Daddy-to-Be T-Shirt

Give him a stylish and comfortable Daddy-to-Be T-shirt that proudly proclaims his new title. It’s a fun and wearable reminder of the exciting journey he’s about to embark on.

Parenting Expert Loves… We love this t-shirt we found on Amazon and for £11.99 it’s not going to break the bank. We love that the year is indicated, making it a great keep-sake for Dad. 


Parenting Books

Gift him a collection of parenting books that cover a range of topics, from newborn care to fatherhood advice. These books will provide valuable insights and guidance, helping him feel more confident in his new role.

Parenting Expert Loves… Although this book is quite old now (published in 2016), it is bound to capture the interest of most men. The Haynes Explains Babies, as an introductory book to parenting, is a good inroad. There are many books now that are written specifically with Dads in mind and it’s a case of finding one that you feel suits the gentleman in mind!

Haynes Explains Babies Book

Dad’s Relaxation Kit

Help him unwind and de-stress with a relaxation kit that includes soothing items like a scented candle, a cosy blanket, and a relaxation CD. This gift encourages self-care and provides moments of tranquillity during the busy days ahead.

This is another ‘do-it-yourself’ gift idea that does not need to cost the earth! Pop it together in a nice gift bag and you are sorted.

Choosing the best gifts for an expectant dad is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate his role in the journey to parenthood. Whether it’s a practical item, a sentimental keepsake, or an opportunity for growth and learning, these gifts will make him feel appreciated and excited for the adventure ahead. Show your support and love with a thoughtful gift that celebrates his unique experience as an expectant father.


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