Best Baby Gear for Dads – Manly Gifts New Fathers Love

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Most baby gear is decidedly feminine, designed to appeal to women. Meanwhile, men are more involved in raising children than ever before. It’s too bad for dads, since many men aren’t excited about carrying a diaper bag that looks like a lady’s purse. Luckily, some baby and toddler gear brands have stepped in to fill the void. We’ve found gear that’s sturdy, masculine and great for active dads who love to travel. Whether you’re a father shopping for baby equipment, or you’re looking for manly gifts for new dads, you’ll love these seven awesome picks for the best baby gear for dads.

Dad and toddler

Men need baby and toddler gear, too! (Photo credit: evgenyataman,

1. Tactical Baby Gear Diaper Bags

Tactical Baby Gear understands that a diaper bag is the parent’s accessory — not the baby’s. That’s why they’ve made a heavy-duty, military-grade diaper bag for all the most demanding parenting missions. The Tactical Diaper Bag comes equipped with a large main compartment and ample inner pockets, a padded tablet compartment, and an easy-to-clean diaper changing pad. TBG also makes a Tactical Diaper Bag Backpack, which comes in four manly colors including Black Camo and Coyote Brown.

2. Infantino Carry On Carrier

While there are hundreds of baby carriers on the market, not many are made with dads in mind. That’s why Infantino decided to design a black version of their utility Carry On Carrier. This snuggly product enables dad to enjoy baby bonding like mom! Whether he’s hiking, grocery shopping, or walking the dog — this baby carrier is both comfortable and practical. Men love pockets and this carrier comes with six of them, where dads can store keys, snacks, diapers, wipes and more.

3. Mission Critical Action Baby Carrier

Another great option for active dads is the Mission Critical Action Baby Carrier. Whether hiking, fishing or traveling, Mission Critical’s tactical-style carrier is easy to put on and adjust. This carrier focuses on comfort while allowing little ones to easily face in or out as they grow. Dads will especially appreciate the more masculine design than what some other brands offer. Attachments are also available for carrying things like baby bottles…or dad’s energy drink. 

4. J.L. Childress Ultimate Backpack Car Seat Travel Bag

Lugging a car seat through an airport can be tough on any parent. Founder of Vagabond3 Jade Broadus says, “The one travel item my husband tells all new parent friends about is the J. L. Childress Ultimate Backpack Padded Car Seat Travel Bag. This has saved us on multiple occasions, as you can carry the car seat and still have two free hands.” Whether traveling with a spouse or solo, dads will appreciate this handy tool for carrying a car seat while navigating an airport with a little one. The padded straps make it comfortable to wear, too. Bonus: there’s extra space in the backpack for storing diapers and other baby necessities.

5. Joolz Aer Stroller

Dads love Joolz strollers for their minimal design and toned down color choices like gray, black, navy and green. The Joolz Aer Stroller is especially perfect for traveling dads because it is so easy to set up and collapse. It features one-handed, quick folding. This makes it easy for parents to hop into the plane, train, or subway within a matter of seconds with the stroller in hand. It even fits in the overhead bins on most airplanes.

6. Baby Jogger City Stroller

For an affordable, yet sturdy stroller choice, The Hungry Travel Daddy Bryan Richards recommends Baby Jogger’s City Stroller. He says, “A bulky stroller can make traveling with babies and toddlers difficult. You need a compact stroller that is easy to collapse and maneuver. Traveling moms and dads out there, I’m telling you: the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller is the best stroller for travel. It will help you navigate airports, city sidewalks, and other public spaces with ease.” It offers one-handed collapse and maneuvering as well as a nearly flat recline for naps on the go. The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 stroller is a newer, slightly more expensive version of the original that offers infant seat compatibility. Read Bryan’s full Baby Jogger City Stroller review now.

7. Ciao Carry On Expandable Under Seat Bag

Lauren Levy, safe sleep advocate and founder of, recommends the Ciao Carry On Expandable Rolling Under Seat Bag for dads. She says, “Every dad traveling by plane needs this genius carry-on luggage. This rolling bag fits under the seat in front of you in its condensed version and can also be expanded to the largest allowable carry-on size. What’s so unique is that most rolling bags aren’t expandable — and vice versa — most expandable bags don’t have wheels. It’s black and perfectly masculine!”

Flying with a baby or toddler

Learn more tips for parents of babies and toddlers (Photo credit: Melpomene,

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Best Baby and Toddler Gear for Dads

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of As the author of her book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the "Today" show,, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. These are super cool! I’m expecting our first child, and I know my husband will appreciate not having to walk around with a flowery diaper bag all the time.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Congratulations, Claudia! I wish you and your husband much happiness as you join the wonderful and wacky world of parenting!

  2. These are awesome gift ideas for new Dads. My husband loved to wear our daughters when they were babies.

  3. All of these would be super awesome gift ideas for new dads!! Those diaper bags are way too cool and these are great options for strollers!


  4. Oh this is such great ideas!
    I have two friends who are comming into fatherhood soon, I’ll pass this along to them 🙂

  5. Cristina Petrini says

    To be a truly rock dad ready for anything! I like them very much as ideas!

  6. These products look like they would be an ideal holiday gift! Thanks so much for sharing them.

  7. Erik the Hungry Traveller says

    Any dad would agree with this this. Such great and cute options for dad-baby bonding not just for the holidays for the whole year round.

  8. Pati Robins says

    that action baby carrier is fantastic ! my husband is ex army and he so would love that one

  9. Wah just in time of Xmas shopping, love the great ideas for men, thanks for putting this together,

  10. Love this list. Everything is practical and very useful especially the Mission Critical Action Baby Carrier. It’s cool that it has attachments to make carrying things easier.

  11. these are amazing options. i have to show my daughter as she’s expecting in feb.

  12. Elizabeth O says

    These are fabulous items that parents would love to get their hands on. I love that photo of the toddler in a plane with a Winnie the Pooh backpack on… adorable.

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