The parent pushing a stroller today is just as likely to be called “Dad” as “Mom.”
Highly individual, millennial dads are hands-on and passionately in love with their toddling little ones. They also know their way around awesome, new dad gadgets and cool-dude gizmos, gravitating toward must-have items and left-of-center child-rearing solutions. If you’re wondering how to gear up for the daddy gig, these ideas will help to get you started:
No need to slow down, just because you’re a new dad with a toddler in tow. If physical fitness is your passion, the aerodynamically-designed Kolcraft Sprint Pro Jogging Stroller will help you stay in shape and keep that all-important energy level up. The stroller has a five-point safety harness, hand brake, and permanently fixed front wheel. Jog-stroller training provides a pretty solid resistance workout, so be careful not to overdo it, and check with your physician before you start.
For easy access to sippy cups and other assorted little-kid things, you’ll need a waist pack. The surprisingly compact Terg Tiger Stripe Camo has (multiple) roomy pockets with waterproof closures that are perfect for holding all of those on-the-go must-have items.
If only the dad gig erased the rest of your to do list, but no such luck. Use the time you spend hanging on line at the children’s museum, or in the park to pay bills, order groceries, or even book a haircut. Download great, go-to apps like Mint, to keep you in touch with bank and investment accounts, or Barber Link App, to score quick hair cut and beard trim appointments. If you’re tight on time and need a decent-sized screen on-the-go, the Lenovo Yoga 2 is a great carry along. It’s lightweight, has a 10-inch screen and is easily transportable, so you can manage your life, keep an eye on the kids, and catch up on those deadlined projects from anywhere—even the playground.
Serenade Your Sweetie to Sleep
Devising ways to get your little one to go to sleep may become the single most important issue of your life for a little while. It might help to fill their room with must-have items, like story books, huggable stuffed animals, and music—by playing your favorite songs on the guitar.
You don’t have to sound like a rock star. You just have to be Dad, singing his heart out to his favorite little sweetheart. Opt for a gentle-sounding acoustic, like the Woodstock Village Dreadnought, and start creating the soundtrack of your beautiful family’s life together, one note at a time.