Help the new dad settle into his new parenting role by creating a fun and functional survival kit just for him. It’s also a perfect Father’s Day gift for the new dad or dad-to-be. Check out this survival kit list for ideas on what to include.

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Begin with the Basics
Get Dad prepped for diaper-changing duty with a portable changing pad, diaper cream and lots of wipes and diapers. Look for a pad in neutral colors he’ll feel comfortable wearing.

Make Him Mr. Fix It
A Swiss army knife will keep Dad ready for any occasion or issue that comes up, from filing baby’s sharp nails to cutting tags off new clothes or pacifiers.

Make Him Laugh
Keep daddy laughing through the biggest diaper blowouts with a few humorous (and inexpensive) accessories, like rubber gloves, a surgical mask, tongs and a drop sheet.

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Show Him Love
Pick a onesie with a cute father-related saying splashed across the front or buy a pint-sized jersey of his favorite sports team. Baby and Daddy can have some quality time bonding—or napping—during the game.

Silence Is Golden
Every new parent needs the occasional break. A brand-new pair of headphones will allow daddy to tune it all out for a bit without risking waking up his little bundle of joy.

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Read Between the Lines
Foster daddy & baby time by including picture books and board books with him in mind. Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts and David Legge, Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz and I Love My Daddy Because… by Laurel Porter-Gaylord are a few titles sure to become favorites.

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Smell the Coffee
Sleep deprivation is a reality for any new father. Help him stay awake by stocking your daddy survival kit with his favorite caffeinated beverage or gift cards to his regular coffee shop where he can grab a cup.

Cup of Joe
And speaking of beverages…Dad will need something to gulp it from. It doesn’t matter if the mug says “Number 1 Dad” or “Super Dad,” so long as the newly crowned dad in your life can proudly show off his fatherhood status.

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Chocolate Treat
Add your favorite chocolate bar to your daddy survival kit. Add a label reading: “In case of emergency, give to Mommy.” You’ll get a laugh from your man and a great snack when you need it!

A Bite to Eat
A man can’t live on caffeine alone, so be sure to include a nice selection of snacks. Make it salty or sweet, or some of each, for those times when he’s too wiped to whip up a meal. Snacks will keep him fueled up for helping out with all those middle-of-the-night feedings.

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Wrap It Up
Wrap up your gifts in a sturdy plastic bucket, wide tin bucket or laundry basket, all containers he’ll be able to use after he has enjoyed the gifts in his kit. Or treat him to his own diaper bag. Check out our guide to diaper bags to find his best match.

—Katie L. Carroll

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