Dads' Favorite Baby Gear

Check out the carriers, pacifiers, high chairs (and more) that these dads can't live without.

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Shannon Greer

Deuter KangaKid Backpack

A lot of kid carriers are bulky and have a hard frame. But not the Deuter KangaKid Backpack. It functions as a daypack but converts into a child carrier with one easy zip. So it's useful whenever I go hiking with our son, Nolan, whether he wants to walk or be carried. $129

-- Greg L.; Beaverton, Oregon

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Bryan McCay

Munchkin Inflatable Safety Duck Tub

I was nervous at first about bathing my daughter, Haven. But the Munchkin Inflatable Safety Duck Tub helped me relax. The textured bottom keeps her from slipping; the padding protects her head and keeps her secure and comfy. Plus, there's a dot that lets me know if the water is too hot. $10

-- Kevin H.; Helena, Montana

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Bryan McCay

NumiMed Medicine Pacifier

The NumiMed Medicine Pacifier came in very handy when our little girl, Eavan, was sick. It was the easiest way to get her to swallow her meds so she could get better fast. $6

-- John G.; Palm Desert, California

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Bryan McCay

Graco Pack 'n Play

I used the Graco Pack 'n Play almost every day with Olivia. The removable changing table provides a waist-high location for diaper duty, and the built-in bassinet was perfect for letting her catch a quick nap. $160

-- Michael M.; Athens, Ohio

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Bryan McCay

First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer

When my daughter, Abby, was a newborn and needed to be fed every two hours, the First Years Night & Day Bottle Warmer was miraculous. It has a cooler for storing premade bottles, and it heats one up in the time it takes to change a diaper. That saved me from having to run up and down the stairs in the middle of the night. $30

-- Mike K.; Belcamp, Maryland

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Shannon Greer

Me Too! Portable High Chair & Kiddopotamus TinyDiner Portable Placemat

The Me Too! Portable High Chair clamps to the table quickly and safely and makes my daughter, Mary, feel like part of the action. Plus, it collapses easily for travel. We use it at home too. $45

-- Greg S.; Portland, Oregon

The Kiddopotamus TinyDiner Portable Placemat sticks to the table to protect kids from germs. We use it all the time at restaurants -- my daughter, Kalea, eats right off it. $11

-- Daniel Rivera; Piscataway, New Jersey

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Bryan McCay

Avent Bottle Trainer Kit

I think the Avent Bottle Trainer Kit is great. It made it easy for us to transition Nevin from bottles to sippy cups without having to buy a whole cupboard's worth of new paraphernalia. $8

-- John O.; Chicago, Illinois

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Bryan McCay


Thanks to Bottlelink, I no longer spend mealtime picking up my son's bottle. This plastic chain hooks a sippy cup or bottle to the high chair, so when Carlos decides to toss it he can simply pull it back up himself. $7

-- Rueben Roy P.; Pueblo, Colorado

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Bryan McCay

Pigeon Baby Powder Case with Puff

My twins, Michelle and Jamie, have never had diaper rash, and I'm convinced it's because of the Pigeon Baby Powder Case with Puff. I fill the case with cornstarch powder and use the puff applicator to deliver a nice, even coat on their bottoms -- no easy task given how squirmy my girls are. $7

-- Vinny F.; Wallops Island, Virginia

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Bryan McCay

Radio Flyer Voyager Canopy Wagon

The Radio Flyer Voyager Canopy Wagon is perfect for my kids, who are 2 and 1. It has two seats, each with a seat belt. The canopy protects them from the hot sun, and the wagon is durable enough to pull along the gravelly sidewalks near our house. $100

-- Alex J.; Reidsville, North Carolina

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Bryan McCay

Baby Sherpa Backpack

The most ingenious product I've used is the Baby Sherpa Backpack. It has tons of room, an insulated bottle holder, clips and cords to secure all your essentials, and a changing mat. Plus, it looks like a hiker pack, so I don't feel self-conscious carrying it when I'm out with Abbie and Parker. $90

-- Tyler L.; Garden Grove, California

Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the March 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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