Hey everyone! How was your weekend?! Today I’ve got a little something different for you…a post from my husband! He’s going to be telling you guys all about something that has been crucial to him rocking this whole “dad” gig. Enjoy!
I’ve been hearing something lately that I haven’t been a very big fan of. It has been all over the internet and even as far as some morning news shows. Of course, I am talking about dads “babysitting” their own children. I have heard this mostly in the context of mom going out for a movie or to hang out with the ladies, and dad is stuck at home “babysitting” the kid. A dad doesn’t stay home and babysit the kids, a dad is a dad to the kids when mom is home or not. Every time I hear this phrase, I feel like I’m falling back into 1988 in the Wonder Years where dad can’t be talked to until he has his gin and tonic. A lot is required of a mom, actually, pretty much everything for a newborn comes exclusively from mom, but dads still have half of the responsibility. So guys, the next time your wife decides she wants to go see a movie with her girlfriends or get a pedicure, just tell her you love her and for her to have fun. Alright, I’m taking a long leap off of my soapbox.
I will be the first to admit that I have no idea what it is like to be a new mom. I see it every single day and love watching Sarah and Adeline interact and grow close together, but I can’t imagine the things going through Sarah’s head while she tries to keep a small human alive all the while recovering and getting back into runner mode. I do, however, know that parenting is not a one person job. For the first few months, there are only so many things that a father can do. The day that Sarah went back to work, I was able to stay home for one last hurrah before Adeline went to daycare the next day and it was a blast. Since then, I have spent more than a few nights hanging out with my little girl while Sarah stays home to relax in peace, or when Sarah wants to run some errands alone and we go our separate ways. In my time alone with Adeline, I have gathered a few essentials that I cannot leave home without.
- Dad Bag
- Change of clothes for Adeline
- Extra phone battery
- BC Powder
That first one is a biggie. Since finding out that Sarah was pregnant, I went to Google to find all the essentials that a new dad needs. Of course a diaper bag was one of the top things on the list, but finding one that I would want to be seen in public with was the problem. Almost every diaper bag on the market is marketed towards trendy new moms. Why is that? Through all of my searches, I found nothing that I would carry on a daily basis. Then the clouds parted and the trumpets roared. On Instagram one day I discovered Iconoclast Dad Bags and knew I needed one immediately. They have everything that I marked as essential in a dad bag: comfortable, ergonomic, attractive, and durable. Also, it is an American made product from an American company, which is always a plus. Needless to say, I ordered mine that night and if you’ve seen me out and about since then, you will know that it’s always on my back. You might have seen the bag with none other than A.C. Slater himself, Mario Lopez on Extra or when you were cruising around on Instagram. Their tagline is “Because childcare isn’t just a woman’s job” and it could not be more perfect. I’m sure most dads would be more than happy to help out if more things were marketed towards dads, but there isn’t much.
The bag itself is amazingly well made. I compare it to the material of a Carhartt jacket, which is pretty much indestructible. It is a single strap design that can easily swing around to the front so you can change your baby without even having to take it off. There are multiple pockets for diapers and wipes, a changing pad with a double sided zipper for ambidextrous convenience, and the main compartment itself is big enough for all of your baby’s needs, as well as your favorite dad gadgets.
I have carried mine everywhere from church, to dinner dates, on hikes, or to the botanical gardens and it has served me well everywhere I have taken it. Sarah loves it because it keeps her from having to lug around her diaper bag that inevitably weighs 20 lbs, all while also lugging around a wiggly Adeline. It’s one less thing for her to worry about, and one easy way for me to help out.
Now for the fun part! Iconoclast and Sweet Miles have joined forces to help all the dads out there pitch in with the baby and still look good doing it. So ladies, get your husbands, boyfriends, brothers, and dads to hop on over and get a bag that will literally take some weight off of your shoulders. I promise your wife or significant other will love you even more for it.
Iconoclast Dad Bags will graciously be giving away a dad bag to one of you lucky readers. To enter the giveaway, simply use the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end a week from today, and we’ll announce a winner then.
In the meantime, you can head over to the Iconoclast Dad Bag website and use code ” SWEET MILES ” to get 15% off your order!