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Iconoclast Dad Bag Giveaway: Because Childcare Isn’t Just a Woman’s Job

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!

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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.

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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
  • Diapers/wipes
  • Change of clothes for Adeline
  • Extra phone battery
  • BC Powder

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In the meantime, you can head over to the Iconoclast Dad Bag website and use code ” SWEET MILES ” to get 15% off your order!

Go!

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    kristen moore
    May 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

    although my hubby already has a “dad bag”, i just want to let you know how much i appreciate this post! yes. yes. yes. this needed to be said! i’m sharing it with my hubs. we’ve had this conversation over and over, and couldn’t agree more. thank you for posting this!
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    Charlie
    May 16, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks, Sarah! The problem with most dad bags is they simply are only dad bags in style, not function. Too many camo and slate grey bags on the market that simply don’t offer th utility of handling diapers, bottles, wipes, etc! This one looks so different. Sure hope I win!

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    Crystal
    May 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Love this post. Couldn’t agree more! I haven’t heard of these bags before, so thanks for sharing. My husband isn’t a fan of carrying the diaper bag around, so this would be perfect. I can definitely see him using the camo colored one!

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    Bianca Munoz
    May 16, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Would love the black for my husband and brother! They would like this very much! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    Katherine
    May 16, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I would love to be able to give this my brother in law who will be a new day any day now!

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    Tiffany
    May 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I would love to win one of these for Vince! Since he’s a teacher there will be many many days he is the parent in charge since I will be working while he is home for breaks. I think he’d like the gray one best. I agree wholeheartedly that’s dads are not “babysitters” to their own children.

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    Abbie
    May 16, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    What a fantastic idea! I’m 27 weeks pregnant, and I know my husband will need (AND DESERVE) this bag!! Great idea!

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    Janelle
    May 16, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Love this idea! Grey.

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    Thaddeus James
    May 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I always kinda liked carrying the flowery diaper bag, I wore it as a badge of honor and thought it showed off how totally dad I was being. Although my kids are out of diapers, I always have to pack a bag of stuff when I take them out for a day of fun, and the CAMO bag would be spectacular. Good post Adam!

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    Lauren Bradbury
    May 16, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    What a great Dad bag! I like the gray and black.

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    Heather @ Run Eat Play
    May 16, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    I think my hubby would like the black bag the most!

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    erin
    May 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    My husband would love the black one!

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    heather @Fitncookies
    May 16, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Grey or black! Ahh I hope I win!!!! I’d love Aaron to have one (but currently the budget isn’t having it!). I’m so tired of him telling me things are in the wrong spot ha! He’d have his own to pack and carry and he’d choose where things are 🙂
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    Sarah
    May 17, 2016 at 8:47 am

    My hubs would like grey! I’m due in September & we are really hoping to get a bag just like this!

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    Kaylee Pickle
    May 17, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I would love the grey for my husband as we have our baby in less than 2 months!

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    Taylor Closet
    May 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I would love to give my hubby the cameo bag for our daughter.

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    Katrina
    May 18, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I love this post! I agree, dads don’t babysit! My husband would look great carrying the gray bag.

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    Anna
    May 19, 2016 at 8:08 am

    This will be my husband’s first father’s day and I think he’d love the gray bag!

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    Brittany
    May 19, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Andrew would rock a gray dad bag!

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    Amanda Kurkowski
    May 19, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I’ve seen your posts before with this bag and have been thinking about getting my husband one for Father’s Day. He spends Thursday and Wednesday as “daddy daughter” days now that I’m back working and I think he would LOVE this!

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    Michelle B
    May 20, 2016 at 1:11 am

    I love the gray bag!

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    Amanda Healey
    May 20, 2016 at 7:08 am

    My husband would love the camo!! We have a little girl right now and everything we have is pink…..but baby #2 is a boy and due in 4 weeks! He’s so excited for blue and camo this round lol

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    Kristine
    May 20, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Looks like a great bag!

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    Jordan Whetstone
    May 20, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I will be needing one of these in a few Months!

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    Jordan Whetstone
    May 20, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I, aka Havilah would like me to have the grey bag.

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    sarah k @ the pajama chef
    May 20, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    what a great dad bag! my husband (so far) is okay with carrying our chevron print diaper bag–but our son is only 2 wks old so we will see how long that lasts lol. i love the gray bag!

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    Sarah Sobocinski
    May 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    My husband would love black.

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    Shawn Michaels
    January 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Hahah, I also have a dad bag. My wife is going to like this blog alot. I am surely going to share it with her. Anyhow, Such a great article.

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