Whether you are shopping for a new dad or one on his second (third, fourth, etc.) go around, we know the best inventions are born out of necessity. In honor of Father's Day we've rounded up gifts for dad that were invented by fathers who weren't satisfied with the usual tools of the fatherhood trade.
is a lifestyle company created by Matthew Morrison and Zach McDuffie for "papas that keep their cool." Their mission is to break the dorky dad stereotype and celebrate how awesome it is to be a dad. As a new dad, McDuffie was shocked by all the gear you need to carry around for any outing, and less than thrilled at the current diaper bag designs. On the hunt for a bag that was tough, stylish, and adaptable to all sorts of adventures, Sherpapa Supply Company was born.
isn't reinventing the wheel, they are just making it better. As a new dad Reinold Tagle wanted to spend as much time being active with his son, but toddlers can get tired quickly and using a stroller made navigating rough terrain a challenge. The SaddleBaby is a hands-free shoulder carrier with an ergonomic foam saddle that supports your child's balance and reduces stress on their knees. The carrier also features ankle cuffs to secure your child while keeping your hands free for family selfies and outdoor exploring.
The Doona is the only all-in-one stroller, car seat and travel system on the market and was built out of Yoav Mazar's desire to simplify the act of taking his new daughter out and about. With a literal push of a button, the 5-star NHTSA rated car seat converts to a stroller and back again eliminating the need for a separate car seat and stroller. Perfect for city life, the Donna can be used as a car seat with or without a base making all those Uber rides much safer for your new arrival. The Doona is also aircraft certified, making navigating airports that much easier for your world traveling tot.
The Halo Sleepsack was created out of the death of Bill Schmid and his wife's baby when very little was known about sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or placing your baby on their back to sleep. Bill set out to turn his unfortunate tragedy into products that educate parents and promote safe sleep practices. His first invention, the Halo SleepSack, is a wearable blanket that keeps your baby warm, but replaces loose blankets that can cover their face. The product has been so successful that the swaddle version of the product is currently used in more than 1,500 hospitals and part of safe sleep education programs for new parents.
is a toddler carrier system that takes advantage of dad's natural instinct to carry Junior on his back. Developed by brothers Wayne, Bryan, and Jonny Lifshitz, the Piggyback Rider is built from industry leading climbing components and is over-engineered for safety. The device is worn like a backpack and features a shoulder-mounted foot-bar to distribute your kid's weight. Junior is kept close and secured in through a safety harness. Perfect for dads with kids that can walk on their own, but may not want to.
Juan Murdoch was inspired by the QR codes found in his real estate listings to create an that would story tell in a smarter way. Each pair of Smart PJs is covered in a series of polka dots that when scanned with a free mobile app reveal over 90 bedtime stories, nursery rhymes, and animal adventures. Introducing kids to technology, families can follow along as a story plays out or flip through the pages at your child's own pace.