One of the things that I noticed when my boys were babies was that the gear and accessories that I loved and used almost constantly weren’t the same products as the ones my husband used most often. We definitely had different parenting styles when it came to caring for a baby and that meant that we also had different ideas about which products were must-haves for an infant!
Since I prefer walking everywhere and my husband preferred to drive, it only made sense that a good, easy-to-manage car seat was one of those must-have items for him. The Sears Evenflo Embrace Infant Car Seat was an essential in our household since the base only needed to be installed once. After that, the seat snapped quickly and easily into the base each time it was used. Removing it was just as easy and with ComfortTouch padding, it was a great comfortable choice for baby too.
A playpen was another item that was essential for my husband and not nearly as much for me. I spent most of my time with my boys when they were younger, so I always had my eye on what they were doing. Even when I was relaxing with a book or doing chores, I was able to remain aware of their actions at the same time. But my husband preferred knowing that the boys would be safe even if he had to run into another room for a few minutes. The Graco Pack ‘N Play Play Yard was the perfect solution. It was portable, making it easy to move from room to room, and featured a bassinet insert for newborns and hanging toys to help keep baby’s interest!
But what I noticed most of all was the difference between the toys or games that we chose when it was playtime. I have always been a big fan of imaginative play, music and books so even when my boys were still infants, playtime meant that I would sing, read brightly illustrated picture books and use toys to act out stories for them. My husband was always more of a constructing personality and so “playtime” often involved real-world objects and activities. I still remember Zackary at about one year old standing and holding onto the edge of a disassembled desktop computer “helping” Dad fix it. I didn’t consider washing the car to be a game or an old drill with no bit to be a toy, but my boys sure had fun with things like that!
If the man in your life could use some specific baby essentials that you don’t yet have, heading into Sears this week is a great time to get that shopping done because from June 21-23, 2013, it’s Sears Days! Just spend $50 and you will receive $10 in Sears Bucks to spend on your next purchase (between June 24-27, 2013). Get all the details in store and enjoy spoiling Dad with some baby gear picked out just for him!
Having instruction and interaction from both Mom and Dad doesn’t just mean that babies get more attention. It also means that babies learn more since both parents share different ideas, concepts and skills with their little ones. This month, take some time to celebrate all the things that make Dad such an important part of your baby’s life!
Disclosure: I am part of the Sears The Baby’s Room Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.