Here at NerdyDads we try to keep the advice simple and ever so slightly nerdy. Just like us. We have queried our friend’s brains and our own to select these gadgets that will help you navigate the initial few months of fatherhood.

LED Night Light

Thinking that you’re too old for a nightlight, but your child isn’t old enough?

Think back to the last time you got up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Did you turn on the light? Yea, it’s blinding.

For the sleep-deprived this is a waking nightmare. The lights wake you up more than you would like. Especially if you plan to head back to bed. If you are thinking your phone’s flashlight will work, that will sadly also have the same effect.

You may have also heard that babies wake up throughout the night. Using these LED lights as opposed to the main room lights will allow you to attend to your little guy or gal but will not be enough to completely wake them up. The best gift you can give yourself is the chance for your baby to smoothly fall back asleep.

Simple? Yes. Lifesaver? Absolutely.

They are available on Amazon (what isn’t?) and recharge with a simple USB cable. You can also pick from a variety of shapes and figures to fit your personality.

LED nursery lights

Smart Diaper Bag

You know a diaper bag is a must-have. It will literally be attached to you whenever you leave the house. You might as well get a smart bag to keep your phone charged on the go and be the dad all the cool kids look up to.

A backpack is recommended as it will evenly distribute the weight. Oh yea, this will be heavy so get ready to hit your New Years’ goals if a bit of weight loss was on the list.

Smart diaper bags are great if you plan to be out for extended periods of time. These bags come with a phone charger which is a big deal if you are constantly looking up what that little sniffle might mean.

For an added bonus find a bag that has insulated pockets to keep food and beverages at a safe temperature.

For a stylish bag that has insulated pockets, waterproof material, and a USB charging port the Orbisify diaper bags should be on your wish list.

Self-Warming Bottles

Babies eat and they eat a lot! A self-warming bottle will be a lifesaver for those late night feedings. This is one of the coolest and most useful gadgets that you will want to pick up.

The self-warming bottle, true to its name, keeps either milk or formula warm for you. Best of all is that you won’t need the microwave or have to go through the trouble of warming up a pot of water on the stove for the baby bottle.

Now you can confidently go wherever your busy life takes you with one less worry on your mind.

A Baby Translation App

Was that a cry for attention? Hunger? Time to change a diaper? For new parents and even those who are experienced it can be a challenge to figure out what your little one needs at each cry.

Thankfully, technologists are always up to a new challenge. Available on Android and iOS devices, these apps attempt to interpret what your baby is trying to say.

The ChatterBaby app was developed by a team at UCLA. They claim over 90% accuracy so it might be worth a try. No promises that it will work perfectly, but if it can help even a few times it could be just what you need to become super-dad within the first six months.

Bottle Cap Adapter

It happens to the best of us. You’re in a rush and head out of the house without triple checking your baby bag. Naturally, baby is hungry and you don’t have a bottle.

The bottle cap adapter is a lifesaver in this scenario. It turns any standard water bottle into a baby bottle with a handy screw on cap.

A simple, small gadget that provides more value than its small size might let on. This is exactly the type of thing that will make you the new dad all the other new dads will turn to for advice.

bottle cap adapter

I hope the above cool little gadgets give you something to add to your registry or pick up the next time you are in the store. Once you’ve mastered the above check out our list of top gadgets for dads you never knew you needed.

If you think we left something off the list then shoot us a note on the contact page and we will take a look.

Happy Dad-ing!


One part gaming enthusiast, one part Python developer and 100% dad. I write about technology, gadgets, and gaming from a dad's perspective. I enjoy sharing all things tech-related with my kids. I hope you enjoy my musings!

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