Kris Bartels | Best Daddy Daycare Essentials From Amazon
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Best Daddy Daycare Essentials From Amazon

Best Daddy Daycare Essentials From Amazon

As an experienced Dad of almost two years (sense the sarcasm?), I have come to grips with what works for me and my son.  I have put myself in almost every situation, whether it be flying across the country with him on my lap, to taking a road trip from South Florida to some remote cabin in Georgia.  I have taken him on solo Daddy Daycare trips to a few museums while Mom has been at work and have also used him as bait at the beaches in South Florida (kind of joking).

Through all of the endeavors and trips and explorations, I have found a few essential items, which I feel are the best items you can get on Amazon, if you are a Dad like myself and spend extensive time with the kid.  Let me know what you think in the comments or through email.  You can also connect with me on Twitter @KrisBartels.

The most important item, in my opinion, is the safety of my kid when we are driving.  If you take a look through Amazon, you will see tons of car seats.  For me and my wife, we really trust Graco Car Seats.  Now, I am not saying that all of the other car seats are bad, but we feel more comfortable with Graco.

One specific model is the Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat.

One big selling point for me is the ability for it to be used with infants, as well as toddlers.  You can see more of the specs below.

A side note to purchasing this car seat, or any car seat for that matter, is a seat guardian, car seat protector.  The name says it all.  It protects the seat of your car from the base of the actual car seat.  There are a few brands, but we have the Brica Model that also includes a rubber lining that prevents the car seat from ever slipping.

The next two items are toys that my son loves.  I have grown fond of them as well, especially the puppets.

Everyone has or will be in a situation with their kid that will require some sort of distraction or negotiation.  Like every critical situation in a movie, there seems to be that one thing that simmers everything down.  For me, they are hand puppets.  I know it sounds crazy, but of all toys to get, the hand puppets have been the “go to”.

The brand for the hand puppets is Melissa & Doug.  They make all types of toys for kids.  I have a few building block kits and train sets made by them as well.  The specific model is the Disney collection, that includes four characters. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald Duck.

The final product that is essential to my kit is the Classic Radio Flyer.  From personal experience, my son did not like the idea of taking walks around the block in his stroller.  He gets to sit in the stroller when we go to the mall or when we are at Disney.  At home, he loves being strolled around in the classic radio flyer wagon.

There are a ton of things that I use besides these items, but these are some of the top items on Amazon.  If you have suggestions or other items you recommend, send me a tweet!