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If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag

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If there’s one clutch piece of baby gear every dad needs, it’s the men’s diaper bag

It’s where you stow everything from baby bottles to phone chargers to, yes, diapers. The best diaper bags for dads are both functional and stylish. You need a bag that fits all the baby gear and keeps it organized, providing easy access to stuff like wipes, diaper rash creams, and bottles — while also looking like something you’d actually want to tote around. Think of it as your inanimate parenting sidekick, something that exists only to make your life easier when you’re out and about with your kid. A great diaper bag should have a wipe-clean surface, because babies are...

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A good toiletry kit, also known as a dopp kit, is indispensable

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A good toiletry kit, also known as a dopp kit, is indispensable

Sure, the zippered pouch is essential for wrangling all your grooming supplies for long weekends and family vacations. But it’s also a necessary component of any good workout bag: You don’t want your deodorant or toothbrush mingling with those sweaty clothes, now do you? The best dopp kits are built to handle years of use, spacious enough to fit your grooming gear without being too bulky, and capable of organizing all of your soaps, sprays, toothbrushes, razors, and whatever else you need to keep yourself looking fresh. Good thing, then, that there’s a wide variety of bags, from classic zippered...

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So you’re a new dad, which means you’ll soon be hauling an unbelievable amount of baby gear with you everywhere you go

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So you’re a new dad, which means you’ll soon be hauling an unbelievable amount of baby gear with you everywhere you go

Depending on what your partner is carrying, you will likely want your own diaper bag backpack, ideally something that’s practical, good-looking, and has impressive longevity. Today, there’s no shortage of diaper bags for dads out there and they come in all sizes and shapes ⏤ from canvas toolkits and duffels to leather medical bags and camo messengers. But the best diaper bag backpacks are the best for a reason. Trying to figure out the best dad backpack for your specific situation? We still firmly believe that the best men’s diaper backpack is actually just a regular backpack. Long a classic, it’s what many guys...

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The light on your phone works in a pinch, but a sturdy, reliable flashlight is a must for every home

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The light on your phone works in a pinch, but a sturdy, reliable flashlight is a must for every home

How else are you supposed to get around during a power outage, find stuff in the attic, or tell ghost stories to your kids? But finding the best flashlight for camping, games, or everyday use isn’t easy — there are a range of LED flashlights, tactical flashlights, and headlamps to choose from based on your specific needs, ADVERTISEMENT When choosing a flashlight, get one with a rechargeable battery. Pay attention to whether it’s water-resistant or not, especially if you’re using it during hikes or campouts, and how heavy it is, for obvious reasons. In terms of how much light a...

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The best gifts for 8-year-olds are ones that encourage them to use their imaginations and play with friends

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The best gifts for 8-year-olds are ones that encourage them to use their imaginations and play with friends

There are plenty of toys that let your kid just zone out, but ones that require kids to dream up a backstory do much more in the way of learning through play. They’re more educational, not to mention versatile, so your budding 8-year-old won’t tire of them so quickly. Getting them off their screens for a hot minute is an added bonus. There are some 8-year-old milestones to keep in mind while shopping for toys. According to Stanford Children’s Health, 8-year-old boys and girls are still young enough to jump, skip, and chase each other around. They dress themselves and...

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