There is lots of focus on the mum-to-be when you’re expecting a baby. You get fussed over & you sometimes get extra special treatment from work, friends & family. Throw in a baby shower, abundance of advice from other women & gifts for yourself & for your baby & it’s sometimes easy to forget that this pregnancy also includes a dad-to-be.

DADDY SURVIVAL KITWhen we were expecting Evie, I really wanted to make Jamie feel special & more included in our pregnancy so I made him a ‘Daddy Survival Kit’. The kit included a few humorous items, such as the man face mask, as well as some sensible things like vitamins & ear plugs for when Jamie went back to work & needed as much sleep as he could.

I highlighted everything included on this sweet hand scrawled list:DADDY SURVIVAL KIT LIST

My favourite part, & the most useful of this kit is the ‘Show Dad How’ book by Shawn Bean. Not only is it comial, but it actually gives you a lot of useful information. It does have some silly pages like ‘How To Deliver A Baby In A Zombie Apocalypse’ but when Evie arrived, I must admit that I stole a few glances at it to get some help on how to swaddle babies & the best way to bath them.


I thought it would be a really nice idea to include three passes in the daddy survival kit. One for the Xbox, one for a beer with friends & one for his hobby: downhill biking. It is hard to have a newborn baby & balance any sort of life. You’re always comparing whose most tired & who does more.

I included these passes with foresight of me becoming a mega-hormanal-nag who may snap if Jamie came to me & said: ‘Do you mind if I go out on my bike for an hour.’  I didn’t want either of us to forget that the other needs a break sometimes.

Jamie was so happy with this gift & it was really easy to make. Would you make your other half a dad-to-be or mum-to-be survival kit? 🙂 

This post is linked with…

 Mami 2 FiveMaternityMondays



  1. Mum in Brum
    June 1, 2015 / 8:01 am

    This is sooo cute and a fantastic idea! Now I feel like a bad wife!! Must try better with baby no 2 😉

    • June 2, 2015 / 9:01 pm

      Haha don’t feel bad! 🙂 You can always do a post daddy survival kit x

  2. June 1, 2015 / 8:25 am

    i love the “passes” !! #MummyMonday

    • June 2, 2015 / 9:00 pm

      They went down so well 😀 And were all used! x

  3. June 1, 2015 / 9:08 am

    I love this idea!!! I bought Bean’s daddy a book for him to read to her. I think dad’s tend to get left out when new babies are involved! Saying that, when I had my Baby Shower, he had a Baby Bath hahahaha!!! #mummymonday

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:59 pm

      They really do! Haha I’ve never heard of a baby bath before. It is so nice to make them feel included though 🙂 x

  4. June 1, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Love the “Passes” !! #MummyMonday x

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:57 pm

      They went down a treat haha. Much appreciated! 😀 x

  5. June 2, 2015 / 7:13 am

    This is a great idea! I hope your husband enjoyed it, especially the passes to have a bit of time to himself.
    Alana x

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      The passes were all redeemed haha. He was so sheepish everytime he brought me one, afraid he’d be shot down. But I gave them for a reason & they were much appreciated x

  6. June 2, 2015 / 9:27 am

    This is such a neat little idea! Bet your partner was chuffed with those passes! #twinkletuesday

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:49 pm

      Haha so pleased. Especially because I was so hormonal. He once very quietly came to me with one & whispered ‘you did say I could give you these if I needed to’ haha. 😀 xx

  7. June 2, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    This is a bloody brilliant idea…. alas I will be having no further kids but will share this idea with friends!!!

    • June 2, 2015 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s nice to get another dads approval too! 😀 x

  8. June 2, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Aaah bless you pet — what a thoughtful gift! That’s such a sweet idea and you are SO right! Often the man if totally forgotten about when a baby is imminent! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

    Caro |

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:46 pm

      Thank you so much. 😀 It was definitely much appreciated. x

  9. June 3, 2015 / 7:21 am

    Wow I love this! Those passes are hilarious. I don’t know if my hubby would be happy or annoyed at those! I’m going to try them for sure xx #mummymonday

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:43 pm

      They were all redeemed by Jamie when we had Evie. At first he was confused by them, but when we had Evie & he realised how full on our life became, he soon came to me saying ‘please can I have time out’. He works really long hours & has such a hectic job, that when he came home I just expected so much help from him & forgot so quickly that he needs chill out time too. x

  10. Kate
    June 3, 2015 / 11:52 am

    This is such a great idea! I’m due any day now so a survival kit would be the perfect Father’s Day gift. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:40 pm

      😀 It really would be. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! I hope you’re still enjoying it & not in the fed up stages now. x

  11. June 3, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    I love this idea! I really love giving kits/baskets for gifts. I did a movie night one for a friend for Christmas, she loved it! I did a spa one for my mum and am working on a fathers day one for my husband! I just think they are so thoughtful – and actually quite cheap to do!

    Great idea with the passes!

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      I love kits/baskets as well. They’re so much more personal & fun to make. And yes, surprisingly cheap. It makes it so much easier to get something people will like. 😀 x

  12. June 4, 2015 / 7:43 pm

    What a great survival kit! We love the Daddy Passes such a good idea! Just make sure that there is a daddy and mummy date night pass too x #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • June 7, 2015 / 2:30 pm

      Yes!!! Although we have made sure we go on a date a month. I’ve written a post ‘A Year Of Dates’. It’s the best Valentines gift I’ve ever made. One guaranteed fun date night a month. You forget how important couple time is post-baby, it’s so rare to get time alone. x

  13. June 5, 2015 / 9:23 am

    love this idea, will be making one for any friends who are expectant fathers #twiklytuesday

  14. June 6, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    This is absolutely adorable! What a thoughtful gift idea! Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • June 6, 2015 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you it went down well that’s for sure. X

  15. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    June 7, 2015 / 9:11 am

    Cute idea. I may well borrow this one for next time…if there is a next time 🙂


    • June 7, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you. 🙂 Haha if there is you should definitely do it. It’s surprising how such a small gift makes such a big difference. 🙂 x

  16. June 8, 2015 / 8:27 am

    This is so sweet!! And you’re so right dad’s don’t get half the fuss and advice us mums do. Love that you included a male face pack and a survival guide. Thanks for linking up to #SundayStars xxx

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Haha the male face pack still hasn’t been used 1 year on. One day I’ll convince him too. I love that they exist! 😀 xx

  17. June 8, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Great idea. You are right, guys do get left out a bit when a baby is on the way and born. It’s also a great idea for Fathers Day #MaternityMonday

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:52 pm

      Thank you so much! It’s surprising how little focus is on the dad. It’s not very equal. I think dads would love this! Jamie certainly did. xx

  18. June 8, 2015 / 10:20 am

    Lovely idea, always nice to include the Dads!!

    Helen – #MaternityMondays

  19. June 8, 2015 / 12:49 pm

    Such a lovely idea and I am sure most dad-to-bes would absolutely love it. Very thoughtful at a time when all the thoughts are centred around Mum and baby! Thanks for linking with #MaternityMondays

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you for hosting & for your lovely comment. It really was appreciated. Evie was the first baby in our family so their was a lot of focus on me & her. He definitely loved this kit 😀 x

  20. June 8, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Aww That is so lovely and thoughtful. I especially like the passes and the ear plugs he he. I will be remembering this next time a friend is having a baby. Thank you so much for linking up to #MaternityMondays 🙂

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:46 pm

      Thank you for hosting, I love this linky! 😀 It’s great to read everyone elses posts too. The passes were definitely appreciated & redeemed pretty quickly too. 🙂 The ear plugs definitely came in handy on nights when he had work early the next day. xx

    • June 9, 2015 / 4:45 pm

      They’re a great idea aren’t they! I think even without the survival kit they’re a great idea. It’s so easy to forget that we all need some time out sometimes. I could use some passes too! 😀 x

  21. June 16, 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this idea hun – so glad I came across this post! Our little girl is due in 9 weeks and I’ve been struggling to think of a little something to get my other half for Father’s Day. Will definitely give one of these survival kits ago
    Jo XOXO

    • June 16, 2015 / 6:10 pm

      Yay good luck! I hope he loves it! 😀 9 weeks to go, that’s so exciting. xx

  22. Rachel Craig
    April 10, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Lovely. I can recall when my brother’s partner was in hospital in labour with first baby. I visited (popped in for a very brief time). As I knew my brother would be concerned and concentrating (focusing) on his partner. That he would be inclined to forget about himself. I handed him in a bag containing food, refreshments for himself, and magazines for his partner (which she could make use of when in postnatal area). I wanted them both to know that family were thinking of them, wishing them well, and encouraging them to take care of themselves and each other. Love!

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