The Best Gadgets for New Dads

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For most first-time fathers, baby’s first months can come as a shock. One minute you’re chilling out, having a quick beer while watching A Game of Thrones, the next your life has become a whirlwind of nappy changes, night feeds, bath times and more. Don’t panic; it doesn’t last forever, it’s surprisingly enjoyable and new mum’s have it much, much worse. Still, if you want to make your life a little easier, a handful of gadgets can help.

Lumie Bodyclock Go 75
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Lumie Bodyclock Go 75

Alarm Clock

Lumie Bodyclock Go 75
Forget normal sleeping hours. When you have a new baby, you’ll be waking up in the middle of the night for feeds and nappy changes, or just comforting a squalling little bundle. If you’re working to a regular feed schedule, you’ll need an alarm clock to wake you up and get you moving at all hours of day and night, and the Lumie Bodyclock Go 75 will be easier on your system than the average radio alarm. It wakes you gradually with natural light over a period of 20, 30 or 45 minutes, with a choice of five wake-up sounds, so you can come round to the dawn chorus, Big Ben or windchimes. You can get up rested and raring to go.
 
We love: Being woken gently by natural light.
Watch out for: There’s no built-in radio, so you’ll miss your usual breakfast show.
RRP: £59.99
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Exercise Bike

Kettler Axos Cycle P
A new baby can leave you far too tired to exercise, and you’ll struggle to find the time to make it out to the gym or go running. An exercise bike gives you the chance to keep on keeping fit when you can’t get out of the house, and they don’t make much noise, so you won’t wake resting mums or babies. The Kettler Axos Cycle P is a solid, entry-level bike with 12 training programmes, a heart-rate monitor and 16 levels of magnetic resistance, allowing you to start off gently and ramp up the resistance when it’s time to make things tough. You’ll feel better for it.
 
We love: Staying in shape even when you’re stuck at home.
Watch out for: Reserve an hour or so to put your bike together.
RRP: £249.99

Humax DTR-T2000
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Humax DTR-T2000

PVR

Humax DTR-T2000
On the one hand, all those changes, feeds and bath times make it impossible to keep up with your favourite TV shows. On the other, you’ll spend hours in the middle of the night hoping your baby might eventually go back to sleep. Why not make the most of the situation with a PVR, recording the programmes you miss then watching them later? The Humax DTR-2000 is an all-singing, all-dancing YouView recorder, with dual tuners, so you can watch one channel while you record another, plus integrated 7-day catch-up TV features that let you stream the last week’s TV without leaving the Guide.

We love: Being able to watch yesterday’s TV as easily as you can watch today’s.
Watch out for: With only 500GB of space, you’ll inevitably fill the built-in hard disk up.
RRP: £199

iPad Mini 2
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iPad Mini 2

Tablet

iPad Mini 2
With a new baby in the house, you need to make the most of any free time. A small-screen tablet is perfect, giving you eBooks, Netflix, Spotify and games in one very light and compact package, plus access to email, the Internet and your social networks. How better to run through your baby pics and post the latest ones online? Small screen tablets don’t get much better than the iPad Mini 2, with the same basic specs as the iPad Mini 3, but at a substantially cheaper price. It has a great screen, a decent camera, and it’s fast enough to run the latest games.
 
We love: Snatching a few moments to read, browse the Web or catch up on your favourite shows.
Watch out for: The iPad Mini 3. It’s more expensive than the Mini 2, and all you get is the fingerprint reader.
RRP: £239

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
As a dad, your days of turning the music right up are over, yet you still want a chance to unwind with your favourite tracks. Headphones are the perfect answer, and when you’re buying for the home you need to go for comfort and quality over street style. Audio Technica’s ATH-M50x cans are perfect. They sound clearer and richer than headphones twice the price, they’re comfortable enough for hours of listening, and the design does a great job of ensuring that no sound creeps in or out.
 
We love: Having a choice of cables, with a shorter cable for use when you’re out and about.
Watch out for: Noise isolation. Keep an eye on the baby monitor or you won’t hear baby crying.
RRP: £160

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