Happy Daddy’s Day we’ve got the perfect gifts for all dads and a Skip Hop Diaper bag giveaway!

Congrats to our winner Aura!!

It’s Father’s Day again… wasn’t it just Mother’s Day, my husband’s birthday, my baby sitter’s anniversary, my doggie’s birthday…so many days to celebrate and commemorate- I seriously cannot keep up financially or mentally-I am probably one of the worst people when it comes to remembering special days like birthdays and anniversaries.

But being that Father’s Day is a national holiday that is almost impossible to forget–just walk into any CVS pharmacy or Hallmark and you’ll be inundated with stuffed doggies with large almond brown eyes dressed in t-shirts that scream–I Love Dad and overwhelmed by the abundance of cards- snarky- sweet and overly sentimental– the latter is what I usually choose for my hubby (I always like to get a good tearing up form him on such auspicious occasions.

So once you’ve picked out the card, stuffed animal, wallet, tie or Black and Decker whatchamacallit manly man tool–which are my must-haves-(if you have any good gift-giving ideas, please e-mail me or post your comments, I’d love to give my husband something a little different this year) Check out all these great activities your kids can do with their favorite guy, DAD.


Give the gift of playtime this Father’s Day with Pleygo, an online sharing service for Legos.

Want to surprise dad with the best gift that keeps on giving?  Give him the gift of Pleygo!  Pleygo is a brand new innovative service (the Netflix of Legos!) which provides kids and adults around unlimited access to the world of Lego at a minimal cost.

 A favorite pastime for many dads and their kids is Legos. Many dads built Lego creations as kids and now get to have fun with their own kids.  Playing with Legos together gives dad and kids time to bond and create.  In a world of increasing virtual games, many classic toys are being pushed aside for tablet and video games.  Lego sets continue to be one of the most popular toys among kids of all ages with 72% of families in the US owning at least one set. Lego has been proven to help children to develop their imagination, concentration and problem solving skills.  Pleygo just introduced a gifting option for Father’s Day; give dad the gift of Unlimited Lego sets for 3-12 months! http://www.pleygo.com/pricing/


A brand-new e-book written by award-winning author and producer Maureen Connolly, “Ready, Set, Baby!” is a watch and learn guide to baby’s first year and the perfect gift for a new dad or dad-to-be.

“Ready, Set, Baby!” is the definitive and essential guide to becoming an informed, empowered, and confident new parent. Featuring an all-star cast of five leading childcare experts and an award-winning author, this digital-first resource includes 80 how-to videos, photo slideshows, and interactive guided tours—it’s truly the modern alternative to your parents’ paperback. The keys to raising a happy, healthy baby are right at your fingertips!

 A baby book that brings the latest in interactive education to your fingertips.  “Ready, Set, Baby!” is a fully interactive book available for the iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kindle and via the web that features  instructional videos, an easy-to-navigate interface, a pop-up glossary of terms, safety guidelines, and product suggestions. It offers comprehensive information and advice from five leading baby experts on breastfeeding, sleep, car seat installation, baby care, infant development, and pediatrics.

Ready, Set, Baby! is currently being offered at 50% off for Father’s Day ($4.99.) and there are easy gifting links for the App Store and Kindle versions on the website.


Skip Hop’s Via Messenger is a great gift for dad!

An amazingly organized and functional diaper bag with a super sleek style, the bag has spots for everything dad and baby need when they hit the road. There are bottle pockets, compartments for food, cups, toys and more. There’s also a special pocket protected by Agion® antimicrobial lining which helps reduce odor-causing bacteria. The Via Messenger also includes Shuttle Clips; a unique strap and fastening system that allows the Via to attach neatly and conveniently to the handlebars of any stroller and then convert into a cool, hip messenger-style diaper bag. When attached to the stroller, you can leave the shoulder strap attached or remove it for a cleaner look.

 And two TOTALLY honorable  Skip Hop Diaper bag mentions….That any dad would adore

The Duo Luxe French Stripe ($64.00) and Duo Chevron ($58.00) diaper bags boast all of the features of the classic Duo, Skip Hop’s original diaper bag, including a multitude of pockets to keep everything organized, a changing pad for on-the-go convenience as well as Skip Hop’s patented Shuttle Clips.

With a chic European-inspired french stripe pattern, the Duo Luxe French Stripe includes an adjustable shoulder strap and rolled handles, helping mom tote all of baby’s items in style and the wipe-clean fabric helps protect against any small spills or dirt.  Introduced to celebrate Skip Hop’s 10th anniversary, the bag will only be available for a limited time.  The stylish Duo Chevron features a modern grey and white chevron pattern that is up to date with all of the new trends!

 Skip Hop’s Versa expandable diaper bag is now available in a sophisticated and vibrant sketch diamond pattern ($70.00).  Made from a soft lightweight material, Versa includes 11 pockets in all and a quick zip down the center provides over 20% more storage capacity.  Like all Skip Hop diaper bags, Versa hangs neatly on the stroller and can be worn over the shoulder.

TATTLY Designy Temporary Tattoos

The best way to make dad feel loved? Give him the Medal: You Are Loved.

And because I LOVE my daddy readers I am giving one lucky dad a chance to win a Skip Hop Duo Chevron diaper bag $58.00 !!!For a chance to nab this for yourself, leave a comment on this blog post with your must-have baby accessory. For a second entry you can Like The Staten Island Family on facebook and for a third entry you can follow @MelissaSChapman on twitter and retweet this giveaway! For a fourth entry you can follow MelissaSChapmanwriter on Instagram and for a fifth entry you can like MelissaSChapman on Pinterest. Good luck! Giveaway ends June 13th!



  1. Victoria Jorgenson says

    Our favorite baby accessory is our Britax B-Agile stroller system. It’s so easy to use and pretty stylish too! I absolutely love it! :)

  2. Shannon F says

    My must-have baby accessory is a baby carrier. It allowed me to get things that I needed to do done while comforting my baby. I loved it!

    Shannon F.

  3. Shannon F says

    I already liked The Staten Island Family on facebook. (Shannon Faith)

    Shannon F.

  4. Shannon F says

    I follow @MelissaSChapman on twitter. (@Michigan_Mama)

    Shannon F.

  5. Shannon F says

    I follow Melissa Chapman on Pinterest. (Shannon Faith)

    Shannon F.

  6. Cassandra Eastman says

    My must have baby accessory is the Boba wrap, so helpful for getting things done around the house!

  7. Jenny Guerra says

    Britax Boulevard, good camera, and my Kate Spade diaper bag that looks a little silly on my husband

  8. Olivia Rubin says

    Hmm. A must have baby item would be the crib, along with the stroller, and car seat and changing table. We have nothing. Are looking on Craigslist for furniture and searching yard sales. She is due Oct 1st.

  9. Shawndra Befort says

    Any object that is keeping baby happy at the time; toy, blanket, book, etc. I also think extra diapers

  10. Aura says

    tiny love take along mobile it’s great – you can clip it to almost anything and entertained my babies on cartrips

  11. Abby Caraway says

    Not sure yet. Expecting in September. I received a baby carrier and am told that will be a life saver.

    Dearabbyr at aol dot com

  12. Olivia L says

    My must have baby accessory would be some kind of a wrap or carrier. With 2 or more kids, it’s a definite must!

  13. Melissa Myers says

    Sippy cups save my life. A million times over.

    Also, I followed you on instagram and pinterest (username on both is missaec), followed you on Twitter (username is MelissaLary), and liked you on Facebook (Melissa Myers — My last name changed last year!).

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