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When There Was A Baby In My Arms — Remembering My First Father’s Days

Babies R Us Fathers Day Memories

It’s a common thing that parents say, but honestly it doesn’t seem like just yesterday. It’s far more like another lifetime ago.

I now have girls zooming around the neighborhood on electric Razor scooters, working diligently with wires and circuit boards as they deconstruct old stereos, and wearing whatever comes just before training bras. The days of diapers, changing pads and mushy peas are a distant, sepia-toned memory buried somewhere on a hard drive.

My early days of being a dad and those special first few Father’s Days I experienced — a time when pastel-tinted hand prints, slobbery kisses and chubby crayon scribbles were more valuable than any mass produced greeting card was or ever will be — will undoubtedly get foggier in my mind as the years pass but they will never be 100% forgotten…especially not when I keep that artwork push-pinned around my office and those framed handprints close by in my bedroom.

Mouse in my sweatpants

It’s funny to think back to those times, when I wouldn’t leave the house without at least one spare Luvs diapers and a slim pack of wipes wedged into my favorite, tattered cargo shorts. Now, my kids run out of the house in front of me and I’m only focused on remembering my keys before I shut the door behind us. The independence and, um, prowess on the potty, is nothing short of a parenting miracle but there are days, few and far between I’ll admit, when I long to be hovering over a squeaky lil’ babe to change a diaper and make googly faces and noises at her while her chunky short stack arms push forward ten pudgy fingers trying to grab my eyeglasses and hook my mouth. Oh man those giggles and smiles. Those were beautiful moments.

Dad and daughter first kiss

To celebrate this Father’s Day, we’ll be seeing Wicked on Broadway during a fun weekend in NYC, which is kind of perfect because that experience is really for my wife and daughters. Without them, Father’s Day wouldn’t be a thing for me at all, so I’d rather celebrate my girls and their interests more than anything of my own on that day. And what’s better, I don’t need to carry with me a single diaper or wipe…only a camera to capture more amazing memories.

If this is your first or 2nd Father’s Day, you are likely still in the market for a good deal on diapers and wipes to carry around with you and your baby. Be sure to check out the in-store offers happening at Babies “R” Us from June 1 – June 30, including:

  • $5 OFF LUVS value box of diapers
  • $9.99 PAMPERS Splashers Swim Diapers
  • $19.99 PAMPERS value box of wipes

Alright, it’s giveaway time! Who wants to win some baby stuff from Babies “R” Us?

Babies R Us Giveaway Package

Enter for your chance to win a $50 Babies “R” Us / Toys “R” Us Giftcard PLUS:

Pampers wipes, a Dreft pen, Crayola Chalk, Babies “R” Us Changing Pad Station, and a Dad and Me Keepsake Coloring Book.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G and Babies“R”Us and I received financial compensation for my time to tell this story. All opinions expressed above are honest and unbiased, as always.

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109 Comments

  1. I’d buy more Pampers

  2. katie smith says:

    cant go wrong with diapers, but cloths too

  3. Kimmy Ripley says:

    I would love to treat my niece to some new clothes or toys!

  4. Adrienne Gordon says:

    Diapers.

  5. Some nice dresses for my little princess

  6. I would get diapers for my new little grandson.

  7. Margaret Smith says:

    Diapers and some wipes. Thanks so much.

  8. I’d get items and decor for my cousin’s nursery – she and her husband are expecting their second child later this year.

  9. Denise S says:

    I would buy toys with it.

  10. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Buy Diapers And Clothes.

  11. Julie Wood says:

    I will buy some new baby bottles, blankets, toys for my new niece that will be born in August. We are having a nice baby shower for my sister next month!

  12. Nataly Carbonell says:

    I would get some cute baby clothes for my twin nephews!!!

  13. Shannon Baas says:

    Some clothes.

  14. heather s says:

    I would get toys and clothes

  15. Ann Fantom says:

    I would buy my coworker’s daughter a playmat

  16. Birdiebee says:

    I would put it toward a toddler bed.

  17. Christie says:

    I would buy diapers and wipes.

  18. Ashley C says:

    I’d get something for my daughter’s birthday

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  19. Nicole Dziedzic says:

    I would love to use this gift card to buy a new baby carrier for the summer.

  20. shelly peterson says:

    I would buy diapers and wipes for my grandson.

  21. Cheryl Larimer says:

    I would buy diapers for my new grandbaby. You can never have enough of those.

  22. Gail Crawford says:

    I would buy some pampers

  23. I would purchase diapers and some sleepers

  24. Cynthia C says:

    I would get a cute outfit for my great-niece.

  25. I would buy my twins some summer clothes.

  26. Richard Hicks says:

    I would get toys with it

  27. I would buy diapers.

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  28. We would definitely stock up on diapers! You can never have too many!

  29. I would buy some toys for my little grandkids

  30. We have a young family friend who is expecting her first baby. They struggle financially so I would love to buy diapers for the new baby.

  31. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’m expecting a baby in September and I would love to get a Baby Bjorn carrier. Thank you!

  32. I would buy clothes.

  33. I would buy a Lego building set

  34. Diapers, sigh… I can only DREAM about the days of potty competence!

  35. I Would Buy Diapers and wipes

  36. I would buy a bed rail for my grandson’s bed.

  37. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I would put it towards a new swing.

  38. Leidy Ruiz says:

    I’d buy summer clothes for my little one

  39. it would go towards a new double stroller

  40. I would get some new sandals for my boys.

  41. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would buy clothes!

  42. stephanie landeros says:

    I would buy clothes for my little guy!

  43. I would buy new stroller, ours is very stiff and hard to push around.

  44. I would stock up on diapers and wipes! With a new baby on the way, it’s needed!

  45. Mary Casper says:

    I would buy gifts for a friends upcoming baby shower

  46. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would buy my son some toys.

  47. kyl neusch says:

    buy toys with it.

  48. Brittney House says:

    I would put some of it towards a new crib.

  49. Jessica Beard says:

    I’d buy swim diapers, sunscreen, and a bathing suit.

  50. I would buy a baby rocker for my little nephew!

  51. Hello! I have a 5 month old. I’d buy diapers and disposable diaper pads for the gross public changing tables. Yuck!

  52. steve weber says:

    baby stuff! both my sisters just had babies.. 7 weeks apart.

  53. amy stonger says:

    I would buy some toys for my kids to enjoy together.

  54. Dawn Monroe says:

    I would buy bottles and a diaper bag for my daughter who is due in July.

  55. beth shepherd says:

    I would get my nephews some new clothes

  56. I would buy a car seat.

  57. Katherine says:

    I need some new crib sheets

  58. Susan Christy says:

    I would buy clothes for my new great nephew.

  59. Bonnie Day says:

    I’d take my grand daughter out to buy what she needed for my great grand daughter

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  61. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d buy diapers and wipes!

  62. I would purchase clothing.

  63. I’d buy outfits. One for each baby size.

  64. clothes for my new grandson

  65. Oh I would love to stock up on Pampers Sensitive Wipes and Diapers! I would also love to get cabinet locks!

  66. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Diapers, I am expecting my first this fall.

  67. I would buy diapers and baby wipes!

  68. Karen Drake says:

    I would use it to buy Pampers for my grandson.

  69. Dawn Keenan says:

    I’d use it to help my daughter stock up on diapers and wipes.

  70. I would buy diapers and a new outfit for my little guy 🙂

  71. I would buy diapers and wipes

  72. I would use it to buy Diapers and wipes!

  73. I’d buy diapers and formula.

  74. I would buy baby clothing.

  75. Mary Calabrese says:

    I would give it to my daughter-in-law for their new baby.

  76. we’d get clothes and toys

  77. I would get toys!

  78. I’d buy some cute little outfits for our friends’ baby who is due soon.

  79. We are going on a trip soon I would buy things for my kids for the ride!

  80. I’d buy toys.

  81. I would buy diapers and wipes.

  82. Sherril M. says:

    I would ask my daughter what she needs for my new granddaughter.

  83. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I would give it to my best friend so she could buy baby items.

  84. Tabathia B says:

    I would get my daughter swim wear and cover ups

  85. I would get some diapers, wipes, body wash for my little one!

  86. Rebecca Peters says:

    I would get my kids some summer toys

  87. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would buy some diapers and new crib sheets.

  88. I would probably get my new granddaughter some new clothes because she is growing so fast.

  89. Tammie Venne says:

    I would buy some training pants for my daughter or possibly get a head start on Christmas shopping

  90. Francine Anchondo says:

    I would buy clothes

  91. I would buy toys with it.

  92. tina reynolds says:

    I would buy summer clothes and sandals

  93. Jill Myrick says:

    I would use the gift card toward the purchase of a new car seat.

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  94. Jodi Kershuk says:

    I would buy my son some Legos.

  95. Ellie Wright says:

    I would buy summer clothes for my granddaughter.

  96. cynthia Dawson says:

    I would use the gift cards for a few fun toys and of course, diapers!

  97. probably some summer tops for my granddaughter–she has plenty of bottoms, but very few tops.

  98. Maria Beas says:

    I would definitely buy some crib sheets and legos for my daughter. Thanks for this amazing chance to win.

  99. Susan Smith says:

    I would use it to buy Pampers for my niece.

  100. I would buy diapers for the local homeless shelter.

  101. I would use it to get a new crib bedding set 🙂

  102. robyn paris says:

    i would buy diapers with my gift card.

  103. I would buy clothes and toys

  104. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I would give the gift card to my niece, she just had a new baby girl. Thanks for having this great contest.

  105. I would give it to my sister to spend it on my nephew, he’s still a baby.

  106. I would buy baby shower gifts for my cousin.

  107. Donna Kellogg says:

    I would Buy some Diapers and cute outfit for our little princess

  108. Carol Godfrey says:

    I would buy diapers with the gift card! Have a great week!

  109. Thank You for the giveaway… diapers & wipes are at the top of the list !

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