Daddy Nickell

DaddyScrubs™ is the offspring of Robert Nickell, who fathered his first four children more than 20 years ago. DaddyScrubs™ was conceived when Robert, who remarried in 2007, discovered he was about to be a father all over again in the fall of 2009! Not wanting to endure the pains of wearing uncomfortable street clothes while comforting his laboring wife, Robert hatched the idea of creating doctor-like scrubs for himself. It seemed a natural thing for him to do — since Robert is a pharmacist by profession. To eliminate the confusion between “who’s the doctor” and “who’s the daddy,” Robert fashioned the concept of “I’m The Daddy™” medical scrubs. Nickell is the writer of a weekly parenting blog where he writes on topics such as bonding with your child, and what the father should expect during pregnancy and infancy. He writes from a father’s perspective and keeps dad engaged throughout his children’s lives. He also contributes to national talk shows and daytime television shows including “Good Morning L.A.,” “Good Morning Texas,” “Daytime TV,” WZZM 13 and KSBI TV, and as a syndicated columnist for national newspapers, parenting magazines and websites including Baby Couture Magazine, Oh Baby! Magazine, City Parent Magazine and Homeschooling Parent. Nickell is also the founder of DaddyScrubs, delivery room duds and daddy gear for expectant and new dads. He is the father of six children, and his practiced advice has been heard on TV and radio shows around the country.

Sleep Training Baby Worked for Us Because We Had a Routine

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There are times when I think my parents must have been pros at sleep training because there is nothing I like more than a nap on the couch! From a dad's perspective, sleep training is the period when a baby stops falling asleep before being put down because they're learning to self-soothe and fall asleep... Read more

A Peek Inside a Dad’s Diaper Bag

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As a dad, I do not relish the idea of taking my wife’s diaper bag out to the park when I am on baby patrol.  Why? To me, her bag is filled with things I don't think I'll need when we're away from home and secondly, it's too big and too floral! Even though my... Read more

Why I’m Glad I Learned How to Be a Good Daddy Before Baby Arrived

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When my wife was pregnant with our first child, she had a stack of books on her bedside table all about what to expect, when to expect it, how to prep for motherhood, and other books to help inform her of the details and phases of pregnancy and what she may or may not be... Read more

Are We Teaching Our Kids to Be Terrible Eaters?

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Why is it that everyone wants to give my kids sugar? They go to the doctor and are rewarded with a lollipop. They go to a birthday party, experience a sugar fest, and then are sent home with another bag of candy as a party favor. Aunts, Grandmas, family and friends want to give my... Read more

Why Adults Should Change Their Behavior When Kids Are Around (Even If They’re Not the Parents!)

As an adult, I love to watch new shows on HBO, Showtime and other cable TV networks. I know that if I miss a season, I can download it to my laptop or iPad and watch all the episodes at my own leisure. It's perfect for those nights when all the kids are asleep on... Read more

Ways for Dads to Overcome Their Fears and Get Comfortable With Baby

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I know a lot of dads that feel nervous, anxious about holding, feeding and bonding with baby during those first few months together. I was one of those dads, too. I wanted to make sure I did everything right, but to be honest, it was terrifying. Spending that special time with one another, though, is... Read more

Surprising Advice All Parents Need to Make Traveling With Kids Go Smoother

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There are some parents who do not believe in traveling with small children because they think that they won't remember the trip, or maybe there's too much to pack, or sleeping with a baby in tow might be difficult -- or maybe they're worried it's too expensive. But then there are the other parents, like... Read more

The Most Important Parenting Lesson I’ve Learned So Far

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One of the hardest challenges I face every day is the addictive desire to check my phone while I am with my kids. It seems I’m not alone, though. I see parents at the park, in the grocery store and at the library reaching for their phones. I am talking about texting, emailing, and even... Read more

The Biggest Daddy ‘Secret’ Ever Will Make All Moms Proud of Their Partners!

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After 50 years of life and 7 babies, I now feel confident that I know what I need to do to help my wife when the baby is crying in the middle of the night.  It’s a big daddy secret, but I'm willing to share. This daddy secret is one that will help when your... Read more

Dads, Use the ‘Little’ Stuff to Teach Your Tots All About the ‘Big’ Stuff

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Last night, the realization totally hit me: spending time with my kids reinforces and reminds me of my own important life values. I got home from work last night and my sons were on the floor playing with their Legos and trying to build towers.  I jumped right down there with them on the floor... Read more