Why do ask girls to take care of them?

I'm seeing this guy, we are Just dating. We were speaking how can you show me that you appreciate each other in certain ways. Like a teddy bear, clothes, etc... He was telling me how I need to take care of him and he will do the same. Right things are tough for him and always for me. Where I believe that his is his first relationship cause I'm his first. He would get me something too, but he wants to see what I can do for him? IF I do something like this would it bring us closer into becoming something official. Is this normal that dudes ask this to a female.