There are so many reasons to babywear! There are babywearing benefits for both dads and mums but in honour of Father's Day, let's talk about how babywearing benefits dads (and their offspring).
Bonding with your babyIt is true that mums are able to connect with their babies sooner. Most mums carry their baby for nine months. Mum feels all of those kicks (& squeezes on her bladder!), births the baby, and then she’s usually the first to hold the baby. Even so, Dad already has a connection with baby. If you want to strengthen that bond, you can do so right away with a baby carrier. It will provide so many special moments and memories whether dad wears it just at home or out and about.
Making skin-to-skin contact easierSkin-to-skin contact not only lets dad bond with your baby, but it also can help him feel more confident and protective as a father and can lead to him being more involved as your baby gets older. Skin-to-skin can also help regulate your baby’s temperature and heartbeat and help dad to be able to do some bottle feeding if you plan on doing that.
Giving mum a break!A baby carrier lets dad be a supportive partner. He is able to hold your baby and still fold those endless piles of washing, vacuum, and get other things done around the house.
Making family outings easierA baby carrier makes family outings so much easier. How good would it be to not have to worry about unloading and loading a stroller in your car! You don’t have to worry about places with stairs. You won’t have to worry if you can fit through a door or aisle and you can get to so many more places and be hands free.
Carrying baby for longerHolding a baby for a long period of time can be tough on even the fittest and strongest arms but a baby carrier allows dad to hold and snuggle your baby without discomfit. Especially helpful for those times when your precious little one won't settle and the pacing back & forth holding them is just too much!
Best baby carriers for dadsWhen it comes to baby carriers for dads, here are some features you may want to look for:
- Comfort (padded straps and waist belt)
- Easy to use
- Easy to clean (machine washable)
- Offers various positions
- Works in every season (lightweight, breathable fabric)
- Grows with your baby
With a wide wraparound lumbar support waistband and adjustable, padded shoulder pads, it will provide all of the comfort and back support needed to carry a newborn or a 20kg toddler. It has a removable storage pouch perfect for keys, phone and wallet.