Real Men Wear Their Babies - Benefits of Babywearing for Dads
Today’s fathers are not just dipping their toes into the emotional and physical challenge of childrearing, they are plunging in! Many more Australian fathers are investing a far greater amount of time in their parenting roles, right from pregnancy. They are more public in embracing their new role and more vocal in expressing the joy it brings them. Today’s dad is a new breed indeed!
While women have nine months to literally ‘grow’ into their new role as mothers, men do not share the distinct physical transition to mark the beginning of their new role. Babywearing may enable fathers to discover their parental footing as they spend more time in close contact getting to know their newborns. A new babywearing dad enjoys simple pleasures; the sweet milky smell of his newborn, the nuzzle of soft downy hair against his chest and the dreamy sounds of a sleeping baby.
Babywearing can offer new dads a positive way to enjoy his baby from birth. Fathers using slings and carriers for extended periods of time experience many benefits including:
- the ability to care for both partner and baby simultaneously while remaining hands-free
- natural feel-good hormones, such as oxytocin, which trigger paternal protective behaviours
- the ability to learn baby’s cues and signals much sooner than non-babywearing dads
- a relaxed confidence about being identified as a caregiver
- a great start to life for both dads and their babies!
The growing collection of Babywearing Dads on social media illustrates how a new baby can wholeheartedly be integrated into regular family activities. Dads can be seen mowing the lawn with toddler on their back in an Ergobaby Carrier, attending car shows, travelling the beaten track, walking on the beach and even attending army parades in full uniform! Why put the brakes on your lifestyle when a baby arrives? Babywearing provides a tool for inclusive and joyful parenting!
Since there are so many babywearing options available, selecting a dad-friendly baby carrier or sling will ensure that he will get maximum use and enjoyment out of it. Dads prefer models that don’t inhibit their everyday activities. Feminine patterns, ties or sashes are usually avoided, with a preference for streamline designs in gender neutral or dark colours. Dads are more sensitive than mums to overheating in a baby carrier and therefore prefer lighter-weight fabrics.
Ergobaby Recommends our Most Dad-Friendly Carriers
Selecting the right carrier will ensure maximum use and enjoyment for dads bonding with baby. There are two standout carriers with the best dad-friendly features – the Ergobaby Adapt and the Omni 360 Carrier.
Why Dads Love these carriers -
- It’s SIMPLE. With no Infant Insert required, it is very easy and quick for dads to figure out.
- It’s COOL. Without an Infant Insert, the single layer of the carrier means less bulk and maximum airflow.
- It’s a CINCH to adjust. Dads don't have to stretch underneath their muscly armpits to adjust shoulder straps anymore. The buckles have been moved to the front of the carrier within easy reach.
- It LOOKS GOOD! Black or Grey - Gender neutral, utilitarian monochrome colours (not too ‘girly’).