How amazing is babywearing? There are so many positives to toting your baby around in a baby carrier – and mums aren’t the only ones who can reap the benefits. We thought we’d give a shout out to babywearing dads – and detail the benefits to both fathers and their babies. We’ve also asked our babysouk.com expert to recommend a couple of carriers that dads will love.
It’s the ultimate in bonding
Mums know there’s nothing quite like those nine months when your baby is literally a part of you. Babywearing is an extension of that closeness, and it’s something that dads can do. Baby gets to hear dad’s heartbeat, feel his warmth and breathe in his smell. And likewise, dad gets the same beautiful, physical closeness to his baby.
Dads get to know their tot
Babywearing gives dads a rare opportunity to really get to know their child. Eye contact can easily be made, which is often a comfort to babies, and dads get the chance to learn the cries and happy sounds their child makes.
This is a particular plus for new dads looking after mums who’ve just given birth. They can have a settled baby asleep in the carrier, with hands free for all the other tasks around the house.
It builds confidence
For many dads, their first foray into parenthood can be daunting. Being able to care for their baby in such an intimate and relationship-building manner fosters confidence. Also, babies often settle better in a carrier, meaning dads can be part of the calming process if baby is unsettled or upset.
It’s a great start to a beautiful relationship
Physical closeness is one of the best ways to create a long-lasting relationship between baby and carer. For dads, it’s a chance to begin building a relationship that will continue well past the babywearing days.
Now that you know why dads should babywear, you need some great carrier options. Our Babysouk baby wearing experts recommend the following:
Phil & Teds Airlight is perfect for Travel:
Unbelievably compact, airlight gives you the freedom to travel light with baby on board. Weighing less than 400g, airlight packs down to the size of a water bottle, perfect for your handbag, car or suitcase – wherever space is at a premium!
‘The Boba Carrier 4G includes more than a dozen features making this carrier truly one of a kind! Ideal for babies and toddlers alike, the Boba Carrier may be converted to a newborn carrier without an infant insert or any additional items and used well into toddlerhood. The ergonomic design, patent-pending foot straps, and multiple adjustments make this carrier the perfect fit for your entire family. Boba is a Soft Structured Carrier (SSC) that is intended for babies and children between 7-45lbs. Boba offers several innovative features not seen on other carriers: The foot straps attached to the waist belt keep older children comfortable while enabling a healthy sitting position. The footstraps not only give tired little legs a rest, but support the legs in a flexed abducted (froglike) position which naturally tilts the pelvis, fills out the hip sockets and aligns the spine. The new infant conversion option allows you to use the Boba Carrier 4G with babies over 7lbs. The best part is that there is absolutely no insert or accessory needed! Simply follow the instruction booklet included with your Boba Carrier to learn how to use the new Boba Carrier 4G for your newborn. Boba has a few extra inches of height to keep your center of gravity closer to your body and support your little one’s back. The Boba Carrier 4G is approximately 2-3” higher than other soft structured carriers. The new 4G design is made to fit parents of all shapes and sizes without purchasing an extension belt or accessory. All straps are fully adjustable, and elastic bands are provided so you can comfortably tuck the straps away once you have the carrier adjusted for you and your child.