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Advantages of Babywearing for Dads

While you may think that baby carriers are designed just for moms, you should definitely reconsider that thought because it is becoming more and more common to see dads using baby carriers. Here at Baby Carriers Direct, we have compiled some information to help you learn more about how you can become a more involved dad through babywearing.

There are several advantages to dads wearing their children in baby carriers, including:

Gives dad a chance to bond with baby more. Especially if the infant is breastfeed and he is not involved in the baby's feedings wearing his child in a carrier gives dad time to sit quietly with his baby in a soothing, nurturing environment. Using a baby carrier can help dads become more confident in their parenting skills. Anytime that dad carries his baby in the carrier, mom receives a much needed break.

In addition to the above mentioned advantages for dads specially, the same general benefits of babywearing apply as well. When worn in a carrier by either parent, the child will cry less and sleep better while in the carrier. Using an infant carrier gives either parent the chance to get chores done while keeping the baby close, makes it easier to get around in crowded places, is better for your back and hips than carrying baby in your arms. Learn more by reading our article about the Benefits of Baby Wearing.

While it is completely possible for both mom and dad to use the same carrier, many dads find that the experience is heightened when they have a baby carrier of their own to use.

Just as when a mother chooses her carrier, there are several factors that dads need to consider when purchasing a carrier.

  • Dad's Size and Body Type – This will primarily be your carrier so make sure that it fits you comfortably and that it allows for the carry position(s) that you plan to use.
  • Climate – Your fabric choice for your carrier is highly dependent on the weather. Remember that the carrier will add an extra layer to both you and your child. Cotton and mesh carriers breathe the best and will keep you and your little one cooler in warm weather. Babywearing Throughout the Year can help you to choose the right type of carrier for each season.
  • Personal Taste – A variety of fabric and colors choices are available to appeal to a father's taste and sense of style.
  • Child's Age and Weight – When it comes to selecting a carrier style, your child's age and weight are major factors. You'll need to consider whether your child can support his own head and how to evenly distribute his weight across your body.

For first-time babywearing dads, a pouch is a great carrier choice. Pouches have an extremely short learning curve and allow you to easily pop the baby in and out as needed without having to adjust or remove the carrier. The most important factor to consider when choosing a pouch or any carrier for that matter is to ensure that it fits you properly. A baby worn in a carrier should rest at or just above your waist.

If you are up for longer learning curve a ring sling is also a wonderful carrier type for dads to start off using. A ring sling will offer more adjustability and is even available with padding to add to your comfort level. While both pouches and ring slings are often selected by moms because they make nursing discreetly very easy, many carrier manufacturers have taken notice that more and more dads are using them and have begun to offer them in colors and fabrics that are more appealing to dads.

Some dads also like to use wraparound carriers and Mei Tai carriers because of their versatility and comfortable distribution of the baby's weight across the wearer's body. These carriers can also continue to be used successfully as your child grows though they do take a little longer to learn how to adjust for the multiple carry positions.

Once a child is old enough to sit up unsupported, many dads prefer to begin using a soft structured baby carrier that can be used for both front and back carry positions. After you have adjusted this style of carrier to fit you comfortably, you can quickly buckle it on and off whenever you need.

While using a baby carrier for the first time may be a daunting task with a little practice and the right carrier, you can become a skilled babywearing dad in no time. If you're still not sure exactly which type of carrier is best for you, check out our article on the variety of Baby Carrier Types available to get a better idea. If you already have a good idea about the type of carrier you'll need, our Baby Carrier Comparison Tool and Baby Carrier Reviews can help you to narrow your selection to the perfect model.