Babywearing: a special gift for Dads
Many Dads of young children get the feeling that Mom is the only one who can comfort the baby. This is particularly true in families where the baby is breastfeeding or where Mom is staying home with the children. Baby carriers, especially slings and wraps, are seen by many men as something that would only need if their arms got too tired to carry the baby. This is certainly a good time to use a carrier, but Dads shouldn’t overlook the benefits they, too, can reap from a baby carrier.
Holding a baby in arms is fabulous, but cloth baby carriers mimic the warm and snug comfort of the womb. These baby carriers soothe a baby in way that carrying in-arms may not.
Other reasons for Dads (and other men) to wear babies:
- Hold the baby while getting stuff done around the house or town
- Get lots of positive attention while out and about with your baby
- Carry your child for as long as you like without the discomfort and immobility of carrying in-arms
- Bond with your baby!
Carriers Men Love
It may go without saying, but men can certainly wear any baby carrier on the market! There are no rules about certain types or styles of carriers that mark them Women Only. Men around the US and the world wear wraps, mei tais, buckle carriers, ring slings and pouches.
That being said, men often have different preferences for baby carriers than
do women. As a rule, men highly value convenience and ease of use over other factors. The most popular baby carriers for men are buckle carriers and pouches, followed by mei tais and ring slings, with wraps bringing up the rear.
Guys also tend to prefer baby carriers and slings in solid colors (especially black and gray) or “manly” prints
Other popular choices for dads and other baby wearing men are:
- the Tula Carrier
- the Pikkolo baby carrier
- Ring slings in a solid color of their choice – often with the tail wrapped around the rings for a more minimalist look
- a small but notable number of Dads fall in love with stretchy wraps – once they get beyond the “long piece of fabric” aspect, they are drawn to the ease of use and cuddle factor of stretchy wraps
Moms: wondering how to convince Dad to use a baby carrier? Read these tips!