Last year I shared my top reasons to babywear. But you know, babywearing isn’t just for moms. Babywearing is for dads too! Just in time for Father’s Day, I’m sharing 7 reasons why dads should strap on that carrier, put on that pack, tie on that wrap, or shrug on that sling too.
1. Get Close
Babywearing gets you up close and personal with your baby. No, you can’t breastfeed, but babywearing is a fantastic way to bond with and experience the benefits of physical touch with your baby. Kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact in a wrap) helps regulate your newborn baby’s temperature, especially in cases of prematurity, and has been proven to increase survival rates among premie and low birth weight babies.
Just like with moms, cuddling your baby increases oxytoxin levels. Oxytoxin, sometimes called the love hormone, reduces anxiety, promotes attachment, and helps dad feel more empathetic and connected. Babywearing isn’t just for newborns though; older babies and toddlers crave closeness with Dad too!
2. Babies Cry Less
Who enjoys a crying baby? Nobody, that’s who! Babies who are worn regularly cry less and sleep better, not just in the carrier but at night too. Everybody wins.
3. Go Hands Free
Go hands free without the bluetooth! When you’re wearing your baby, you can run errands easier, play with your other kids in the park, make dinner, vacuum, or play some Dark Souls 2 or Mario Kart even.
4. For the Convenience
Baby carriers are so convenient. Just throw Junior on your back and run out the door. No need to pack and unfold the stroller, no need to carry the stroller up and down the stairs or search for an elevator, and your trunk just got more cargo space.
5. Collect (Sexy) Brownie Points
Help a mommy out. Give us a chance once in a while to walk unencumbered with children. Plus we’ll think you’re sexy. Double sexy points if you carry your preschooler on your shoulders at the same time.
6. Get Your Exercise
Babywearing is a workout too! Walking around with a 10, 15, 20, or even 30 pound weight strapped to your chest or your back will do wonders for your core and back muscles and help with weight loss. In a conventional workout plan, you’d start with lighter weights and slowly increase the weight over time. Guess who else does that? That’s right – your growing baby!
Start wearing your baby as a newborn and by the time she’s a toddler you’ll be stronger and leaner. For legs of steel, do some lunges or deep squats. Looking for a real challenge? Try doing chin ups with your toddler strapped on your back.
7. Be a Trendsetter
Here’s a partial list of celebrity dads who’ve been spotted wearing their babies: Orlando Bloom (seen here with son Flynn in an Ergobaby), Brad Pitt (here with son Knox in a BabyBjorn), Channing Tatum, Neil Patrick Harris, Peter Dinklage, Liev Schreiber, Gavin Rossdale, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Pete Wentz, Cam Gigandet, Steve Nash, Jeremy Sisto, Anthony Kiedis, Alexis Denisof, and Ian Ziering. You’ll be in good company!
Tell me, does your guy babywear? Anything to add to this list?