When it comes to the arrival of a new little one, there is no shortage of books geared toward moms and moms-to-be, like the infamous What To Expect When You’re Expecting, and more. However, some dads and dads-to-be may feel like they’re on the sideline when it comes to material available for what they might expect as well. A new app, while available in the UK for now, DadPad, hopes to change that.
According to the BBC, DadPad was created to help provide dads with the knowledge and practical skills to help them and their newborns.
The app was launched by Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, it combines NHS and public health advice.
Currently, people living in Hull, East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, and North Yorkshire can download it from their app stores. The goal of the app is to give babies and their families the best start in life, along with providing new fathers guidance on how to develop skills.
The app includes tips like how to hold your baby, how to support the mother during feeding and how to look after your own mental health.
According to Julian Bose, director, the DadPad was created because “babies don’t come with a set of instructions. Dads told us there was important information they wanted to be given on what to expect and how to care for their baby.”
The app’s focus is to engage dads and to ensure they are included which can help to increase their confidence as they embark on this new chapter of fatherhood.
So while the app is available only in the UK for now, I just wanted to highlight it because I think it is a great idea, with the hopes it can expand to the US and elsewhere. Or perhaps others might be inspired to provide similar information as well? Too often new dads and dads-to-be can feel left out, so it’s great to see continued efforts to make an improvement on this front.