The landscape of child care is ever changing today, now that dads are becoming more and more involved in the ins and out of child care even during the first few months. It's not a suprise then that a lot of tools for dads have been popping up in the market.
We found two infant care tools that are not exactly necessities -- a lot of dads can do well without using them. But the idea behind them makes sense. The upside is that they can be used by moms, too, although it comes at a cost.
A hands-free bottle holder!
It's not just any bottle holder, but one that mimics natural feeding. According to its website, the Beebo helps the dad use his hands to read a book to his baby or massage and caress his baby while feeding him at the same time. It even helps parents attend to an older child while doing all these tasks for baby.
Beebo fits any size bottle, and the holder is easily adjustable to fit your typical feeding position. It also comes in pink, teal and gray. Tthe reviews online are mixed, many were reluctant to use it at first. But there are reviews from parents who were happily surprised that they loved it.
"I received this as a gift, and at first, I was reluctant to use it. However, after a week, I'm sold! It really enhances my time with the little one while wrestling with a rambunctious toddler!" said buyer Andrew Pratz. "Bought this for my husband it's hilarious we love it. Every time someone comes and visits we have to show them haha. My son likes it too which matters the most!" said a buyer named Nessa.
An infant bonding shirt!
Its website pegs the Bondaroo Baby Wrap T-shirt as a breakthrough. It has a flap that allows the wearer to quickly and conveniently engage in skin-to-skin bonding with their newborn. It's not a carrier; it's more like a nursing-friendly top for dads.
The T-shirt was the brainchild of a father who did skin-to-skin contact with his newborn when his wife couldn't do it. The shirts' material is bamboo-cotton blended jersey with a small amount of Spandex to keep its shape. In the reviews, some babies didn't feel comfortable, but there were dads who even bought it for other dads.
"I bought two of these. one for me and one for my best friend who is also a new dad. We love them! So well made; the bamboo cotton material is super soft. [My baby and I] are inseparable now!" wrote buyer Brandy Schartz. "With this shirt, my husband and our baby] are covered and kept warm... This is the perfect shirt for any dad wanting to enjoy some skin to skin with his baby," wrote buyer named Jessica F.