It’s no longer in any way unusual to see babies strapped to their fathers’ chests. For dads who want to be close to their infant children, the baby carrier, slings, and wraps are increasingly the way to go.
There’s good reason for that. Partly, they’re just way more practical than buggies. They leave two arms free for doing chores (or holding a beer). They can go where prams can’t.
And there are benefits for your baby too. The NCT states: “Many parents find their babies are happier and more settled with the close contact of being in a sling and it is something that mums and dads can enjoy.”
Here are a few more reasons dads should embrace the baby carrier.
They make you more attractive
According to this (somewhat criticised) promo video from its makers, wearing a manly baby carrier can make you more attractive to women.
Hmmm. That never happened to me, or maybe I just didn’t notice?
They leave your hands free
As we said, baby carriers are highly practical. One of the great disappointements of any new dad’s life is finding out that you can’t hold a drink and push a buggy at the same time, or at least not without risking some serious spillage. As this dad proves, there’s no such limitation with a baby carrier.
We don’t like the way the baby is looking at his pint, though. Disrespectful.
They make manly poses possible
We’ve all got them, those holiday snaps where we strike a manly pose, staring moodily into the middle distance or – as in this fine example – pointing randomly out to sea. Imagine trying to do that while making sure the buggy doesn’t go bouncing down the steps!? With a baby carrier, manly posing is still very much on the cards.
They aid development (especially Moon Walking)
A baby in a carrier is a captive audience. You can teach it anything. In this case, how to dance like a pro:
They make for great selfies
It’s all but impossible to take a selfie with a baby in a buggy. With a backpack-style baby carrier, on the other hand, not only can you take excellent selfies of yourself and the little one together, they always come out looking like you’re being controlled by a little dictator who rides on your back. Which is of course true.
They can be a home from home
In China, baby carriers can be really quite elaborate. This one looks like it might be hiding a play room, en suite potty facility and a soft play area.
They mean you never have to give up your hobbies
In conclusion, a baby carrier means never having to give up the life you love, whether that means drinking beer, yomping up mountains or wooing ladies. Or in this case, even Zumba!