New resource app launches for new dads and dads-to-be
Monday 27 September 2021 sees the launch of the DadPad app, an easy-to-use, freely downloadable resource, developed with the NHS for new dads and dads-to-be in the Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry area, packed with relevant information, as well as details on local support groups and service providers. Its aim is to provide new fathers with guidance on how to develop the mind-set, confidence and practical skills needed to meet their babies’ physical and emotional needs.
Building a strong attachment will not only enable dads to better enjoy their new role but also contribute towards positive long-term social, health and educational outcomes for their babies. Crucially, the app also provides dads with guidance on how to support and seek help (when needed) for their partners and themselves as they adjust to their new roles, and cope with the physical and emotional strains that this can place on individuals and relationships.
The app covers topics such as:
- Feeding, holding, changing and cleaning your baby
- Surviving without sleep and coping with crying
- Getting to know your baby
- Home safety and first aid
- Looking after yourself and supporting your partner
Quote from Julian Bose, Director of Inspire Cornwall CIC: “The DadPad was created because babies don’t come with a set of instructions, and dads told us that there was important information that they wanted to be given on what to expect and how to care for their baby. We listened to what dads, their partners and health professionals asked for and combined it all in the DadPad.
“With technology playing such a big part in everyone’s lives today, developing an app to complement the existing DadPad seemed the obvious next step. This has opened up a world of possibilities in delivering new content and features and, crucially, getting updates and news out to the dads quickly and easily.
“We are delighted to have been given the chance to work with the team at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) to be able to now launch this resource for dads and dads-to-be across the area.”
Quote from Sarah Foster, Locality Manager for Warwickshire 0-5 at SWFT: “We are really excited to be able to offer this fantastic resource to all the dads across Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull to offer support through the DadPad app and website alongside our Health Visiting Services. This resource development recognises the critical role of fathers within children’s lives and the importance of supporting them with issues specific to men and their parenting needs.”« Return to News