DadPad app, which is an easy-to-use and free to downloadable resource for new dads and dads-to-be has launched today (18th June) in Northants to coincide with Father’s Day
The app is packed with relevant information, as well as details on local support groups and service providers and aim is to provide new fathers with guidance on how to develop the mindset, confidence and practical skills needed to meet their babies’ physical and emotional needs.
Dr Emma Donnelly, Clinical Maternity lead for NHS Northamptonshire CCG said: “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 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
Julian Bose, Director of Inspire Cornwall CIC, who developed the app said: “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 Northamptonshire to develop the content for their app, which is now live and available to help support dads and dads-to-be across the county.”