When people find out that I'm an at-home Dad, there's often an image that comes to mind that is not quite accurate, and is largely fueled by the "TV depiction" of stay-at-home and work-at-home Dads: A group of four or five guys standing around a park with outward-facing babies dangling from their chests. If this happens anywhere, I have not witnessed it, nor been a part of such a gathering in the past 4+ years of my career as a parent. When I have seen babies worn by other parents (and sometimes myself), the big question has always been "which way is the right way - inward or outward." It's been the subject of vigorous debate among parents, but the folks at Boba Family just might have the answer, and that answer is inward.
In a 2011 feature entitled "Nine Reasons Not to Carry Your Baby Facing Out," the Boba team outlined potential downfalls in outward wearing, noting the possibility of hip dysplasia, lack of support, undue pressure and overstimulation. But last year, the team expanded upon the topic by posting some of their research findings regarding "Strollers, Baby Carriers, and Infant Stress." As such, Boba is the only baby carrier company that manufactures inward-facing baby carriers exclusively.
In my own experience (and I'm only about 52 months into this whole "parenting thing"), I've always just assumed that having the little one close and facing me is the way to go. It just feels natural, and even though I'm a Dad, a lot closer to the way a Mother would hold their newborn in the hospital. The way my wife held our daughters in their earliest days. While that was my guy instinct, it seems like Boba has a lot more to back that up. Wearing a baby facing inward is safer, healthier, and helps create a strong bond with parents. I can dig that.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.
About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™.
Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality and Commentator.
He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent), has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.
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