As a new dad you will feel excited, but you may also feel left out, unsure or overwhelmed. The DadPad app can help by giving you the knowledge and practical skills that you need. The resource will support you and your partner to give your baby the best possible start in life.
The DadPad app is an easy-to-use, freely downloadable resource for new dads and dads-to-be in Devon, packed with relevant information, as well as details on local support groups and service providers. Its aim is to provide you with guidance on how to develop the mind-set, confidence and practical skills needed to meet your babies’ physical and emotional needs.
Building a strong attachment will not only enable you to better enjoy your new role as a father, but also contribute towards positive long-term social, health and educational outcomes for your baby. Crucially, the app also provides you with guidance on how to support and seek help for your partner and you as you both adjust to your 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
Once you’ve downloaded the app onto your device, you will be prompted to enter your postcode. From here, you will be invited to select the most relevant app for your area, containing information on local services, support groups and hospitals.