What is the DadPad?
It’s the essential guide for new dads developed with the NHS.
Why do you need it?
As a new dad you will feel excited, but may also feel left out, unsure and overwhelmed. The Dadpad can help. The DadPad gives you the knowledge and practical skills necessary to support you and your partner, so that your baby gets the best possible start in life.
Introducing DadPad Neonatal
Being a parent of a child in neonatal care can come with a lot of other emotions and problems to deal with, and DadPad Neonatal can offer additional help and support. Find out more.
Download a 10 page sample here
Complete this form and then check your email for your download link. After receiving your download, we may email you from time-to-time with hints, tips, news and resources to further help you be dad ready.
- reduce your own anxiety by getting involved and gaining confidence
- spot the signs postnatal depression for you and your partner, and how to get help early
- create healthy child attachment and strong bond between you and your baby for a brighter future
- build stronger family relationships by sharing the load and learning how to parent together
Young dads find it difficult to ask for help, particularly where their partners can become expert in the practicalities quite quickly and they don’t. [The DadPad] is about Dads being prepared for some of that tension and strain of being a new parent, but without being overwhelmed and knowing that it’s not just mums who can access the help and advice that’s available, even if they don’t live with their partner.
I was a bit scared when we found out we were having a baby, obviously happy, but a bit scared and in the beginning I was a bit clueless. The child development part is my favourite bit, but there’s things in there, like things about mental health, that I didn’t know about and that I didn’t know you needed to know about.
The DadPad gives support to new fathers who can often feel left out and unable to help when they’re needed most, and this can put a strain on both parents.