Dads learn baby-wearing to deepen ties with children ahead of Father's Day

 (From left) Mr Lim Wee Hian and Mr Khu Jia Vui during a baby-wearing exercise at Henderson Community Club.
(From left) Mr Lim Wee Hian and Mr Khu Jia Vui during a baby-wearing exercise at Henderson Community Club. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
 Mr Amir Singh (centre) and Mr Khu Jia Vui (right) practising baby-wearing at the Henderson Community Club while Mr Amir's son Archilles Troy, 11 months, looks on.
Mr Amir Singh (centre) and Mr Khu Jia Vui (right) practising baby-wearing at the Henderson Community Club while Mr Amir's son Archilles Troy, 11 months, looks on. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Guest of Honour, Ms Joan Pereira (in green), during a grassroots Father's Day baby show at Henderson Community Club.
Guest of Honour, Ms Joan Pereira (in green), during a grassroots Father's Day baby show at Henderson Community Club. ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - Fathers gamely tried securing their infants to their chests with wraps on Sunday (June 12) during a baby-wearing exercise at Henderson Community Club.

The course was part of a grassroots Father's Day baby show for about 200 residents, including 30 participating fathers. Father's Day falls on June 19.

An instructor showed 15 of them baby-wearing, which is meant to help them maintain close physical contact with their babies and deepen emotional ties.

Other activities included a Musical Babes game for babies aged six to 24 months, and a session for children to make personalised cards for their fathers.

Community partners such as Early Childhood and Development Agency and the International Association of Infant Massage were also on hand to answer parents' questions about preschool education and child development.

Grassroots adviser Joan Pereira, who was guest of honour at the event, stressed the importance of the community in supporting and signalling to families that fathers should play an equal role in child rearing.

Transport executive Lim Wee Hian, 42, said he found the baby-wearing difficult but might try it again in future.

"It feels more snug than a baby carrier," he said.

Construction supervisor Amir Singh, 41, who practised the baby-wearing with his 11-month-old son Archilles Troy, said he wanted to learn more so he and his wife could share the responsibilities of childcare equally.

"Both of us work, both of us must share the workload. It's not just a woman's job."