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Wednesday, December 11 2013 00:00

Safe Baby Wearing: Facing in or Facing Out? #FreedomTogether

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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.

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notbabysittersIn 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.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Boba. The opinions and text are all mine.

 
James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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