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This Big Brother Helping Dad With Babies' Skin-to-Skin Snuggles Is Super Cute

After his twin siblings were born, this big brother helped his dad give the newborns some adorable Kangaroo Care.

This could be one of the sweetest things we've ever seen—and some pretty solid proof that even little kids can be heroes.

Check out this big brother who, after his twin siblings were born, decided to help his family out with Kangaroo Care by adorably imitating his father.

So sweet, right?

While Dad was resting in bed with one of the newborns snuggled on his bare chest, the older boy decided to jump in and place the other infant on top of his own chest, so both babies could reap the benefits of skin-to-skin contact—not to mention get in on what looks like a pretty amazing family bonding sesh!

The post was initially shared on a Swedish Facebook page. But it was translated into English just last week and re-posted on Facebook by Nino Birth, where it has since been shared over 18,000 times.

"Skin to Skin Contact is not new," the post begins. "But Sweden certainly leads the way in making this care family-friendly even for very tiny babies. I love this picture of big brother helping his dad care for the twins!!"

We do, too!

The caption then goes on to explain the many benefits of Kangaroo Care—for both premature and full-term babies—including regulating body temperature, increased weight gain, and healthier heart rates and respiration. In fact, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, skin-to-skin care can reduce the risk of death for babies born prematurely or at a low birth weight by more than one-third.

And while this type of skin-to-skin contact tends to be associated with moms, this isn't the first time we've seen a father get in on the action. Just a few weeks ago, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps introduced his new baby boy to the world by uploading a pic to Facebook of himself cradling the little guy against his bare chest.

"Welcome Boomer Robert Phelps into the world!!!" he wrote in the caption. "Best feeling I've ever felt in my life!!!"

We think this is the start of an amazing adventure for both dads!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.