Ok, so it's not exactly on the market, but Huggies has developed a "pregnancy belt" that has given some dads-to-be the ultimate Father's Day present: the ability to feel his baby kick—not by putting his hands on his baby mama's bump, but in the dad's own belly! It took four months to create the belt that "replicates in real time the movements and the baby's kicks, from mom's belly to dad's belly." (If this thing were at Brookstone, I'm sure it would sell out way faster than those massage chairs!)
As you can see from the video, the dads are overcome with emotion when they feel their babies kick—as was I. I wish my husband had been able to experience that overwhelming love I felt each time our son kicked. After of course I realized that's what was happening—it took a few times before I knew what I was actually feeling. Early on the sensation felt like butterflies in my stomach, but as my son got bigger and stronger his kicks and elbow jabs were unmistakable. I'm pretty sure he was dancing nonstop—kind of like his mom and dad. While it wasn't always the most comfortable feeling, every tap brought a smile to my face, knowing that my little one was somehow communicating with me as if to say, "Hi, mom!"
As much as we moms say we wish our guys knew all that we had to go through while pregnant, I was really surprised when my hubby came down with a bad case of sympathy pains. I had morning sickness for months, and there were days when my husband felt nauseous too without any real explanation. His back and knees were also hurting right along with me—and I admit I was not sympathetic at all. Puh-lease! There's no way what he was feeling could ever compare to my sharp-as-glass pains. Or so I thought.
So it's fair to say that my pregnancy wasn't easy on him either (and I didn't even mention my emotional mood swings he had to endure!). If he had to suffer right alongside me with pains and belly fat, I wish he had experienced the good stuff too, and nothing beats the warm-and-cozy feeling you get when you feel your baby inside you. All men should feel what these lucky few got to.
Odds are, you'll have your baby before this band or something like it finds it way to the mass market. Want to give your partner a similar bonding experience? Here are 5 ideas that will make him swoon:
1. Put Dad's hand on your belly
If you time it right, he'll feel movement. Try spooning at night, too: the baby might kick him right in the back!
2. Have Dad talk, read and sing to baby
They say it helps baby learn dad's voice ... and it's never too early to start prepping your kid for the SAT!
3. Make him shop with you
4. Sign him up for classes
It's not too early to get a head start on breastfeeding -- and research shows that women who have their partner's support are able to breastfeed longer. Infant CPR is a good one, too: Dad (and Mom) will feel less jittery if they know what to do in a life-threatening emergency.
5. Invite him to your OB-GYN appointments
Not only will he most likely get to see the baby in ultrasounds and listen to the heartbeat, it will reinforce the fact that he's on this journey with you. Because, as the Huggies commercial puts it, "they are pregnant too."
And since Fathers' Day is just around the corner, we've got 10 Ways to Show Dad-to-Be Some Love (come on, ladies, he deserves it!)
TELL US: Would you want your partner to be able to feel your baby kick in his belly? What other things form your pregnancy do you wish he could experience?