Meet the Dads That Founded Owlet

We’re introducing you to the amazing fathers who brought Owlet to life. But before we dive in, I want to share a few observations regarding these men. First of all, coordinating a photo shoot is not easy – especially ones involving children. These men (with the help of their amazing wives) owned every minute of it. I was impressed to see how genuine and sincere each interaction was with their children during the entire session. As the day went on, it became increasing clear to me that these men are fathers first. Their passion to help children and infants around the world starts in the home. As a father myself, I know how hard it is to maintain a work-life balance and these guys get it. I’m grateful to know each of them personally and can’t wait to see what they dream up next. – Evan Griffin, Brand Director – dad to Vienna 6, Rome 4 and London 2

 

Kurt Workman – CEO & Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Be more patient. My biggest regret as a father has been that I wasn’t more patient with my first child. I realized parenting is tough and new for me but everything was new for my child. Literally he was doing everything for first time and I needed to see it as an opportunity to teach rather than an opportunity for me to be frustrated.

Kids: 2 (Ages 3 & 1)

Favorite Children’s Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama

 

 

Jordan Monroe – Co-founder

Age: 28

Dad Tip: Realize that your kids can teach you about being happy and how to be in the moment. It’s really easy to want to just get from point A to point B and get frustrated that your kid is not walking fast enough. Instead I try to enjoy whatever is slowing down my son. We might get detoured by a bird for 20 minutes or a puddle for 15 minutes but the reason my son wants to stay and see/play with it is because he is interested and is enjoying himself. I try to enjoy it with him and it makes me a more patient and happy dad.

Kids: 2 (Ages 2 & 10 months)

Favorite Disney Movie: Zootopia

 

Zach Bomsta – CTO & Co-founder

Age: 29

Dad Tip: Be sure to find time each day to truly be in the moment with your children and not just physically present. This is harder than it sounds when you have so many things competing for your attention. Email, deadlines, notifications; they can all wait.  Spend quality time with your kids.

Kids: 2 (Ages 4 & 2)

Favorite Snack Time Treat: Oreos

 

Jacob Colvin – International & Co-founder

Age: 33

Dad Tip: Give your kids your best time. It will be tempting or most convenient to give them whatever you have left at the end of the day but that isn’t fair to them. I ask myself, “How do I want my kids remember me?” The answer never is tired, exhausted and stressed with work. Find the time of the day where you can be the type of dad your kids deserve.

Kids: 3 (Ages 8, 6 & 7 months)

Favorite Playtime Activity: Science experiments, building forts and singing silly songs.

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10 Tips for Dad and Baby Bonding

Oh hey there, dads. How are you doing? Feeling good about being a dad? We thought so. Today, we’re focusing on you and sharing ten tips for dad and baby bonding. Because dad and baby bonding is pretty great.

1. Practice kangaroo care.
Kangaroo care is a fancy name for skin-to-skin contact. Said contact is beneficial both for baby and for the parent. Take time to cuddle with your little one to physically bond. Baby will become acquainted with your smell and can be comforted by it. Plus, cuddling is pretty much the best anyway.

2. Participate in feedings.
Whether it’s feeding baby via bottle or helping bring mama the baby to breastfeed, feeding time can be a meaningful time to bond with your baby. Taking over for some of the night feedings is also a great opportunity to get some quality one-on-one time with your child. Try holding the bottle in a position that allows for you to make eye contact with your baby.

3. Engage in soothing.
It’s important to engage with your child when she’s upset. Practice different soothing methods (walking around, singing, using a pacifier, etc.) and also try to learn to differentiate between her cries.

4. Set aside time for play.
While playtime for newborns isn’t the most exciting, it’s important nonetheless. Helping baby with tummy time, engaging her with interactive toys and just being present are all ways that you can engage in playtime.

5. Become a diaper-changing expert.
Let’s be honest here, changing a diaper is not the most fun parental task. However, when you share childcare duties with your partner (including diaper changes) you are able to better familiarize yourself with your child’s routine.

6. Take a personal day.
Playing a nurturing role when your baby is sick is important, so try to make her sick days yours too. Also, if possible, try to attend her well-child checkups too, so you can hear from the doctor and ask questions about her growth and development.

7. Be a part of the bedtime routine.
Consistency is key when you’re trying to establish a healthy sleeping schedule. So choose a part of the routine that you’d like to be involved in, be it bath time, story time, singing time or feeding time. This can help your baby understand that when you say it’s story time, etc. that it’s almost bedtime.

8. Baby wear to keep her close.
Baby wearing is a wonderful way to get in some physical contact time, while still being able to get other tasks done. So when you’re working from home, or you’re cleaning the house, you can put baby in a wrap or carrier and still complete your tasks. Going for a walk is also a nice activity that you both will enjoy.

9. Read stories.
Reading stories is a great way to help you child’s brain develop, and also create a fun dad/child routine. Pick some of your favorites from childhood for added fun.

10. Make silly faces.
Making silly faces is a great way to bond. As your child gets older, this can morph into simple games like peek-a-boo. There are few sounds better than a baby’s laugh.

 

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