The DadPad app is a useful resource before baby arrives and after baby is born, and is designed to be used as a quick, on-the-go reference tool, allowing new dads to enjoy their babies and feel more confident about fatherhood.

Written by health professionals, DadPad is already up and running in other areas of the UK, and each area has content edited and amended to be bespoke to local needs, including details of nearby support groups and services.

The app covers topics such as:

  • Feeding, holding, changing and cleaning your baby
  • Surviving without sleep and coping with crying
  • Getting to know your baby
  • Home safety and first aid
  • Looking after yourself and supporting your partner

Philip Hayes, Perinatal Quality, Development and Training Lead for Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust said:

This is a fantastic, easy to use guide about safe baby care and how to support partners during the perinatal period. It is now free to download for parents in all Lancashire and South Cumbria postcodes.

Julian Bose, Director of App Developer, Inspire Cornwall CIC, said:

We listened to what dads, their partners and health professionals asked for and combined it all in the DadPad. We are delighted to be able to launch this resource for dads and dads-to-be across the Lancashire and South Cumbria area.

DadPad has been developed solely for dads. A resource for same-sex partners – the Co-ParentPad, is also available.