New research carried out by Colief Infant Drops amongst dads across the UK, has uncovered the true thoughts of modern fathers, revealing that 26% of dads would prefer a boy to a girl, dads in their 30’s enjoy fatherhood the most, older dads find it leaves them out of pocket and just 17% would have a baby themselves if men were able to! Colief commissioned the research to find out more about modern fathers after noticing a sharp increase in calls to their helpline from worried dads seeking advice when their baby has colic symptoms.
Rollercoaster of emotions
Adjusting to being a parent, coping with crying babies and dealing with common problems such as infant colic means fatherhood is a rollercoaster of emotions. According to Colief’s survey, the experience of fatherhood is best for dads in their 30’s with 63% saying fatherhood is better than they thought it would be, and 62% rushing home from work to be with their family. Fatherhood had the biggest effect on dads in their late 40’s (age 46-50) with 46% saying it had changed their perspective on life.
It’s a very different story for younger dads with 28% of those aged 22-25 saying fatherhood is worse than they expected, with 1 in 10 actually staying at work longer to avoid going home to their family and over a quarter (27%) of young dads saying they regret having a baby.
Colief’s research discovered that the difficulties dads face vary depending on age. For 37% of younger dads (aged 22-25) lack of sleep was the worse thing about being a dad with lack of sex (13%) and the baby’s constant crying (12%) following close behind. For dads in their early forties, lack of sex was also a major downside with 26% finding this the worst aspect. Older dads aged 46-55 found fatherhood had left them out of pocket with 43% saying the expense was the worst thing about being a dad.
Footie or Fatherhood?
When it comes to getting their priorities straight have dads got it right? If they’re watching the football on the TV, 68% of dads would get up to tend their crying baby, 27% would ask their partner to take the baby out the room while reassuringly just 5% would head to the pub to watch the game leaving their partner to look after the baby.
Mary Buckley, creator of Colief Infant Drops commented, “After noticing that more and more men were calling the Colief helpline for advice about how to cope when their baby has colic, we wanted to get a better understanding about modern fathers – how involved they are, what they struggle with and how we can help answer their queries better. In response, we have recently launched A Problem Shared Campaign with rugby star Ben Cohen, who used Colief with his twin daughters. The campaign has tailored advice for both mums and dads to ensure that both parents get the help and advice they need.”
For further information for parents including typical new experiences for mums and dads, expert relationship advice for new parents from relationship counselor Paula Hall, and advice on coping with crying babies and infant colic visit www.problemshared.info
For further information about Colief Infant Drops visit www.colief.com or call the Colief helpline 0800 028 1187
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