WHAT DADS (and mums) SAY…

Over 5,000 dads have enrolled in SMS4dads and received text messages and support in the lead up to the birth of their baby and throughout the first 12 months of parenthood.

 

Feedback from dads has been enormously positive, with 92% saying SMS4dads has helped them in their role as a dad, and over 80% saying it helped their relationship with their partner.

 

What dad's (and mum’s) say -
What dad's (and mum’s) say -

Here's What They Say

SMS4dads has been amazing – thanks for helping us dads out.
I really loved these texts. They were so encouraging and full of great advice. My wife loved that I was getting them as well and she started reading them too. They always seemed to come at the right time. Thanks for the work you guys do. It really helped me out.
Having a baby was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through, but I always felt validated when I read your SMSs.
Just wanted to say thanks – the texts have been invaluable. I couldn’t have known just how much I needed these short and helpful messages
I got a text about interacting with baby while I was doing it – it was spot on.
This has been a massive support for me. Every tip has helped form the dad I've become in some small way.
SMS4dads helped me more than I could ever try to explain. I’ll miss the encouraging advice and texts.
SMS4dads helped me more than I could ever try to explain. I’ll miss the encouraging advice and texts.SMS4dads helped me more than I could ever try to explain. I’ll miss the encouraging advice and texts.
I felt more connected to my son because of SMS for dads.
I work long hours – so that reminder throughout the day at a random time to make you think of your baby and your partner is huge.
The SMS’s got me through some tough times.
I miss the messages – they were a conversation starter with my wife.
As a busy dad, I felt a bit isolated. SMS for dads helped a lot.
I didn't know where to get support, especially for dads
The messages are very supportive. We've had a few hard days here and there, as you do with a newborn. And those messages have just, they helped so much.
[Dad talking to his brother in law] I said “Sign up for it mate, you won’t regret it, they’re really good, they help”. And he goes “What do you mean?” I said, “Without that help, we’re left in the dark”, I said, “But these, these help.
I thought the texts were an invaluable source of information. My wife enjoyed them too and I forwarded some messages to her.
What I liked most was the timeliness of the messages. You enter your baby's birth date when you sign up, and then the info you get is about what your baby is going through.
It was nice to get reminders during the week while I was at work about my baby's progress. I also really liked the services to contact me after the 'How are you doing' messages.
When things were tough the texts made me realise that it wasn't just me experiencing these things. I would recommend this service to other new dads.
SMS for dads is so worth doing. It should be automatic for all dads.
What dad's (and mum’s) say -

From Mums

MUM WITH A 9 WEEK OLD BABY He comes home from work and might say, “I’m gonna take the boys out for a walk,” or “I’ll bath the boys tonight.” He puts his hand up to do a night feed or he’ll ask a question, “How are you feeling today, are you tired?” I think that comes from the messages.
SMS for dads made him more confident about parenting.
Unlike with our first baby … he is coming and taking the boys outside or taking them for a walk or bathing them a lot more. He even pops his hand up to do night feeds which has helped.”
…it was something that he could do and was something that supported him.”
he felt supported, which I think made me feel, I guess, much more confident.
It helped him get on board and start talking with me about the baby.

Richard Fletcher

Associate Professor, PhD

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