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New Dads Hikes with Babies

Image by Mick Haupt

Build connections with other dads and strengthen bonds with our children

When: July 9 and Aug 7, 12-1:30pm

Where: East Bay Regional Parks, location provided upon registration

Cost: By donation

For: New dads AND their pre-crawling infants

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible routes available, please don't come if you're feeling sick or have been recently exposed to COVID

You will leave with...

What to expect...

Practice getting out of the house with your baby

An easy hike using a carrier or similar gear (BYO)

Get-to-know-you activities to meet other dads

Exercises to strengthen bonds with your baby

That feeling of "I'm not alone" and the experience of "dads dadding together"

Adam

"It’s just a really unique thing, I’ve never been part of something like it."

Shan

"Absolutely loved it. I think everyone in my family benefited from the dad's group in some way!"

Noah

"I feel generally better knowing that there are other dads out there who give a shit and are present in their kid's life."

Questions
Answered

Can I bring my baby? Yes! We welcome pre-crawling infants and expect participants to bring theirs. We will intersperse stationary breaks throughout the low-key hike to allow for ample opportunities to feed, change, and care for our little ones–and ourselves. We expect babies to cry, fuss, protest and make lots of other noises during our gathering and that’s okay. Andrew loves holding babies if you need to use the bathroom or just need a little breather.

Can I bring my partner?
 If your partner identifies as a man, then yes! Otherwise, no. The experience is designed for men to connect with one another and their babies.

What gear should I bring? Bring a carrier or similar gear, sun protection, water, brown-bag lunch, a backpack to carry things, and whatever you need to care for your babe while out of the house (diaper(s), wipes, bottles, spare clothes, etc.). Andrew will provide a communal changing pad and a large blanket for us to huddle on.

How old/young can my baby be? We welcome pre-crawling infants and their dads. If your kiddo is on the move, check out our Support Groups for Dads (for papas with kiddos of any age) and email Andrew if you have any questions.

This is my second (or third, or fourth, etc.) baby, can I join? Yes! While the majority of us are first timers, we understand guys may be looking for connection and community after multiple “reps.” This is a “come as you are” party.

What does "by donation" mean? At the end of the hike we'll invite participants to make donations to support future programs for dads and dads to be. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Join us

More than ever before, we have the opportunity to show up as full parents.

Still, the experience of fatherhood remains lonely and isolating. 

Let's build the support network we need in order to be the dads we want to be, together.

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