Q: Is the Bondaroo a baby carrier too?
A: NO! Baby carriers have to be constructed in a way that will not break under stress from the weight of a baby. Therefore, they are uncomfortable and tight on the wearer and baby. They get hot quickly if they do facilitate skin to skin contact and if they don't, well, then it's just a baby carrier with crazy straps and whatnot. We use carriers and are fans of them, but that's not what the Bondaroo does. It's simply designed for being with your baby and actively bonding with them. When it's time to make the sandwich or go to the bathroom, leave your baby in their bassinet!
Q: Can't I bond with my baby without a shirt on? And why can't I just wear a button down?
A: Sure, and that's what I did. But I don't like being shirtless. It's cold! And I could wear a button down, but at home I want to be more relaxed and wear a tee shirt. Comfortable, awesome tee shirts that I don't wear to work. So that's why I came up with the Bondaroo! Something comfortable, made with incredibly soft material that just happens to open up so I can bond with my little one!
Q: Have any doctors endorsed your product?
A: You bet! The following is a letter that we received:
Much has been learned about the importance of skin to skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth. There seems to be good evidence showing that the transition from fetal to neonatal life is eased. Temperature, breathing and sugar regulation all seem to improve. Bonding and breast feeding are also enhanced. Some hospitals have even instituted the “sacred hour” where mothers and infants are left undisturbed to enable and support this power of touch. Where are fathers in this process? Despite the lack of studies, it is incomprehensible that skin to skin contact between fathers and infants has not been more widely encouraged. Infants (if not all humans and animals) crave closeness and connection. It is obvious that fathers are as able to provide this as mothers. Fathers also benefit from this touching with deeper bonding and can begin to learn to attend to behavioral cues from their infant. Parents can then share their experiences of the infant with each other, supporting the development of the new family. A shirt specifically designed to promote this type of critical experience, like the DadWare Bondaroo is very welcome.
Florence N Manson MD
Q: What are your shirts made out of?
A: 66% Bamboo, 29% Cotton and 5% Spandex. We use bamboo because of its antimicrobial and feel qualities, cotton for feel and durability and spandex to keep the shape of the shirt consistent with the stretching your little one will create by being in the flap. The closure material is High Technology Hook (HTH) and Loop material from Velcro Brand fasteners.
Q: Where do you make your shirts?
We are proudly 100% manufactured and made in the USA! While our yarn may be sourced from overseas, the manufacturing of the fabric of the Bondaroo and the Velcro are both US made. We manufacture the shirts in Downtown Los Angeles and ship them from Los Angeles as well.
Q: Why Velcro?
We have found after exhaustive research that there is no better way to close the garment than velcro. Because we use HTH Velcro, the surface of the hook side remains smooth to the touch and won't scratch the sensitive skin of the newborn.
Q: How do I care for DadWare?
A: We suggest washing in like colors and tumble drying on a low heat. We do preshrink our shirts but they can shrink a little bit after some washing. To prevent this, you can lay dry as well. While the shirt should be washed closed and is ideally washed alone, we know you probably won't do that. If you do want to wash it with anything, please use a mesh bag to contain the velcro and not risk it ruining other garments. DO NOT wash with loose knits or anything the velcro attaches to.