Hot Dads In The City!

Yes, Shawn aka Babble's Backpacking Dad, your baby totally makes you look hot.

There is really no other reason for the title of this post other than the fact that yesterday I saw a hot dad with a baby carrier strapped to his chest. I immediately starting singing “Hot Dad In The City” to myself – obviously, to the tune of Canadian Nick Gilder’s 1978 classic “Hot Child In the City”, a title that, in the year 2011, can only makes parents think of over- heated cranky children playing on concrete.

Regardless, I couldn’t get this song out of my head all day long:  at the grocery store, before my audition, after my audition, in the car, at home cooking.  It wasn’t until my husband called me on the fact that I was continuously singing “Hot Dad In the City” (just that, no other lyrics, how repetitive can I get?) that I realized I might be obsessed.

I won’t lie.  There are some seriously hot dads in this city.   And they are wearing their babies with pride.

The man in question that I saw yesterday was in head to toe black (of course) with sunglasses, scraggly just rolled out of bed hair with his newborn daughter outfitted in bright pink staring up at him from her Bjorn.


Is it me, or is the hottest thing out there an involved dad?  Both my daughters are head over heels for their dad, especially the baby.  She loves her momma…but she adores her father.  I think she learned to walk just so she could get to him faster.  And sure, I have felt a pang of jealousy here and there.  She willingly throws hugs and kisses his way where as I have to either beg for them or employ my patented ‘affection soliciting trick’: I wait until she slaps me in the face, pretend I’m crying, and then she feels sorry enough for me that she will kiss me on the lips.  Haha – no really I do this. Sigh.

But at the end of the day there is nothing more attractive than a man who takes on an equal share of the parenting duties.  Regarding a recent Babble Voices post on the role of Dads in parenting one commenter wrote on the Babble FB page:

“It’s a well know fact that whenever anything happens, the first thing the child does is call for mom. When they need things they call for mom…. I think mothers have a bigger influence on children because they carried the child in their womb and that bond is irreplaceable. This doesn’t mean fathers are fading out. Fathers are the stronger side of the family and the glue that holds the family together. Fathers aren’t as involved in things like mothers are, naturally.”

Tell that to my husband who just offered to host a jewelry making party for a bunch of 5 year old girls.  And tell that to my face that just got slapped.  (Seriously. I know I have to stop that).  But I agree with the irreplaceable bond.  It’s there and it’s what makes me weep far too often.  I just think Dads have an equally strong bond that needs to be acknowledged.

And they look hot carrying babies.  Sorry, they just do.

For more on Dads check out Babble’s newest Blog.

And please for all that is good in the world post your “Hot Dad” pics on our facebook page.

Damn it!  That song is in my head again!

p.s. How does your baby daddy make you thankful?

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