Parenting

This Wearable (Supposedly) Lets Dads Feel What It's Like to Be Pregnant

While women have to endure a lot of difficulties while pregnant, one of the biggest perks is being able to feel the baby move. Over the course of the pregnancy, little flutters and rolls and full-on kicks give us a sense of our baby’s personality. They act like little clues as to how the baby will be when he or she finally enters the world. Such experiences inevitably allow a strong bond to form. So while morning sickness, sciatica, and rapid weight gain are less than desirable, the strong connection between mom and her little one makes it all worth it.

Unfortunately for the partners of pregnant women, it can be slightly harder to form a bond with the growing baby. Without feeling kick after kick, it can take longer for the dad to really connect with his child. Enter Fibo, the smart bracelet that allows another person to feel a baby’s movements, to solve this problem.

According to the Huffington Post,

Fibo is the brainchild of three jewelry design students who took a class on wearable technology at Copenhagen School of Design and Technology.

“We wanted to create an innovative, aesthetically pleasing and elegant wearable,” Fibo head of research and media, Sandra Pétursdóttir, told The Huffington Post. “In the neighborhood where our school is located, in the heart of Copenhagen, there are a lot of young, hip parents walking around and playing with their babies,” she added, noting that many of their friends have also started to have children.

“That is how we got the idea to create a device for parents-to-be,” she added. “We wanted to get the fathers more involved in the pregnancy since they sometimes tend to get a little left out when the mother is going through all the changes with her body and feeling a little life growing in her belly.”

Tiny beads within the bracelet mimic the baby’s movements in real time, and since all the data is saved, anyone can enjoy all of those kicks and punches long after the baby has been born! The creators of the wearable asked parents where they would most want to feel these kicks, and surprisingly the wrist was the top response. Creating a device for a dad to wear around his abdomen might be more challenging, but it would certainly render the experience much more realistic for him. Now if only all those dads could feel the pregnancy-induced heartburn in real time to really experience pregnancy along with their partners!