Daddy Boot Camp: Dads (& moms) learn how to swaddle, and more …

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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Ben Gooch, a helicopter repairer with 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, practices shushing a baby using an infant doll during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Ben Gooch, a helicopter repairer with 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, practices shushing a baby using an infant doll during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

Story and photos by
Kristen Wong
Contributing Writer
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Parents-to-be may have many questions before, during and after pregnancy.

Will my baby be OK meeting the family pet? What is labor like? What do I do if my baby is crying? When can I take my baby on an airplane?

Army Community Service offers Daddy Boot Camp to help answer many of these questions. The class is held on the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 2091.

Aimee Henson, the team lead supervisor for Family Advocacy Program and Education, instructs students during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Aimee Henson, the team lead supervisor for Family Advocacy Program and Education, instructs students during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18.

Active duty service members, Department of Defense civilians and their family members are eligible for this free class. Parents who have already had their first child and want to attend the class as a refresher may do so, too.

The class includes a slide presentation, videos and hands-on activities. It covers various topics, such as pre- and post-delivery, how to change diapers and tips for calming a crying baby. Some parents return to the class as volunteers after their baby is born to share experiences with attendees.

gt. Wayland Pearce, a unit supply specialist with 73rd Signal Company, attempts to pick up an object while wearing an empathy belly during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

Sgt. Wayland Pearce, a unit supply specialist with 73rd Signal Company, attempts to pick up an object while wearing an empathy belly during Daddy Boot Camp, March 18.

“Sharing of experiences is an added value to the whole class,” said Aimee Henson, the team lead supervisor for the Family Advocacy Program and Education at ACS.

Henson acts as the facilitator for Daddy Boot Camp classes. She said two of the topics fathers have been most interested in are swaddling and changing diapers.

Audrey Pearce attended the class with her husband. The couple had come to ACS to find out about classes such as breastfeeding when they found out about Daddy Boot Camp. They are expecting their first child.

“I just wanted to make him wear the empathy belly,” Pearce said, laughing.

Sgt. Wayland Pearce, a unit supply specialist with 73rd Signal Company, helps put an empathy belly on Sgt. Craig Payne, a cannon crewmember with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017.

Sgt. Wayland Pearce, a unit supply specialist with 73rd Signal Company, helps put an empathy belly on Sgt. Craig Payne, a cannon crewmember with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, March 18.

The men received the opportunity to wear an empathy belly, which is a weighted vest that simulates the appearance and feel of pregnancy. The men alternated wearing the belly during the class, and they also attempted to pick up objects from the floor while wearing the vest.

“There’s lots of good tips and tricks to get the baby to stop crying and all that,” said Sgt. Wayland Pearce, a unit supply specialist with 73rd Signal Company.

Participants practice dressing infant dolls during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

Participants practice dressing infant dolls during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

Sgt. Craig Payne, a cannon crewmember with 2nd Bn., 11th Field Artillery Regiment, is expecting his first child, but has had some experience helping care for his 4-month-old niece and his friends’ 3-month-old child.

He said there was a lot of new information that he learned during the class, such as caring for his wife during the nine months of pregnancy. He said it was good to have volunteers who’ve had at least one child attending the class.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Matthew Sikes, a signals collector/analyst with the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, practices swaddling a baby using an infant doll during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Spc. Matthew Sikes, a signals collector/analyst with the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, practices swaddling a baby using an infant doll during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month. (U.S. Army photo by Kristen Wong)

Attendees received a tote bag with various items for their new arrival. Items included a rubber duckie that helped test water temperature for a bath, safety devices, a diaper genie, and a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

Other Classes
ACS offers other parenting classes in addition to Daddy Boot Camp. During Play Mornings at ACS, parents can discuss parenting, and their infants and toddlers can play with each other. The next Play Mornings is scheduled at ACS on March 29 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Also, in Parenting 101, attendees can get more insights about parenting. Parenting 101 is scheduled for April 14 from noon to 1 p.m.

More Online
For more information about Daddy Boot Camp, call 655-4ACS (4227), or visit www.himwr.com/ACS and choose “Class Calendar” for registration.

Sgt. Craig Payne, a cannon crewmember with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, practices changing a diaper during Daddy Boot Camp at the Army Community Service building, March 18, 2017. Daddy Boot Camp is offered every third Saturday of each month.

Sgt. Craig Payne, a cannon crewmember with 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery, practices changing a diaper during Daddy Boot Camp.

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