Photographer Johan Bävman with his new book. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.
Photographer Johan Bävman with his new book. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden.

Portraits of Swedish dads at home

"I learned a lot about parenting"
8:47 min

A photo essay by a Swedish photographer looks at men who chose to stay at home with their child for at least six months, spending more time with their babies than the average Swedish father.

Photographer Johan Bävman is the author of the photo series Swedish Dads, which documents the experiences of 45 fathers playing, sleeping, caring and cleaning with their children.

Bävman tells Radio Sweden the idea came from staying home to care for his own infant son, Viggo. He says he sought to create role models for other stay-at-home fathers but not to portray them as superhumans who were unfazed by the rigors of fatherhood.

"I learned a lot about parenting," he says of the project. "I learned that it's really a full-time job. It doesn't end after parental leave."

Most of the fathers were home for a year or at least six months though only a fraction of Sweden's fathers take parental leave for more than half a year. 

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