For years daddies have been left out of the baby shower world. However as daddies are becoming more active in the lives of their babies, they are gradually be included more and more in showers. Over the past 10 years, couples showers have grown in popularity. They bring the new daddies into the celebration. Now men are beginning to take it a step farther with the Daddy Shower, also known as the Dad-tchelore Party.
Who can throw a Daddy Shower? A daddy shower is generally thrown by a friend or coworker of the expecting daddy. If the party is for a bunch of daddy’s buddies, then a good friend may choose to throw a men’s only baby shower. Office daddy showers, or daddy showers thrown for men who are no longer in a relationship with their baby’s mother, are more likely to be co-ed and thus can be thrown by either a man or woman.
Who is a Daddy Shower for? A daddy shower can be thrown for any man who is expecting a child soon. It could be for a man who is expecting a new baby. Men who are adopting can also be graced with a Daddy Shower.
Why a Daddy Shower? Daddy showers are a way to show support for a man who is about to become a new father. There are many reasons why you might choose throw a shower for a daddy. If the new mommy is having a mommy only baby shower with her girlfriends and female relatives, a daddy shower can be a good way for the men in the family and for the new dad’s friends to show him their support. A daddy shower is also very appropriate in a workplace. It is a great way to recognize a man who is soon going to be taking on this important new role. It allows co-workers to celebrate with him. While also helping him provide for all of those new baby necessities. Another time when a daddy shower becomes even more important is for the new dad who is no longer with the baby’s mom. Sometimes, for one reason or another the parents are not involved in a relationship when a new baby is born. In this situation the new dad will need all of the same supplies that the new mom will need. He’ll also need all of the support his friends and family can muster. A daddy shower is a great way to make him feel important and supported.
What do we do at a Daddy Shower? Most men aren’t too interested in the traditional baby games. Instead options like have a back yard grilling party, a football party, or even just hanging around talking tend to be more popular with men than a traditional style shower. If games are desired, most men seem to prefer the ones that get everyone laughing. Baby Bottle chugging, taste the baby food, and the dirty diaper game are good game options.
Do we need to bring gifts? What kind of gifts should we bring? The situation of the man and instructions for the shower will play a big part in what gift you decide to bring. When the guys get together to celebrate with dad, a lot of times they have no idea what to bring. For that reason, many daddy showers specify right on the invitation that the attendees should bring a pack of diapers. This makes it great for everyone. The daddy gets lots of diapers for the baby, thus saving a bundle. Many men like this because they know what to bring. Also, no matter what size of diapers they bring, they can’t go wrong, sooner or later the new parents are bound to need them. Plus, if the new mommy is having a shower, she’ll end up with many of the things the couple needs. By bringing diapers the guys won’t have to worry about doubling up on gifts. If the invitation doesn’t specify, it’s a great idea to bring fun things that the new dad can do with the baby. Daddy diaper tool boxes and tool belts, books for daddy to read to the baby, as well as balls and toys tend to have more appeal for the new daddy than baby clothes. If the new dad will be parenting separately from the new mom, then he will have a need for a lot more baby goodies, and thus gifts like those generally given at baby showers would be much more appropriate.
With the ever growing role that new dads are taking in raising their babies, it’s time that we give them a chance to celebrate and be supported. The time of the daddy shower has definitely come.