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‘Diapers, Beer And Poker’: Baby Showers Are for Dads Too

Feb 8, 2018

Those cute yellow or mint green onesies and games like measure the baby bump are not just for moms anymore. New dads are getting into the baby shower game, but their party looks a little bit different.

If poker’s not your thing ... set up your baby shower around a large sports event — baby shower Super Bowl anyone?

Think diapers, beer and poker.

Once reserved for new moms and their family and friends, men-only baby showers are becoming a trend as dads start celebrating fatherhood in their own way too. These dad baby showers allow fathers a way to gather some necessities, while also giving them a chance to honor the upcoming change in their life in their own way.

Man showers came too late for my husband, but his friends did have a poker night and let him win. (I should have been suspicious when he came home with money in his pocket.) We didn’t really consider it a “man shower” or “dadchelor party” back then because there were no gifts (well, except for the money), but daddy baby showers are quickly becoming a thing.


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Still, I raised my eyebrows when my husband walked in one day after work, a pack of newborn diapers stuffed under his arm.

“What’s that?” I asked cautiously.

“Diapers for a baby shower — it’s for a friend at work,” he quickly added when I continued to eye him suspiciously while thinking of all the ways he schemed out of going to a baby shower the first time I was pregnant.

Dare your buddies to try baby food (which counts as a snack) or have them blow up balloons, shove them under their shirts and guess whose is the biggest

That is, until he shared the hook: bring diapers, play poker and drink free beer.

According to Pinterest, new moms are sharing the spotlight with their partners more than ever. Since 2015, the number of ideas Pinterest users are sharing about man showers are up 149 per cent. Ideas for co-ed showers — joint celebrations — have also increased 255 per cent.

Want to throw a baby shower for your buddy or partner? Pinterest is loaded with ideas, but if you’re overwhelmed keep it simple — remember: diapers, beer and poker. My husband’s friend hosted his dadchelor party on a Saturday night and set up TVs in his living room and streamed three different hockey games as they played.


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If poker’s not your thing, consider a round of golf, a game of shinny or set up your baby shower around a large sports event — baby shower Super Bowl anyone?

Since 2015, the number of ideas Pinterest users are sharing about man showers are up 149 per cent.

You can even throw in a few games played at traditional baby showers. Dare your buddies to try baby food (which counts as a snack) or have them blow up balloons, shove them under their shirts and guess whose is the biggest (a different take on the game where everyone guesses the size of the new mom’s belly using toilet paper).

And if you do decide to host a baby shower for a friend and play poker, be a pal and let the dad-to-be win — he’ll need the money for diapers and daycare.

Article Author Kelly Pedro
Kelly Pedro

Kelly Pedro is a former journalist turned freelance writer who specializes in writing about education, health and literacy. Her work has appeared in several publications including The London Free Press, The Toronto Star and Today’s Parent. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario with her husband, three children and Juno, the Bernese mountain dog. Connect with Kelly on her website, Twitter, LinkedIn or Alignable.

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