New moms are always getting all the attention and being showered with gifts at their baby showers, but what about you dad? If you are feeling a little left out don’t you worry, because the new thing for dads-to-be is the “diaper party”, “man shower,” “dadchelor party,” or whatever you want to call it.
Basically it’s a chance for you to ditch the pink and blue cupcakes and fancy parties and celebrate your fatherhood your way. It’s a night for you to chill with you buddies eating good food, laugh, and stocking up on the much needed diapers and wipes. So start rocking that dad bod early and let’s celebrate your soon to be fatherhood in style!
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What is a Diaper Party?
A diaper party is all about dad. Dad’s are an important part of the equation. I mean where would you be without their lovely donation of DNA? Dad’s will play an essential part of the son to be child’s life. It’s sometimes harder for dad’s to develop a strong bond with their newborn before they arrive because they haven’t had to opportunity to carry them for 9 months like mom. So this is one step you can take to help you start to build that excitement before they arrive.
Another great way to build your bond with your new child after they arrive is skin-to-skin. Check out my post here to learn more about why you should spend time doing skin-to-skin with your newborn.
You can cater your party to your needs. Most parties will include some great food, drinks, and fun party games and of course, don’t forget the diaper donations!
Who Do You Invite?
Dad this is all about you so invite your best guy friends, co-workers, brothers, uncles, cousins, or your very own dad. Whoever is going to help you celebrate this new adventure with you should definitely be there!
Who Hosts the Diaper Party?
The new father to be should not have to host his own diaper party. It should be a close friend or family member. Someone that can really put together a great day of celebrating the new father to be.
How to Throw an Epic Diaper Party
To host the best diaper party you need to know your dad-to-be. What are his likes and dislikes. Does he want a chill backyard party with friends or an epic themed party full of hilarious games. Again this should be all about the future dad.
When it comes to food for your diaper party there is no need to waste your time on pretty finger sandwiches and horderves. Time to go straight to a man’s heart with BBQ, buffalo wings, nachos, hot dogs, hamburgers, or you dad’s favorites. Keep it simple but give those hungry men some good food to indulge in. The one thing that should be more plentiful than diapers is the food!
Lets keep it classy but on brand here. Talk to your dad to be. What is his favorite drink. Make that the feature option. They fill it in with some other options that are sure to please all your guests.
There are a ton of great designs on etsy or you can opt for a simple einvite or facebook invite. Whatever you choose make sure to let people know what to expect. Although diaper parties are becoming more popular not everyone has probably gone to one so give them all the important details.
- Date, time, and location
- Request for diapers and wipes instead of typical gifts
- if you have specific diaper brand requests or if you are going the cloth diaper route make sure to specify on the invite
Send out your invites about 4 weeks in advance so your guests can plan appropriately.
Taking some of the financial burden off the new parent to be can be a huge weight lifted. Kids are expensive and diapers can be a huge part of that. Newborns can go through 8-10 diapers a day, In about a month you are spending between 80-120 for diapers alone on that little cutie. That doesn’t even include the wipes and all the other things that little baby will need.
So to be the most helpful to the future parents, on your invitation make sure to let everyone know that you want sizes 1-5. This will help to ensure not everyone buys the same size. Too much of one size and you might not use them all. Attach a gift receipt to the gift so they can return it if needed. Most places will accept unopened boxes of diapers even without a receipt, but at least they will know where to return them to.
You can keep it simple and do some fun backyard games like corn hole, drinking games, outdoor basketball pickup game, or just sit around and watch a good sports game on television.
If you want to opt for some other fun options you can try some dad inspired shower games. Whatever you choose try to keep it simple and let it all happen naturally.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do at a diaper party?
A diaper party is basically a baby shower for dads. It’s all about supporting the new dad to be and celebrating his new advancement to fatherhood.
Some diaper parties are really chill and are just an opportunity for the new father to be to hand out with family and friends. Often including good food and good drinks.
Other diaper parties might include some fun games. This could include things like the bottle chug, baby food guessing game, my water broke, and many other baby shower games.
What do you need for a diaper party?
The essentials for a great diaper party:
1. The dad to be
2. A great group of friends and family
3. Good Food
5. A lot of diapers
Everything else is just extra, so don’t sweat it!
When did diaper parties become a thing?
They started becoming popular around 2011 and are becoming more and more common. It’s a great way for dad’s to get excited for their new baby. It’s also a great way to get one baby item that you are sure to use, plenty of diapers!
Throwing a diaper party for dads is a great way to celebrate their soon to be fatherhood with the people they love. These types of parties are becoming more commonplace everyday. There is a great reason for that. They help dads bond with other dads while sharing advice about their upcoming new role, at the same time stocking up on the most important baby item there is (diapers and wipes). So even if you aren’t a first time father a diaper party is an absolute must! Your baby will thank you for it!
Jess is a registered nurse with over 6+ years of critical care experience for patients young and old and is the mother of two small children. After having her own children she felt inspired to provide mothers with real actionable guidance and education to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancy and postpartum experience.