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Terrific Trend Alert: Men-Only Baby Showers!

Bet you thought you’d never live to see the day! This is straight out of an article on Tennessean.com: “Sometimes called a dadchelor party, man shower or daddymoon, diaper parties are the latest way to acknowledge a baby’s arrival.” So what can a man expect when he’s invited to a baby shower for one of his best buds?

Cigars, beer, poker, perhaps even a backyard barbecue! It’s a pre-delivery celebration before the father-to-be takes on his share of cutie-patootie duties–getting up at 2AM, changing diapers, bathing and feeding baby, keeping an eye on the baby while mommy takes some “me” time, etc. Sometimes it’s held in conjunction with the women’s baby shower. Girls inside, guys outside.

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Now Showing! The Diaper Dozen!

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The only gift the guys are asked to bring is a pack of disposable diapers. Having hosted showers where guests were asked to bring only disposable diapers (all sizes) and baby wipes, I can assure you these dudes will put a delightful dent in the dough you dole out for diapers–sometimes enough to last six months. Still, I can’t help speculating on some of the oddities an all-male baby shower presents. For example…

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Baby shower favors. No guy wants to show up back home with a giraffe candle or an egg-shaped kitchen timer or a rubber-ducky soap. I’m thinking baby bottle-shaped beer mugs, favor “lunch” boxes, filled with a big pack of roasted peanuts or nachos with cheese and jalapenos, or “My Dad Measures Up” tape measures.

Hmmmm. Would anybody besides me rather go to the men’s shower?

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