Daddy baby showers: A Baby Shower for Dad

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A Baby Shower for Dad

I had three baby showers (thank you so much to my friends and family!) and looking back, it’s kind of sad that Tyler wasn’t there to celebrate with us! I mean, yes, I did do most of the work during IVF and also in carrying twins, but in looking back on it I wish we had celebrated with a baby shower for the upcoming dad because he was just as excited for Harris and Goldie’s arrival as I was. It would have been fun to invite his friends over for a celebration! I teamed up with Pampers to create the “party that should have been.” If you are expecting your first baby, please have a baby shower for your husband. It will be fun for him and his friends, and he’ll get to experience the same anticipation that you get at your baby shower! Here is what I think would be fun:

1. Create the invitation centered around diapers as a gift. Looking back on my showers and what I got stocked up on from loved ones, I really, really appreciated having a lot of diapers when the twins arrived. Let your husband’s guests know that this will be the ticket to entering the party of the year 😉 I didn’t have to go to the store for diapers for two months after the twins came home from the NICU, and who wants to run to the store for diapers when you have a newborn anyway? That should be the last thing you need to worry about. Your invitation could say something like this:

Diapers for Daddy

Join Father-to-be Tyler Parcell for good eats, good fun and a good movie!

Saturday, September 16th at 7 pm at the Parcell residence

Tyler is a good guy, soon to be a great dad! Please bring a pack of diapers to set him on his way.

2. Good food. I mean, this is a given since who doesn’t love to eat? For me, a good party starts with the food…and also ends with it. Oh, and it’s in the middle too. It can make or break a party! Skip the croissant sandwiches and head straight to the grill for the soon-to-be-dad. My menu was grilled steak, chicken, vegetables and corn on the cob with soda. I put labels in front of each food platter to add to the decor. I think my favorite has to be, “Bubbles for my Brothers” in front of the soda. I literally laughed out loud while I was typing it to print. What can I say, I missed my calling in life! I should write greeting cards for a living with gems like that. 😉 To keep the food warm and fresh off the grill, I put it in metal containers from the dollar store! “Easy cleanup” is always a beautiful song in my ears.

3. Skip the games. Honestly, after talking with a lot of friends and family, I don’t think many people love playing games at baby showers, and I think this would especially apply to Tyler’s friends. They would just want to hang out and catch up, eat good food and watch a good movie together! Life is so busy with work and family that the older we get, it gets harder to spend quality time with friends. Give them time to catch up and let the conversation happen naturally, and choose a good action movie that most of the guys will approve of.

4. Have a basket of snacks and containers of popcorn ready to grab. I think the reason that most people love watching movies so much is the popcorn and snacks. No, just me? No way! I created a basket full of sweet treats and individual containers of popcorn that the guys could easily grab as they sat down for the movie.


The After Party aka the time of Harris and Goldie’s life!

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20 Hilarious Baby Shower Games for Men (That Men Will Enjoy!)

Thinking of throwing a co-ed baby shower? Party on! Here are some baby shower games for men to include everyone in the fun!

Unpopular opinion: I think all baby showers should be co-ed! Keep reading and hear me out, I promise you won’t regret it.

I’m sure you’ve been to plenty of baby showers that were ladies-only and simply lovely. And if your sig-o has a Y chromosome, looking back on those ladies-only baby showers, you’re probably thinking that there’s no way he would have had a good time if he’d gone!

But did you ever stop to think that maybe if you included some guy-friendly activities in the baby shower, it might be a “the more, the merrier!” type of situation?

In fact, I bet there are plenty of men in mom-to-be’s life who could really add some fun to the baby shower! We had a co-ed baby shower and it’s still one of our favorite days to reminisce about.

I think the guys deserve to do a little celebrating, too. Just think about how fun it’ll be for dad to have some of his buddies there to toast the growing family!

If you’re interested in making the baby shower a party for everyone, check out these baby shower games for men to get them in on the fun!

Bottle Chug

I’ve been to a baby shower where they played Bottle Chug, and it was a fantastic way to get the party started! Not only is it hilarious (and super tricky to drink beer out of a bottle nipple), it’s a great way to break the ice and get the drinks flowing for more fun to come.

Grab the printable and instructions on how to play this bottle chug game from The Cutest Baby Showers blog.

Baby Bump or Beer Belly

Of course every soon-to-be dad has heard of a “Dad Bod” and is hoping to avoid getting one.

But why not poke fun at the stereotype by playing a game where you spot the difference between bellies full of beer and bellies full of baby?

Grab these hilarious Baby Bump or Beer Belly cards from Inkbelle, and prepare to laugh as you struggle to tell the difference when playing this coed baby shower game!

Diaper Pong

Check out this adorable Diaper Pong board that a reader at Hip2Save created using materials from the Dollar Store! This is such a cute idea, especially if you’re throwing a baby shower on a budget.

Whether or not you turn this into a drinking game is completely up to you, but it has the potential to be one of the wildest baby shower games for men out there!

Who Has the Mom?

Who doesn’t love a randomized door-prize? You can buy these Who Has the Mom scratch-off cards and hide them under chairs or around the party. Whoever scratches off their card to reveal the baby shower’s real baby momma will win a fun baby shower prize!

Baby Candy Match

I’ve hosted my fair share of baby showers, and I love to add a simple printable baby shower game into the mix! That’s why I created this sweet Candy Match Baby Shower Game.

To play, just match the pregnancy or baby-related term to the correct candy bar. Whoever gets the most correct answers gets to chow down on the candy! 

The men in your life may really appreciate what expecting mamas go through after playing this one!

Humans Against Baby Showers

If you’re looking for a hilarious, edgy, and irreverent game to play with the whole group, look no further than Humans Against Baby Showers!

This printable card game from PrintOutBabyShower is a funny pregnancy-themed twist on the card game Cards Against Humanity. Gals and guys alike are sure to get a kick out of it!

Boobs or Butt

With a name like that, what guy wouldn’t want to play?

This cheeky and perhaps even inappropriate baby shower game from Inkbelle is sure to get the dudes’ undivided attention. If you’re ready to laugh and blush, this is the baby shower game for you! Grab the Boobs or Butt game here!

Shower Squares

For the shower guests who like to bet in sports pools, the Shower Squares game from Castle Hall Creative will feel familiar and give them something to root for!

Follow the directions to turn present-opening at the shower into a competition, where the game winner and the new baby both benefit from a cash prize at the end.

Pin the Sperm on the Uterus

We’ve all heard of pin the tail on the donkey, right? Switch out the donkey and tail for a uterus and sperm, and you’ve got yourself a hilarious baby-themed game to play with everyone! I’m guessing men will crack up especially at this game!

Find the Baby’s Dad

This one is the same as Who Has the Mom game above, but you’re looking to scratch off a picture of dad instead! The other cards are filled with male celebrities!

Tinkle in the Pot

I love any game that will give the guys a little glimpse into what it’s like to be pregnant. And thanks to the Kitty Groups Online blog, I have a new one to try out: it’s the Tinkle in the Pot game!

Players stuff a big balloon under their shirts and walk (or more like waddle!) several feet with a ping pong ball held between their knees. The team that drops the most balls into their jar wins!

This would also be a fun baby shower game for kids!

Beer Word Scramble

If you’re looking for a great printable baby shower game for the men and beer-lovers at the shower, check out the Beer Word Scramble.

Players can unscramble the names of 25 breweries to win a prize–maybe a beer! I know my husband would love playing this one!

Famous Fathers

Another great printable option is the Famous Fathers game from WebBabyShower. Have the guys test their knowledge of famous dads and their kids!

Who Can Finish Daddy’s Phrase?

Do you ever feel like your friends know you a little too well? Put that theory to the test for dad-to-be and his buddies with this clever printable party game from HappyBabyPrintables.

Dad will complete a series of baby-related phrases, and everyone else tries to guess what he said. The results are hilarious!

He Said She Said

We played the shoe game, which is very similar to this He Said She Said Game and it was so much fun! You can adapt this bridal version for a baby shower very simply! If hosting a co-ed shower, have mom and dad sit back to back and hold up the other’s shoe as they answer the questions!

Dad Jokes

Dad might be used to cracking jokes, but it’s time to brush up on some dad joke material now! This Dad Joke printable from Happy Times Digital is a punny introduction to daddy humor.

Think of all the groans and eye-rolls he has in his future!

Love or Labor

If you’re looking for another risqué game to keep the guys entertained, check out the Love or Labor game.

These pre-printed game cards feature women in various stages of ecstasy or agony, and the goal is to guess whether she’s engaged in labor or…well, baby-making! The perfect baby shower game for men!

Would He Rather

Another fun printable from Happy Baby Printables that can help everyone get to know dad better is the Would He Rather game. Guys love a little competition, so have dad’s friends compete to see who knows him the best!

What Did Dad Say?

For a cute adaptation of the Newlywed Game, ask dad to answer the questions on the What Did Dad Say? printable, then have all of the guests guess how many of dad’s answers mom-to-be will get right.

Get everyone at the shower involved, and enjoy putting mom on the spot!

Labor or Horror

Similar to the Love or Labor game, the Labor or Horror game challenges everyone to guess whether the women pictured on the game cards are having a baby or are starring in classic horror movies. It’s a scream!

This might be one to avoid if mom-to-be is nervous about labor, but you can always send the guys away to play!

Who Knows Daddy Best?

If you’re looking for more tame and G-rated baby shower games for men, the Who Knows Daddy Best? game is a wholesome competition where guests compete for best friend bragging rights.

Snag the game from Dainty Darling Co. and prepare for some warm-fuzzies as the guys display their intimate knowledge of dad!

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Dad leaves baby alone to take a shower and mom goes crazy!

«Surely I’m not the only one here who thinks it’s wrong to leave a two year old downstairs — alone — while you go upstairs to take a shower?»

When you have a baby, personal care can often be an afterthought.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run out of the shower without washing my hair properly.

«I’m so angry!»

A woman posted on social media asking if she was unreasonable to be «so mad» at her husband for leaving their two year old son downstairs alone while he showered upstairs.

«I’m so mad at him,» the woman wrote in her post. «He just doesn’t have the slightest idea how to properly monitor a child.»

She said that if she ever tried to discuss this subject with him, he would just piss her off.

«This morning is a prime example,» she continued. «Lately he’s been taking morning duties due to the fact that I’m seven months pregnant.»

In the morning, she heard something that made her angry. Her husband said to his son, «So you stay downstairs and be a good boy while dad takes a shower?»

«Now forgive me if I’m being unreasonable, but of course I’m not the only one here who thinks it’s wrong to leave a 2.5 year old downstairs — alone — while you go upstairs to take a shower??!» she asked.

“Depends on the house”

Some people answered that it depends on how well the house was protected for children.

“Depends on how well the home is ‘child/toddler protected’ and what kind of child it is. At this age, I regularly left my daughter to play while I showered/cleaned upstairs. I made sure she knew where I was so she could come and find me,” commented one woman. She added that the mother will likely have to do the same when the new baby arrives.

Another person says that she leaves her daughter with food and in front of the TV and does the same: “I sit my daughter in front of the TV, have breakfast, and then go to the shower. I’m not far away and I’ve been doing this since she was a little over two years old.»

«Depends on the child»

Another good point was that every child can be different, as shown in the comments below.

«Depends on your home and your child,» one person replied. “I would never leave my son downstairs alone. Since he would cover everything. But my second son (he is now 2.5) can easily stay alone and play or watch TV while I take a shower because he is much calmer than my older brother and I know he is safe.

“I left my daughter downstairs when I showered around this age,” the woman wrote. “Stair gates in the kitchen and on the stairs, a new Peppa Pig episode — and she barely noticed that I was gone. As for my son, he won’t even let me go to the toilet. Plus, he’s a climber. So it all depends on the child (in my opinion).

So maybe it depends on two pretty important questions: How safe is your home? And how safe is your child?

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