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A Mum & Dad Baby Shower


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Okay so traditionally a baby shower is thrown for the mum-to-be by her friends and family and it is an all-woman party where the clucky and broody gather to play games, share advice and hand out the gifts to the mum and bub. The dad gets relegated to his mates place until the party is over and to me, well that does not seem fair. After all he had a part to play in the making of the baby and even though the mum grows the bub, he is also going along with her and going through some pretty big adjustments himself as he watches the love of his life grow their child, her body blossoming. He will be going through the same fears and anxieties as the mum, is curious as to what pregnancy is like because he will never know what it feels like to have another life grow within. Why not include Daddy in the baby shower? Make it a celebration and congratulations for the mum and the dad. Make him feel special and important too. It will also strengthen the bond between the couple and generate even more excitement for the impending arrival and mamma you may just find yourself pleasantly surprised by your hubby’s enthusiasm and watching him beam with pride that all these guests are here to celebrate something you have both made.

I have a friend who is expecting her first baby and I love reading her posts on facebook as her partner is pretty much ready for this baby to come out now. He bombards her with questions, the nursery is practically set up (they still have some time to go) and the post that brought a tear to my eye was when they heard baby’s heartbeat for the first time. She described the look on her partner’s face and well I am sure he is going to be a fantastic doting daddy to this little baby. He is obviously so proud of what they have and that is wonderful. That is what a baby is all about. Love. Well done Daddy! I look forward to the day when their baby is born, I think she may have to fight with him to get a snuggle in with bubby!!! By including the dad in the baby shower it would also be a perfect opportunity for him to sit down and talk about pregnancy, birth and parenthood with the other women there – they may be able to give him tips that he can apply later on. The men can all discuss being dads and how if it is a girl baby shower she will not allow to marry until she is 60 and if it is a boy baby shower, then it is best to reserve family seating at ER now (we can vouch for this – our 2yr old son is funding our GP’s nice house and car with all his daredevil stunts).

For fun you could set up a nappy change race – boys against girls. That would end up in fits of laughter as you test your parenting skills. Play the baby food game, couples team up and one feeds the un-labelled baby food to their partner and they have to guess what it is. See if you can get your hands on a prosthetic baby bump and let the guys take turns at wearing it and completing an obstacle course. The fastest time scores a gift voucher for him and his partner for a massage. You will love to sit with your partner, opening the gifts together too. If you want to keep the guests in the dark about bub’s gender, keep your colour pallet neutral for the decorations or if it is known and to be announced at the baby shower, decorate in the pinks or blues; fill the room with bunting and pom poms. Let the guys’ fire up a barbecue and set up a table of pregnancy friendly nibbles (so no deli meats, seafood, cheeses or products containing raw egg like mayonnaise). Serve your guests mocktails instead alcohol. Have a great big cupcake stand and scatter baby shower decorations over the tables.

Thank your guests with a gift bag containing a candy pacifier, thank you card and a little framed ultrasound picture. 

Why don’t you break with tradition and share the baby shower with your partner and his friends? It will make the whole event all the more special to celebrate it together and you can show your child photos of Daddy running with a prosthetic baby bump and trying to put a cloth nappy on a baby doll with mummy racing against him! Australia’s #1 Party Shop has all the fun baby shower games and baby shower decorations to help you put together the best Mum and Dad Baby Shower ever!



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