Some couples are now having joint baby showers, but many are still
just for the girls. While the girls plan elaborate baby showers with
decorations, games, and cute gifts, guys don't need to be left out!
Why not plan a low-key "guys only" party to celebrate baby's arrival? A diaper party is the perfect excuse to get together with the guys to drink some beer and maybe even watch a game on TV.
Diaper parties are often planned by the new dad's family or friends. They sometimes take place on the same day as the baby shower, and may be in a different location (another house, or the back yard, basement or garage).
Note: Since it can be hard to return diapers, it can be helpful to specify brand or size preferences (tip: ask for sizes 1-5 since you don't want to get stuck with a ton of newborn diapers that won't fit for long).
Amazon.com is a great place to buy diapers. Orders over $25 ship free (right to your doorstep!), and they carry all major brands and sizes.
While cloth diaper usage is growing, it's estimated that disposable diapers are still used on 95% of babies. While you may now be fully convinced about your decision to use cloth diapers, keep in mind that your friends may have had no experience with cloth diapers, and may even be horrified by your decision.
I have a sneaky suspicion that for most diaper parties, guys just swing
by the closest Wal-Mart or drug store on the way to the party and grab
the first package of Huggies (or Pampers) they see.
Since guys don't like to make plans in advance, the news that you are planning a cloth diaper diaper party might result in panic, since it will likely be impossible to pick up cloth diapers on the way to the party. Cloth diaper parties may require a bit more communication, but if you plan things right, they shouldn't be any harder for your friends to attend!
In order from easiest to most frustrating for your guy friends, here are four ideas on how you can make a diaper party work when you plan to use cloth diapers rather than disposables:
When you send out your email about the party, keep it simple but be sure to include all the important details. Here's a sample:
We're having a baby. My wife is having a baby shower so the women can buy all of the cute stuff. She is serving hors d'oeuvres and punch. I'm having a diaper party for the guys for all of the practical stuff (aka, diapers). I'm serving BBQ and beers. This might be my last party for awhile, so I hope you can attend!
See you at (time), (date), (location). I'll provide the (meat and munchies).
We've decided to use cloth diapers. This decision means that we're sending less trash to landfills. And cloth diapers really aren't that hard to use, plus we'll save money too. Yes, we'll have to do another load of laundry every few days. But we're going to get this cool diaper sprayer so we don't have to handle the poop. (Note, even if you don't get a diaper sprayer, you still won't have to handle poop, or you can try diaper liners.)
We're planning to use (brand) cloth diapers. Each diaper costs (insert diaper price) and we'll only need (18-24) of them in total. The plus is, next time we have a baby we won't need to buy any new diapers! (not that we're thinking that far in advance right now).
To make things really easy for you, we're going to set up a collection jar. Or, if you want to actually buy us a diaper, you can visit (retailer's website) and pick (product link). If you prefer, you can ship them to our house (insert address).
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