Traditionally, baby showers focus on celebrating moms-to-be, but a new trend is emerging where new dads get involved in the fun. Diaper braais, dadchelors or forever parties, organized by friends and family members for fathers-to-be, give men a chance to receive support and celebrate their impending fatherhood.
According to Ronald Govender Dis-Chem Baby City, FMCG Executive, this new trend is gaining popularity and, most importantly, recognizes that fathers-to-be also deserve to be supported during this transformative period in their lives.
Fathers’ involvement in parenting has long been a topic of discussion in South Africa. Organizations such as UNICEF, the National Department of Social Development and Sonke Gender Justice have consistently emphasized the importance of equal involvement of men in care and support programs focusing on equitable and non-equitable parenting practices. violent.
“So this new trend is encouraging in including dads in the celebration, diaper braais contribute to a more inclusive approach to parenting from the start of the parenting journey, and the importance of men coming together to provide support and celebrate fatherhood,” adds Govender.
He highlights a few key points that make these holidays valuable:
Links and support:
Beyond the joy of the braai, fathers-to-be connect with their male friends and receive support throughout their journey to fatherhood. The relaxed, laid-back atmosphere allows dads to share their hopes, fears and questions about becoming a parent, creating a strong support network.
Practical tips and tricks
Among the group of friends, experienced fathers offer practical advice and share their personal experiences. From diaper changing tips, including how to deal with messes, prevent leaks and keep baby comfortable during the process, to soothing techniques and balancing work and family life.
Celebrate the transition:
Becoming a father is a big life transition, friends can decide to have a casual get-together or theme the party and include games to make it even more fun. Some games might include 30-second quizzes for new dads, a Diaper Derby, or a nursery rhyme quiz. Family and friends often bring gifts for the baby, including essentials, and baby registries for diaper braais are also becoming more common.
Diapers are a standard entry gift for guests, with organizers asking all attendees to bring a pack of diapers, which is a very useful and practical gift. To make life easier, it is also common for men to group together to buy a more expensive gift, such as a camp bed or pram.
Relieve stress and encourage self-care:
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be a difficult task, and celebrating gives expectant fathers a chance to relax before their little one arrives.
Friends can plan activities that help the dad-to-be de-stress, such as outdoor adventures, sports activities, or simply spending quality time together. Encouraging self-care and relaxation helps new dads enter fatherhood with a refreshed and positive mindset.
Friends parties strengthen bonds between friends, creating lasting memories and a sense of camaraderie. The shared experience of supporting a friend through this important life transition brings friends closer together and provides a strong foundation for continued friendship, advice, encouragement and support in the years to come.
Recognizing the changing role of fathers, the growing acceptance of diaper braais is a popular and meaningful way to celebrate dads-to-be.
These evenings between partners for eternity provide a supportive environment, practical advice and opportunities for friendship and bonding. By including future fathers in the celebration, their important role in parenting is recognized and promotes a more inclusive and supportive community.
*This content was published by GGI