Friday, March 19, 2010

because its his baby too.

as an event planner, i'm always throwing baby showers.
my keen eye for detail has picked up on a trend.

the daddy to be always gets left out.
unless its a co-ed shower...but in 9 out of 10 cases, its not.

mommy to be gets showered with a lovely party, sentiments, gifts and delicious food.
daddy to be gets to pick her up at the end of her shower acting as a pack mule...
loading the car(s) up with the never ending pile of goods from babies r us.
then unloading it all at the house, usually by himself.
good times.

i wanted to create something fun so the awaiting father could be included!
i usually have the dad to be arrive at the tail end of the shower while gifts are still being opened.
then i hand them this.
"a daddy doody kit"
i purchased the clear paint pail at a craft store.
they are about $5.00.
for the "open in case of emergency" tag
i used an all cap font in red printed off my home printer.
I used a large round hole punch to cut it out.
its taped to the top with double sided foam dots.
for the "daddy doody kit" tag i just free hand tore
the paper around the words.
on the side of the pail with the seam,
i added a "contains:" list.
here is what was included in this one:
diaper rash cream
goggles (home depot, about $2.50)
face mask (home depot, about $2.00 for 1)
clothes pin for your nose
tongs for diaper disposal
hand sanitizer (travel size)
baby wash (travel size)
wash cloth
baby food
baby sockies
(travel size)
tylenol...for daddy

get creative and personalize it for the guy you are giving it to.
pop the lid back on and its good to go!
here is the daddy to be receiving his kit.
ready for some diaper changing action!
just a few more weeks to go...
and you will be knee deep in diaper doody.
so keep smiling!!

have fun making a kit for the expectant daddy in your life!


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
    I'm planning on making one right after Christmas!

  2. The mother should be showered!! She is the one carrying the baby after all! LOL

    On a more serious note, this is a great gift idea and I wish I would have found it before my two best friends had their first babies in 2011!

    1. ya this is true but it is good to get the dad included into the showering

    2. This will be perfect for my brother and his wife's baby shower!!! Such a cute idea and fits him perfectly. Thank you :)

  3. Where did you find the container? This is such a great idea!!

  4. The container is from Michael's Craft Store, you can find them at most any craft store. Amazon has them as well. Thank you!

  5. I love this idea. We're planning a baby shower and the dad will be there. We've been trying to think of something for him and this is perfect. Thank you!

  6. I started giving dad gifts after my daughters first baby. I found a great book for first time dads, it's called Be Prepared and of course I forgot the authors name but it's laid out like a boy scout manual. My son-in-law loved his copy. It covers every thing from what to do if you run out of diapers to how to deal with post partum depression.

  7. I loved this.Went and bought my pails yesterday.Cant wait to fill them.Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  8. Super Cute! My husband side of the family has what they call "Diaper Parties" for the guys. While I was having my baby Shower he and his friends and everyones husbands were out playing disc golf. Everyone was asked to bring him a bag or box of diapers. They played golf for my nephew's. Needless to say I don't need diapers untill we get to size 3's!

    1. I was just going to mention this too! My husband and his friends all get together for Diaper parties as well. They each pick a different size so that there is not a ton of size 1's. Great idea.. and of course they have a few beers too

  9. I started making something similar 25 yrs ago because the Dads were always left out. I used a canvas apron with pockets the kind that goes around the neck and ties in the back. I painted a Warning New Dad in Training sign on it. I used nose plugs, goggles and ear plugs that you buy for pool use. I bought baby pins to hang them off the apron. I included a bottle of beer or a mini bottle of alcohol for when baby is finally asleep for dad..a bib, a small children's book to read to baby, a cd of soothing music, baby rattle and a small empty photo frame to hold a picture of dad wearing the apron for posterity. The possibilities of what you can put in and hang on the apron were endless..once I couldnt find an apron that was plain so I bought a canvas tool belt holder that ties around the waste. The guys always loved the gift and everyone always got a good laugh!

  10. I make something similar but I use a large solid color grill apron and embroider "Daddy on Doody" I use goggles, face mask, rubber gloves, tongs, small bags that I label "toxic waste" and assorted other goodies.

  11. You should see these on Etsy! This is fabulous!

  12. What a great idea. My nephew is going to be a first time Daddy to triplet girls, and I was looking for something to give him. You all have given me wonderful inspiration. Thank you and God Bless!!

  13. I did something similiar but instead of pail, I got a tool belt and filled that with items, so he wore the belt durning the whole shower even a cloths pin for the nose for smell LOL

  14. Thanks for the wonderful idea! I used this for my sister's 1st baby's baby shower and her husband loved it! He was most excited about the nose plug! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  15. How big is the paint can?

    1. I just bought one yesterday at Michaels and it was a gallon size. cost was 6.99, but was able to use a 40% off coupon.

  16. I love the idea, I know mom should be showered but dad also needs to be showered to after all he has to put up with mom and all the crazy things her body takes her through.

  17. Do you sale them?

  18. As man, I would leave if I received this artsy fartsy junk and probably reevaluate the life choices that led me to become eunuch and my lack on any manly bones left in my body.

    1. Get over yourself...

    2. If you got up and left after somebody went to all that trouble to try and make you something special too, it would just go to show what kind of a man you really "are". I feel sorry for your wife.

  19. This is perfect! I added infant gas relief drops to the list though as well because we all know sometimes those can be part of our survival lol.

  20. Cool I really wanna make this

  21. i am making this for a close friend great idea

  22. The Art of Roughhousing by Anthony DeBenedet and Lawrence Cohen (that's me!) makes a great dad baby shower gift! Of course, many moms love roughhousing too, but for many dads it is a big part of the joy of fatherhood. The book is filled with the science behind roughhousing and its benefits, and lots of fun games and activities--with illustrations. enjoy

  23. Jennifer WhittakerOctober 10, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Great Idea. I'm going to defiantly make on for my husband for our baby shower. He is going to love it.

  24. I absolutely love this idea. I plan to make this for my boyfriend. This is goingto be his first child and never changed a diaper in his life.

  25. My niece and her husband are expecting their first baby in May 2014. My niece has a 7 year old son from a previous marriage. I'm making one for the new Dad to be and also for my great nephew. Dad's emergency bucket will be filled with the 'not so much fun stuff' like diaper duty supplies and also a bottle of beer. I'm filling my great nephews bucket with fun items such as books and little toys. I might even put in a bottle of Sprecher Root Beer for him to enjoy with his step dad after baby is taken care of.

  26. Hi im trying to find the plastic paint can, are you able to help with any information.
    Regards Robyn.

    1. I just bought this yesterday at Michaels, it was $6.99 and was able to use a 40% off coupon also

  27. I live in NJ, I have been going crazy looking for this clear bucket & can't find it in any of the craft stores here !! I need one, I have all the items & now need the bucket !!!

  28. Oh my goodness....what a terrific idea. Since we are having a couples baby shower in a few months, I definately will be putting this together to hand to my son-in-law while the baby gifts are being opened....Love it!

  29. Fantastic idea, especially for a new dad who doesn't like germs! haha this made me laugh out loud!. I will be making my own kit for the upcoming shower for my son and daughter in law. :)



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