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Top Tips for Dads Suffering through a Co-ed Baby Shower

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If youíve ever been to a coed baby shower, youíve probably winced in agony over the bad jokes and painful party games. You probably hadnít had so much fun since your wedding shower. Well, you may get your chance to attend another one soon, with yourself in hot seat this time. Here are our tips for survival.
  1. Play along. Yeah, it sucks to be a dad-to-be and have to yuck-it-up with other sissy dads and the alpha she-wolves who are clearly in control of the entertainment. Youíre not calling the plays on this one though.
  2. Play along. You'll likely have to compete in classic shower games. Hereís a taste of two of them so you arenít obviously appalled when they are explained to you:
    • The Diaper Olympics. Here you are asked to compete against other non-child bearers to change a diaper usually filled with an appetizing mixture of baked beans and mustard and ketchup. Please, whatever you do, donít mimic eating from the diaper. Extra credit hint, if youíre having a girl baby or have been assigned a girl doll, wipe from ďfront to back.Ē
    • Who sucks the most? - You compete with other suckers to see who can drink down a baby milk bottle. If youíre really unlucky, theyíll use formula. Donít worry though, not even the most sadistic host will fill the bottles with real motherís milk
  3. Play along. Donít expect many drinks to be served at a shower. Showers are usually planned by women who arenít in the drinking mode at the momentótheyíre either nursing or pregnant themselves. And, crawling babies are usually the order of the day. Note to self: crawling baby is no match for tipsy, staggering 200 lb. dads. If you have ever done meditation or yoga, this is a good time to dust off your technique, pick a spot on the wall, and get into a Zen state until youíre allowed to get back in your new mini-van and go home for a nap.
  4. Play along. If you donít have any kids yet, be prepared for more talk about diapers, burping, and feeding than youíve ever heard in your life. This is your baptism by fire, baby. You run out of the house screaming and youíll always be that guy who just wasnít ready to be a dad!
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By RealDad,   From Los Angeles
co-ed baby showers should be illegal.

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