Baby Shower Diaper Gamesby Lynn Anders
Diaper games are a must when choosing what shower games to play. After all, the new parent's world will soon center on diapers and poop. Diaper games can bring humor to the party, bring back memories for experienced moms and make people reflect on diapers and poop much more than they expected--or wanted--to.
Diaper the Baby Race
This game requires several baby dolls and diapers. Each player gets a doll and diaper. Everyone starts at the same time to see who can diaper his or her baby the quickest. An expert mom should judge this contest to be sure the diaper was placed on the baby correctly.
Identify the Poop
This game uses several diapers, candy bars and baby food. Set this one up a day or two before the party as it takes time for the "poop" to set. In each diaper, place a bite-size candy bar or scoop of baby food. Then, wrap the diaper up. For the game, open the diaper to show the guests. Each participant should try to guess what made that poop.
Guess the Diaper Cream
This game works best when you have shower guests who have had children. Purchase several brands of diaper cream. Place a scoop of each cream in a small paper cup and pass the cups around. Guests then sniff, feel or otherwise try to guess what brand the diaper cream is in each cup.
Create a test to see what party guests know about diapers. You might include a question-and-answer contest involving little-known bits of information. Newborns will need at least 10 diaper changes a day, reports the American Academy of Pediatrics. Experts have not agreed as to whether cloth or disposable diapers are better for the environment. While disposables add more waste to landfills, cloth diapers use more energy and water during laundering, states the AAP. The number of diapers an average baby uses today is more than 4,000. Babies used few--if any--diapers 100 years ago, as potty training started around two months of age, writes author Linda Sonna in "Early-Start Potty Training." One last question to ask is if they think swim diapers contain the poop and pee while a child swims. The answer is "no." Swim diapers only contain the poop. If these were too absorbent, the diaper would absorb the water and become too heavy for the baby.
- "Early Start Potty Training"; Linda Sonna, Ph.D.; 2005
- "AAP's Caring for Your Baby and Young Child"; Steven P. Shelov, M.D., M.S., F.A.A.P., Editor-in-Chief; 2004
- Families: Diaper Tips & Trivia
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