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Men Are Having Baby Showers And Calling Them Dadchelor Parties

It's like a baby shower but...different.

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Baby showers have long been a rite of passage for expectant mothers.

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Generally, baby showers are women-only affairs that exclude the father-to-be or or simply have him appear briefly at the end.

But a trend that is catching fire of late is the "dadchelor party" — a baby shower thrown for a dad-to-be.

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While this isn't a totally new phenomenon, these parties have seen a sudden increase in popularity. According to Pinterest, ideas for man showers are up 149% in the last year alone.

Dadchelor parties feel like a cousin of traditional baby showers — you see the resemblance, but they're definitely their own thing.

Dad and blogger Phil Palmer — who recently had a "Dudes and Diapers" party — found it to be a very valuable experience.

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“Pregnancy is a very detached process for a husband — during those nine months all of the kicks and other physical feelings related to becoming a parent happen to the woman," Palmer told BuzzFeed. "The party allowed me to talk freely to my friends and feel connected to my baby before her birth.”

Scott Steinberg — professional speaker and author of the best-selling Modern Parent’s Guide series — is also a fan, saying, "What’s cool about dadchelor parties is that men are embracing the concept of fatherhood a lot more actively these day."

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"We give prospective moms the opportunity to connect, have fun and celebrate the joy of being an impending parent," Steinberg says. "There’s no reason dads shouldn’t have the same opportunity."