Do you have suggestions to help dads more comfortably participate in "mommy and me" events?
Special thanks to Mommy Chic (mommy-chic.blogspot.com) for suggesting this Q&A.
Because of my faith, my honest answer to this question is to drop the insecurity. Be confident in the God given roll in which you've found yourself. In my opinion, the best way to feel comfortable in any situation that you may not "fit in" is to keep your eyes on your child, smile, and work at being the best dad (or mom) you can be for him/her. Confidence goes a long way in bringing about comfortability.
I think it's really special that Dad's want to get involved in these types of events. The important thing is to focus on the child. As long as the kids are enjoying themselves, the Dad's should naturally enjoy it too. When I see a Dad in a group like this, I try to go out of my way to include them in the group so they feel more comfortable and I hope other Mom's do too.
Jump in with both feet and embrace the role of caregiver! Set those play dates, strike up conversation with the Moms, Dads, nannies, grandparents, etc and spend time figuring out what makes you a good stay at home Dad. Your child will appreciate reaping the rewards from your gifts and other caregivers will learn from you too!