A baby shower is one of the most traditional ways in which your friends and family come together to express their joy at your pregnancy. It’s the time when your loved ones share a few moments with you and shower you with gifts, love, and good wishes before your baby birth.
During pregnancy, the parents, future grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, friends, and other loved ones get so excited and eager to welcome the newest member of the family. A baby shower party is all about celebrating the joy of a new life and growing family.
However, figuring out when to have a baby shower can be frustrating. Baby showers don’t have to be awkward, and that’s why we’ve created this guide for planning a baby shower.
Read on to discover some baby shower planning ideas.
No rule dictates when specific, you should have a baby shower. Baby shower party can be held any time during pregnancy, though they are commonly held in the third trimester around 32 weeks because there is less chance of miscarriage and you might have already know the sex of the baby.
That way, guests might have already know the baby gender when choosing gifts accordingly. However, if you decide to have your shower party after the baby is born, that’s fine, too.
The number of people you’re planning to invite will determine the venue for your baby shower. It could be the new parent’s house or even the home of one of the planners.
However, planners should note that if the party took place at the new parent’s house, someone should stay behind to help with the cleanup.
There are also other places to have a baby shower, but the most important thing is to keep dad and mom’s preferences in mind and select a place that will accommodate the type of activities that you’re planning for the big day.
Read more about where to have a baby shower.
The host of the baby shower needs to consider different things before choosing a date. These include seasonal issues, the best time of the day, and the week.
Parents-to-be can’t throw their own baby shower; instead, a friend or more distant relative, such as aunts or cousins should do that. If no one has come forward to plan your baby shower, talk to your best friend or a close female relative, and ask her to take the reins. This rule was meant to avoid the ideas that the family was simply on a mission to collect gifts.
It’s also recommended to put together a gift registry. A registry can help guests who aren’t sure what to give you. It can also help to avoid duplicate gifts from guests.
The number of guests depends on the available space, your budget, and who the mom-to-be would like to have there. Usually, the natural guest lists are close family members and friends, but the mom to be might want to keep some people off the guest list. It’s always good to ask the mother about the guest list before sending out any invitations.
The planner should also ask the parents if they’d like a co-ed or all-female baby shower before putting together the guest list. Remember not to pressurize yourself with too many guests. Invite only the guest that you can manage.
Although baby showers are for women, it’s becoming more and more common to include male friends, spouses, and relatives on the guest list. A word of caution: Ask the mum-to-be if she would like to see a male guest, and also consider the personality of the father. Some might relish sharing every aspect of the pregnancy, while others may feel uncomfortable with the idea of being a guest of honor.
Baby shower’s party depends on what mom-to-be wants. Even though she can’t plan her own baby shower, we suggest you ask for her thoughts on the activities that are being planned.
Consider the following while planning a baby shower:
All new life is worth celebrating, baby showers for second- and third-time moms, have become acceptable especially if there’s a significant age difference between the children of the expectant mom or if she’s having a baby of a different gender this time around.
A baby shower is a beautiful way to celebrate your baby-to-be as well as ease the financial burden of all those “must-have” baby items. Once the party is scheduled, and the guest list is handled, all you need to do is show up.
As for the organizer, you don’t have to feel stressed out at the last minute if the party is perfectly organized. We hope you have a fun baby shower.
About the AuthorBarbara is a full-time mom of 3 children and a part-time blogger since 2018. She likes to write on various topics about motherhood. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves French pastries, reads a lot, also enjoys crafts and Montessori activities.