Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 20:38:03 PM. Baby Shower. By admin.
Baby Showers Baby showers represent the joyous celebration of having a baby. Baby showers are the parties thrown for expectant mothers who are shortly expecting babies. They are generally non-relative in the sense they are usually given by friends or co-workers. Baby showers bring excitement along with loads of gifts for the baby as well as the mom-to-be as well as the people who throw the shower. Baby showers need a lot of preparation. They should be planned as per the convenience of the expecting mom as well as the cultural and religious traditions of the family. Some cultures do not receive gifts until the baby is born. Some showers can also be planned after the birth of the baby as this enables the guests to have to look at the new born, though generally baby showers are thrown before the birth only. They are usually given 2-3 months before the delivery date. The exact date and the time can be planned as per the mothers requirements. The shower can be thrown in anyones house (could be the organizers), at a restaurant, at a reception hall, at an outdoor area like a garden or a park, or in the office. The guest list can be prepared after consulting the parents-to-be and can have the "Guest of Honor", who can be the grand-parents or God-parents. Baby shower parties can be based on a theme and they can also include interesting games like naming games and baby food games to make the party last for a couple hours. Baby shower favors are also given to all the guests who attend the shower. Baby shower gifts have to be very thoughtful and it is better to give items which would be useful for the mom or the baby. Now a days, Co-ed baby showers, which include both the mom and the dad, are also very popular. Traditionally baby shower were held only for the first baby, but these days, baby showers are being held for succeeding babies as well. Baby showers for subsequent babies are known as sprinkles. They are generally useful if the second baby is not the same sex as the original child, or if there is a long time gap between the two babies, as the mother may not still have the original clothing and equipment. Baby showers can also be planned for adopted babies.
A Peep Into Baby Shower History Baby shower history has rather obscure origins about how it all began. Since time immemorial, mankind has been celebrating the creation of a new life in the womb of a woman in one form or the other. Even the people in the Stone Age must have been elated at the prospect of adding another member to their family. Their celebrations, although not very overt, must have been heartfelt. The Origins There is no historical record of the origins of baby shower celebrations but most ancient civilizations had some form of baby shower history. The Roman, Egyptian, Indian and Chinese histories do reveal certain types of celebrations to announce the beginning of pregnancy. These celebrations were in many cases accompanied by a feast where the guests were served sumptuous meals and in return the guests and invited family members would shower handmade gifts on the expectant mother. Probably baby shower history had its origins in these celebrations. Recent Baby Shower Origins Modern baby shower customs have evolved from ancient traditions but the full impact of these customs can be traced to the end of World War II. With the advancement of technology and the evolution of life, social norms and customs have also changed and we have come a long way from the earlier methods of celebrations. Whereas the ancient civilizations were handicapped by the lack of modern amenities and the celebrations were very crude and haphazard, modern baby shower customs have become more organized. Moreover, each country has its own system to celebrate baby shower. Even within a country, different communities are now celebrating baby shower in different ways although the underlying theme remains the same. Essential Difference Baby shower history shows that this practice got a fillip only after World War II. Moreover, there has been a fundamental change in baby shower customs. Whereas earlier baby shower history shows that the celebrations consisted mainly of showering baby shower gifts on the mother and her newborn baby after the baby was born, the trend has now changed and the celebrations are now held about a month or two before the expected birth of the baby. The other major difference is that earlier celebrations were limited to women-only parties where only close female friends and relatives were invited. We have come a long way from there and now all members of the families of both the father and mother and friends are invited, irrespective of the gender. Baby Shower Gifts Although the practice of showering gifts on the mother and her child is nothing new, the way it is done and the types of gifts have changed with time. Moreover, the celebrations have also become more modernized. People from different strata of society celebrate baby shower in different ways and with different levels of expenses. Those who cannot afford to spend much money have low-key celebrations and they also benefit from the various gifts that they receive. These gifts are mostly for the expectant baby in the form of clothing, toys, baby linen, diapers, bibs, bottles and sometimes gold ornaments and silver utensils. Irrespective of baby shower history, the main theme of these celebrations is to express happiness and welcome the impending arrival of a new member to the family, society, nation and world at large.
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