Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 21:59:03 PM. Baby Shower. By tommy.
Different Kinds of Baby Shower This document comes in two parts, and youre on the second part. The first part of the article answered the crucial question "Who to throw the shower for", so be sure to check that out. Now, we just need to answer the rest of the questions: • When to throw the shower? • Is mom-to-be having a girl/boy/twins? • Will it be a face-to-face or online shower? • Is it a surprise shower? • Are the parents adopting? When to throw the shower? Before birth - this is the more popular option, since with this choice, its not just the baby which is glorified, but the entire pregnancy thing as well. If you are opting for this one, then you should throw the shower around two months before the baby arrives. After birth - though not as popular as the other one, some mom-to-bes prefer this because of some beliefs that having it before is not as lucky as having it after. If this is your choice, then throw the shower one month after the baby is born. And, make sure that games and activities are solely about babies, since having pregnancy games seem like a thing of the past. Is mom-to-be having a girl/boy/twins? Baby boy - invitation, decoration, and theme are greatly affected by this one, since you would not want an invitation that shows a picture of a baby girl, when youre having a boy, right? And you definitely dont want a princess shower, when you should be having a prince shower. Baby girl - basically the same considerations as the previous one, but this time, everything should be about baby girls. Twins - everything that you could do by pairs (pictures of babies in invitations, grouping in games and activities, etc), you need to do so, so as to stress that mom-to-be is having twins. Noahs Ark is the most commonly-used theme, but dont worry, you are not limited to it, since it is quite simple to customize other themes to make them twin shower-friendly. Will it be a face-to-face or online shower? Face-to-face - this is the more popular option. If you are opting for this one, then no sweat, most of the available baby shower themes will work perfectly. Online - with the advent of technology, friends from all sides of the world could still join mom-to-be on her baby shower. This is all possible by availing services of web baby shower vendors. The extent of shower activities is dependent on the services provided by your vendor. Since everybody have some family or friends from all sides of the world, even those having a face-to-face shower cant help but have an online one on the side. And who can blame them, a new baby is definitely worth celebrating, long distance or otherwise. Is it a surprise shower? Surprise shower - if you feel your friend (mommy) would appreciate a shower more if it comes as a surprise, then you are definitely throwing her a surprise shower. Instead of working with mom-to-be, you need to work with somebody very close to her, so that all her preferences will still be carried out. Your invitation should say that its a surprise shower. The more popular option is the non-surprise version (not a surprise, right?). And the reason is perfectly clear. Since you are not oblige to throw a shower for mom-to-be, the fact that you want to throw one is already a pleasant surprise. Plus theres no beating the fact that it is much better to be able to consult her, right? Are the parents adopting? Adoption shower - this is a very special shower type, but also very sensitive. We bet that the parents-to-be have been really dying to have a child for quite some time, and that theyre the very couple who would like to celebrate grandly when a child is already promised to them. This is also the most sensitive, and thus, you must make sure that references to pregnancy are limited (if not omitted altogether), and everything should just be about the baby. Also, before you throw the shower, make sure that the baby is already with the parents. You dont want to throw a victory celebration before the victory, so to speak. It is possible to throw a shower that is a combination of two or more of these baby shower types. For example, you could throw a twin WOMEN ONLY baby shower or a twin WOMEN ONLY surprise baby shower. The keyword here is customize, since these baby shower types are the popular options, not necessarily your option. At the end of the day, it will still be your decision.
Everything You Need to Know About Baby Shower Etiquette Throwing a baby shower is such an intimate and wonderful honor. It shows the mother-to-be your commitment and excitement for her experience. She will be thrilled and excited for the new addition to the family. A baby shower should be fun, so if you are feeling a little stressed or unsure of the process, read below for your one-stop shop baby shower etiquette lesson. You will feel more at ease and comfortable to be hosting. Who hosts the baby shower A baby shower can be hosted by anyone other than the mother-to-be and her mother. Historically, the shower was hosted by someone outside the family, but today, a sister, aunt, best friend, coworker or anyone else can take the honor of hosting the shower. When do you throw a baby shower It is advised to host the baby shower 2-3 months before the due date of the mother to be. This way you are not too close to the due date in the event that the mother-to-be delivers early. This also allows the mother time to make exchanges or returns on items, purchase items needed that were not given at the shower, as well as give the parents time to decorate and display gifts in the babys room. Where do you host a baby shower Today, a baby shower can be held pretty much anywhere: a home, restaurant, country club, church, outdoor park or backyard. Please keep in mind the weather and time of day as important factors in considering a place to host. Suggestions indicate that hosting at a home is the most preferred and comforting place for a baby shower. Who do I invite to the shower This is a very intimate and special occasion, I recommend that you speak to the mother-to-be or her mother to attain a guest list of all those that she would want to share this experience with. This will allow you to avoid overlooking any guests that the mother-to-be would want there. You will want to consider availability and schedules of guests to ensure that you pick a date that will work for them. Historically, baby showers were women only, but now-of-days it is fine to invite men to the event. Just keep in mind that allowing men could change the atmosphere of the girl bonding experience, as well as might be uncomfortable for men. In some cases, men would arrive near the end of the shower to congratulate the mother-to-be and help carry out gifts. Who pays for the shower Customarily, the person hosting the shower will pay for the event. However, to be more budget friendly it is perfectly alright to have multiple people throw the shower together and split the cost. What baby shower gifts does one bring Bringing a gift to a shower is encouraged. Most of the gifts are practical gifts, such as: diapers, formula, clothes or anything that is essential for a new mom to have. Ask the mother-to-be if she has a registry. This will make it easy for you to know what she needs and wants. If there is no registry, you can always ask the mother, sister or host what recommendations that they would have. You can also get a pampered gift, such as a spa treatment, lotions or bath salts for the mother-to-be. She will be thrilled and in desperate need of pampering after the birth. There is no wrong gift, it is the thought that counts and trust me, she will use everything she receives. Just remember that a baby shower is such a special gift to the mother-to-be. Dont sweat the small stuff, just the fact that you made it happen shows your thoughtfulness and love. She will adore anything and everything that you have done for her. So give yourself a pat on the back, relax and have fun. Heather Umphrey is the author and the proud owner of mybabybuddy.com. We are an online baby store that sells an assortment of baby gifts whether for a newborn, first birthday or baby shower. As a Nanny for over a decade, I got to experience an assortment of must have baby products. I have seen first hand what products have soothed, calmed, educated, secured and entertained children of all ages. Mybabybuddy.com offers wonderful, natural, organic and stylish products for babies and moms including baby slings, baby robes and clothes, gift baskets, unique hand crafted toys and personalized gift items. Our products meet our personal standards and know that you will love them as much as we do.
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