Published at Monday, May 15th, 2017 - 17:47:03 PM. Baby Shower. By alek.
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.
Surprise Baby Shower - A Pleasant Surprise For The Expectant Mom Time has brought about changes in the way of throwing baby showers and a surprise baby shower is an offshoot of this process of alteration. Though not traditional, the idea of having surprise baby shower for the expectant mother is fast gaining popularity. As the name implies, this kind of shower is planned without disclosing it to the mommy-to-be. She is made to visit the venue of baby shower on one pretext or the other, where she discovers it because of the typical decorations and presence of guests. Pleasant surprises are always welcome, but if not planned with due consideration surprise baby shower may not prove to be so agreeable to the expectant mother. Or the mom-to-be may figure it out beforehand. Therefore, you need to keep in mind propriety of time and other aspects, and to plan it in an immaculate manner. Here are a few clues to holding a successful surprise baby shower. When To Have It? Most of the women are too nervous and apprehensive during their first pregnancy to appreciate any kind of surprises. Therefore, it is prudent not to have surprise baby shower when a woman is having her first baby. It is better to postpone it or think of holding a surprise shower during second or third pregnancies. For having already been through the process of childbirth, the expectant mothers are much more experienced and much less mired in anxiety. Further, you have to take extra care to ensure that time you choose for the party does not clash with any other commitment of the lady, her husband, and close family members. You may need to take someone very close to her in confidence for this purpose. Be Careful With The Invitation Cards: The invites you send to the guests for surprise baby shower must mention it categorically that its a surprise party. For the mom-to-be may happen to visit some guests house and come across the invite accidentally. Or some of the guests may happen to meet the mom and inadvertently divulge it to her. It is best to keep as little time between sending the invites and the date of surprise shower as possible. Decorations And The Gifts: Decorations for the surprise baby shower do not have to be any different from those for normal baby showers. Its just that you can be a little more experimental and do not need to stick to the conventional baby shower decorations. The same thing goes for gifts for surprise showers. You do not need to restrict the gifts to baby items. You may opt to gift other useful items if you feel like. Baby shower favors are a nice way of expressing gratitude to the guests and appreciating their participation. It must be kept in mind that any kind of shower is aimed at cheering up the mom-to-be and relaxing her mind. You must make all efforts to ensure that the event does not prove to be tiresome for the expectant mother. Especially if its a surprise baby shower remember to ensure that the mommy-to-be is comfortable.
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