By alek. Baby Shower. Published at Friday, December 09th, 2016 - 15:36:03 PM.
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.
Daddy Showers - Throwing a Baby Shower for a New Dad For years daddies have been left out of the baby shower world. However as daddies are becoming more active in the lives of their babies, they are gradually be included more and more in showers. Over the past 10 years, couples showers have grown in popularity. They bring the new daddies into the celebration. Now men are beginning to take it a step farther with the Daddy Shower, also known as the Dad-tchelore Party. Who can throw a Daddy Shower? A daddy shower is generally thrown by a friend or coworker of the expecting daddy. If the party is for a bunch of daddys buddies, then a good friend may choose to throw a mens only baby shower. Office daddy showers, or daddy showers thrown for men who are no longer in a relationship with their babys mother, are more likely to be co-ed and thus can be thrown by either a man or woman. Who is a Daddy Shower for? A daddy shower can be thrown for any man who is expecting a child soon. It could be for a man who is expecting a new baby. Men who are adopting can also be graced with a Daddy Shower. Why a Daddy Shower? Daddy showers are a way to show support for a man who is about to become a new father. There are many reasons why you might choose throw a shower for a daddy. If the new mommy is having a mommy only baby shower with her girlfriends and female relatives, a daddy shower can be a good way for the men in the family and for the new dads friends to show him their support. A daddy shower is also very appropriate in a workplace. It is a great way to recognize a man who is soon going to be taking on this important new role. It allows co-workers to celebrate with him. While also helping him provide for all of those new baby necessities. Another time when a daddy shower becomes even more important is for the new dad who is no longer with the babys mom. Sometimes, for one reason or another the parents are not involved in a relationship when a new baby is born. In this situation the new dad will need all of the same supplies that the new mom will need. Hell also need all of the support his friends and family can muster. A daddy shower is a great way to make him feel important and supported. What do we do at a Daddy Shower? Most men arent too interested in the traditional baby games. Instead options like have a back yard grilling party, a football party, or even just hanging around talking tend to be more popular with men than a traditional style shower. If games are desired, most men seem to prefer the ones that get everyone laughing. Baby Bottle chugging, taste the baby food, and the dirty diaper game are good game options. Do we need to bring gifts? What kind of gifts should we bring? The situation of the man and instructions for the shower will play a big part in what gift you decide to bring. When the guys get together to celebrate with dad, a lot of times they have no idea what to bring. For that reason, many daddy showers specify right on the invitation that the attendees should bring a pack of diapers. This makes it great for everyone. The daddy gets lots of diapers for the baby, thus saving a bundle. Many men like this because they know what to bring. Also, no matter what size of diapers they bring, they cant go wrong, sooner or later the new parents are bound to need them. Plus, if the new mommy is having a shower, shell end up with many of the things the couple needs. By bringing diapers the guys wont have to worry about doubling up on gifts. If the invitation doesnt specify, its a great idea to bring fun things that the new dad can do with the baby. Daddy diaper tool boxes and tool belts, books for daddy to read to the baby, as well as balls and toys tend to have more appeal for the new daddy than baby clothes. If the new dad will be parenting separately from the new mom, then he will have a need for a lot more baby goodies, and thus gifts like those generally given at baby showers would be much more appropriate. With the ever growing role that new dads are taking in raising their babies, its time that we give them a chance to celebrate and be supported. The time of the daddy shower has definitely come.
Facts You Should Know About Baby Shower Etiquette Whether youre hosting a baby shower for the first time or not, chances are youve got some questions regarding the right baby shower etiquette. You want to create a truly special time for the guest of honor without any unintended faux pas. This guide was specially created to help you do exactly that. The real basics • Take the wishes of the mom-to-be into account at every stage. That includes the games, food, invitation list and all other aspects of the baby shower. • You can have baby showers either before or after the baby is born. Generally, theyre held 1 or 2 months before due date. But theyre also held after baby arrives because of medical or other reasons. • These days, it is perfectly OK for a close relative or even the couple themselves to host a shower. Those "rules" about only non-relatives hosting a baby shower are quite dated now. • Before deciding on the kind of baby shower you plan to have -- girls-only or coed, theme or no theme and so on -- consult mom-to-be and find out what she prefers. • Who can be invited? Generally, anyone the mom-to-be feels she should call. Shes the best guide here. • Do you always need to send written baby shower invitations? It is usually the better choice. With a written invitation, guests have all details at their fingertips and need not rely on memory. Plus, you can (and usually should) include directions on how to get there. • At the same time, it is fine to just inform people on the phone. Do tell them well in advance, though. So they have enough time to buy gifts, arrange for a baby sitter, etc. And leave your contact numbers with them so they can reach you easily if they need any clarifications. • Can you hold a surprise shower? Sure. It can be a wonderful feeling for the expectant mother. But do consult someone close to her (mother, sister, etc) to know about her likely preferences in all areas. The devil is in the details Heres additional information on baby shower etiquette thatll help you host a truly great party. • Send out shower invitations at least 3 to 4 weeks in advance. Send them even earlier for out-of-town guests. Request an RSVP by a date 2 weeks before the baby shower. • If youre having a coed shower, you might turn the guys off if you send frilly baby pink invites full of baby talk. Stick to attractive, stylish invitations. • If youre planning a formal baby shower, avoid totally goofy games. At coed parties (or even at all-girl events), be wary of playing shower games that focus on expectant moms tummy -- she may not be comfortable with them. Check with her about choices of games and ice-breaker activities. • Greet all guests at the door as they walk in, provide them with name tags (if there are many guests) and introduce them to others to get conversations going. • Lots of women have very different food preferences when theyre pregnant as opposed to at other times. So do check with the guest of honor while finalizing the menu -- yes, every single item! She may have some ideas of her own about what baby shower food she prefers. Avoid foods are not recommended during pregnancy. • Its a real hassle for guests to eat a meal balancing their plate on their lap. Good shower etiquette demands that you provide sufficient tables so everyone can enjoy their meals. That way they dont have to worry about whether theyre about to spill food on the floor! • Dont skimp on quantities of food. Sometimes a lot more may get consumed than you had bargained for! Same holds for baby shower favors, drinks, ice, etc -- having a little extra buys you peace of mind. • Register for gifts at only one place. Even if there are reasons like another store being closer to some guests. Else mom-to-be may end up with duplicate gifts she may have to return. And guests will be disappointed if they find that someone else has chosen the same gift they have. • While giving gift suggestions, include items at a variety of price points, not just high-ticket items. And do suggest that guests can get together to purchase higher priced items. • If there are older siblings, make sure they receive a gift each. They may already be feeling somewhat left out with a new baby on the way, so this is a great idea. • Irrespective of whether its a coed baby shower or not, buy a gift specially for dad. He should feel that he was remembered too. • Record who gave each gift. Essential information when the time comes to send thank you cards! Sending thank you cards is essential baby shower etiquette. • Hand gifts to mom-to-be for her to open and take it from her once shes done with it. This will save her the hassle of continually getting up and moving about to pick up gifts. • Sometimes, some guests may need to leave early. Theyll appreciate it if mom-to-be will open presents while everyone is eating. • Start the baby shower on time and keep it fairly short. Dont get bogged down in any one segment like games. Be sensitive to mom-to-bes energy level and any signs of fatigue she may show. End the party if shes beginning to feel run down. Walk guests to the door as they leave and be sure to thank them for coming. • Dont expect perfection. No party ever is perfect. Theres always the unforeseen -- power goes off just as gifts are being opened, you forgot to dust one corner of the room, the pack of baby shower favors you opened just before the party turns out to be a different color than you ordered and so on. You cant control it all. Special situations You might have a friend or relative who just lost a baby, or is infertile despite all treatments. Should you call her for your baby shower? Attending may be a challenge for her. Being confronted with anothers pregnancy may be difficult for her to bear. The rule in such situations is -- ask. Check with her and find out if she is up to attending the baby shower. Dont just send an invitation in the mail. On the other hand, dont presume that she cant come and not call her at all. If shes close to the mom-to-be, she may well want to come. Or at least, she may send her good wishes and a gift. But if she tells you that she cant make it, accept the situation with grace. Never hold it against her in any manner. Even if she said she would come and later backed out. Remember, it is probably one of the most difficult times shes ever had, so be generous and supportive. Once youve understood these simple baby shower etiquette guidelines, youll be far more confident about hosting a baby shower. Have fun, and create a special time that will live on in everyones memories!
Baby Shower - Welcome The New One With Love And Blessings Week by week pregnancy began with a bang! All concerned seem elated and joyous surroundings certainly made the would-be parents cherish the feeling. With time, as pregnancy progressed and the gravities entailed in the situation became more apparent, life became slightly complicated for would-be mom and daddy. Trying out a few of the baby shower ideas & a freaky baby shower party can change things for the better. Baby shower is a perfect way to shower the would-be parents and child with love and greetings. Do proper baby shower planning to make it a memorable party. Additionally, by presenting the most required baby items through baby shower favors, all can, to an extent, contribute to the happiness surrounding the babys birth. Various innovative baby shower favor ideas can be worked out. A Baby Shower Planner Various baby shower ideas must be crossing your mind, as you schedule the baby shower bash, towards the end of week by week pregnancy. Few baby shower tips to assist with the planning therefore are given below: • Baby shower invitations and guest list - Sending a well drafted e-mail could be an economical baby shower invitation. The invitations can also be procured from various card shops. As for the guest selection, let mom and dad do the honors. The party could strictly be a girls affair or could include couples. In either situation, make sure that the baby shower invitations spells out the plan. • Baby shower theme - The party would simply be incomplete without an exciting theme. Do not forget to mention the selected theme in the baby shower invitations mailed to all. Color themes, Disney dresses, baby look could be among the many possible baby shower themes. • Baby shower game - This is the most essential part of an enthralling baby shower party. Plan as many games as you can. From looking out for mismatches to planning specific word skip scores; there are endless options in baby shower game category. • Baby shower gift - A desirable list of baby shower gifts can be planned in advance so that guests can select from the mentioned list and present as per the requirements. Picking a sweet and cute baby shower gift wrap would further complete the package. Baby shower is a welcome break from the tedious pregnancy days. By arranging for a warm and happening baby shower party, the pains of the 40 weeks of week by week pregnancy can at least be dealt with in part.
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