We answering the most frequently asked questions about baby showers and baby shower etiquette in 2021. So here's all the do's and don'ts about baby showers.
As with everything else, baby shower etiquette has evolved quite a bit since baby showers became a thing during the baby boom.
Remember, we have a lot more options now than ever before and society has certainly changed. Ultimately, at the end of the day, what matters is that the baby shower is a wonderful experience for the parents-to-be and the guests!
WHAT IS A BABY SHOWER?
A baby shower is an event for friends and family to come together and celebrate the pregnancy and the new baby on the way. It's a beautiful celebration where friends and family share time with the expectant parents and shower them with gifts and best wishes before the most joyous journey ahead!
WHAT HAPPENS AT A BABY SHOWER?
A baby shower is a joyous celebration and can be quite fun! Expect the baby shower to be filled with lots of laugher, games, and of course, food. It’s a time for parents-to-be to have some fun before the baby arrives and get showered with baby gifts and good wishes.
WHO PLANS A BABY SHOWER?
A baby shower is most commonly hosted by a close family member or friend. It could be your sister, mom, in-laws, cousin or one of your best friends. Perhaps, two people can co-host the event together. That way, it makes planning a baby shower much easier.
We are also seeing quite a number of parents-to-be hosting their own baby shower. This is most frequent with the virtual baby showers that have become very common lately.
WHICH MONTH IS THE BABY SHOWER DONE?
A baby shower should be held later in the pregnancy but definitely not too close to the due date! Four to six weeks before the due date seems like the ideal time to host a baby shower.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START PLANNING FOR A BABY SHOWER
The secret to hosting a wonderful baby shower is to plan ahead. As with any event there's so much to do from sending invitations to choosing a venue and finalizing a menu.
The ideal time to start planning a baby shower is 5-7 weeks before the date of the baby shower. Here's a baby shower planning checklist with a timeline for planning the baby shower.
SHOULD YOU HAVE BABY SHOWER FOR A SECOND PREGNANCY?
Absolutely! Every pregnancy and new baby needs to be celebrated.
If the pregnancies are close, then perhaps a baby sprinkle might be the way to go. A baby sprinkle is essentially a smaller sized baby shower. Since the parents probably already have a lot of the baby gear and essentials, during a baby sprinkle they'll just get gifts such as outfits, diapers, etc.
WHAT DO YOU SERVE AT THE BABY SHOWER?
What you serve at the baby shower really depends on the time of the day, the length of the baby shower, location and of course, the budget.
Most often, we see baby showers held during the brunch time or evening tea time where the menu can be rather simple and light.
HOW LONG SHOULD THE BABY SHOWER LAST?
When planning the baby shower, make sure you have enough time to socialize, snack, play games and open baby shower gifts. Two to three hours should give you the time to have a celebration in style!
HOW MUCH DOES THE AVERAGE BABY SHOWER COST?
The cost of hosting a baby shower really depends on factors such as the venue for the event, the catering costs and timing of the event.
There are certainly ways to minimize the cost of hosting a baby shower. Consider hosting the baby shower at your home or perhaps an outdoor venue. Save money by getting creative with decorations and invitations. Stretch the baby shower budget by skipping the caterers and instead making the food yourself.
WHAT DO YOU PUT ON THE BABY REGISTRY?
Setting up a baby registry will allow friends and family to get exactly what the parents need for the baby and not a mishmash of duplicates.
When registering for baby shower gifts make sure to include baby must-haves big-ticket items and everyday essentials.
WHO DO YOU INVITE FOR A BABY REGISTRY?
Who you invite to the baby shower depends on whether the baby shower is co-ed or just ladies only. Another factor is how big you want the baby shower guest list to be. If you are looking for a more intimate gathering, just invite close family and friends. Either way, ask the mom-to-be and/or dad-to-be to provide an invite list.
WHERE CAN YOU HOST A BABY SHOWER?
You can host a baby shower at home, at a hotel, outdoors or just about anywhere you can throw a party! When picking a venue for the baby shower, consider factors such the baby shower budget, the guest count and convenience.