The baby shower is one of the biggest events in the lead up to a new arrival, and every mom-to-be looks forward to being showered with gifts and having lots of fun with their friends and family.
But if you’re throwing or attending one, what are the baby shower etiquette tips to keep in mind, and what are some great gifts? Here are some ideas to help you plan.
Etiquette Tips for Baby Showers
Baby showers come with a whole range of expectations, so it’s worth knowing about essential baby shower etiquette before you start planning one for your best friend, sister, or whoever else is having a baby soon.
First of all, plan the right time to hold it, which is usually sometime after the sixth month. That way they are getting close but they still have a while to go so they can fully enjoy the event. There’s also a chance the mom-to-be will know the gender, so the guests can choose more suitable gifts.
Ask the mom-to-be about dates so that you don’t plan it for a date when she is already busy. Also check the date with other people you plan to invite so that all of the most important people, especially family members, can attend.
Check with the mom-to-be who she wants to be invited. Don’t invite people unless the mom-to-be is happy with them coming because it’s her event and you want to make sure she enjoys herself. And she might want to invite other people who you don’t know as well.
When choosing a location, your own home or the home of the mom-to-be, are both good options. Homes are the best option, and someone else’s home is also fine, but if you are holding a bigger event, there is nothing wrong with hiring a venue.
Baby showers don’t have to have a theme, but it can be a nice touch. A theme can be useful for you because it can help you to choose decorations with greater ease. If you don’t know the gender of the baby, choose something gender-neutral for the theme.
At the baby shower itself, the most important part is the gifts. But there is more involved including food and drink and baby shower-related games. You could also have a book where people can leave a message, and ask whether people want to make speeches, especially the mom-to-be and the hostess. It’s also common to provide favors to the guests at the end.
Baby Shower Gift Ideas
Whether you’re arranging the baby shower, or you are attending it, you’ll want to provide a fantastic gift to the mom-to-be.
The first thing to do is find out whether the baby is a boy or a girl if the parents have found out themselves, otherwise a gender-neutral gift will be in order.
When it comes to gift ideas for baby showers, useful gifts are always welcome. A basket or bath tub full of diapers, bottles, pacifiers, wipes, and all the other things that the parents will need in the first few months will be a great gift. Innovations like the Babynest that can help the baby sleep will also be useful, and bedding items are always welcome, as are items like baby blankets.
Clothes are also great. Consider getting some larger clothes for when the baby quickly grows. Most of the clothes the mom-to-be receives will be for newborn babies, so something for when the baby is a few months old will be useful.
You might prefer to get something more personal such as making a gift yourself. Handmade clothes or a knitted hat can be very special gifts.
A gift certificate can also be a welcome gift for the mom-to-be. There may be things on her wish list that don’t show up at the baby shower, and a gift certificate can be used to buy baby toys or essentials.
Or you could consider a pampering gift, such as a day out at the local spa, a massage, a pedicure, or something else, which will be very welcome.
Books make great gifts as well, and you could either get books for the new baby or books for mom and dad.
Enjoy the Baby Shower
Whether you are hosting or attending a baby shower, keep these etiquette tips and gift ideas in mind. A baby shower is such a wonderful occasion for the mom-to-be and all her friends and family, and these tips will help you to make it really special.