What Happens At A Baby Shower? Everything You Need To Know in 90 Seconds
What happens at a baby shower? Everything you ever wanted to know about baby showers is right here! If you are anything like me and its your first baby then you might not even know what a real baby shower is. I kid you not, I wasn’t even ready!
I had no idea what a baby shower was. When I was pregnant with my first born none of my other friends had children so this was completely new to me. And it probably is a bit foreign to you too which is probably why you’re here right?
Anyway I’m going to do my best to answer all your baby shower questions here (including the ones you might feel a bit to shy to ask yourself).
What is a baby shower?
A baby shower simply put is a small party (you can make it big if you want too) of close family and friends that come to celebrate the imminent arrival of your baby. The idea behind a baby shower is to have some fun and celebrate the soon to be mother.
What happens at a baby shower?
A baby shower will usually be organised by a close family member or your best friend. Depending on how well they know you it will usually be a surprise or an organised event with you quietly planning behind the scenes.
The day is filled with lots of fun, games and food. It’s a time for you to have a bit of fun and be silly before your baby arrives.
Can the father attend the baby shower?
Traditionally its only for the mother but these days there is more of a cry for equality so it is totally your choice as to whether you would like your partner there or not.
Personally speaking I think my husband would rather have gone fishing in an icy pond than be in a room full of women ooo-ing and ahhh-ing. But like I say to each their own, you have to do what makes you happy!
What do you do at a baby shower?
This is where all the fun is. You can make it whatever you want. Some people like to play games such as guess the gender, think of funny baby names, name the baby food (one of my favourites) or even play “drink up” (I’ll let you make of that what you will!)
Can I have a baby shower for my second baby?
Yes, of course you can! In times past it wasn’t this way and baby showers were only meant to be for when someone becomes a mother for the first time. Nowadays people like to celebrate the coming of second, even third and forth baby arrivals.
To mark the event as being for a second or third baby it is often called a “baby sprinkle” as opposed to shower. I must say I kind of like the idea of it.
What kind of food is prepared for a baby shower?
Most of the time we are talking finger food such as, sausages, burgers, salad, fruit and sandwiches but there is always going to be exceptions to the rule and some people will prefer to cater more heavily for their guests. Neither way is necessarily right or wrong.
What can you expect to receive or ask for at a baby shower?
I’ve put together some really great items that you will need for when your baby arrives. These are essentials items so there should be no need to secretly return items after your guests have left. (Not that I’m suggesting any of you would ever do that, ha!)
Heres my rundown:
1. Newborn Nappies – These will be an essential part of your life for a while to come.
2. Baby Wipes – Hand in hand with nappies
3. Baby bodysuits
4. Baby Lounger – These are the best thing if you need your hands free for a few minutes. Simple to use and easily washable. Be sure to make sure you don’t get duplicates at your baby shower though. Unless you are expecting twins!
5. Back Seat Baby Mirror – This will make your life so much easier when you are driving and baby is in their rear facing car seat.
6. Thermometer – ALWAYS have one of these handy. Even if you never use it there will be times when you will be happy just knowing it is there.
7. Nursery Care Kit
8. Bullet Baby Care System – If you plan on making wholesome foods for your baby then you will definitely need one of these.
All these items are no nonsense purchases, meaning that they won’t be items that just take up valuable space in a cupboard somewhere. You will actually be able to put these to good use.
Never feel embarrassed to make a list of items that you would like for the baby. Believe me people only want to be helpful and sometimes they really have no idea what you might need. Help them out by providing a list from which to purchase.
Now you know what happens at a baby shower, you can grab yourself a Baby Shower Checklist here: Baby Shower Checklist
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