In our blog post this week, we'd thought we'd look at some common questions around baby showers and ask 'What usually happens at a baby shower?'. Whether it is regarding baby shower gifts, planning a baby shower or even what to wear at a baby shower, this blog post has been designed to try and answer some of those questions.
What is the most useful baby shower gift?
When attending a baby shower, it’s likely you’ll be interested in gifting the baby and the new mum something nice for the occasion. However you might be wondering what the best thing is to buy, and what’s actually going to be useful for both baby and mum.
The truth is most gifts are appreciated, since having a baby costs so much, the parents will almost always be appreciative of any gift you buy. However, here are a few ideas if you’re completely stuck on what to buy.
Baby shower gifts for boys
It’s no secret that babies need warmth and comfort, and while your loved ones have probably already thought about a blanket for when their bundle of joy arrives, a thoughtful gift is always a baby blanket. You can make it extra special and turn it into a memento for the future by buying a personalised baby blanket for their bouncing baby boy.
Baby shower gifts for girls
Girls are undeniably harder to buy for, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be difficult to find the right gift. After all, the baby won’t be old enough to appreciate it as much as the mum will. You might consider something like this beautiful baby hamper luxury set that includes everything the delicate baby girl will need from socks, an outfit, a teddy bear, right the way to muslin cloths to help Mum take care of her.
Gift for mum to be
Let’s not forget about Mum here! When all is said and done, she is the one that’s created the beautiful baby and nurtured them for nine months - she deserves some TLC! Why not treat her to a pampering set to help her relax before and after the baby is born? This luxury set includes chocolate, a candle, hand cream, and even belly cream to help her growing body keep the skin as supple as possible.
Which month is the baby shower done?
In most cases, baby showers are hosted four to six weeks before the baby's due date—late enough that the pregnancy is well underway, but presumably early enough to avoid the baby's arrival being too early. However, this doesn’t mean that’s what you have to do. Perhaps you’ve got family visiting at a certain point in the year, or your best friend can only get time off work in a certain month. It’s best to have the baby shower when you feel most comfortable, as there will be a lot of mingling and many presents to open.
Do fathers attend baby showers?
Yes of course! In this day and age, people use baby showers as a way of bringing family and friends together to celebrate the birth (or almost birth) of a new life. A baby shower is a joyous occasion and fathers are absolutely invited.
That being said, sometimes baby showers are generally directed towards female guests, and this is often because it’s more of a “female tradition”. However you should do what you want to do as a couple.
What do I wear to a baby shower?
It is a matter of personal preference whether or not you dress up. Wearing something that makes you uncomfortable will keep you from having fun, while wearing something that is substantially different from everyone else's would make people think you're out of place.
If you're not sure, the best thing you can do is ask the host. It's a good idea to see what your friends are going to wear and follow their lead. Dress accordingly and participate in the festivities if you're attending a themed baby shower. Even if you don't feel like dressing up, remember that this is a celebration that isn't about you.
Outside Baby Shower
A light summer dress is frequently the default pick for an outside baby shower. Almost certainly, the expectant mother will be wearing a lovely summer dress, and you don't want to seem too similar.
If the shower is going to be in a yard or somewhere that could get muddy, heels might not be the best choice. Light summer slacks with traditional flats are a fantastic alternative if you don't want to sink into the ground. There are many ways to dress this type of outfit up or down.
Baby Shower at Home
It can be difficult to decide on an outfit for a baby shower that is being held at the house of the host or the mother-to-be. Lot's rely on the host's home and lifestyle Additionally, you should consider whether the baby shower will take place during the day, early evening, or at night, and whether the shower will have a theme.
If there are any active baby shower games planned, your best bet is to choose something that allows you to move around without being restricted in any way. Layering is also a nice option. Not having the right temperature or temperature range for the duration of the shower is the worst feeling ever.
Who should you invite to a baby shower?
Usually you’d be invited by one of the expecting parents to the shower - the mum or the dad. However some baby showers are planned by a close family member or friend, so you may receive an invite from someone else.
Who plans the baby shower?
The mother-to-be often looks forward to her baby shower, so it’s likely that she will plan it. However, as mentioned in the last point, some baby showers are planned by the grandmothers-to-be, or even a party planner.
What do I bring to a baby shower?
Finally, you might be wondering what to take to the baby shower, and again that’s completely up to you. If you’re bringing a gift (it’s always best to), find out what the expecting parents are in need of to help add to their collection. You could also ask if they need any help with food preparation, as you could precook a batch of dishes to help cater the event too. If in doubt, ask the expecting parents.
If you have been given the job of planning and arranging a baby shower, you might find the following really useful; 8 Hottest Baby Shower Themes For Girls For 2022 and 7 Best Baby Shower Gifts for Boys