If you’re good friends with or related to a woman expecting a baby, you might be asked to throw her a baby shower. If you don’t know the first thing about planning a party, that’s OK. Desert Blossom Women’s Care center knows all about planning for — and celebrating — babies and moms. Here are some baby shower basics.
Typical Baby Showers
Baby showers typically happen when the mom is between 28 and 35 weeks in her pregnancy. This means she still has some energy to party, has a photo-worthy but manageable bump, and there’s little risk of delivering the baby then and there. An early date also gives her a head start on sorting through presents. These parties usually are two or three hours long, often in the afternoon, and consist of eating and drinking light meals, opening gifts, and sometimes playing games. They can be girls only or mixed, depending on the kind of party you want to have. It’s not just firstborns who get in on the fun — showers for later children are fine, especially if the baby is a different sex or there’s a bigger age gap between the children.
Baby Shower Etiquette
Anyone close to the mom-to-be may host a baby shower. Friends, neighbors, coworkers, relatives, in-laws, or a team of any of the previously mentioned, are welcome to host and plan the shower. You may even ignore the etiquette rule that says relatives shouldn’t host. In general, though, the mom-to-be doesn’t plan her own shower; not only does that seem rude, but she’s the guest of honor and will be worrying about enough without also having to host a party.
Baby Shower Preparation To-Dos
If you’re planning a party, it’s time to get down to business. Here are the things you need on your checklist:
- Pick a date and time about seven months into the mom-to-be’s pregnancy, and make sure she approves of the date.
- Determine your budget and guest list. Get names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers so you have every possible way to get in touch with guests.
- Choose a venue, which could be anywhere from a private home to a restaurant. Keep the time of year, budget, number of guests and mom-to-be’s tastes in mind.
- Send invitations about four to six weeks before a shower. Digital is fine for a casual affair (and triple-check the privacy settings for social media!), but anything formal should require paper. You may share links to the baby registries in the invitations.
- Plan the menu and décor, keeping cravings, restrictions and tastes in mind.
- Come up with an agenda for the afternoon.
- Pick up some favors, if you plan on having them.
Some Baby Shower Ideas to Get Started
Keep the party and theme personal to the mom-to-be. If she’s artistic, use nontraditional colors or have crafty activities such as drawing on plain onesies. Give a film buff the red carpet treatment, a nature-lover flower crowns, and a book enthusiast children’s books with handwritten messages instead of cards. You know the mom-to-be well, so plan something that’s perfect for her.
Preparing for a Baby With Desert Blossom Women’s Care
No amount of celebrating can take away a new mom’s anxiety completely. Desert Blossom Women’s Care clinics in Sierra Vista and Tucson can provide every family with the personalized care our certified nurse-midwives offer. We take the time to thoroughly answer any questions a new mother might have about her pregnancy, delivery and care as her baby and family grow. Get in touch today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations.