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Baby Shower Etiquette: Greetings, Thank-You’s, and Good-Bye’s

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When it comes to etiquette, few life events draw as much attention and questions as weddings and new babies. Here are eight things you need to know about baby shower etiquette:

  1. While the current trend is for anyone to throw a baby shower, strict shower etiquette says a shower should be hosted by a friend or not-so-immediate relative, such as a cousin or aunt. (For more on this, see “Who Should Be a Baby Shower Host?”)
  2. It’s good etiquette to greet all your guests personally when they arrive, take their coat, indicate where presents should be deposited, and then offer them a beverage. This greeting process will not only please Miss Manners but will bring a warm, rosy glow to all your guests and get the party started off right.
  3. If your guests belong to different social circles, don’t forget to break the ice by making introductions.
  4. If you’re wondering if presents should be opened during or after the party, shower etiquette suggests “during.” Guests have taken a lot of care in selecting their gift, and part of the fun is watching the mom-to-be open presents and “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the cute little baby things.
  5. Proper baby shower etiquette suggests that gifts be opened toward the end of the shower to avoid the impression that presents are the primary purpose of the party.
  6. It is still considered proper, and good manners, for the expectant mom to send thank-you notes. (For more on this, see “Baby Shower Thank-You Notes.”)
  7. If a guest needs to leave early, be sure to walk the guest to the door, and don’t forget to thank her for coming.
  8. At the end of the shower, make sure to thank all your guests for coming and see them off at the door. Make sure the mom-to-be has an opportunity to say her thank-you’s and good-bye’s as well.

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