Planning a Baby Shower

Planning a Baby Shower

When is the best time to plan a baby shower and should it be before or after the birth? Learn more.

Since the months before and after the birth of a baby can be hectic, the first step of the planning process should discussing the date with the momtobe.

Weekend or weekday. Saturday and Sunday are the most popular for baby showers, especially in the afternoon. Weekdays are ideal for office baby showers and neighborhood coffee parties. Also, check the calendar for vacation seasons and special events that might conflict with your date. The last thing you want is for everyone to be away on spring break or watching the Academy Awards on TV when the big day arrives.

Reasons for hosting before the birth.

  • The mom-to-be will have time to sort through her presents, set up the nursery and shop for items she’s missing.
  • She’ll be able to relax and enjoy herself instead of feeding her newborn, changing diapers and dying for some shut-eye.
  • Hosting a baby shower before the birth can provide the mom-to-be with much-needed emotional support, a dose of fun and friendly companionship.

Reasons for hosting after the birth.

  • The shower can double as a meet-the-baby party.
  • Now that guests know the gender, size and name of the baby, it’ll be easier for them to buy or make gifts.
  • This type of shower works well for adopting parents since they aren’t always sure about when they can collect their baby.

Whatever the choice, the reason for getting everyone together doesn’t change: celebrating the (impending) arrival of a beautiful new baby!

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My Own Shower

Kate 2/5/2016

Having had been showered myself, I found it helpful to have the shower after the birth so everyone could meet him and know he was a boy Otherwise, the theme could be something like "green," a gender-neutral color, and have an animal like lambs or frogs be centered around it.

Soon to be NeNe on a budget

Candace 1/25/2016

I'm a single parent and my daughter is expecting her first child in July. I want to have her a baby shower but I am on a very fixed budget anyone have any ideas for a low cost but nice shower theme and decoration ideas? Thanks


abigail 1/18/2016

I'm going to have a welcome home party I believe it will be helpful now that everyone knows the baby is a boy and how big he is instead of guessinh

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Charisma 1/18/2016

I have been trying to figure out a date for a baby shower. Thanks for the helpful info.


ourbusymom 1/18/2016


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