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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milehimike 8/22/2015

This is a lot of great information for me as I am going to be "one" of the Grandfathers. So this is helping me very much since I have not had much practice giving baby showers.


Nana 8/19/2015

I'm doing mine a month before

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I recently had a baby and although I didn't really want to have a shower my mom threw me one anyways. It was my idea that not knowing the gender I would receive gender neutral things. I wanted neutral items as this is not the only baby I plan on having. I was quite surprised at how I didn't get neutral outfits. So if you want the surprise of not know until birth like I did I suggest having the shower after.


Monce 8/13/2015

had 2 before birth.. one from my mom and one from my husbands mom

Great read

Mom 8/11/2015

Great read! Thank you

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