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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Nice to have baby showers but

SueL 10/7/2015

it is nice to have a baby shower but I always feel anxiety. like the nurse below suggested, i always prefer a baby shower after baby is actually home and healthy looking with me next to i do not feel pressure to let the world know if anything is wrong....maybe i am just a worried type.


Beanie 9/17/2015


To be considered

Ruth 9/8/2015

As an NICU nurse I have attended hundreds of deliveries. I consider every pregnancy a high risk pregnancy as things can go wrong up until the actual delivery or shortly after. When babies end up in the NICU, one thing the parents often say is that seeing all of the shower gifts when they go home, without a baby, is the cause of much pain and sadness. Please consider having baby showers after babies are home.

baby shower date

Adriana 9/6/2015

Do not wait last minute to throw your baby shower. I was due in two weeks and regretted having my baby shower so late. I was cranky and feet swollen the last two hours. Learned my lesson!

b4 or after

Lin 9/5/2015

I'm super excited now that I'm 5 months and would like a shower b4 the baby comes

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