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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Before

07/28/2015

I definitely vote for before the baby is born! There's no need for me to surround my newborn with a lot of people wanting to touch and hold her all at once, especially since she will be born in the cold & flu season. That's just asking for me to get her sick.

Shower

07/27/2015

Well, I am not sure when it is best to have the shower...before or after it is born. I guess if it is not a surprise to the mother, leave it up to her.

Baby

07/25/2015

Love the stroller idea

Diaper cake

07/25/2015

Cute diaper cake

Direction for diaper stroller

07/24/2015

Where can I find directions for making diaper stroller

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