As the host, deciding on the baby shower invite is an important step because it helps set the tone for your event: cute or elegant, funny or formal, classic or contemporary. When choosing which way to go, consider the preferences of the mom-to-be and the baby shower theme you’ve selected.

Although a phone call or Facebook message might be just fine for an informal shower among the mom-to-be’s close friends, paper baby shower invitations give your event an extra-special touch. Pre-printed invitation cards are an easy solution, and there’s usually a range of templates and designs to select from, so you can find one that matches your theme.

Baby Shower Invitations Ideas

Handmade invitations add a personal touch, while custom-printed baby shower invitations allow you to design a unique invite, and a professional printer can give it a beautiful finish. Some hosts choose electronic invitations because they’re quick, and they also make it easier to track RSVPs.

One time-saving approach is to send invitations via email — a practical alternative to snail mail if your guests live in other states or overseas.

Creating a Facebook event is another great way to let people know right away, track RSVPs, and add event updates all in the one spot. Just keep in mind that not everyone is on Facebook, and that you should set the event to "private" to avoid any misunderstandings.

Once you've selected the type of invitation, you’ll need to figure out the baby shower invitation wording. Be sure to include the following:

  • Language clarifying that the event is a baby shower (many invitations include a baby shower quote)

  • Who the shower is for (meaning the mom-to-be or parents-to-be)

  • Who is hosting

  • Date, start, and end time

  • Address (send a map or directions on a separate sheet, or add a link to Google maps)

  • RSVP contact details, and when you would like RSVPs by

You can also consider adding a bit more information:

  • Baby shower theme

  • Details for the gift registry or gift suggestions

  • Gender and name of the baby (if known)

  • What refreshments will be served (and how guests can advise of dietary requirements)

  • Dress code

  • Anything special guests should bring (e.g. a game might call for everyone to bring a baby picture of themselves)

  • Whether significant others and children are invited

Your text doesn’t have to be complex. You can even use this free baby shower invitation template:

A baby [boy] [girl] is on the way; please help us prepare for the very special day!

Join us for a baby shower for [mom-to-be’s name] on [date] from [start time] to [end time].


Hosted by [host’s name].

[Insert refreshment type e.g. A light lunch] will be served. Casual attire. The baby gift registry can be found at [insert details of the gift registry].

RSVP by [date] to [host’s contact details].

Once you’ve decided on the wording for your baby shower invitation, proofread the text before pressing "Send" or printing. For an extra-special flourish, get unique envelopes and stamps, if you’re sending the invites via mail. Send the invitations about six weeks in advance, remembering that it’s a good idea to let out-of-town guests know even earlier so they can make travel plans. Follow up the invitation with a phone call to make sure everyone got their invite. Create a list of RSVPs, so you can track them as they come in.

For more guidance, check out the Pampers baby shower tool. And, don’t miss our ultimate guide to baby showers as well as our baby shower checklist .