Understanding Baby Shower Etiquette
Throwing a baby shower can be stressful. That's why we've compiled a list of need-to-knows so you can understand baby shower etiquette and how to plan the perfect bash!
Many people don’t realize that baby showers don’t really exist outside of the U.S. and Canada. The baby shower tradition began in America in the 1940s, during the baby boom following World War II. It was a way for expecting mothers to celebrate their growing family, and an opportunity for parents to share advice and gifts. Thankfully, the tradition stuck and we continue to celebrate mothers and babies!
Expecting mothers typically throw their baby shower between 28-35 weeks of pregnancy. At this point, the average pregnant woman is past morning sickness and still has energy to socialize. Throwing a shower after this point in the pregnancy and you risk the mom-to-be’s comfortability, and even the water break! It also gives her enough time to sort through the gifts and make any necessary exchanges before the birth.
The invitations should be sent to the guests approximately four weeks beforehand to give them enough time to plan logistics and RSVP.
The typical baby shower lasts between 2-3 hours. This includes the meal, opening gifts, and any planned activities. Anything longer than 3 hours can be exhausting for the mother.
Traditionally, neither the expectant mother or her family should plan or throw the baby shower. However, it is now considered acceptable for her family or friends to handle the planning, as long as the mom-to-be isn’t hosting it herself.
A lot of mothers host their baby showers in their own home or a loved one’s home to limit expenses and feel comfortable. However, it is not uncommon to hold showers at restaurants, churches, and private venues.
When choosing your venue, keep in mind the additional costs for dishes, cutlery, and napkins. These costs may seem small but they can quickly add up.
Traditionally, neither the expectant mother or her family should plan or throw the baby shower. However, it is now considered acceptable for her family or friends to handle the planning, as long as the mom-to-be isn’t hosting it herself. In fact, tackling the baby shower as a group will minimze the stress for everyone! One person can handle the cake, while another sends out the invitations, and so on.
But who is invited?
Well, this all depends on what kind of baby shower that the mom wants. Some mothers feel comfortable with all females so the other mothers can openly share their labor stories and other tips. Others want all of their family and friends to join the celebrations. So, ask the mom-to-be what she wants and for the contact list.
There are a lot of different things that go into planning the perfect baby shower. While your celebrations may require additional plans, here is a list of essentials:
- Serving Pieces
- Party Favors
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We wish all of you expecting mothers a happy pregancy and safe labor.
With Love and Gratitude,
The Calisson Toy Family