When should you hold a baby shower? Should Dad be invited? Can you have one for baby number two? Let us shower you with answers.
Baby showers are traditionally held around the 36th gestational week. This lets guests see mom in all of her pregnant glory, but also allows a little wiggle room in case she goes into labor early or just gets too uncomfortable to enjoy herself.
By definition, a shower is a party held by a host or hostess on behalf of a guest of honor. Baby showers were traditionally casual get-togethers hosted by the guest of honor’s closest female friend, who invited her best girlfriends to shower the mom-to-be with little handmade things like bloomers and booties. But today the tradition has evolved to include an expanded guest list, national registries, crazy games and big-ticket items (though the simple gifts like HUGGIES® Diapers and Wipes are always in good taste).
Absolutely. More and more, both parents are getting involved in baby planning and want Dad at the shower. And lots of moms these days have close male friends or co-workers who they want to invite.
Back when families were larger and kids are more closely spaced, it would have been silly to have multiple showers — babies after the first one would benefit from hand me-downs. But these days families are more likely to be smaller, blended or with longer gaps between kids. Holding a shower for your second baby is perfectly fine, as long as your guests won’t groan, “Oh no, I have to buy a present for her again?”
Another option to a shower is to have a “Welcome Baby” party after the baby’s born and invite your friends over for a casual cookout or potluck to meet your baby and to share laughter, stories and support.
Sandy and Marcie Jones are the authors of Great Expectations: Baby's First Year. Order your copy from Barnes & Noble
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