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Secrets to A Great Baby Shower

It’s always great when friends throw you a party—even if it means playing that game where guests guess your girth (ugh!). Here, moms share strategies for having a corny-free day you’ll genuinely enjoy.
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Enlist an ally. “For my shower, I brought my sister-in-law into the loop and said what I wanted—a quiet afternoon with friends, in my home,” says Jasmine Trillos-Decarie, a mom of one in Boston, Massachusetts. No feathers were ruffled, and she got a laid-back celebration. “Friends told me it was the best baby shower they’d ever been to!”

Make it more meaningful. Want an eco-friendly party, with paperless invites, unwrapped presents, and an organic salad bar? Would you prefer donations to a cause rather than gifts? Mention that, too.

Rope in your husband. A his-and-hers shower—aka a “Jack and Jill” shower— is a great way to change up the game. “I suggested this for my second shower, and loved it,” says Jennifer Marshall, a mom of two in Tucson, Arizona. “It kept the traditional silliness out of the equation. Everyone knows boys don’t want toilet paper games!”

Do a registry reality check. Go for gifts in a wide range of prices. And resist the urge to register for blankets and toys, notes Shannan Carr, a mom of three and owner of Bottles to Britches, Pennsylvania, a service that helps expecting parents plan for everything from pregnancy to preschool. “Those are usually items people buy in addition to the items on the registry, so you will end up with a ton!”

Relinquish control. People love you and want to celebrate your happiness. So if friends surprise you with a shower that includes goofy games and a cake shaped like a diaper, go with it. Think of it this way: You’ll have some great stories to tell at junior’s first playdate.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 51reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I totally agree and appreciate this article. I am an avid reader myself and I read to both my children from birth. I believe the more you share books with your children then the more they will love to read as well. November 28, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I know it's important to talk to my baby often and I found that I don't talk a lot around the house so I've taken advantage of reading to my baby from reading out loud my Bible, books I'm reading and his books I received from his baby shower. September 29, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I read to my baby as a bed time ritual. He is only 6 weeks old! It sooths him to sleep and I hope it will form an early interest in ready and vocabulary! September 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I read to baby #1 all the time. I started with reading things I was interested in - newspaper, magazines, etc. As infants, its just good for them to hear your voice. I would read children's books that I enjoyed. He eventually started selecting his own books to read. At two, he knows his alphabet, shapes, colors, and can count past 20. With baby #2, I read to both kids at the same time. Books with bold colors are stimulating to the infant. Of course the best help about reading and the type of books to read for child can be found at your public library. Oh, and books are great economical gifts for any child in your life. March 10, 2014
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