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Planning the perfect shower

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.
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When should you hold a baby shower?

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.

Can you throw your own baby shower?

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).

Can a shower be coed?

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.

Can you have a shower for baby number two or three?

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?”

Are there other types of new baby parties?

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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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 21reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Had one for my second he is 3 years younger then first so no hand be down. I did a dual shower with my friend and it was coed. We planned our shower her husband was the host. November 22, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I had my first shower hosted by my mom. The decorations, location, food was all in her tastes not ours. UGH!My sister planned and hosted her own 1st shower for her girl and she went all out on the food and decor. Then 2 years later she threw herself a smaller version for her 2nd daughter. She didn't care about the etiquette that you aren't supposed to throw your own shower or that she already had everything she needed from her first baby girl. She asked for diapers and money.For my 2nd shower I'm taking control. I want to be sure to have the decorations I want and the people I want. I don't know about asking for the money though.... May 2, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by A new trend is a baby diaper party. Sounds silly but in my area more and more guys do this. Each attending guy brings a pack of diapers they eat party cards and drink beer. Al ways thought this be a cool idea let the guys have their fun and say their congrats to the father to be. February 2, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My husband is an amazing help who to invite to our baby show although my Aunt is the one planning everything but his help is just as important than anyone else's help. September 4, 2013
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