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  • Planning A Baby Shower

    16 October 2012

    Planning A Baby Shower

     

    Planning a Baby shower for a friend or a relative is a very special thing to do for them and can be very exciting. The only problem is you may also feel a huge responsibility as the future parents are only going to have one shower for this baby, so it's important that you make sure that it is right for them as a family. I have put together a list of a few things that will be helpful for you to consider if you are thinking about planning a baby shower.

     

     

    1. When is the best time to schedule your baby shower.

    As the hostess, it is down to you to judge when the best time is to hold the baby shower for maximum benefit to the future parents. It is important that you do not schedule the baby shower too early but is also important that it is not too late.The best time to hold a baby shower is anytime between 6 to 8 months in to the pregnancy. Any later in the pregnancy you may find that the mum to be might not enjoy it as much as she would do normally. This is because she may be starting to feel a little tired and might not enjoy the baby shower games as much. The future parent will also need all the financial help that they can get and if you schedule a shower too late this may mean that the couple have already bought everything that they need for their baby.

     

    2. Talk to the expecting mother about her needs.

    Pregnancy puts enormous physical challenges and demand on the expecting mother, especially if it is her first pregnancy. It is a good idea to locate the shower closer to her home to avoid putting additional strain on an already over challenged mother to be.

     

    3. Know who is on your guest list.

    The success or failure of a baby shower to a certain extent depends on the people who are attending. You are probable best to consult the couple when compiling the guest list so that they can choose to have the people who they love around them on this special occasion. If you want to keep the baby shower a secret from them until a later date, it may be worth talking to someone who is very close to the couple and can give you a list of family and special friends that you would be best to invite.

     

    4. Try to find out the needs of the future parents and inform your guest.

    The parents to be are going to need many things for when their new baby arrives and many parents find themselves financially stretched to their limit. It's great if the gifts they are given at the baby shower help the parents to alleviate some of the financial burden of having a baby. It would be pointless if the gifts that are given cannot be used for the baby and it is also a waist of the gift bearers time and money. An idea would be to ask the future parents what baby items they actually still need to get for the baby, then you could hand out the list of these items to the guest prior to the shower and let the guest actually choose the item that they would like to buy. By doing this it will also stop anyone duplicating gifts. Where the gender of the baby is known in advance try to give gifts that are gender appropriate but if the gender of the baby is going to be kept as a surprise don't worry because there is a huge range of unisex Baby Gifts out there. If you were thinking of buying the baby some Baby Clothes, you will find that many Newborn Baby Clothes tend to be for both girls or boys. All you need to do is choose something in a neutral colour that will suit both genders. It may also be a good idea that instead of buying newborn baby clothes, buy clothes sized 3-6 or even 6-9 months. This is because new parent often find that they have plenty of clothes for the baby when the baby is first born as people tend to buy them something that they can use straight away but babies grow very quickly and parents often find that the baby has outgrown many of the newborn clothes even before the baby has had time to wear them.

     

     

    5. Do you know the culture of the parents to be.

    Because baby showers are steeped in customs and traditions, it is important that you have a good idea of what is not culturally acceptable and what is culturally acceptable for the would be parents. Knowing and understanding somebody cultural will help to make the celebration more memorable for the future parents.

     

    6. What refreshment will you be wanting to give to your guest?

    This will totally depend on your budget and the type of guests you have invited to the baby shower. Preparing for and feeding even the smallest group of people can quickly turn into a nightmare, so set up a plan about what you want to serve and how you are going to serve it and try to stick to it. You need to decide if you want everyone to sit down and eat together or are you happy to do a buffet style type meal. I have to say the buffet is always a popular choice.

     

    7. How are you going to entertain your guests.

    What are you planning to do to entertain your guests? Will you be organising games for your guests to play? There are many types of baby related games to play at a baby shower, if you get a few dolls you can blind fold people and see who can change the dolls nappy and clothes the quickest. You could maybe organise some baby poetry reading, depending on the mix of your guests, or maybe even get your guest to come prepared with a poem that they have make up about for the parents to be or if they are parents themselves they could write a poem about about their experience's of being a parent. The entertainment is totally down to personal choice and there are many different ideas out there for you to choose from depending how you want the event to run. some people like it to be silly and fun but others don't.

    I hope you have found this article useful and I hope you enjoy organising the baby shower for your special guests.

     

    Tanya, www.theworldofbabies.co.uk

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