d00ch Baby Showers April 08, 2019 18:18:07
Guests bring baby-proofing devices such as specially designed locks for appliances, cabinets, and toilets, protective cushioning for sharp edges, and safety gates. If the shower is held at the babys future home, the guests can even install the gadgets -- even though the house wont need baby-proofing until baby starts to crawl, its a great timesaver for the new parents to have this chore done.
Another popular option: The mani-pedi party. Just block out a couple of hours at your favorite salon, or find a local "mobile spa" service that will come to you and your guests. And one last idea, not for the faint of heart or bashful of body: a women-only group belly-dancing lesson. Talk about celebrating your baby bump! Get everyone matching tank tops and beach wraps or simple pareos, and let the hip shaking and belly quaking begin.
While soft pastels are traditional colors for a mom-to-bes party, the dad-on-deck will appreciate less muted hues. For co-ed showers, Seri Kertzner and her team at in New York like to work with either a neutral palette or a mix of bright colors like yellow and purple. For mama Megan Kopf Stackhouses gender-neutral baby shower brunch, the party stylists decorated with giant white balloons anchored in cubes filled with white jellybeans.
The timing is important; you want to have the party at least four to six weeks before your due date so that youll have plenty of time to borrow or buy any necessities for your baby that you still need – and there’s also less of a chance youll go into labor prior to the party.
Each guest is asked to bring a beloved childrens book or a tape or CD of favorite kids tunes. This is a great shower for co-workers to hold in the office (it spares everyone from bringing in bulky boxes and keeps the costs down).
Although it used be considered a faux pas by etiquette experts to have a second-baby shower, its totally okay these days. "A shower is about celebrating the new life – and if people want to celebrate every birth, even if they have 20 kids, thats fine," says Cheri Osmundsen, a mom of three in San Clemente, California. If you feel strange about having a big baby bash when youve already celebrated childbirth once or twice before, consider a smaller-scale get-together or brunch so your friends can "sprinkle" you with love and token presents rather than showering you with gifts.