d00ch Baby Showers March 15, 2019 17:22:29
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.
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).
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.
Each partygoer is given a thin piece of cardboard and a thick felt marker and is asked to write a greeting, a wish, or another special message for the baby. The host then takes a picture of each guest holding up his or her greeting (a Polaroid instant or digital camera, for immediate results, makes this the most fun). The photos can then be assembled in an album or saved for the baby book. As he grows, the little one will surely get a kick out of seeing familiar faces and receiving the messages sent to him by close family and friends before he was even born.
Tradition states that a shower should not be hosted by a close family member of the parents-to-be, but instead by a friend or more distant relative, such as a cousin or an aunt. This rule was meant to avoid the appearance that the family was simply on a mission to collect gifts. However, like many traditions, this rule isnt strictly observed these days. In fact, its usually considered perfectly acceptable for a sister, mother-in-law, or even the guest of honors mother to host or co-host a shower. Its still unusual for a mother-to-be to host her own shower, though.
Yet another fun option from mom Tracy Saelinger, of Lake Oswego, Oregon: "At my shower someone made up a list of traits and had me write down in advance whether I wanted the baby to get those attributes from me or his dad. The guests had to guess what I picked – eyes, dad; IQ, me, of course! It was hilarious, and we all had a good laugh about both my quirks and my husbands."