d00ch Baby Showers March 16, 2019 16:59:51
Babys bed and bath shower. A great way to provide the basics every new parent needs: layette items, an infant tub, linens, changing-table gear, and more.
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.
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.
For parents who already have most of the baby gear, throw a "bring-a-dish-to-freeze" party, so that Mom and Dad dont have to worry about whats for dinner when theyre adjusting to life with one more. If the guests of honor dont have enough freezer space to store everything, the host or hosts can keep some of the dishes, to be delivered periodically after the baby arrives.
More and more moms are opting for parties that feel closer to a girls night out than a standard baby shower. In fact, fancy mom-to-be soirées have become so popular at Stephanie King-Myers original art-and-wine studio, in Chicago, that she now offers "Baby Bump" parties at all 13 of her Bottles and Bottega locations around the country. Guests drop in, have light hors doeuvres, sip champagne, look at art – and, if they want to, even create some of their own with the help of the studios resident artists.
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.