First and foremost, congratulations on your bundle of joy! It’s an amazing gift to be able to bring a new life into the world and your baby is the very event that allows you to celebrate your joy with your closest family and friends. The great thing about baby showers is that they can go however you want them to go, regardless of who is hosting it for you… you just have to let the host know what you want.
Some expectant mothers want a baby shower full of glitz and glam while other mothers-to-be prefer a more intimate setting with only a few close family and friends. Whichever type of shower you prefer is completely up to you, the whole point of a baby shower is to make sure the mother-to-be and the baby are celebrated.
Now, one thing that is helpful to have at baby showers is gifts that the expectant mother can actually use. How many times have you been to baby showers and seen gifts that were completely pointless for the mother and the baby? Probably more often than you should have. Everyone knows that it’s very expensive to have a baby, especially your first one so the purpose of baby showers is to shower the mother with gifts that will lighten the financial load of baby supplies and necessities. Some baby shower gifts that the expectant mother can actually use include:
- Baby bottles
- Themed diaper cakes
- Car seat
Out of that list, you can never have too many diapers or onesies but for the larger items, you definitely want to put those on a registry at a store so that you won’t have multiple car seats and strollers. Whoever is hosting your shower will also need to put on the invitations the places you’re registered for gifts… and getting gifts you can actually use is definitely an aspect that will make you enjoy your shower more.
Aside from the gifts, here are the top must-haves you need for your baby shower if you plan on actually enjoying your baby shower.
Close Family and Friends
When it comes to your baby shower, your closest family and friends should be at the top of your invitations. Sure, you can invite co-workers and church members if you want but your family and friends are going to be the ones who will feel the most joy for you and to be surrounded by them and the love they have for you, there’s no better feeling in the world.
Sometimes having your closest family and friends around means having a co-ed baby shower too. There’s no official rule that says that baby showers are only for women and that men cannot come. What people don’t realize is that fathers-to-be get just as excited as mothers-to-be about the arrival of their child and want to celebrate too. So if having close family and friends around means having your spouse and his friends there too, then so be it… as long as it makes you happy.
It’s recommended that you wait to have your baby shower four to six weeks until your due date. Thespruce.com states that you want to find that happy medium… you don’t want to have your shower before 20 weeks nor do you want to have it after 38 weeks. So, at that stage in your pregnancy, you’re probably feeling quite uncomfortable and the very last thing you need is to bring on added discomfort in uncomfortable clothing.
Now, just because you want to be comfortable at your baby shower, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion for comfort… there is a happy medium where you can still look fabulous and feel like you’re on a cloud. There are all kinds of fashionable maternity wear that will have you glowing at your shower.
Your Favorite Foods
This area is probably the best part of the baby shower. Everyone knows that pregnant women love food and have these odd cravings. Well, their baby shower is the perfect excuse to be able to eat whatever they want unless they’re on some type of dietary restriction. Pregnancy, in general, puts women on dietary restrictions anyway. They can’t eat certain foods or drink certain liquids so when she gets to her baby shower, should be able to eat all the foods she wants (within her dietary restrictions of course).