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Baby showers have been popular tradition in the US for years, and are growing in popularity here in New Zealand. Foremost it is a way for the expectant mother’s friends and family to say congratulations and for her to feel she has support and love around her and her baby. Make this one day they will always remember.
Baby showers have been popular tradition in the US for years, and have now become very popular in New Zealand too.

Baby showers are a way for the expectant mother’s friends and family to say congratulations and for her to feel she has support and love around her and the baby when it arrives.

Most baby showers involve fun games with prizes, nibbles and drink, a great bunch of people and gifts for the mum-to-be and/or her baby.

Check out these useful tips:
 

Who should organise it?

A close friend, colleague or family of the mum-to-be are the usual organisers.
 

When should it be held?

The baby shower should generally be held in the last trimester at any time of day/night. It can be a surprise for the expectant mother or as the last trimester can be an exhausting time for her, it may be best to arrange a date and time that suits her best.
 

Where should it be held?

The baby shower can be held at any venue you chose from someone's home to high-tea at a fancy restaurant. However it doesn't need to be expensive, and many baby showers are organised on a small budget.
The baby shower should be held where there is plenty of room and adequate seating to cater for the invited people.  It can even be outdoors, but weather dependent it may be better to have it in a community hall, friend's house, or a local playcentre which often hire out their buildings for a small donation.
 

Who to invite?

Friends, sisters, parents, parents-in-law, antenatal friends, playgroup friends, colleagues of the mum-to-be.. Traditionally it is a ‘girl’s only’ celebration, but partners, grandparents, caregivers and extended family are so involved in the upbringing of children so don‘t feel limited by tradition. 
 

Party food

The organiser could arrange the party food, or ask all the guests to bring a plate of nibbles. Remind them that there is a range of food not suitable for pregnant woman. Check out the FoodSmart website for more information on this.
 

Choosing a theme

Baby Showers often have a theme relating to infants or children and the room could be decorated to match the theme.
 

Pink or Blue

If the expectant mother knows the gender of her baby and wishes to share that news, then the colour choice is obvious, or the mother can choose a different colour of her choosing, or a mix of both pink and blue!
 

Teddy Bears Picnic

Ask everyone to lend their own teddy bears to decorate the room during the baby shower.  Each guest could gift something for the picnic basket, which would help the parents through the early months of parenthood.
 

Mummy Shower

Each guest could come dressed up as being 9 months pregnant, slipping a pillow down their top, and if they have already experienced pregnancy, to bring the food they craved during their pregnancies.
 

Baby Shower Games

A baby shower is meant to be a fun time, so bring on the games!  These are usually relating to pregnancy or babies. 
 

Guessing the baby/babies gender

Tie a ring belonging to the mum-to-be on a string and hold it over the pregnant belly (with permission of the expectant parent!).  If the ring moves in a circle it is said to be a boy and if it moves in a straight line it is said to be a girl.
 

Nappy tower

Ask all the guests to bring a pack of nappies, disposable or cloth fitted.  With the guests in small groups or pairs ask them to make a tower of the nappies and see how creative people can get.
 

Guess the baby pictures!

Ask everyone to supply a baby photo of themselves prior to the baby shower and guess who is who with prizes for the most guessed correctly.
 

Guess the baby rhyme

Eliminate certain words from rhymes for the guests to complete, such as ‘Little Miss Muffet sat on her _____ eating her ____ and _____’.
 

Name the tune

Get a CD of nursery rhymes and play the first few seconds of each song.  The guests can write down their guesses and at the end of the CD see who wins.
 

Guess the celebrity

Cut out pictures of famous pregnant women from magazines and fold the head back. Ask the guests to guess who owns the belly and then reveal the answer!
 

Baby Food

Remove the labels from several jars of baby food and ask the guests to guess what they are!  Guests are allowed to look, touch, smell and taste in order to guess.
 

Gift Ideas for the baby and expectant parent

Gifts can be for the infant or the parent.  It can be funny, a necessity (disposable or fitted reusable nappies are a much valued gift) or something which the mum-to-be can make use of too.
 

Baby Essentials

Nappies, clothing, nail kit, barrier cream, etc.,
 

Voucher Tree

Buy a special plant for the baby and ask guests to bring a voucher from their favourite store to peg on to the branches.
 

Book for Baby

If the parents are so organised with clothing and all the essentials, ask each guest to bring a book to add to the baby’s library.
 

Love & Support Keepsake

Life can be expensive, so if you feel uncomfortable asking guests for gifts, it is always nice for the expectant mother to have a keepsake of the baby shower.  Buy or make a nice scrapbook or notebook and ask all the guests to write down their best piece of advice or good wishes for the mother and baby. 
 

Goody bags

Gifting your guests with a goody bag as they leave is a great way of saying thank you.  It can be something as simple as a few chocolates, or scented candle.  Something that parents can indulge in themselves.
 
 
Remember, pregnancy is a special and exciting time for the expectant parent, and this is one day they will always remember - so make some new friends, treasure the time with old friends, add a lot of laughter and enjoy!

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