Per­son­alise your baby shower

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Baby show­ers are a time hon­oured tra­di­tion for many new mums-to-be.

The day was tra­di­tion­ally or­gan­ised by fe­male friends, col­leagues or fam­ily mem­bers to cel­e­brate the im­pend­ing ar­rival of the new baby at home, but be­fore you de­cide to ar­range an event, it’s im­por­tant to take into con­sid­er­a­tion the life­style and cir­cum­stances of the mum-to-be and make it a day they will enjoy.

Who to in­vite:

In this day and age, baby show­ers can take any shape or form and in­clude a much wider cir­cle of friends of the mum-to-be. Many peo­ple now opt for a baby shower that in­cludes their part­ner, male friends and male rel­a­tives.

Con­sider a bar­be­cue or pic­nic to in­clude the wider group or throw an evening party.

The shower:

Some mums-to-be may pre­fer some­thing a lit­tle more low-key.

Think about hav­ing a ca­sual drop-in style morn­ing or af­ter­noon for ev­ery­one to drop by and enjoy a cuppa or if you think it would be wel­come, throw a sur­prise party.

Just be ready to or­gan­ise the guest list, food, dec­o­ra­tions and en­sure the mum-to-be will be avail­able that day.

Don’t let dis­tance be a bar­rier to an en­joy­able get to­gether, con­sider get­ting friends and fam­ily to­gether with a video link, Skype or we­b­cam ses­sion as well for those who can­not make it on the day.

Some mums-to-be may pre­fer a baby shower af­ter the baby is born.

Talk to her and see if she would pre­fer this op­tion, once ev­ery­thing is set­tled af­ter the baby’s birth.

Some mums-to-be may also be open to the idea of cel­e­brat­ing the birth of a sec­ond or sub­se­quent chil­dren, an ideal so­lu­tion to this may be a smaller-scale version of a baby shower, still with the theme and food but less ex­pec­ta­tion of baby gifts.

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