Baby showers are becoming increasingly common in the UK but are still a relatively new phenomenon and if we have not attended one ourselves many of us are left wondering “What is a baby shower?”. In this article we hope to answer this question and give you an idea of what to expect if you are attending one.
What is a baby shower?
A baby shower is typically a gathering of the mother-to-be’s female family and friends to mark the forthcoming birth of her child.
Where did baby showers originate?
In Britain we tend to think of baby showers as an American tradition but the celebration of the pending birth of a new baby dates back thousands of years and can be seen across many cultures. From the pregnancy rituals of ancient Egypt to the modern day people have gathered to mark the beginning of one of life’s most exciting journeys, the journey of parenthood.
What is a baby shower for?
Baby showers can serve to lessen the financial burden of bringing a new baby into the world, bring families and friends together with food and games and provide a forum for valuable advice to be passed on to mums-to-be.
Who can organise a baby shower?
Baby showers are usually intimate occasions and are planned by either close female friends or family members.
Who can attend a baby shower?
Traditionally only women have attended these events but the twenty first century has seen an increasing trend for the father-to-be and other male family and friends to attend.
What kind of gifts are given at baby showers?
At baby showers mothers-to-be are given gifts they may need either before or after their bundle of joy enters this world. Often gifts are opened during the baby shower and typically include nappies, clothing, toys and care products such as baby wipes, baby shampoo, creams and lotions.
A baby shower should be a fun event for expectant mothers as well as for their family and friends. If you would like to learn more about baby showers or are planning one yourself make sure you read our in-depth article on How To Plan A Baby Shower.