All expectant mamas deserve to be made a fuss off. If you’ve been tasked with organising your best friend’s baby shower, there are lots of things to consider.
Baby showers hold their own traditions and etiquette, and here you’ll find our top tips and advice on ensuring your guest of honour has the most unforgettable day.
Mother knows best
We believe the key to a brilliant baby shower is first to ask and listen. Sit down with your mama-to-be and take her direction on how she envisages her dream baby shower. She may prefer something low-key, at home, or she might be hankering over an all-girls’ spa weekend. Save yourself the hassle and let her decide on the basics.
As they say, timing is everything. Baby showers are usually held four to six weeks prior to the baby’s due date: the pregnancy is far enough along, but early enough that the baby doesn’t arrive before (or during – eek!) the party.
Who to invite?
The general rule of thumb for baby shower guests is close family and friends. It’s best to ask your guest of honour to pull together a list of names for you to work from.
We’re seeing a growing trend in the inclusion of men at the baby shower – and why not? Dad-to-be might be delighted to be included with his friends too – the more the merrier is often much more fun.
Themes & games
Every good party needs a good theme, whether it’s princesses, pirates or just the traditional all-pink or all-blue colour scheme.
You’ll need to take the weather into account too – if it’s summer, embrace the outdoors and BBQ in the garden, or if it’s winter, a cute tea party indoors is just the ticket.
If your baby shower is going to include spouses and children, you may decide to adjust activities or games to include everybody. Baby Predictions is a fabulous game that you can make yourself, and it’s a game everybody can take part in. Draw up a sheet and get all guests to write down their guesses of baby’s weight, date, and predicted time of birth. The dads may want to run a sweepstake!
There are so many adorable decorations online. From tulle pom-poms to bunting, balloons and tableware, it’s easy to pick up lots of beautiful pieces very inexpensively.
As with every good party, the cake should be the centerpiece. Keep the style and flavour of cake within the baby shower’s set theme and consider the cake’s size – make sure you calculate the total number guests, so everybody gets a piece.
Best baby shower gifts 2022
The most important part of the baby shower surely has to be the gifts. We recommend mamas-to-be have a set wish list of the things they need or want for their new arrival. With this, your guests don’t have to worry about guessing what you want and it solves the problem of sometimes getting the same gift twice!
If you’re after much-needed gift inspo, here are our recommendations for 2022.
Editor’s pick: MORI’s Hello Baby Book
When it comes to the ultimate in baby shower keepsakes, I love MORI’s Hello Baby Book, available in blush, grey or blue. It’s perfect for recording your little one’s first moments.
Made from FSC paper, and printed with vegetable inks in 100% recyclable packaging, there’s plenty of space for you to document memories, photos and milestones right up to their first birthday.
There’s also an adorable fold-out height chart for keeping tabs on how quickly your baby grows.
Gift Set “Bathtime” Beige, Blue Almonds
Jellycat Bashful Bunny, Mori
Personal Care Basket, Beaba
Muslin Security Blankets, aden + anais
Diplodocus Baby Rattle, Best Years
Muslin Squares, aden + anais
Dreami Moses Basket and Stand, Shnuggle
Pram Crib Quilt, Mini La Mode
Snuz SnuzPouch, Online4Baby
Hospital Bag Starter Pack, Kit and Kin
Babynomade Blanket, Red Castle
Silky Soft Dream Blanket, aden + anais
Playmat, aden + anais
Layette Gift Set, Blue Almonds
Luxury Knitted Blanket, Shnuggle
Newborn Set, Kit and Kin
Cotton Hooded Towel And Mitt, Cashmirino
La Maman Wedge, DockATot
Deluxe+ Dock, DockATot
Dress-Up Nappy Disposal System, Angelcare
Organic Sleeping Bag, Pure Earth Collection
Comforters, Pure Earth Collection
AC327 Monitor with Video & Sound, Angelcare
Welcome To Our World Set, MORI
Tripp Trapp, Stokke
Teething Gift Set, Matchstick Monkey
Premium Knit Hooded Towel, Copper Pearl
SnuzPod 3 Piece Crib Bedding Set, Online4Baby
Changing Table Cover, Il Gufo
Crochet Moses Basket, Blue Almonds
SleepSack® Swaddle, HALO
Move With Me Soother, Graco
Isla Baby Bandanna Bibs, Copper Pearl
Peter Rabbit Muslin Squares, Beatrix Potter Gifts by Enesco
Don’t forget to buy a little guest book – close family and friends will enjoy writing words of wisdom or sticking in photos or other mementoes. There are some beautiful personalised books available to add that extra special touch.