Baby Shower Etiquette

A new bundle of joy is enough of a reason to throw a huge celebration. Get a crash course in party planning with our baby shower etiquette guide.

Who should host the shower?

  • Technically, it used to be looked down upon if a family member were to host, but we’re not getting caught up on technicality here. These days, just about anyone can host a baby shower; friends, family, colleagues.

Who can attend?

  • Friends and family of both future parents. If this isn’t a surprise shower, be sure to run the guest list pass the expecting mommy and daddy before the invites are mailed out.

Where should it be?

  • The host of the party may choose their home or a private room at a restaurant for a small, intimate crowd, while a party hall is most appropriate for larger groups.

When it should happen?

  • 2 to 3 months prior to baby’s arrival. This gives the expectant parents enough time to organize gifts and make last minute purchases.

When to send out invitations?

  • Invitations should be sent out at least a month before the planned date, but ideally a month and half before. This gives guests enough time to plan for the day and re-arrange their schedules if needed.

What kind of gifts should you get?

  • If the new parents have a baby registry then this would probably be your first stop, but if you’re looking for a few think-out-of-the-box ideas we have some suggestions. New parents will LOVE anything personalized with baby’s name! It gives them a sense of pride and excitement about their soon-to-arrive bundle of joy. Here are some of our favorite personalized baby shower gifts:

Baby Shower Gift- Pillow

  • Velveteen or Sherpa fleece blanket


  • Framed sonogram print (Tip: snag a sonogram photo from the expectants parents’ social media page if it’s there!)



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