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Baby Shower Essentials

It has become a common tradition for expectant mothers to have a baby shower. Usually friends or family will help plan this event so that the mommy-to-be can sit back and not worry about the planning process. If you’re about to plan a baby shower for someone in your life, here are a few essentials you need to make sure are included.


Planning the baby shower décor can be so much fun! If the mommy-to-be knows whether she’s having a boy or girl, you can plan the décor accordingly. If the sex of the baby is going to be a surprise, there are many gender-neutral ideas out there. Simply find a theme that works for the mom, and go from there! Sites like Pinterest have great ideas that will make the baby shower décor look absolutely fabulous.


No matter what time of day you plan the baby shower, it’s important that you have some type of food available for guests. If the baby shower is scheduled for lunchtime, you should probably plan to provide a light meal like sandwiches. You can also have some fun with baby shower foods, putting dressings in bottles or making individual desserts in baby food jars.


Don’t forget to keep your guests entertained! You should have some games and activities at the baby shower to help make the event more fun. Some great traditional games include predicting when the baby will be born, tasting baby foods and guessing what flavor they are, and much more. Be sure to reward the winners of these games with a party favor that matches the baby shower’s theme.


Gifts are definitely a baby shower essential. The whole point of having a baby shower is to help the new parents get ready for that little bundle of joy. Traditionally, the new mom and dad go together to register for the gifts they need. This can be daunting for new parents since they might not know what will prove once the baby is at home.

What other baby shower essentials have you done?

Annmarie John
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  1. Baby Showers are becoming increasingly popular in the UK & Ireland too. We get lots of requests for baby shower gift baskets if the parents don't have a gift list for example, or if you can't make it to the shower but would like to send a gift.

  2. Gosh, it has been so long since I have been to a baby shower that I wouldn't know where to begin anymore. Thanks for the guidance!

  3. This just reminded me I have about 3 weeks left before my baby cousin's baby shower and I still have so much I want to do for her. :)

  4. Great ideas! We played a game at a baby shower once where different chocolate bars were melted into diapers, and we had to guess what kind of chocolate bar was in each. Quite the adventure!

  5. Lots of good ideas! It's been a long time since I've been to a baby shower!

  6. my biggest tip is edible favors. no waste.

  7. It's been a while since I have been to a baby shower, but I always enjoy the games. They can get rather silly.

  8. Great tips. I have never thrown a baby shower before, thankful to have 5 showers myself though.

  9. We have favors, games, good food, and a nice cake for my baby shower. It was really small and intimate at the time.

  10. Drinks of all kinds - alcoholic and non-alcoholic!

  11. We always have lots of games. I'm actually going to a baby shower in a few weeks for my girlfriend who is having her first. We have a few games planned and it's been stressful getting things together because she wants to keep the sex a surprise, so I would say go neutral and buy neutral because that girl on the sonogram sometimes turn out to be a boy.

  12. Baby showers are so much fun. Will be planning one soon.

  13. We had so much fun at our baby shower! Great list!

  14. Thank you for sharing the great shower tips. it has been a while since i have been to one. They are so much fun.

  15. Making a guest list that includes addresses, phone numbers and email addresses is essential. I'm always amazed when people wait until the last minute to make one.

  16. I absolutely LOVE the idea of individual desserts in baby food jars!! So sweet, and a little classier than the baby "Twinkies" that my friend made for a shower recently LOL

    Thanks for sharing on the #SHINEbloghop


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