Baby Showers seem to becoming more and more popular. Yet, I am not so sure they are a good idea.
I have been invited to three baby showers over the last 2 years. I had never heard of them before this and wondered what they were. I was intrigued.
They were both full of women baring gifts for the unborn baby. The mother to be had made a buffet for the guests to nibble on whilst we all mingled. We then had to sit down and play games such as Baby Bingo; this used baby related words instead of the traditional numbers i.e. rattle; cot, teat etc and the winner won a box of chocolates. Another game was for each of the guests to cut a piece of string to the length we thought would wrap around mothers bump. The closest won a small gift.
I suppose they were fun and something different to do. But I cannot help but wonder if it is all done just for the gifts. Traditionally a baby shower was only done for the first child, I mean, the ‘parents to be’ would then have all they needed for subsequent children wouldn’t they? So another baby shower would not be necessary. Yet they seem to be more and more popular. You may come to the conclusion that I am just being grumpy and mean…No! I don’t believe I am. I have discussed this with others and they seem to feel the same.
To be honest, I would rather wait until the baby is born before I buy a nice little gift. Then I can choose pink or blue, something girlie or male. Also, I feel it may be tempting fate buying gifts before baby is born. What if something goes wrong, heaven forbid. There will be all these baby gifts to remind the parents of their lost child.
This is why, when I have been to the showers I do not take a gift with me, but promise ‘mum to be ‘ that I will buy something nice once the baby arrives. They always seem to be happy with this and I feel happier too. Especially when a happy healthy baby arrives and I have the chance to give something pink or blue.
There is nothing more beautiful that the birth of a newborn baby. How special it is to hold your child in your arms for the first time, to look at their sweet face and realise just how precious they are. To be able to visit the new parents and their special bundle and offer them a gift at that time is a blessing in itself and worth waiting that little extra time for.
Edith – Out NOW on Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007S9Q3YI
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