What to Expect When Attending a Baby Shower

If you’re in that phase of life where all of your friends are starting to have babies, or if you’re a soon-to-be grandparent, don’t be surprised if you start receiving invitations for baby showers! This can seem a little daunting if you have never attended one before, but don’t fret, we’ve got the scoop on what you can expect. 

  1. Baby showers usually happen a couple months before the baby arrives, so keep that in mind to ensure you will be available.  
  2. Because the mom-to-be cannot drink, baby showers are likely to be dry (but not always) so don’t be surprised if the only drinks on offer are fruit infused waters and punch.
  3. Way back when, baby showers were for women only. Things have changed, so rad the invitation carefully to see if it is for women only or if it will be a mixed affair.
  4. Typically, baby showers are reserved for very close friends and family, so bringing a plus one is not an option unless you specifically ask.
  5. It can be hard to avoid buying a bunch of adorable clothes for a new baby, but before you do, check to see if the parents-to-be made a registry. If they did, consult that before making any purchases as there are likely to be very specific things they have chosen and believe they will need for their little one.
  6. If there is no registry, you can never go wrong with essentials like diapers, bum cream, or even nipple cream for mom.
  7. Baby showers usually last a few hours, so don’t plan too many activities back to back for the day.
  8. You can expect to have a few games to participate in, like baby bingo or word scrambles.

Now that you know the basics of what to expect when you attend a baby shower, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android).

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