If you’re like me, you have come to dread receiving yet another baby shower invitation in the mail. Heck, I didn’t even like my own shower.
(Even though it was beautifully planned and hosted by my wonderful mother-in-law and sister-in-law…thank you!)
I could think of nothing less fun than sitting in front of a room full of people, opening presents and repeating “Oh my gosh! That is sooo cute! Thank you sooo much!” one hundred times.
Don’t get me wrong, I was very appreciative of each and every gift, but next time, just send them to my house.
Going to a friend’s baby shower is even worse.
If you’re not a mom, you are beyond uninterested in all this. If you are a mom, you are stuck wistfully recalling how it felt to just be pregnant, without the responsibility of actually having the baby…the good old days.
Not to mention the fact that you can’t help but think of all the other things you’d rather be doing with this precious four hour block of time on a Sunday afternoon, like napping, or reading….or napping.
Then there is the expense. All these weddings, showers, and new baby gifts start to add up, but how can you say no if it’s for a friend?
And the games! Oh the horror that is a baby shower game. Did they just take the lamest, dumbest ideas known to man and turn them into shower games? Does the mom-to-be really want each person in the room guessing just how big her belly is?
So here you go- some tips to make the next shower you attend just the tiniest bit more bearable. You’ll thank me later.
How to Survive a Baby Shower
- Don’t go solo. Try to arrive with another invitee so you aren’t left standing awkwardly for 15 minutes with a group of aunts and grandmas, waiting for someone you know to show up.
- Choose a small, but meaningful gift. To me, books are the most thoughtful gift a child can get. Fill a cute basket with a few infant board books, a rattle and a small stuffed animal, and voila- a heartfelt present that doesn’t break the bank. If you go the book route, the board books by Nancy Tillman (including On the Night You Were Born, below) are beautifully illustrated and heartfelt…they are a wonderful choice for any new parent!
- Pray that there will be alcohol. I’m not saying you should aim to get drunk, but let’s get real. When I’m away from my husband and baby for an afternoon in the company of my friends, why not enjoy a glass or two of wine? And showers are usually painfully boring. I think my driving a half hour each way to watch someone else open presents for three hours entitles me to a cocktail.
- Have a getaway plan. Baby showers can seem endless. I remember silently cursing myself that I didn’t bring Lilly with me, as the woman across from me slipped out early “because her baby needed to go home and nap.” Well played, lady, well played. Luckily I had the next best excuse- “I would love to stay but I have to get home to pump.”
- Try to remember the reason you are there– to fête someone else’s first baby. Remember how you were feeling at that time, and how magical every onesie and burp cloth you got seemed. Be happy for the mom-to-be, even if you know the truth of what awaits her!
Check out 9 Best Baby Shower Gifts if you’re shopping for a baby shower present!