(Closed) When is the right time to host a baby shower?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’d say it is up to the Momma, see how she feels about when. My SIL and cousin both had theirs less than 2 weeks prior to their births and it was a bit rushed for them and they did not feel so well. For me, I would want mine around month 7-8. I want the last month/few weeks to try and relax and have everything in order in case of an early arrival. But thats the Type A personality in me. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Everyone I know has them at 7 months. Mom has a cute baby bump but isn’t uncomfortable yet.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Around 1 month to 1 1/2 month before.  It’s pretty much the ettiquette (i guess?)  I’ve always been told not to have it too close to the due date, since some women go early =)

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Well, having had 6 children. My suggestion is to wait till April – May. You never want to have it too soon. Unfortunately complications sometime occur. You don’t want something to happen (GOD FORBID!) and the mother is left with her baby clothes. And It’s usually better to kno the sex of the child…people can better help when they know the sex and apprx. how big the baby is.

hope I helped

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m due April 23rd and mine will be March 13th- about 6 weeks before my due date which I think will give me enough time to get everything organized and settled before baby without being too stressed.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

I had 4 showers, each a month apart.

One was a little under a month before my due date and that seemed too tight for me because it’s kinda a pain to get out all those thank yous and things put away under pressure. But I’m going full term and I got what needed to be done, done.  It was good fun and I got unexpected gifts b/c I just said my registries are done and get me what you think would be helpful for new parents. 

One was almost 2 months before, that was fun but I was a little uncomfortable physically b/c I was so big already. It was CO-ED so that got us really excited together. Thank goodness, my registry was pretty much complete so I got a bunch of gift cards, easy to deal with. The co-ed one had the best games, I must say!

One was 3 months before and that was nice and mellow with all my girlfriends who are already moms. Almost everyone chipped in on a BIG gift so it was stress-free to put that away. 

ONe was 4 months before…it seemed very early but it was super fun!! Lots of energy and excited anticipation. That’s where i got tons of stuff and practice to figure out how to organize all things baby.

So i agree with PP, 7 months or right when they know the sex of the baby. Late March or early April but lots of people would say that’s too early out of fear or being cautious.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My friend had hers mid December when she was due early February.  It worked out well for her. 

Another friend of ours waited to have hers until about a month before her due date and due to pre-eclampsia she ended up having the baby before the shower.  The father had to run out and buy a car seat last minute so they could bring the baby home (luckily he wasn’t in the nicu long).  They had the shower a few weeks later and it was more of a meet and greet kind of thing. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I read somewhere that the etiquette is about 6 weeks before the birth.  I think anywhere 1-2 months early is OK.  I’m guessing people are having them slightly earlier now, though, bc people plan ahead more, know the sex more often and have a higher survival rate of preemies?

My SIL had hers @ I think 24 weeks, and some people thought that was early, but she had to travel.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think waiting any less than 6 weeks would drive me bonkers.  I am really trying to be good and not buy anything until we have a shower and see what we get.  Plus like with wedding registries it takes time to put it all away and make any returns. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Each time I have hosted a shower, I have consulted with the parents and out of about 5 showers that I have hosted, 4 out of the 5 wanted the shower a couple of months before the baby got there. One wanted it about 3.5 months before birth, but that was b/c twins tend to come early. 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

I think 34-36 weeks is a good time to have it. Any later and she will probably be uncomfortable.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re due on Jan 25th and had one at 29 weeks and one at 31 weeks.  Those dates were chosen because we wanted to get them done prior to the holiday season starting, they worked for the hostesses, and I didn’t want them to be so late that I felt rushed getting everything for the baby that we didn’t get at the showers.  I agree with SecretName, anything less than 6 weeks would have made me crazy.  I’ve had a great pregnancy but started to get more tired around Week 33 and the baby dropped at Week 36 and have become much more uncomfortable since then.  After this rambling, my advice would be to get some input from the new mom.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This is good to know but I will probably most like ask that my baby shower be 4 or more months before the due date since I will have to fly home to have it.  I don’t think your allowed to fly during your last trimester, right.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am due April 27th and my first baby shower is going to be February 26th and the second shower will be sometime in march TBA 🙂 I want a cute bump but be comfortable! Also, it leaves time for me to organize and buy any other items I didn’t get and need/exchange multiple items/etc

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