Post # 1
I was reading Dear Abby (as I do every morning lol) and one of today’s letters was about baby showers. In the comments (I read Dear Abby on Yahoo) most people were saying that they hated baby showers and would be thrilled to never go to another shower.
I’ve only been to a few, but each time I enjoyed it. I was thrilled for my friends, had a blast picking out baby stuff from the registry (and scoping out Babies ‘r Us for future reference 😉 lol) and had a great time chatting with them at the shower, goofing off playing silly games, and just celebrating the new life about to come into the world.
What about the bees? Love baby showers? Hate them?
Post # 3
I like baby showers, never been to one, but i think they would be good, gives women a chance to gossip/give advice to the mother-to-be and for the mother-to-be it is a chance to catch up with friends who she may not see for a while/as often as she would have previously. it also means she gets all the things she will need for the new baby!
Post # 4
As long as I don’t have to eat baby food as a game… (which I had to do once…)
Post # 5
@apex: I think this is very regional…
I gather in North America this is normal to have baby showers. I am in Europe and we dont do baby showers. It would be viewed as poor taste to give a gift before the baby arrived safely, like tempting fate, in my opinion. Like you were so sure that the birth etc was guaranteed.
Given that people dont tend to have them, if someone did it would be viewed as very gift grabby and tacky. But I think more and more people are starting to have them (although I dont know any people who have)
However, I see everyone here making posts about them and can totally see how fun they would be!
Post # 6
They’re fun! What’s so awful about celebrating the upcoming birth of a baby?
Post # 7
I love baby showers. I love seeing the mamas and their families so happy. What I don’t like is registering for baby showers. I feel like it’s gotten crazy. This is just my opinion…but it seems like these days everybody registers for every little thing. I remember a day when baby showers were filled with guests who brought blankets, cute little outfits, diaper tiers, things that weren’t always registered for.
But, I still love baby showers!!!
Post # 8
It’s not the norm in England, but if someone threw me one, I’d still be happy!
Post # 9
Yeah, I’m just going to come out and say it – I hate them. It doesn’t mean in ANY way that I’m not happy for the person or their baby! It just means that I hate plastering a smile on my face for 4 hours and oohing and aahing over clothes and toys and playing the same games over and over each time I go. Not my idea of fun.
Post # 10
I like the showers we’ve been throwing lately here in my area. We’ve done a sip and see which is after the baby is born. So people bring gifts of whatever they want because it is usually 3-6 months after the baby arrives. And it’s nice to see the little one since it could be quite a bit of time before you get to see the baby. We’ve also started doing a lot of diaper showers so that speeds up the opening of gifts since some people just put a big bow on the box of diapers with a card.
In my area we’ve quit doing all the games. It really is more of a time to grab a bite to eat, see friends/family you don’t see often and give the mom to be a cute gift. Without the games it cuts back on the length of the shower. So that’s been nice. We’ve started having them at a restrurant which seems to speed up things too because the waiters are bringing food and picking up after so people don’t hem-haw around. If that makes sense?
Post # 11
I only like them if I’m close with the soon-to-be parents and it’s more like a casual get together of friends and family. I hate them if any games are involved.
Post # 12
I think they are fun! But then again, I love babies so their impending birth is fun for me and I love hanging out with family and friends.
Post # 13
Not really my scene. I like wedding showers so much more, but that’s probably cos I can personally relate to a wedding shower since I have yet to TTC….and really don’t oooh and aww over all things baby…or other ppl’s babies. So what, I’m awful!!!!
Post # 14
When Future Sister-In-Law was pregnant, her mom threw her a baby shower and it was so bad. Lots of stupid games that I refused to participate in, mostly, and no actual food…just sweet stuff. It was also a joint shower with her sister, whom I’d never met before. The other baby shower that FSMIL had for her was nice. Very low-key, lots of good (actual) food, no games, just gifts.
My favorites are the co-ed casual ones. We just went to FI’s best friend’s baby shower. It was co-ed, LOTS of good food, no games, just hanging out, eating, and watching them open gifts.
Post # 15
I enjoy them when it’s a small gathering of close friends and family, and it lasts no longer than 2-3 hours. There’s only so much oohing and aahing over cute baby gifts I can take!
Post # 16
Not a fan. There are usually so many people that you don’t get to actually catch up with your pregnant friend. You just sit around a table with people you don’t know very well, eat, play silly games, and then ooh and aah over bibs and breast pumps. I much rather just visit my friend and give her a gift then.