What is a baby shower? Do I need to have a baby shower?
Traditionally, a baby shower is a celebration held for a mum-to-be and her pending arrival where female friends are inviting and give a gift that will help her adjust to life with a baby. It's stereotypically seen as a cute affair with the gendered decor, cakes and a lot of packaging. But nowadays a baby shower can be whatever you like, with whoever you like (men can come too). The only essentials of a baby shower is a comfortable seat for mum, and an established finish time. Do you need to have one? Absolutely not. You're friends and family would ofcourse love an opportunity to celebrate with you, but they also want you to do you, and if that's a dinner, a BBQ (or baby-Q) or nothing at all, that's totally fine. Friends and family will want to give gifts though, so even if you're not planning an event, make a registry.
When should I have a baby shower?
There are no hard and fast rules on this. Generally, showers are held in the third trimester of a complication-free pregnancy, but the further into that trimester you get, the more tired and uncomfortable you may become, so keep it around the 30 - 35 week mark.
Top 6 Baby Shower Gifts
3. Miffy Toy
Top Baby Shower Gifts for Girls
This beautiful hair brush set contains a little comb, a baby brush, and a little nail brush. Super luxe and presented in a beautiful box, this makes the touching gift.
2. Nature Baby Merino Knit Cardigan
Classic and functional, this cosy style makes it simple to wrap a newborn in cosiness without pulling anything over their head (they hate that).
Could these be cuter? Chewable baby toys are the perfect partner for bath time and sensory play and help soothe sore gums when teething. Handmade in 100% natural rubber and hand painted with natural pigments. Cue the 'ooos' and 'aaaaahs'.
Top Baby Shower Gifts For Boys
Can you deal with the cuteness? Handmade in New Zealand from lambskin with a luxuriously soft and fluffy inner, these cute as a button slippers keep little feet incredibly warm on the coldest days.
Written to celebrate young men. Written for them, their parents and us all. This book has the words we wish every child could hear and know their incredible value in this world. A tresured gift.
Basics every newborn needs, and parents will soon work out, these growsuits are the best of the best. Designed with everyday wear with comfort in mind, the suits are made from an organic cotton elastane blend for a soft and gentle touch. And the colours are so bright and fun.
Top Baby Shower Gifts For Mum
Want to know what you should wear in hospital? This is it. Button-down pyjamas make feeding and hospital cord navigation easy and also let you feel pulled-together even when you feel a bit all over the place. This classic linen short sleepwear set from comfort makers Masini is modelled on relaxed, men's tailoring. The drawstring shorts also fit perfectly over a fluctuating belly so mum can start wearing ASAP.
This is a gift that tells the mum-to-be that you've got her back. The innovative Bare Mum range caters for postpartum care beautifully. It includes a Perineal Wash Bottle, Reversible Postpartum Briefs, Organic Herbal Infused Postpartum Pads, Reusable Warm & Cool Insert, Perineal Foam, Skin and Scar Oil and Postpartum Sitz Bath.
Gifting someone their baby bag is a real treat. Hopefully they've selected the one they want, but if they haven't, the Mina Baie Emmy Midi is a great choice. It's chic and unassuming, has decent storage but isn't cumbersome, has multiple handles and, because of the shape, slides easily into the basket of most prams while still being the right way up.
Maternity bras feel essential, but nice high-waisted briefs might feel more like a luxury to some mums, which is exactly why they are a great baby shower gift. Juem briefs are made from soft GOTS certified organic cotton ribbed elastane. Designed to sit high above or just below the navel and finished off with feminine scalloped edging, these briefs are beautifully cut to suit any shape, and extremely comfortable.
A tool that's so beneficial when milk first comes in. Lavie Lactation Massager is specifically designed to provide relief from pain and discomfort and to encourage let-down, soften the breast for better latching, and more effectively empty the breast. The kind of thing a new mum might not know she needs until she does, and if for whatever reason they don't end up breastfeeding, they can pass it on to a friend who does.