How Soon Should a Baby Shower Be Given?

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There's no set time

  • Generally speaking a baby shower is given before the infant arrives; however, sometimes that doesn't work out, and the shower is given after the birth, which is OK. Anywhere from four to eight weeks before the baby's due date is a good time to have a baby shower, explains Amazingpregnancy.com. If the shower cannot be scheduled before the baby's birth, then have it four to six weeks after the infant's arrival.

Later may not be better

  • Don't wait until the last-minute because the baby may come early. In addition, at the tail end of a pregnancy, a woman can become very big, very tired and may not be in the mood for a festive occasion. Many pregnant women recommend having the baby shower approximately a month to five weeks before the baby's due date, notes Pregnant.thebump.com. Don't schedule a baby shower early in the pregnancy because the expectant mother may in the throes of morning sickness. Furthermore, miscarriages often happen during the first trimester so it is better to wait until the pregnancy is further along.

Bottom Line

  • For a first-time mother, scheduling the shower before the birth is ideal because she can get familiar with all of the baby paraphernalia she has received. For a second or third baby, it's perfectly OK to have the shower after the baby has arrived.

    Ask the expectant woman what she would prefer, including what day of the week and what time of day. Throwing a surprise baby shower isn't a good idea.

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