when should i have a baby shower

Mel - posted on 05/07/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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and how do i ask people to get things that i will need without seeming greedy?

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Marci - posted on 05/07/2009

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My baby shower was scheduled for August 9, 5 weeks before my due date (Sept 12). My son was born August 8, so I never had my shower :( As far as registeries go, have fun with it. If you know the gender it is easier, if not, register for everything! I recommend having your shower a little early 6 or 7 months, that way you have time for returns. Don't feel guilty about returning things either. For instance, I got 6 packs of recieving blankets. At 3 or 4 blankets per pack, that was a little excessive, so I kept 2 packs and returned the rest for things I really needed. With gift reciepts, most places just give you store credit, so you end up spending the money on the baby and not on other things, which will make your gift givers happy! I would recommend going to Babies R Us to register. They print you out business card sized info that fits nicely in an invitation. It basically says you are registered at Babies R Us, but includes your full name in case spelling is an issue, and dad's name if you added it to the registry. Have fun, I can't wait to have another one so I can have a baby shower!!

Chelsea - posted on 05/07/2009

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hello... i had my baby shower about 32 weeks pregnant... this seemed like a nice time since i was not in too much pain to sit and entertain others, yet i was big enough to show off the belly... i would not suggest going too late just in case you deliver early. also, i registered at babies r us as well, but to tell you the truth, i ended up only getting a few items on my list. i was very disappointed about that, but if you make sure everyone has a gift receipt, then you can return what you dont want to get what you do. we ended up getting two stroller trios and were able to return one and get all the things we still wanted. you never know though, maybe you will get some things that are just as nice as what the original plan was =] enjoy the shower!

Jeanne - posted on 05/07/2009

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Most baby showers happen between 6 and 8 months of pregnancy. You don`t want to do it to close to your due date in case you go into labour prior to your due date. You can create a baby registry at either Sears (which I used with my daughter and they had an amazing program that gave you the equivalent in birth certificates that was purchased off your registry if you delivered on your due date without it being a scheduled c-section), Wal-Mart, Baby`s R Us on most major department stores. You might want to check out Wal-Mart first since the prices are lower you can get a wider variety of items to fit everyones budget. Don`t be surprised if you get people who buy you things you make not want or need or get duplicates at which point if they are kind enough to include a gift receipt you can exchange the items for something you want or need.

Samantha - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had my shower 3 1/2 weeks before my due date. My daughter was 1 week late so it worked well for me. I was nervous though because some people have their babies earlier. I got lucky I guess. I wanted to be big and pregnant and it is nice to have it before so that you can wash and organize before baby comes. I did my registry at Babies R Us. Surprisingly a lot of my guests didn't use it. I enjoyed doing it though, I learned a lot by researching products.

Monica - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had my shower at 7 months...which was good because I delivered 4.5 weeks early!!! You should never feel guilty about creating a registry or letting people know what you need. It's up to them on whether or not they want to get it for you. Babies need a lot of stuff and it's nice for the people attending the shower to know what you need and don't need so you don't end up getting multiples of stuff. Enjoy your baby...no need to stress :)

Tiffany - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had my shower at 7 months (however, my shower was 4 hours from were we live) I did a registry at walmart/walmart.com and the host of my shower included it on the invitations. Just make sure and resister for some cheaper things. Like a $7 pack of onesie's,or a little pair of shoes, that way everyone invited to the shower will be able to afford whats on your registry.

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I think most showers are held around months 6 to 8 - waiting long enough so that the pregnancy is healthy and you perhaps know the gender, but not too long that you're uncomfortable or even delivered early!
As for asking people to get you things - you don't. Ever. You can make a registry, but the host of your shower will pass that info along to the guests so you don't have to.

Nicole - posted on 05/07/2009

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Hey I have two kids and each shower I had before the baby arrived. Some people wait until after the baby arrives but in my opinion before is better because once you have the baby you dont want to always have to be running to get things when you all of a sudden you realize you need them lol. You can create baby registry's at walmart and other places or you can let family members know the things you need and maybe they can pass on the word, that way when someone calls your mom or your closest friend they might simply ask "do you know anything that she needs that she doesnt have yet". I had all my baby showers about a month or two before my due date. baby showers are so much fun!!! I hope you have lots of guests and get most of the things you need. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 05/07/2009

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I had my baby shower at 7 1/2 months. I did a registry at Babies R Us but was worried about people getting access to it, so I printed off my registry and made copies of it and sent it with all of the invitations. I still didn't get everything I needed of course, but I got most of what I needed and things I didnt need I took back and found the rest of the things I needed

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