Baby Shower Ideas: When's the Party?
Most often, the best idea is to throw the shower a month or two before the baby's due date, for a few reasons.
Mom is Comfortable Schedule a baby shower too early, and she might be suffering from morning sickness or be extremely tired. Schedule it too late and she might be swollen and uncomfortable. She'll appreciate great baby shower ideas the most when she's at the end of the second trimester or just at the beginning of the third, when she's likely to still feel great.
Mom Knows What She Needs By the seventh or eighth month, she knows the baby's sex, she's probably decided what the nursery theme will be, she'll have an idea of the supplies she wants, whether she's going to breastfeed...it's a lot easier to set up a registry once she knows this stuff. Having an extra month or two before the baby comes also gives her time to return duplicates and pick up other supplies.
Baby Will Still Be Cookin' Some babies can't stand to be cooped up for 40 weeks. If the shower is too close to the due date, there's a chance that the baby could already be born. Just remember that if mama's expecting twins, allow for extra time, since multiples usually arrive early.
People are Superstitious It's hard to think about, but many people are superstitious about buying baby things or setting up the nursery too soon, in case—God forbid—something goes wrong with the pregnancy. By month six or so, most of the dangers have passed, so it's a little easier to relax and celebrate.