8 Baby Shower Trends You Need to Know About for 2019
Traditional showers are traditional for a reason. They are wonderful ways for friends and family to celebrate one of the most joyous occasions in life – the arrival of a new baby. But, the tradition of pink or blue themed, gift-heavy showers for women only are giving way to all types of alternatives. Many of these baby shower trends are inspired by the growing role of dads in a new baby's life and the movement towards simplicity and usefulness in gifts.
Whether it's the mom-to-be's first baby or her fourth, one thing she is sure to need is diapers. Lots and lots of diapers. Instead of asking guests to choose from a list or guess at what the growing family needs, asking just for diapers is a sure-fire way to make sure your gift will actually get used. Yes, your gift will also get tossed (eventually) but you can sleep easy knowing you didn't add to the family's clutter or wondering if your gift was just collecting dust. This is also great when guests are likely to have different budgets. Some guests may show up with just one pack while others may supply a month's worth of diapers. If you have a preferred brand, feel free to specify and be sure to ask for a variety of sizes.
The idea of co-ed showers isn't new, but they are becoming more and more popular. Many moms-to-be want to celebrate with their partners. There are different ways this can be structured, from inviting everyone to arrive at the same time and mingle, to inviting dad-to-be and his friends to show up an hour or two into the party, to assigning the men to a different part of the house until it's time to play games or open gifts.
Sip & See:
Any mom-to-be deserves to be celebrated and pampered, but some new moms are opting to postpone their shower until after the baby is born. At a sip & see, a baby shower and a meet-the-baby celebration are combined into one party. Expectations for a sip & see are generally that the new mom isn't up to hosting a big party, so these can be kept simple. On the other hand, if the new parents are up to it (or if some friends can help) there is no reason why a sip & see could not be more like a baby shower than a basic open house. This is also a good way to cut down on answering endless texts about when friends and family can come over to see the new baby and put an end to constant guests the first weeks of the baby's life.
Want to make sure your gift sparks joy? Many moms are skipping registering for lots of small things and instead are asking for guests to chip in for bigger gifts they will need and use for years, like a stroller or crib. Asking for gift cards to stores like Target that carry just about everything a new mom could need is another way to keep things minimal.
Gender Reveal & Shower:
A good option for those who are not planning on registering for anything in pink or blue, a combined gender reveal and baby shower can make the party extra-fun. Not into a gender-reveal cake? Surprise your guests with a gender-reveal lasagna instead.
Instead of a full-blown shower, some moms are opting for a simpler baby sprinkle. Sprinkles used to be reserved for second (and third) time moms, but even some first time moms prefer the simplicity of a sprinkle, which comes with lower expectations when it comes to decorations, food, entertainment, etc. and often results in more time for friends and family to catch up and spend time with the mom-to-be before she becomes consumed with her new bundle of joy.
The Library Shower:
What does every little one need? A well-stocked library. Some moms are asking guests to bring a children's book to build their baby's first library. A nice touch is to ask each guest to write an inscription in the book so that every time mom and dad read to the child they will be reminded of someone special in their lives and can share the inscription with their child. To make sure you don't wind up with 10 copies of Goodnight Moon, you can consider registering for books. Library showers can be books only or you can ask for a book in addition to another gift since children's books tend to be affordable.
What are your favorite baby shower trends for 2019?