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Welcoming baby
The everything baby shower book : throw a memorable event for the mother-to-be
Sabrina Hill and Joni Russell.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2008.
  1. Originally published: 2000.
  2. Includes index.
     
Put soul in your baby shower : the African-American baby shower book
by Tonya D. Evans.
Bloomington, IN : AuthorHouse, 2006
     
100+ baby shower games
Joan Wai.
Studio City, CA : Brainstorm, c2005.
Complete with giggle-inducing and mingle-making fun for family and friends attending or planning a baby shower, this party book includes word, trivia, and memory games; fun races against the clock; games that can be played sitting down; and creative craft-oriented games. An index of games by occasion and contemporary variations on classic crowd pleasers round out the collection of entertaining ideas. Readers can pick and choose from a bounty of ideas for a sudden shower, an office shower, or any other celebration for expectant parents.
     

The showering of gifts for the arrival of a baby has been popular for hundreds of years. The old tradition of gift giving was to wait until after the baby was born. In modern times baby showers have let go of old traditions. With organization, planning and preparation the party can be a memorable time for everyone.

One of the first things to do is figure out the timing of the baby shower. Schedule the party one to two months before the expected date of birth. Choose a location that will accommodate the number of guests attending. The party can be held in your own home for a backyard bar-be-q, a restaurant for a sit down meal, or at a church for a casual buffet. Consult with the parents-to-be or, if it's a surprise, closest family members, for a complete guest list.

Some cultures believe it is bad luck to have a shower before the baby is born.  In the Jewish tradition, everything is bought for the baby after it is born.

Jewish tradition

There are lots of baby shower themes that you can choose from. Nowadays parents are eager to know the gender of their expected baby, which can make choosing a theme a little easier. Trendy choices are teddy bears, transportation or nursery rhymes. Another popular idea is a "Jack and Jill" shower. It is a couples shower that men are invited to attend. Choose decorations that will make the party area look festive. Have fun with games. Remember to have prizes for the winner. 

Planning a baby shower should be a lot of fun. The excitement  builds up as the big day gets closer.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff