When Should You Have a Baby Shower?

When Should You Have a Baby Shower?

Amy Waterworth |

Baby showers are an opportunity to shower parents-to-be with some love and attention before the arrival of their baby. It’s also a day for the parents-to-be to spend some quality time with their friends and family before their lives get instantly busier.

Baby showers were commonly only held for a couples first child as it was an opportunity to help by gifting the essentials needed for their baby's arrival. However, it is becoming more and more popular to have a baby shower for subsequent children also. The focus has moved from supplying the essentials to being a day to really spoil the parents-to-be with unique baby showers gifts that the couple may not necessarily have purchased themselves.

When to Have a Baby Shower

The right time is different for everyone as many factors can vary. A new mum might be apprehensive, ‘when do I have my baby shower?’ because they haven’t had much experience especially if they are the first in their circle of friends to have children.

There are certain factors to take into consideration when planning a baby shower. The first trimester may not be suitable with morning sickness, tiredness and then the fact that a lot of parents choose not to announce a pregnancy until after the 8-12 week mark.

For some parents, they prefer to have the shower at an advanced stage when they are sure of the pregnancy. Others may have to deal with complications later in the pregnancy, so they will hold it early when the mum is still active.

Another factor to consider is that some babies like to arrive early. Having the shower too late might be interrupted by an early birth and ruin the intended plans. Therefore, it is always better to give it an allowance period of two to three weeks.

Best Time to Throw a Baby Shower

Most women report that the best time to throw a baby shower is between the 28th and 32nd week of the pregnancy. For them, that’s a sweet spot because the baby bump is already big enough for cute ‘belly pics,’ while being early enough that they are active and full of energy.

The most important part of the baby shower is that it is an enjoyable day for the mother/parents- to-be. Maybe some of the friends and relatives you want to attend have to travel or are not in town. Or, sometimes, you want an outdoor event and you need the weather to be perfect.

So, if you were thinking ‘when do I have my baby shower?’ the answer would be, ‘when it suits you’, keeping in mind the factors outlined above.

When Should You Have a Baby Shower

Despite the fact that essentially you can hold a baby shower anytime that suits you you need to be logical and some times will be better than others. For instance, if you have any potential complications, your doctor might advise that you don’t wait too long.

Your personal planning will also come into account. If you wait too long, you may not have enough time to prepare for the baby. Remember that there will be thank you notes to write, baby clothes to wash and pack, toys to arrange, and so many more things to do. You also don’t want to be tired and exhausted during your baby shower.

Essentially, you don't want to have the shower any less than two weeks before the due date. Therefore, we would suggest that the best time to throw a baby shower is between 26 and 33 weeks.

As you would not expect to receive everything you need in gifts you will have to allow time to still gather those last essential items after the shower. Bespoke Baby is the top online shop in Australia where you can order all you need for the baby and have it delivered reliably and on time.