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How To Host a Joyful Sip and See Party Online

Baby showers have become a bit old-fashioned, which is why so many people are turning to the Sip and See party. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to keep their distance, an online Sip and See is the newest option for people who want to celebrate their new baby in a safe and entertaining way. 

What is a Sip and See?

The Sip and See party is a casual event that originated in southern US states. They resemble more of an open-house style celebration than an intentional baby shower. A few weeks after the baby is born the parents open their home so guests can greet the baby enjoy a beverage and stay for as long as they like. The whole family is invited, not just women. 

The difference between a Sip and See and Baby Shower

The typical shower happens before the arrival. Women are usually the only invited guests, and the purpose of the event is to “shower” the expecting mother with gifts chosen for the new baby. Usually, the hostess plans games and activities and selects food that fits the theme of the party. 

A Sip-and-See party also celebrates the birth of a new son or daughter, but the event happens after the baby is born. Rather than giving gifts for the baby, the loved ones bring items that the new parents will enjoy. The guest list is not held to just women, as close friends and family members are all invited. Anyone who wants to welcome the baby is usually welcome to attend. 

The Sip and See party is more like an open house to celebrate the new babe rather than an organized party. So, most Sip and See parties do not have games or activities. Most have themed finger foods, beverages, and decorations to celebrate the opportunity to meet the newest family member. 

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Why a Sip and See is Good Right Now

With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a new normal, gatherings like baby showers need to be put on hold. But, pregnancy can’t wait for a special event. Instead of completely postponing the shower, scheduling a Sip and See lets the important people like your friends and family in your life celebrate the birth of your baby. Better yet, a Sip and See can be done online for added safety while your guests can still enjoy all the usual activities.

How to Have a Virtual Sip and See Celebration

A virtual Sip and See lets friends and loved ones get together and celebrate the birth of the new baby. Before you arrange for a virtual event, there are a few necessities you must arrange. You can host your own get together, or you can ask a friend or family member to do it for you. If you do it virtually, you do not have to do much preparation. Your event should be between two and five hours long. 

Choose a Virtual Platform

There are several platforms that work, but the best choice is the platform that is free and easy to access. Choose one that works on a mobile device as well as on a laptop and desktop. You should choose a platform that you can use for the entire event, as some virtual platforms have time limits. 

Set up the Platform and Send Invitations

You will want your friends’ email addresses or phone numbers so they can log in during the scheduled baby party time. WebBabyShower.com will schedule the perfect time for the Sip and See baby shower and send invitations to your loved ones. Don’t limit yourself to one time. Set up a few times so all of your guests can attend. 

Use a Video Schedule Planner

WebBabyShower.com can also help you plan the virtual Sip and See party, so you aren’t stuck just looking at people on your computer screen. The website has several suggestions for engaging your virtual guests. Your schedule should include time to show the baby, open gifts, and share a virtual toast together.  

Prepare Food for Real-Life Attendees

If you have some people at your home, have food for them. You could also include ideas for your virtual guests. For example, if you are going to enjoy pizza at your home, your guests might want to order pizza, too. This is very similar to a virtual baby shower and nothing shows your attendees love like sending them cookies in the post or even getting food delivered to their home ready for the sip and see online!

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Decorate Your Background

Your background should fit your Sip and See ideas for themes. If you were having a baby shower, your host would include decorations like balloons, diaper cakes, and other baby-related things. Decorating for your virtual event will make it seem more like a face-to-face event. Make sure that you do not have a window or other backlight source behind you and your baby. Of course for an online sip and see you only have to worry about the part of your home that is going to be on camera, you can even use a Zoom background to help you out and save a bit more money.

Happiest Baby recommends decorating with a balloon arch and then setting up the crib underneath making a great backdrop for photos and allows guests to view the baby without waking them.

Show the new Baby to your Guests!

When you plan the virtual event, you must plan it around your baby’s schedule. If your guests do not get a chance to get a peek at the baby, you can load video and photos to WebBabyShower. Then, invite your guests to have a glimpse of the images and get updates about your baby’s milestones. This keeps the Sip and See party going for as long as you want. 

Sip and See Baby Shower Ideas

When you host a See and Sip, your guests might have questions about the event. 

What Gifts to Give that the host will love.

Even though a gift is not required, many guests like to bring a token to show their congratulations for the new family member. It is not necessary to bring an expensive gift, and many guests do not wrap their gifts, either. However, guests can wrap their gifts so they can enjoy the surprise on the faces of the new parents. 

Dosaygive recommends something small and special like a monogrammed bib or a board book tied in a ribbon.

Some parents might want a gift especially if they did not have a baby shower, you should ask the parents or other family members what they would love or suggest they set up a registry. This way, any guest can easily find the time to shop for a gift, whether it be clothes, toys, most registries allow you to directly post the gift to the house of the recipient.

To make it easy for guests to choose a gift, new parents can create a gift registry at WebBabyShower.com. 

These are some popular Sip and See gifts:

  • Parenting book
  • Children’s book like board books or picture books
  • Stuffed toys
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Food delivery gift cards
  • Flowers
  • Bottle of wine or favorite adult beverage

What to Wear to the Sip and See

The host can determine the attire based on the theme of the event. For example, if the baby is born around Halloween, the host could ask the guests to wear a Halloween costume. Or, if the get together has a sports theme, the host could ask the guests to wear a favorite team jersey or hat – even virtually. 

Otherwise, most Sip and See parties are casual as guests wear comfortable, stylish, or classic clothes. If the event is virtual, the guests could wear anything they want, because they technically aren’t leaving their homes. 

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Sip and See Theme Ideas

While it isn’t necessary to have a theme for a Sip and See, having one makes the party more fun. An online Sip and See theme doesn’t need to be ornate. All you need is a few balloons and a cute sign with your baby’s name on it. These are a few fun ideas for your baby’s party:

  • Welcome to the World
  • Favorite Color
  • Favorite Animal or Insect
  • Safari 
  • Favorite Book Theme
  • Baby Shoes or Bibs
  • Future Athlete
  • Future College Attendee 

The creative minds at WebBabyShower have several other theme ideas for new parents ranging from classic to funky. Why not pick something fun and easy for the background of your virtual party? If you share the theme before the party, your virtual guests could wear coordinating clothing. 

Sip and See Games 

Another bit of good news for party planners is that you do not need to plan games or activities for a Sip and See, especially a virtual one. But, you could plan a few virtual games if you want to engage your guests. Virtual trivia is fun, especially when you gear it toward the new parents. These are a few other fun gifts you play virtually:

You can find the rules for these games and for other activities at WebBabyShower. For most of the games and activities, your virtual participants only need a piece of paper and a pen. You can also set up the games on online game platforms like the ones that teachers use. Hosts will need a scoreboard, and that comes with any WebBabyShower package too. 

Sip and See Party Invitations

Since a Sip and See is more like an open house celebration than a baby shower, you can invite a lot of people including family and friends. The guests can come anytime during the party, and they can stay for as long they want. If you are having a virtual party, you can send virtual Sip and See invitations. But, if you are having a face-to-face party, you should send Sip and See invitations in the mail. 

WebBabyShower has an invitation manager so you can keep track of who you have invited and who has responded. Online invitations are free to send, and they come with thematic designs. Many new parents choose to send their invitation through social media. 

When you craft your invitation, consider some of these wordings:

  • “Join us for a beverage and meet the new baby” 
  • “He’s/She’s finally here and is as cute as can be! Please join us for a Sip n See” 
  • “You are invited to our very Sparkling Sip n See to meet our sweet baby [name]” 
  • “Brunch and Bubbly and baby Snuggles! Join us for a Sip n See.” 
  • “A petite meet and greet with [name]” 
  • “Please join us for a virtual drink and meet our little one [name]” 
  • “Welcome Little One” 
  • “Twinkle twinkle little star, do you know how loved you are?” 
  • “Join us for a Sip and See to meet our little bundle of joy” 
  • “Cue the Curtain… It’s the debut of [baby]. Come see the greatest act of our lives at Sip n See!”

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Sip and See Party Food

If you are planning a virtual event, then you don’t need food. However, if you have any face-to-face guests, then you will want some simple foods like baked goods, finger foods, and adult beverages as well as coffee, tea, and soda. 

If your party is a hybrid mixture of online and face-to-face, then let the virtual guests know what you are serving. Most importantly, let your virtual guests know if you are going to hold a toast so that they can be online at toast time. They will want to imbibe with you and partake in a virtual toast to the new baby. 

Sip and See Location

If you are holding a virtual Sip and See, you should hold the event where you have reliable Internet service. Many new parents find it convenient to hold the Sip and See at home, but you could hold it somewhere else. Consider these locations:

  • Grandparent’s home
  • Friend’s home
  • Church 
  • Community Center
  • Favorite restaurant
  • Outdoor location

The goal of your Sip and See is to have a fun event where your friends and family get to meet your baby. The party details should fit your personality and style. As new parents, you might not have a lot of energy to plan a big party, and a Sip and See is one of the most relaxing types of parties to plan.

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Hosting a Virtual Bridal Shower With WebBabyShower Puts a Unique Spin on a Bridal Shower

Do you worry about getting everyone to one physical location for the bridal shower you are throwing? Do you have concerns that the party may be a flop due to poor attendance?

Worry no more when you throw a virtual bridal shower. Although not a new concept, Virtual parties have become incredibly popular these days and are an ideal way to bring everyone together when meeting up in person isn’t possible and social distancing is the norm. VIrtual is the new norm for everything these days!

With the WebBabyShower platform, you can easily plan, organize, and throw an amazing virtual bridal shower that will make the bride-to-be thankful she chose you to host the party.

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What Is a Virtual Bridal Shower?

An online bridal shower is much like a traditional, in-person shower. The planning and organizing for the party require many of the same basic steps. It actually may be quite a lot easier because you won’t have to do some of the things you would do for a traditional shower. Plus, you can handle a lot of the prep work online. 

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Why Should You Throw a Virtual Bridal Shower? 

Anyone who has any concerns about guests being able to make it to the party due to the location can greatly benefit from a virtual bridal shower. In addition, it is much easier to put together and costs less. If time constraints or budget issues are a concern, then this type of bridal shower can be a perfect choice.

Do You Need to Be Tech-Savvy for this type of Bridal shower?

One thing that may make some people turn away from the idea of a virtual party is the technical aspects. But there’s not much you need to know to set up your new event. WebBabyShower’s platform is user-friendly, so those with basic knowledge of the internet should have no issues using it. 

However, if this is still something that worries you, you can ask for assistance from a friend or family member who is a little more tech-savvy and up to date with all the new tech. 

How to Host a Virtual Bridal Shower

Hosting a virtual bridal shower does require a different approach than hosting a traditional bridal party because you are working virtually- this might be a new idea for many hosts. You will still control the festivities and keep everything on track, but you won’t have to worry about keeping everyone’s attention because it is much easier to keep things on track when you are in a virtual setting. 

Preparation for the Bridal Shower

You will have quite a bit of prep work to do to set things up. Luckily, you can do everything you need on WebBabyShower:

  • Select a date for the virtual shower
  • Use the video planner to organize the video setup
  • Choose an enticing theme 
  • Send virtual invitations
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Day of the Bridal Shower

When the day arrives, you should decorate your physical space since everyone will be able to see it when you are on camera. Alternatively, you can set up a virtual background. Match your décor to the theme you chose. You can set up your theme on WebBabyShower, which even offers matching shower invitations. 

Make sure you have the video chat service set up and ready to go before time. Also, make sure that whatever arrangements you made for food are ready to go. 

Once the party concludes, you should send virtual thank you notes through the WebBabyShower platform to all attendees and anyone who sent a gift. 

Choose a Video Chat Service for the Party

There are many good options in video chat services- new and old. These provide you with audio and video so that everyone can be a part of the fun. WebBabyShower also has a virtual planner you can use to ensure you are ready to go on the big day. 

Zoom

Zoom has a free option that provides you with a call up to 40 minutes with up to 100 attendees. You can add virtual backgrounds to customize your space as well. 

Skype

Skype is a popular option that’s been around for quite some time, making it a reliable choice. It allows up to 50 attendees and has free options. 

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a user-friendly option that doesn’t require a download to use. This might be more attractive to some attendees. It does have some limits to the free service, but the pricing is reasonable, starting at just $5.00.

Facebook

Facebook is a completely free option with no limits. You can record the video and post it to your account or stream it live right on your page or on an event page that you set up for the bridal shower. 

Choose a Party Theme 

Giving the shower a theme can make it easier to organize and plan. It makes the event look more put together as well. Virtual wedding shower themes can be almost anything you want.

One popular theme idea is to use the current season as a guide. For example, an autumn theme might include leaves as decor and the colors would be reds, yellows, and oranges. 

You can use anything that matches the bride’s personality or keep it simple and use the colors from the wedding in your decor and party items. 

It can be tricky to come up with a party theme, so if you are struggling, then check out the themes available on WebBabyShower. 

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Send Invites Online

Sending invitations for your virtual event is simple with WebBabyShower because of its built in invitation system. It lets you ensure the bridal shower invitation wording is correct and includes all the information guests need to log into the event on the day of the shower. You can include the link to the party and the gift registry in your invites.

There are other services that you can use if you like, such as Evite, Canva, Post, and Paperless. Just be sure to include all the important information so guests have everything they need to attend. 

Setup a Bridal Shower Gift Registry- it’s Real Simple 

Most stores have a virtual gift registry setup option. It makes it super simple to register and add things to your list. You can set it up for the bride and have her add gifts or she can do this completely herself. 

5 Registry Suggestions

Just make sure you get the information you need so that you can share it with those you invite to the bridal shower.  WebBabyShower makes it very easy to connect with registries at many stores and retailers, such as the following five options. Check more baby registries that we reviewed here.

The Knot

The Knot is a universal registry that lets you add items to your list from any retailer. It’s great if the bride doesn’t have just one place where she wants to shop or if you want to give guests options. It also lets you create cash funds, such as for the honeymoon. It charges a 2.5% transaction fee, which is low for this industry. 

MyRegistry.com

Similar to The Knot, MyRegistry.com has a universal setup, so the bride can request gifts from any retailer. It also has a smartphone app for on-the-go management and a cash fund option. 

Williams Sonoma

The bride can use this registry for items from Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm for her bridal shower. The company also offers one-on-one guidance with a registry specialist by appointment. In addition, you can earn free gifts when guests purchase items. 

Amazon

Amazon is one of the largest retailers with a range of products that allows for an excellent selection of gifts. It also allows guests to easily buy online and have the gift shipped to the bride. With the registry, it gives the bride and guests a chance to earn up to 5% back on any items they buy with the Amazon Prime Store card. 

In addition, Prime members get free shipping on many purchases and earn a one-time 20% discount for purchasing items on a registry. Non-prime members earn a one-time 10% discount. Amazon also offers group gifting options, free bonus gifts, and many more perks. 

Wayfair

Wayfair provides many perks when you use its registry, including free gifts and free shipping. You also get easy and fast returns, along with a 20% savings on anything left on the registry for six months. The company also allows group gifting, and you can send thank you notes from the registry to guests who bought gifts from it. 

Bridal Shower Gift Ideas

Before your guests can start purchasing gifts for the bride, they need to come up with gift ideas. Ideas can include gifts just for the bride, such as lingerie, scented candles, or a spa treatment. They may also include gifts for the couple, such as wine or couple’s pajamas. Guests may also buy gifts for the home, such as bed linen or dinnerware for the bridal shower.

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Plan the Food 

Food might seem like the biggest challenge since you and your guests will not be in the same place. You can’t do the traditional spread you would do for this type of event. 

This is where you need to pull on your creativity to come up with a way to provide food for guests. One option is to set up deliveries of food items to every guest. If you are all in the same general area, you can use a delivery service, such as Door Dash or Uber Eats. There are also many bakeries that will allow you to get baked goods delivered, so your guests won’t have to miss out on the sweetest part of the day. 

You can also send attendees bottles of champagne so that you can have a champagne toast for the couple. You can also send guests a cocktail recipe they can make on their own. 

It isn’t about the quantity of food, but the fact that you can all share in eating and the togetherness that brings to the event. So, even if you only send sugar cookies to each guest and keep it real simple, it will still help to ensure you don’t lose this important aspect of the bridal shower. 

Plan the Games

You can also still play games during online bridal showers. It may actually be easier for you to get everyone involved and focused than it is during a traditional party. 

You can play a variety of new virtual bridal shower games or traditional games, such as how well do you know the bride. Trivia is another great idea. Name that tune works well in this setting. WebBabyShower also has games you can play on its platform. It even has a real time scoreboard for you and your guests to keep track of who is winning.

Opening Gifts 

Any party needs gifts! To ensure you can have the traditional gift opening as part of the bridal shower, you should make sure your invites include a deadline for shipping gifts. This will alert your guests so that their gifts will arrive on time for the bride-to-be to open. Make sure to focus the camera on the guest of honor as she opens each gift so that guests can see what she receives.  As she opens each gift be sure that all the guests are giving their undivided attention.

You should note opening gifts is optional as some brides will not want to do this. Follow the bride’s lead on this part of the virtual shower party. 

Choose Favors

Bridal shower favors are a tradition. You don’t want to forego them just because you can’t all be physically together. You can either give virtual gifts or send small favors to each guest in the mail, it doesn’t have to be lavish, these can be kept simple. You can also use this same approach for the bridal party gifts. Either way, as each of your guests opens the favor they will be thrilled to receive such a thoughtful keepsake.

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Choose Your Outfit

As the planner and person in charge, you will be the center of attention quite a bit during the shower. So, you will want to look your best. You can match your outfit to the theme to ensure cohesion. Most of all, you want to feel good about how you look since you won’t have time to worry about it during the shower. 

The Knot has suggestions that work for any budget, including a lace romper, a vintage bridal shower dress, a high-low halter gown, floral separates, and a tulle midi dress. 

Holding a Virtual Bridal Shower with WebBabyShower 

WebBabyShower gets its name from the fact that it is meant for baby showers, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a great platform for other types of events, such as bridal showers. One of the reasons it is so versatile is because it is fully customizable so good for any party!

The platform has everything you need to throw a fun and fantastic virtual bridal shower, including an invite system, video conference scheduler, registry linking, a guestbook, and virtual shower ideas. Every aspect is user-friendly, and the platform has thought of every detail you will need to plan the perfect event. It will give you what you need even if you are not sure how to do a virtual bridal shower. 

Why Consider WebBabyShower? 

There is no denying that you have many options when it comes to putting together a virtual shower. However, WebBabyShower offers you some things that you won’t get with these other virtual bridal shower websites. You can go far beyond baby shower events with this service.

Private Space

With WebBabyShower, you get a space that only you can access. If you wish to allow anyone else access, you will have to send him or her a URL. Having a personal link that your less savvy guests can have is so much easier than other online party options where guests might have to make a real account for example. You can also password protect the space for extra security.

Printable Keepsake

As a nice perk, the platform provides you with a special printable keepsake. The system will automatically create it for you to download after the party.

Themes 

Since a theme is important to any event, WebBabyShower has created some themes that will work well for a bridal shower. If you don’t like any of the readymade options, you can also create your own by uploading a background image of your choice, like a real photo for example, and customizing the shower site. 

Photo and Video

The platform also encourages an interactive event where everyone can become a part of making this the best day possible for the bride-to-be. Everyone can upload photos and videos for her. Videos can be well wishes or other personal tributes to the couple. 

Customer Service

If you need any help with the technical aspects of your virtual shower or other questions about the platform, WebBabyShower customer support is here to help. 

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Time to Throw a Party

WebBabyShower may be a platform that originally helped with planning and throwing virtual baby showers, but it is so much more than that. You can use this platform to put together a bridal shower or bachelorette party that allows everyone to attend no matter what may be preventing an in-person gathering. 

With the many tools and features, this platform makes it a snap to create your new event. You don’t even have to have any previous experience with how to host a virtual bridal shower as it is so simple to set up. It is the ideal platform when you want to make this special time in the bride’s life last because WebBabyShower allows guests to upload images at any time, which means you can continue to use this party space until the wedding and beyond.

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Virtual Baby Shower Websites: Throw the Perfect Baby Shower

What Is WebBabyShower?

If you are wondering, “What is the best virtual baby shower website platform to use?

then you’re in the right place. We are the original online platform for shower websites and have continued to be the #1 solution for online baby showers. We have been recommended in major pregnancy publications like Babylist and What to Expect.

“For under $80 (cheaper than the average in-person shower), WebBabyShower offers an all-in-one place for all your baby shower needs”

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An online baby shower is not actually a one-day virtual event. With plans starting at 6 months, it’s a virtual shower plus a baby blog that can take an expecting mother all the way to birth! Of course, it also has tons of fun baby shower stuff for the guests and expecting parent(s). WebBabyShower is ready-made to meet the individual criteria of a virtual baby shower but with full privacy protection that you can’t get with a Facebook event.

To find out more about virtual baby showers, check out our How it Works page. At WebBabyShower, we give you the website tools to coordinate your remote baby shower so that your guests can either visit the site as they have time or participate in a specific, live chat or video call event on the scheduled day. It’s really up to you!

How to Create a Baby Shower Website

We are the only online service designed uniquely for online baby showers. But if you only want a website, not a dedicated package, and you have the time an patience their are free website maker options. You can use products like Wix or Squarespace to help you create a website for your baby shower, please be aware that the free version will only come with basic web features and will require someone savvy to create a ready to go baby shower site. It will not include anything like the features we have in our plans, like matching invite maker, games, or guestbook.

Our service is for everyone to use and with our baked in tools, you can build your shower in no time!

How Much Does A Virtual Baby Shower Website Cost?

Our virtual baby shower plans start at $29 and go up depending on your shower website needs. Unlike lower-quality offerings, we use transparent payment plans to host the best virtual baby shower available on the web. Other services you can use such as EventCreate do not have clear payment plans and depending on what you want you choose paid add ons. Get started on our pricing page for virtual baby showers.

How to use your WebBabyShower website to plan your virtual shower

Throwing a baby shower is one of the most special events for an expecting mom. It’s the best opportunity to have all your closest friends and family together for a party to share and celebrate this amazing time in your life. However, when it comes to baby showers, you will quickly discover that they are steeped in tradition and custom. But don’t let that hold you back!

But what if you want to forego this traditional baby shower entirely? What if you are more interested in doing things your way? This is where the virtual baby shower comes into play. Many moms are opting to throw a social distancing virtual baby shower these days, and this is a trend that was starting well before coronavirus concerns. A virtual baby shower simply offers the convenience of getting everyone together without the hassle of scheduling and getting everyone in one place.

In this article about Virtual Baby Showers, we’re going over everything you need to know about planning the best and most fun virtual baby shower with WebBabyShower. Find out how all of the features on the website work. We’ll give you tips to make your special day into an event that mom, the host, and the guests will all remember.

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Virtual Baby Shower Considerations

As you might imagine, there are many considerations that are quite relevant to hosting an online baby shower. Expectant parents have a lot on their plate, so it can be helpful to assign host duties and to break down the responsibilities beforehand to be sure that everything will run smoothly at the event. Here are some of the top factors to keep in mind when preparing for your virtual baby shower:

Budget for Baby Showers

As with planning any type of party, you need to think about your budget. This is a very important consideration. Online baby showers tend to be on the lower end of the budget scale. This is due to the money saved by not having to rent a venue or provide food and drinks. Get Started Now.

Virtual Baby Shower Connection and Video Chat

With a long-distance baby shower component, you are connecting everyone through an online website. However, this brings its own set of technological considerations. As the host, you need to think about whether your guests and the expecting parent(s) have available internet access, their level of computer savviness, and what type of accounts and devices they have for social media and live video chat or video calls.

Be sure to provide all guests with full and complete details of how to navigate WebBabyShower and our website, and be sure to answer any questions that they may have for you.

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Activities, Shower Games, and Video Calling

Of course, with a baby shower, it is much more than getting everyone together. There are many other considerations that you may have surrounding the virtual baby shower itself.

You will be happy to know that WebBabyShower has done the “heavy lifting” for you and your guests to make it easy to host a virtual, long-distance baby shower. On our website we have put together a home page, guest book, gift registry links, photo album, video album, “Birthday Bets” game, quiz-style baby shower games, baby photo guessing games, adorable baby shower themes, a guest list manager, an invitation manager, privacy options and more. To use WebBabyShower, there is nothing for the host or the expecting mom to download and your guests do not have to create an account in order to participate.

Our focus is on giving you the options and ideas to create the virtual baby shower party of your dreams! We don’t want you to feel so restricted by the constraints of an online party. There is plenty of room for creativity and fun, and that’s what you get with our virtual baby shower event platform.

Hosting a long-distance baby shower can be as simple or as elaborate as you have the time, energy, and budget for.

Virtual Baby Shower Guests

Guests are another important consideration at virtual baby showers. You want to be sure that everyone is included. We have touched on this throughout the article, but WebBabyShower’s website platform is ideal for ensuring that you can invite and include everyone you want to on the list of guests.

At virtual baby showers, not only are you able to include people from near and far, but it is much easier to schedule a time that works for everyone due to the fact that travel is not a factor. Additionally, if someone can’t make it at the scheduled time of the virtual baby shower event, they can still leave a note or a message using the guest book at their convenience!

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WebBabyShower header virtual party zoom video chat

Gifts, Babylist, Invites, and More

You can stick to using just the online features of your WebBabyShower, or you can add extra personal touches with favors, gifts, and a personalized shower invitation or thank you card.

Just because it’s a virtual baby shower party, doesn’t mean there can’t be real-world elements such as invites,  games, and gifts. You can even choose to send your personalized invitations by traditional mail if you so choose. For gifts, you can register on a baby registry and help your guests to navigate the gift-giving process.

We have created a Thank You Card and Gift Tag printable which you can use freely.

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WebBabyShower Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of common concerns about hosting a virtual baby shower. The questions link to their answers in the WebBabyShower Help section or on the WebBabyShower FAQ:

Conclusion about Virtual Baby Showers

Thanks so much for checking out our guide on how to create your own baby shower website to host your very own virtual baby shower! As you can see, the process for mom, the host, and guests is simple and straight-forward and offers many of the same party benefits you would find in a traditional shower. However, we understand that it is your virtual party. Above all, you need to plan the virtual baby shower that is best for you! We hope we have helped to make this decision easier — and more fun!

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Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget: 7 Places to Cut Costs and Still Have a Blast!

Baby showers are a fun event to celebrate a fantastic milestone in the mama-to-be’s life, but they can quickly turn into an expensive affair. However, that doesn’t need to be the case!

When celebrating the birth of a new child, the essential part is to enjoy the company of loved ones as you share the excitement for a new family member – not how much money you spend on the party.

Stay Safe and Save Money

If you’re wondering, “How much should I budget for a baby shower?”, thankfully, it doesn’t have to be much. A virtual baby shower is much less expensive than an in-person party – and safer for the parents and guests in the time of COVID-19!

With a little creativity and planning, it’s simple to plan a budget baby shower. We’ve got you covered with ideas and options below!

Babylist.com agrees that we are a great budget option! Here’s a quote directly from their website:

“For under $80 (cheaper than the average in-person shower), WebBabyShower offers an all-in-one place for all your baby shower needs”

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Average Cost of a Baby Shower

If you’re wondering how much to budget for baby shower planning, it helps to know how much baby showers cost. While some parents may splurge on an expensive get-together, that’s not the average. Even so, the numbers can vary a lot.

Depending on the number of guests, the location, the food, and other considerations, a baby shower can easily cost anywhere between $100 to $1000 –  and celebrities like Beyoncé have pulled costs up to $500,000! While it can be fun to splurge a bit on the celebration, a lot of that money will often be more useful if spent on practical items after the baby is born.

In this article, we’re here to help you cut that cost without cutting out any of the enjoyment of celebrating the new member of the family! We’ll cover the average costs of a lot of baby shower items, ways you can save money, and more.

The Virtual Shower Cost Advantage

Virtual baby showers are less expensive than an in-person party, plus they make it possible for guests from all over to participate. 

As the market leader in virtual baby showers, WebBabyShower can help save money on many different areas of the party, from organizing your party virtually to providing ready-made games as part of the package – plus you have the benefit of sharing your joy with friends and family, no matter where in the world they may be!

Let’s Break It Down

If the average cost of a baby shower can reach up to $1000, where will all that money go? Here’s a quick break down of the average prices, according to CostHelper:

  • Venue – Reserving a community space for several hours can cost up to $200
  • Décor – Decorations, including items like a diaper cake, can potentially cost over $200, depending on the level of decorations put out
  • Invitations – Pre-printed invitations can cost 50 cents to one dollar apiece; customized ones can cost up to three dollars apiece, potentially including shipping costs
  • Food and Drink – Food can cost up to $10 per guest; purchasing a cake from an upscale bakery can cost up to $4 per serving
  • Games – Games can cost up to $50 per party; some games will require purchases like baby food or diapers
  • Prizes – Depending on the number of games winners, the additional expense of prizes can add to the cost
  • Extras – Party favors can cost up to $2 per guest; hiring a party planner can also increase the total cost

While these numbers may not seem too much at a glance, they can quickly add up, turning a simple shower into an expensive affair.  So what do you need to do to figure out how to plan a low budget baby shower?

Set Your Budget Early

One of the best ways you can save money is to set a budget before planning your celebration. Having a hard limit of money to spend will help everyone keep on track. Costing a fraction of an in-person event, WebBabyShower provides an affordable option with plenty of fun to celebrate your new little one’s arrival – no matter your budget!

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Venue

As you can see from our cost breakdown above, one of the more expensive parts of the baby shower budget can be in the venue. Renting out a community space for the guests can easily cost a couple of hundred dollars. Hosting the baby shower out of the home can make a memorable experience and help save on the cleanup.

Some fun baby shower locations can include a botanical garden, a restaurant, a local tearoom, a farm and barn, or even an outdoor area like a park! And celebrity baby showers like Kim Kardashian’s can easily show how the expenses pile up while hosting the party.

Renting out a community space can easily cost a few hundred dollars – or even more, depending on the area and time. Outdoor baby showers can be less expensive, but you still might need to invest in awnings or seating for the guests.

The Most Cost-Effective Venues

When planning how to throw a budget baby shower, it is possible to find an inexpensive location. Naturally, a venue with no cost is using the parents to be’s home or the home of a friend! Places like churches will also often allow you to use their space for free.

Another answer to “Where to have a baby shower on a budget?” is virtually!

Hosting your baby shower online saves you and the guests money! Everyone can participate online from the comfort and safety of their own homes. WebBabyShower provides the perfect place to have a delightful virtual baby shower at an affordable cost.

Décor

Every baby shower is going to have a different decoration budget – and part of that is because of the venue. The venue’s size will determine how many decorations you’ll need to make the place look fun. The theme you pick out for the party will also impact the cost of decorations.

Pre-made decorations are cute, but they can cost up to $10 per item. Unique decorations, like a “diaper cake,” can potentially cost $90 alone!

Get Crafty!

For crafty party hosts, reducing the cost of the décor can be simple if you put together decorations by yourself. This approach has the added benefit of letting you customize the decorations of the party as you like.

Simple crafts like handmade posters can add a lot of fun to the decorations, and you can also make a DIY diaper cake for a fraction of the cost. Other baby items, like blankets, toys, and onesies, can also make fun decorations if you get creative enough!

What’s important to remember is that you don’t need to go overboard for the decorations. A fun centerpiece and a few streamers can do a lot to boost the party atmosphere without breaking the bank. Consider turning the gifts from guests into the centerpiece as well!

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What About Decor for a Virtual Shower?

When hosting your virtual baby shower with WebBabyShower, there aren’t any decoration costs to worry about! Even so, if you want, you can put up a few decorations in the background when you have your video call to add an extra personal touch to the video for guests to enjoy.

Decorating a small area will easily cost less than a whole room or venue!

Invitations

If there’s one thing you can’t go without when it comes to a baby shower, it’s the invitations! All the guests need to know the when and where of the shower. You can also use the letters to share the gift registry if you have one, ensuring that all gifts are helpful to the parents.

Match your theme exactly on our platform where each theme is also an invitation design. And we offer unlimited sending for your invites.

Going the Invites by Mail Route?

Pre-printed invitations tend to be cheaper, costing between 50 cents to a dollar apiece. If you want to order customized invitations, you may be looking at the cost of $3 per item. Once you consider that the average number of guests at a baby shower is 20 people, you could be looking at a $60 expense on invitations alone.

Note that cost doesn’t account for any shipping costs (if you order the invitations online) or mailing costs (a single forever stamp costs 55 cents, plus you’ll need envelopes to mail the messages as well). Sending invitations by snail mail out of the country costs more, too.

The Good News!

You don’t need complicated invitations for them to be effective! Some invitations will let you fill in the blanks so that you can have a customized touch. You may also want to make your own, but the cost of materials can add up, especially if you’re planning an intricate design.

Try Out Digital Invites

One of the best ways to cut costs on invitations is to skip paper altogether and send a digital invite. This approach will let you have a more customized design without much hassle – and without needing to make individual invitations!

WebBabyShower has digital invites that can match your virtual baby shower theme – or you can pick a different design altogether. Our virtual invitations also let you track when the recipient has opened the invite, so you’ll always know who’s informed! Our digital invites also provide a quick and convenient link to your registry for guests to use.

Go The More Traditional Route with Printed Invitations

Want to know how to have a budget baby shower while still using printed invitations? WebBabyShower’s invitations designs are free to print anytime, letting you have the best of both budgeting and the traditional worlds!

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Food and Drink for In-Person Showers

No matter the celebration, people love to have food and drink while they socialize. This area is another one where the cost can quickly get out of control if you don’t plan accordingly.

If you reserve a venue, you may need to be able to receive catering, and this can have a potential cost of up to $30 per guest. Multiply that again by the average guest number of twenty, and that $300 on food and drink alone!

Don’t Forget the Cake!

These numbers also don’t account for cake, which can be one of the highlights of the occasion. Upscale cakes will cost more, with a cost of up to $4 per serving. Less expensive cakes can cost 35 cents to $2 per slice – cheaper, but still enough to add up when considering other expenses.

Eat Food. Not Your Wallet

When it comes to saving money, making food and snacks yourself is less expensive than ordering catering. You can also make the party a potluck! Again, the celebration’s point is to enjoy the coming addition of a new member of your family. There’s no reason to make things as complex as they would be at a wedding.

Time Your Party Right to Save on Refreshments

Another trick is to think about the timing of your baby shower. If you put it at a time when no one expects a big meal, you’ll only need to focus on snacks and the cake! Some good options are:

  • Early morning – bagels and yogurt are inexpensive choices
  • Afternoon – set your baby shower around 2 pm, and it can be closer to a tea party than a lunch occasion
  • Post-dinner – With guests getting their dinner beforehand, all you need to do is provide dessert in some form, be it a cake or otherwise!

With a virtual baby shower, there’s no need to provide refreshments at all. Guests will be free to eat whatever they like at home, which will free up another part of your budget!

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Still want to provide something to your guests, even if you’re going virtual? Consider baking cookies and dropping them off/mailing them to guests in advance! These little snack bags don’t have to be very big, and they’re much less expensive than providing a full meal to your guests.

Extras

You may want to provide your guests with party favors, which can quickly turn into another expense to worry about. Thankfully, these don’t need to be too complicated or expensive. Party favors can cost one to two dollars per guest.

If you are providing some food, that may be more than enough. Consider making whatever you pass out personalized for an extra touch – like customized rock candy pops! With a virtual party, you may skip party favors altogether, or deliver them digitally as gift cards or game prizes.

While you could have an elaborate entertainment setup, there’s no need to spend anything more than a bit of time making a playlist in the background. A few games and the company of your loved ones should serve as entertainment enough.

Games

Party games can make for a fun activity to get everyone excited about the baby to come! Pre-printed baby shower games can cost between two and ten dollars. On average, the costs of baby shower party games can total between $20 and $50. Games like Baby Food Taste Test can include purchasing extra items to play the game in the first place.

Play Don’t Pay

To reduce costs, you can play games that don’t require much financial investment to play. ‘Gift Bingo’ lets guests try to score a bingo as the mama-to-be opens up her gifts. A game like ‘Guess the Baby’ will have everyone provide a photo of themselves as a baby and make an enjoyable guessing challenge.

Are there Virtual Shower Games?

Absolutely! WebBabyShower has both platform-based and printable games for you to use! The virtual scoreboard automatically keeps tracks of games you play on the platform, letting everyone focus on the fun. 

Hooray For Freebies!

We also offer free printable games to play. Guests can print their own game and quiz sheets, or they can play virtually. With this setup, there’s no need to worry about overspending on the game section of your baby shower budget!

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Another thing to note is that you don’t need to go overboard with how many games you have. Many guests will simply be happy to have the opportunity to celebrate the coming baby. Social interaction with other guests and getting excited about opening the shower gifts are plenty of entertainment enough!

Prizes

If you do play games, prizes are a nice reward for your guests who win – plus, they provide an incentive to play! If you’re an incredibly tight budget, your guests may not mind if there aren’t prizes, but they’re sure to appreciate anything you can give them.

You can easily manage your budget when it comes to prizes by not having an abundance of games. Some games also don’t have a clear winner and are more for fun. You can mix and match game types to balance things out! Once you’ve determined how many prizes you’ll need, you can plan from there.

Some inexpensive prize options include:

  • Succulents
  • Picture frames
  • Candles
  • Gift certificates
  • Coffee mugs
  • Candy

Think Outside The Box To Cut Costs

Even if the prizes themselves are simple, a little customization (like a gift tag or a wrapper decorated like the baby shower theme) can add an extra pop to make the prizes more enjoyable! Once you finalize your guest list, you can also pick out prizes that you know your friends and family will likely appreciate – so they don’t need to go through the awkward “I want to toss this, but it was a gift” experience.

Virtual Parties Make Prizes More Manageable

While hosting a virtual baby shower with WebBabyShower can eliminate many other expenses, you may still want to pick out and mail prizes afterward. With all the money you save from other categories on this list, you should have some wiggle room when planning a baby shower on a budget to pick out some cute prizes.

After all, the point of the baby shower is to celebrate the mama to be. Games and prizes can be fun, but they don’t need to be the main focus in the slightest. Let the fact that everyone has gathered in honor of the soon to arrive family member (be it in person or virtually) be reason enough to celebrate together!

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Party Time!

Baby showers can end up costing a lot of money – but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wonderful time on a budget! With enough careful planning, you can plan everything from the venue to prizes without breaking the bank.

When planning how to plan a budget baby shower, it’s all a matter of focusing on which items will have the most importance, and determining how much cash you want to spend in advance. By setting a number before you start planning, you won’t need to worry about feeling disappointed if there’s an idea you like but can’t afford.

Going Virtual Will Keep Your Party on Budget

WebBabyShower provides an inexpensive and simple way to host a virtual baby shower, leaving mamas to be with more time to enjoy the celebration of their coming little one without needing to fuss about money. All you need to do is get started!

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Fun Baby Shower Activity: The Mommy or Daddy Baby Shower Game

Are you planning a baby shower but need activities to use? The Mommy or Daddy baby shower game is simple to play and makes an excellent option for any get-together – even if you’re going virtual!

This one is easy

Since this game is simple and hardly takes any prep time, you can have a fun activity added to your baby shower roster in no time. It’s also a great pick for playing over a video call when you host a virtual baby shower! We’ve got the info to add this game to your party, including how to play, things you’ll need, and more! If you’re looking for other printable baby shower games check out our full list.

The Basics

The Mommy or Daddy baby shower game is simple in concept. Your party guests will receive a series of questions about which parent is more likely to do certain things after the baby is born – from ideas like who will change the most diapers to which parent will be the helicopter parent. The guests get to cast their vote on who they think is most likely to do the activity in the question.

Think of the game like a fun survey that you can look back on later to see how everyone’s predictions came through. Since there aren’t any right or wrong answers, there isn’t a winner – but you and your guests can get a laugh out of the results.

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Why Choose This Game

Since there isn’t a winner, you don’t have to worry about things getting competitive. Everyone can just relax and have fun! There also isn’t a lot of prep work, so you can quickly put it together if your baby shower is fast approaching. And It can also be ended at any point by just not asking any more questions according to Planning for Keeps.

This game is also excellent because it’s versatile. You can play it in person or over video chat, too, making it an excellent fit for a virtual baby shower!

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Play as a Virtual Baby Shower Game

Playing the Mom vs. Dad baby shower game virtually is simple, making it an excellent contender for a video chat hosted baby showers. You can either print the quiz sheets out in advance to mail to guests or email a file that they can print out on their own.

Even with COVID-19 happening, you can still play this great game with a little bit of planning. WebBabyShower can help you get ready to have a fantastic virtual baby shower experience!

How to Play

Playing this game is simple and can be done at any time during a baby shower.

Just follow these steps!

Step 1

Setting up the game starts by prepping a quiz sheet to give to guests. This sheet has the list of questions about the parents to be. There will also be an indicator of both mommy and daddy next to each item. This can be either the names, icons (lips and mustache, for example), or whatever represents the parents. If you make your own question sheets, this can be as creative as you like!

Step 2

You can start playing by passing out the quiz sheet to guests, whether that’s mailing a sheet to them in advance or linking everyone to a virtual copy of the sheet. Everyone will have time to answer whether they think mommy or daddy will be more likely to do the tasks on the sheet.

Step 3

Once everyone’s filled out their sheets, it’s time to check the answers. The mom and dad can come forward with props that match their icons on the sheet or fill out an answer sheet in advance.

Step 4

Someone can serve as the host, reading each question out loud. The parents to be will then raise their props to give their answers to the players. Feel free to have fun with this part! Let the guests talk about their answers and why they think Mommy or Daddy is more likely to take over the task.

Step 5

Each guest is responsible for checking over their sheet, or players can trade with each other to check answers. While there isn’t necessarily a winner to the game, feel free to collect the surveys afterward to remember the game.

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Checklist of Items to Play

Want to make sure you have everything you need? Use this checklist to make sure you’re ready to play:

Easy as 1…2…3!

  1. Printed or digitally shared quiz sheets
  2. Writing utensils for guests to use
  3. Props for the parents to raise

Prop Ideas

One of the best parts of this game is that you can make the props just about anything to fit the parents or the baby shower design.

Here are some options to consider:

  • Mustache vs. lips
  • Different colored lips
  • Different colored onesies
  • Different colored bibs
  • Different colored pacifier
  • Different colored feeding bottle
  • Different colored footprints
  • Cards with Mom vs. Dad words

Don’t be afraid to get creative and enjoy picking out something that connects to the parents to be!

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Sample Questions

If you make personalized quiz sheets, you can also add whatever questions you like to the game!

Here are some suggestions:

  • Who’s going to change the most diapers?
  • Who will be the one to pick up the kids from school more often?
  • Which parent will be more patient?
  • Who’s going to take the most baby photos?
  • Which parent will be quicker to call the pediatrician if they think the baby is sick?
  • Which parent will the baby look the most like?
  • Who’s going to be best at packing the diaper bag?
  • Which parent will read more to the baby?
  • Which parent will handle sleep deprivation better?
  • Who’s going to get up more in the middle of the night to check on the baby?
  • Which parent will spoil the kid the most?
  • Who’s going to worry more during labor and delivery?
  • Which parent will sing the best lullabies?
  • Who’s going to be better at putting the baby into their car seat?
  • Who’s going to be in charge of baby proofing the home?
  • Which parent suspected pregnancy first?
  • Who’s going to be the favorite parent?
  • Which parent will pick up more of the baby’s stuff around the house?
  • Who wants to have more kids?
  • Which parent is going to be stricter?

What a Fun Game

With so many potential baby shower games out there, it can be hard to choose which ones you want to play. This one is easy to set up, simple to play and can make a lot of great memories. It’s also super flexible, letting you customize the game to any couple – and you can play it in person or virtually. With all that in mind, there’s no reason not to add it to the list of your baby shower games for mom and dad!

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11 Best Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts for Natural -Minded Parents-to-Be

It’s more important than ever to consumers that brands have an eco-friendly mindset. A recent study shows that 70% of consumers prefer to shop with brands that focus on sustainable goods, even if that means they need to pay more for their products. 

For 41% of parents, the inspiration to be more environmentally focused stems from their children. For these reasons, buying eco-friendly baby shower gifts for the parents-to-be in your life can be a safe bet.

11 Best Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts

Eco-friendly baby products exist in almost every category, from baby gear to feeding supplies. The following selections are some baby shower gift staples that can help soon-to-be-parents continue their sustainable lifestyle when their baby arrives.

Caboo Bamboo Wipes

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Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that experts consider an eco-friendly wood, mostly because it’s quicker to grow than trees, and we can use it in similar ways. Caboo makes these baby wipes with bamboo instead of trees, giving parents a more sustainable way to keep their babies clean.

These wipes are:

  • Free from phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, and alcohol
  • Gentle on sensitive skin
  • Unscented
  • From a manufacturing facility that’s FSC and FDA-certified

Smart Bottoms Smart One Cloth Diapers

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Cloth diapers are reusable, keeping diaper waste out of landfills. According to a researched report to The National Association of Diaper Services, “Single-use diapers are shown to generate significantly more solid waste, to consume greater quantities of energy and raw materials, and to generate more potentially toxic pollutants on a per-diaper-change basis.”

Smart Bottoms creates its Smart One Cloth Diapers with a 100% organic cotton interior and a polyurethane laminate exterior to keep them waterproof. They include ten absorbing layers to keep baby dry and lock in moisture for easier changes.

Dera Design Organic Canvas Diaper Bag

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This diaper bag lets new parents tote all their baby’s eco-friendly stuff wherever they go. Dera Design makes this bag with GOTS-Certified organic cotton canvas without chemicals, pesticides, or other toxic ingredients involved. REACH-compliant hardware further notes the brand’s dedication to environmentally-safe practices.

There are plenty of nooks, crannies, and storage areas for diapers, bottles, wipes, pacifiers, and extra clothing. The bag also includes a changing pad for quick changes on the go that stores conveniently inside the rear compartment.

Lifefactory Glass Bottles

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Glass bottles don’t pose the risk of exposing babies to BPA as plastic bottles can. However, parents may worry about glass bottles’ safety, as they’re more likely to break when dropped. 

These bottles from Lifefactory have a silicone covering to protect the bottle if it drops on a hard surface and gives little hands a better grip on the bottle.

Glass bottles are also 100% recyclable, making them an excellent choice for a reduced carbon footprint.

Reversible Baby Play Mat

This non-toxic foam mat is cozy for baby to play on and is free of BPA, PVC, latex, and other chemicals and ingredients that can be harmful to a baby and the environment.

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Parents will appreciate this reversible mat because it’s waterproof, so quick cleanups of spills or accidents are a breeze.

Hippypotamus Reusable Baby Food Pouches

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If the parents-to-be in your life have considered making their own baby food using fresh ingredients, these reusable baby food pouches can help them succeed. They’re easily washable and refillable, so there’s no need to toss a pouch and buy new ones when they need to store more food.

Each pouch is free from BPA, lead, PVC, and other toxins, making them safe for a baby to use and good for the environment if the parents decide to recycle them. These pouches are hand-washable and dishwasher-safe.

Hello Training Toothpaste

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A baby’s pre-teeth gums are just as important to take care of as their teeth. Cleaning the gums regularly ensures that they stay free from bacteria and in good shape for their new teeth to arrive. This training toothpaste contains no fluoride and comes in a yummy and subtle apple flavor to appeal to a baby’s palate.

Hello Training Toothpaste is Certified Organic and contains only plant-based, natural sweeteners, and no dyes. Even the tube is environmentally-friendly, containing no phthalates or BPA. 

The toothpaste is safe to swallow, but the company recommends using it only with babies at least three months old and only using a very small dollop with each brushing.

babygoal Reusable Bamboo Baby Wipes

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If throwing away baby wipe after baby wipe doesn’t appeal to you or your gift recipients, try gifting these reusable bamboo baby wipes from babygoal. They’re made from bamboo, making them a more sustainable alternative to traditional baby wipes, but they’re also washable, so there’s no discarding needed.

Add a little water to the cloth, and they become an instant baby wipe for diaper changes. Because you can wash them, you can also use them as burp cloths, washcloths, or whatever else you need them for. Stash them in a diaper bag and have them ready to go whenever you need a quick clean. 

Green Toys Baby Toy Starter Set

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Green Toys is a company that makes its products and packaging with 100% recyclable material. This adorable baby toy gift set has all the essential baby toys: keys, a push-and-pull toy, and stacking cups.

Each toy is BPA and phthalate-free. You can also stick them in the dishwasher to clean and disinfect them between uses. 

The Honest Company Dreamy Lavender Baby Care Set

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The Honest Company is known for its eco-friendly practices and products, and this bath set fits its strict mold. The set includes baby shampoo and wash and baby lotion, both of which are gentle, no-tear formulas without chemical fragrances, dyes, parabens, phthalates, and other toxic ingredients.

Pediatricians also test these products to ensure their safety for babies. Their vegan and hypoallergenic formulas can help new parents avoid rashes, dryness, and other common baby skin issues.

HI BABY MOMENT Organic Teething Ring

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This teething ring includes wooden and crocheted beads to give a baby different textures to feel and mouth. The maple wood beads and handle are smooth and durable, so there’s no need to worry about splintering or breaking as baby plays with it.

This simple toy is just the right size for young babies to grasp, while its calm and soothing colors are engaging to look at. The teether also has no paint or BPA and has passed FDA and CE certification.

Why Buy Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts?

In 2021, experts predict that United States consumers will spend about $150 billion on eco-friendly products. But the move toward being more eco-conscious is more than just a trend. 

Shoppers are more focused than ever on buying from brands that align with their values. Environmental friendliness is one factor that comes out on top as one that people look for when deciding what brands to stick with.

Having a brand new baby in the family means a lot of new stuff to buy, from virtually endless supplies of diapers to bottles, nursery furniture, toys, and more. Choosing eco-friendly products as baby shower gifts ensures soon-to-be parents will get what they need while lowering their carbon footprint.

Eco-friendly baby gifts may even be safer alternatives for babies to other not-so-environmentally-friendly products that contain dyes, paints, and other substances that can be hazardous to little ones. Some research shows that even non-BPA plastics, which manufacturers now use in many baby products, may still be harmful to our health.

Baby gifts made from sustainable practices and materials are often organic and free from toxic ingredients and chemicals, like formaldehyde, parabens, talc, and phthalates.

What to Look for When Buying Eco-Friendly Gifts for a Baby Shower

Eco-friendliness and sustainability are more than just words used to describe products. Brands that have a real focus on environmentally friendly products go to great lengths to ensure that what they sell comes from sustainable practices, uses eco-friendly materials, and reduces energy consumption. 

Here’s what to look for when shopping for eco-friendly baby shower gifts:

Biodegradable Materials

Biodegradable materials can break down partially or wholly when you recycle them or throw them away. Unlike non-biodegradable materials, biodegradable materials take up less space in landfills. You can also sometimes use them for other purposes, like making compost for your garden or feeding animals.

Examples of biodegradable materials include:

  • Wood
  • Straw
  • Bamboo
  • Cotton
  • Beeswax
  • Paper

Modern technology has also allowed the production of biodegradable and bio-based plastics. Biodegradable plastics break down much like other biodegradable materials, while bio-based plastics may not break down entirely but can still offer an eco-friendlier alternative to regular plastics.

Packaging

Baby toys, bath gift sets, and other products that people often gift at baby showers are notorious for their less-than-sustainable packaging. Boxes with styrofoam, plastic, and overused packaging use many materials that aren’t biodegradable or recyclable. When a product has packaging made with recycled materials, the package requires less energy to produce.

The key to finding gifts that have eco-friendly packaging is to look for minimalism. Does the packaging contain the least amount of materials possible to secure the item? Did the brand package it with recyclable or biodegradable materials, like recycled cardboard or a reusable mesh bag?

Sustainable Energy

Energy goes into making products, but those that go through factory production tend to use the most power. Bumping down on machine processes and switching to more energy-efficient practices can reduce how much energy is necessary to create a product.

One report shows that 51% of consumers who participated in the study believe that companies switching to sustainable practices can significantly influence more eco-friendly behaviors.

However, you can also support energy conservation by purchasing baby shower gifts that don’t require power to work. Avoid toys and products that plug into outlets or require batteries. Instead, stick with simple toys and products without sound, lights, and screens, or those that function with solar power.

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Eco-Focused Companies

Companies that are truly focused on being green will make it known throughout their branding and product line. And they won’t just talk about it; they’ll do it. You might have to do a little research before shopping for the baby shower, but doing so will help you separate the real from the fake.

Checking a company’s website is a good start. Look for a News section with press releases about do-good tasks and eco-friendly awards that the company may have won. You can also search the web for sustainability reports on the company that detail what the company is doing to maintain its low carbon footprint.

Certifications

Trusted organizations certify products and brands with environmentally practices and features. You can usually find certification seals on certified products or find the details in online product listings. Common certifications to find on eco-friendly baby products include:

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC): The FSC certifies products that come from sustainable, well-managed forests to prevent deforestation.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): GOTS certification acknowledges products that are made with at least 70% of certified organic fibers and meet specific processing, toxicity, social, and other criteria.
  • GREENGUARD: GREENGUARD Certification is for products that have met strict standards for low indoor emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). GREENGUARD Gold allows even less VOCs to meet its standard.

Safety

A manufacturer can make a baby product with organic materials and environmentally friendly processes but then cover it in a flame retardant layer to protect it from flames. Flame retardants can be extremely toxic to people, especially children

Eco-friendliness doesn’t always mean non-toxic. It’s crucial to separate the two when looking for baby products and ensure that your picks meet both criteria.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Baby Shower Gifts

The eco-friendly baby shower gifts in this guide are some of the best choices for parents-to-be who need essentials for their new baby and want to reduce their carbon footprint. 

There are plenty of environmentally friendly baby products on the market, but be sure to research companies and products before buying. Not everything with a “Green” label or certification logo is legit. You can use our buying guide and tips to sift through products and determine which ones are worth your money.

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