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How To Have An Awesome Long Distance Baby Shower?

If you’ve been wondering “how to have a long distance baby shower?”, WebBabyShower is the solution!

A baby shower is an important experience for every expecting mother and she deserves to be celebrated, but how can this joy be shared with friends and family spread out?

WebBabyShower brings expecting mothers and family together for this amazing journey. An Easy and Special way to celebrate this important time. Simplify gathering and connecting everyone with a dedicated online baby shower with cute ready-made designs, matching invitations, and a private place for all your photos and videos. that’s why WebBabyShower offers an easy and fun way for out of town moms – or grandparents 🙂 have a long distance baby shower online.

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Free Trial – 7 Day Refund for any reason
• Only 1 Minute Setup!
• 20+ Custom Themes & Matching Invites
• Use Any Online Registries You Want
• Send Unlimited Matching Invites and Updates
• Private Video Hosting for everyone
• Baby Shower Games with Scoreboards, Give Prizes!

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How do you have a long distance baby shower?

Of course there are plenty of different routes to go down when planning a long distance baby shower but WebBabyShower is a fantastic option. WebBabyShower is setup to accommodate everything needed for baby showers, pregnancy celebrations and birth announcements…with privacy and of course all the fun shower stuff for mom to be and the guests.

WebBabyShower gives you all the virtual tools you need to organize a long distance baby shower so that your far away friends and relatives can hop onto your shower site any time they choose. They can also join in for a scheduled video chat. Or both of course!

Long Distance Baby Shower Reflection

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Just like planning any other event or gathering, you must consider the costs involved. However with a long distance baby shower, you also need to take into account whether all the guests and the expecting parent(s) have access to the internet, if their computer literate and the kind of platforms they might be able to use for a video chat so you can have a great baby shower from afar.

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Luckily WebBabyShower has done a lot of the work for you to make things simple to host a online long distance baby shower. We have a bunch of stuff for you that is already made including a photo and video album, a games page, a gift registry and much more! We also have some great baby shower quiz-style games for you to use.  Along with super cute baby shower themes to choose from there is also an invitation manager to easily manage sending out those invitations. At WebBabyShower we really have made it so easy to set up; with no software to download and no accounts to be made to join you and your guests will be on your way in no time.

Throwing a long distance baby shower can be as plain or as embellished as you like. It really depends on you, your budget, your time and of course your energy!

You can always incorporate some additional personal touches with printed invitations, favors and gifts you send out. Or by all means stick to using the online features of WebBabyShower. Again it’s entirely up to you!

How Much Does It Cost?

For us to offer so many fun, simple to use features in a confidential format without the ads or “social experimentation” we charge a one off flat-rate  all of these fun, easy to use features in a private, unlisted format, without any advertising, and without any “social experimentation”, there a one time, flat-rate set up fee. Please check out our pricing page.

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WebBabyShower F.A.Qs

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

  • An online shower can last anywhere from a weekend to several months! Our plans start at 6 months. Online showers can blend right into a baby blog for updates to everyone.

  • When Should I Start A WebBabyShower?
    • Traditional showers are the third trimester, but long distance is different. Second and third-trimester showers happen all the time online. We have a whole post on it shower timing.

  • How Do Gifts Work With A Long Distance Baby Shower?
    • An online registry is a go-to solution. We work with every online registry there is.

  • Is There Any Baby Shower Etiquette I Should Know About?
    • Online etiquette is different than traditional, the same rules -thankfully!- don’t apply. Read our in-depth etiquette guide.

  • Is It OK To Host A WebBabyShower For Myself?
    • Yes! We have the data. Over 50% of showers are paid for by the expectant parents who self host with help from friends and family.

  • Is It OK To Invite Men?
    • Yes! The whole ‘no men’ thing is fading, and no where faster than online long distance showers.

The Scoop on Virtual Baby Showers

The Modern Baby Shower Opens Up New Possibilities

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Virtual Baby Shower Etiquette

Right now more than ever a WebBabyShower makes sense. That’s one reason BabyListWhat to Expect, and Babypalooza all wrote articles about WebBabyShower recently. We have updated this page for our lives in 2020.

“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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We have hosted thousands of successful baby showers for happy families spread across the globe. As with hosting any type of shower, you need to know the etiquette basics and how to be a good host. Get started on your virtual baby shower today.

In this article, we’re going to give you all the tips you need to know to turn your traditional baby shower into a virtual baby celebration. An expectant mom might be understandably upset at the world events during this special time in her life. But we’re going to give you all the baby shower ideas you need to hold a virtual event that is worthy of the real thing. 

Here are WebBabyShower’s long-distance and online baby shower etiquette suggestions to help ensure that your WebBabyShower goes over smoothly.

Throw a Virtual Baby Shower So That Everyone Can Celebrate!

Free Trial – 7 Day Refund for any reason
• Only 1 Minute Setup!
• 20+ Custom Themes & Matching Invites
• Use Any Online Registries You Want
• Send Unlimited Matching Invites and Updates
• Private Video Hosting for everyone
• Baby Shower Games with Scoreboards, Give Prizes!

Build Your Shower

Online Baby Shower Coronavirus Update

Just a quick note to say – virtual and online showers are more important than ever. And YES during your pregnancy you can still have a great shower experience. If you have any questions on how it works, just contact us at customer service Monday – Friday. customer.support (at) webbabyshower.com

Tips For The Right Virtual Baby Shower Etiquette

In this section, we will give you our top tips for holding the virtual party that any expecting mom deserves. These virtual baby shower ideas help you to replicate the real thing as close as possible. We understand that there are limitations with any technology. But with careful planning, the right choices, and a lot of enthusiasm, you will hold a virtual celebration that will make any mum feel appreciated and honored!

1. Be Genuine & Honor the Mother

If you have a genuine need for a virtual baby shower, we’ve found friends and family are thrilled to have a solution when everyone can’t be physically together. Whether or not it is unusual isn’t really a concern. We know the etiquette police are in full force around weddings and baby showers, but it would be hard to imagine anyone being so snooty as to tell a pregnant woman on bed rest or on military assignment or who have moved away from home for work or school that she can’t have a shower just because she isn’t at home. We help women like that every day!

Now in a social distancing world, we expect this mom worry to be out the door anyway, and probably for good for virtual baby showers.

However, it always behooves a host to be tactful and to not offend the sensibilities of her guests. If you’ve already had an office shower, a girlfriends’ shower, and a family shower, then having a virtual shower should be thought through. There is a way to do it right. This leads to the second point …

2. Don’t Over Do It          

Whether you are getting together for an in person shower experience, or online in real time, make sure the shower is in honor of the expecting parent(s) and that the guests feel they have been invited to something unique. This is true of any type of party, really.

It’s really easy these days to get caught in some Instagram envy and overdo it online. We all do it and sometimes in our excitement, we overdo it without even realizing it. While you want everything to be perfect, from the virtual backgrounds to the virtual baby shower games, we all do it and sometimes in our excitement, we overdo it without even realizing it. So yes! we want to see your amazing belly and ultrasound photos, or sweet week by week pics, and we love to hear how everything is going, but let it happen naturally. Our virtual baby shower can take place over months, not days, so there is plenty of time to share videos and even do a live event the easy way.

3. Keep Your Baby Shower Private And Special

WebBabyShower focuses on privacy not only because we have expecting and adopting parents and their babies to protect, but also to provide a more intimate venue for friends and family to gather around the pregnancy.

If your social media “Baby Event” page becomes publicly available to anyone and everyone searching for online baby shower ideas, it’s probably not going to make your guests feel like they’ve been invited to something unique. This is the downside of a Facebook baby shower. Even if you don’t use WebBabyShower, we don’t recommend using public “events” or public social media tools built to sell you ads for your online shower. Keep it safe and special!  Of course every shower url is easy to share on Facebook, Twitter, etc when you want to.

4. It’s a Celebration. Give Your Guests More To Do Than Just Send Gifts

Would you invite everyone over to your house, grab the gifts out of their hands and slam the door in their faces? Probably not!  The biggest cry of “That’s so tacky!” usually comes when guests feel you’re just making a “thinly veiled” demand for gifts. This goes back to the first point about being genuine, which is a must, but also host your virtual baby shower in a way that makes the guests feel they are more involved than just sending gifts. WebBabyShower is already set up to accomplish this, and we’ve always been focused on creating an online gathering that is special to the pregnancy experience.

Though yes, we work with all the major baby gift registries, Amazon, Babylist, BuyBabyBuy, etc. and you can actually add in any link you like to the gift registry as well

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Virtual Baby Shower Tips

5. Have A Close Friend Help You “Host”

It’s OK for the expecting or adopting parents, or grandparents, sisters, to sign up for and even run a WebBabyShower, the old fashioned long-time etiquette rule that showers should be hosted by a non-family member is both dated and doesn’t apply online. If being pregnant is keeping you busy 😉 or you think your guests may be sticklers for this point even with a virtual baby shower, then ask a close friend to co-host the shower with you. Solved! WebBabyShower makes it easy to add friends and family as co-hosts so that they can help you send invitations, add to your baby registry, and manage the online shower.

6. Make Sure Tech Is Set Up For Everyone

Technical difficulties are not something you’ll want to deal with during your virtual baby shower. That’s why it’s important to make sure that either you or whoever is helping you organize the event has given guests all the information they need to call into the baby shower without any delays or technical problems. As of late, Zoom has replaced Skype and has become the favorite tool to use for video calls. So if you decide to use Zoom, make sure your guests know how to set up the application on their computer and what’s needed to make the virtual baby shower run as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. Zoom is a great option for virtual baby showers because you can use virtual decorations and create customized backgrounds. No need to spend loads on streamers, balloons, and extra decorations!

7.  Plan Virtual Baby Shower Games

What better way to keep your virtual guests engaged than to play a few baby shower virtual games. There are plenty of different games to choose from, but you’ll want to make sure that the games you choose aren’t too difficult. It shouldn’t feel like work! What’s most important is that the games are fun and everyone can have a great time playing them.

Make it worthwhile for your virtual baby shower guests by offering prizes for winners. Also keep in mind that not everyone will be in the same time zone. A great way to accommodate this and still have fun playing games is to organize games where people can play in advance, just in case they can’t make it to the live event. That way everyone will get to participate and have a wonderful time.

8. Thank Your Guests

It’s up to you to decide if a handwritten note is needed or if an email thank you would suffice (I know Miss Manners may disagree, but I am actually living in this millennium with you). Either way, make sure you graciously accept your guests’ gifts and let them know you are also grateful for their participation in your long distance baby shower. We’ve even got some great thank you messages for you in an awesome cheat sheet for every occasion.

With a little bit of virtual baby shower etiquette, throwing an online baby shower can be a tactful and fantastic social alternative when pregnant moms and expecting parents are not geographically close to family and friends.

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Super Easy Tips for an Amazing Remote Baby Shower

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Are you planning an upcoming baby shower? With family and friends scattered across the globe, are you finding it difficult to gather everyone together at the same time and place? If that sounds like you, consider throwing a remote baby shower. WebBabyShower will show you how with our super easy tips! Also know how to have an awesome long distance baby shower!

Why Have a Remote Baby Shower?

The question is really – Why NOT have a remote baby shower???

First, you can easily include your long-distance family and friends, from Aunt Dorothy in Denver to your college bestie in Peru – all can attend, no matter their geographical location. With an online baby shower, there’s no guest list limit, whether you invite 5 people or 500!

A virtual baby shower also makes it easy to share all the pregnancy joy, plus all the pics and videos. What’s more, hosting a remote baby shower offers you the flexibility you need. For example, combining both an in-person shower and a remote event is a breeze!

An added perk? A remote baby shower will seriously reduce your party planning stress level. In a Treats with a Twist post, Melissa says her virtual shower was a blast, adding, “It gave me something to plan, but I didn’t have to cook a bunch of food for guests or stress about how messy my house is.”

Throw a Virtual Baby Shower So That Everyone Can Celebrate!

Free Trial – 7 Day Refund for any reason
• Only 1 Minute Setup!
• 20+ Custom Themes & Matching Invites
• Use Any Online Registries You Want
• Send Unlimited Matching Invites and Updates
• Private Video Hosting for everyone
• Baby Shower Games with Scoreboards, Give Prizes!

Build Your Shower

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When to Have a Remote Shower? 

When you throw a remote baby shower, you don’t have the stress of choosing the perfect time to host it. That means the timing is much more open than a traditional celebration. For those on bed rest or for military Mamas, a remote shower is the solution you’ve been looking for. WebBabyShower helps women like you every day! 

There really is no ideal time for an online baby shower bash. Some moms-to-be prefer to have them early in the second trimester, while others opt for a post-birth Sip & See. A remote baby shower allows you to have your shower in a timeframe that best suits your needs, as well as your personal preferences!

What is the Etiquette for a Remote Baby Shower?

When it comes to etiquette, above all else, a remote baby shower should honor the mom-to-be and her wishes. After all, this party is all about her and her new baby!

Make the guest list big! Take advantage of the inclusion a virtual shower offers, and don’t leave any loved ones out. 

The baby registry is on the website, so there’s no need to include that information in invites. 

With an online baby shower, you can opt to make it fully secure and password-protect the whole site for complete privacy. A private shower provides a more intimate vibe for you and your guests. And keep in mind, while a Facebook party is fun, it isn’t always so private. With a remote baby shower, you don’t have to choose. WebBabyShower ensures your celebration is both fun AND private! 

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How to have a Remote Baby Shower?

First, begin by creating a guest list, just like any shower. Include all the family and friends you want to celebrate your special day! If mailing invitations, instead of the usual RSVPs, Treats with a Twist included “advice cards” with a stamped, addressed envelope for a personal touch. 

Then gather your favorite pics, sonograms, videos – you name it! Your remote baby shower can be as individualized as you’d like, reflecting your own unique personality. Be careful, though, not to overdo it. Don’t bombard guests with a ton of photos and videos all at once. Online baby showers can take place over months, not days. So there’s plenty of time to share all your favorite pics!

Sign up for WebBabyShower. From the time you sign up, we’ll be with you every step of the way! We offer tons of helpful articles to get you started, as well as unique features, like over 20 custom themes for you to choose from. Plus, you’ll enjoy lots of freebies, including matching invitations and fun games. Yes, even if your baby shower is remote, you can still play games, like Bingo and Baby Word Scramble – with scoreboards – so get those prizes ready! Tisha Speaks suggests egift cards for “go-to shops, like Amazon.”

Don’t feel as if you have to plan the baby shower solo. Instead, invite some co-hosts to help you get things started! A Today’s Parent article says, “When you’re dealing with different time zones and schedules, it really helps to have two people to coordinate the event.” WebBabyShower makes it easy to add friends and family as co-hosts so that they can help you send invitations, add to your baby registry, and even manage your online shower.

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Ready to send out your baby shower invites? Go, you! Remember to encourage a specific action, so that guests will be more likely to be involved. For example, prompt your guests by suggesting they “Leave a note” or “Send a congratulations video.” Tisha Speaks has more virtual shower ice breaker tips! 

Pick a date for a live video chat if you want, especially if you are combining your online shower with an in-person shower.

Finally, send out updates as baby gets nearer. Your family and friends will want to keep up with you AND your new little one. WebBabyShower can serve as a way to privately keep people up to date all the way to the birth and beyond!

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Party On!

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning more about hosting a remote baby shower. With our super easy tips, throwing the perfect baby shower has never been easier – or more fun!

So what are you waiting for? Sign up at WebBabyShower, and we’ll help you get your party started. Let’s celebrate you AND your new baby!

Our Baby Shower Response to Coronavirus.

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You have options!

The pregnancy boards and chat rooms at What to Expect, The Bump, and many others have been full of women looking for baby shower alternatives due to coronavirus. 

WebBabyShower has helped thousands and thousands of families organize online baby showers for over a decade. We want to help out now by letting people know that they do have options.  

The Rebate

We’re creating a new rebate program for anyone looking for a safe yet intimate alternative baby shower due to coronavirus.

WebBabyShower has served an important niche for customers with family spread all over the map, or dealing with specific circumstances like bed rest, or military families on deployment. Often our customers mix an online shower with a smaller in-person gathering. It’s been a growing trend for over a decade as many women’s web of family and friends stretches across the country and overseas.

If you’re interested in our Coronavirus-related rebate, please drop us a line, and we’ll immediately send you a discount code that you can use on sign-up.

And if you are so inclined, please respond to the email with a note telling us about your situation, which we can share on this page, allowing other women to know that it’s not affecting just them and that they are not alone.

Every woman and pregnancy deserves to be celebrated. We wish you all a safe and beautiful Spring.

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I googled how to throw a virtual baby shower and a link from babypalooza.com stated it. I really appreciate this you have no clue! Thank you so much. So many things are being taken from us first time moms right now, and stress and anxiety and so high. You’re really doing a great thing!

– Tia Guerin

We are so sad not to be celebrating my daughter-in-laws shower in person, but realize it’s just not possible at this scary time when we are all sheltering in place. Thank you for creating this site so we ‘virtually’ celebrate the coming event! You even had a llama style to choose from, similar to the paper invitation we had already sent. 

– Tamara Bryan

I’m throwing a baby shower for my cousin who is due in July. I offered the idea of throwing one after the baby is born, but who knows how long this will take to blow over? I just want to show her she is loved and supported just as much as if we were there in person. 

– Breanne Hentschel

We bought a home in Vegas and decided to remodel it. Then we found out we were having a baby. With my family in San Francisco and his family in New Jersey, we were scheduled to have 3 baby showers in total. One with each of the families and then on in San Francisco for our friends from Los Angeles and San Francisco. We’ve cancelled all 3, as we just can’t safely travel even if and when the restrictions might lift, plus the size of the gatherings. 
We are grateful for our health of friends and family, and grateful that we can build a central place for everyone to gather and come together to keep everyone involved. 

– Megan Blattspieler

My shower was planned for January of this year, but my boys decided to come early so we had to reschedule. We planned again for April 18th, only to have a stay at home order put in place. Our venue cancelled on us on account of the Coronavirus so once again we had to change plans. I was so happy to find WebBabyShower because it is allowing all of my friends and family to be involved in welcoming the boys, and it is even letting more people be involved than we were originally planning, since distance is no longer a factor for participation. I was very happy to see how easy the site was to setup, and being able to personalize it has been fantastic. Thanks for making my baby shower happen, third time’s the charm!

– LeeAnn Kinsel

We began to realize that an in-person shower would not be available to us because of health guidelines due to COVID-19.  Therefore, we began researching creative ways that we could have a virtual baby shower. We discovered Web Baby shower and it was a great solution for a changing situation!  It provided an immediate calm knowing we could make it work no matter the changing scenario while keeping everyone healthy and the ability to reach further beyond the original invite list of local guests. It’s given folks something to do while being stuck at home.  Thanks for this creative celebration tool!

– Katie Stutts 

Thank you!
My daughter is expecting her little boy in May.  We had invitations out for her baby shower now for some time.  We were planning on a huge celebration at our church, but with the current situation and guidelines, we just don’t want to limit anyone from participating in the celebration.  We also want everyone to stay safe.

– Christi Lynn

First time mom here and I was so looking forward to my shower on April 5th to celebrate my baby boy Riley. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect it to never happen. I’ve been talking about it for months. I’ve held off on cancelling, giving myself false hope that I wouldn’t have to. But it recently became apparent that I had no choice but to cancel. I was immediately devastated, feeling robbed. Not only would I be missing out on fellowship with my friends and family during this special time, but almost all the items on my registry are still there! The possibility of getting to do some sort of alternative has truly lifted my spirits! 

-Sarah Newton

Infertility has robbed us of so much for years and when we finally got the chance to celebrate being pregnant we felt like we couldn’t. Web Baby Shower gave us back the opportunity to still celebrate our pregnancy in leu of an in person shower. The more we thought about, it was almost for the best because now those who are in other states can still join without having to travel or being upset that they couldn’t attend. We’re looking at it as a win win!

– Felisha Lees

I am due to have my first baby in May and my baby showers were scheduled for this month and next. With the onset of COVID-19 and all the precautions that we have taken as a nation, all of my showers were cancelled. Webbabyshower gave me the option to still conduct a baby shower without everyone physically being able to gather. After years of struggling with infertility, I have been looking forward to the day I could have my very own baby shower. This option has been a great assistance to me and really is playing a vital part in continuing life with some semblance of regularity in an unknown time. Thank you WebBaby Shower!

– Shannon Smith

We had to unfortunately cancel our in-person baby shower due to the current circumstances. It was very heartbreaking to do since this is my very first baby and would be my first shower. I also will miss out on having a work shower as well I’m a Kindergarten teacher and was looking forward to celebrating with my colleagues as well. However, since this is out of our control we have decided to do a virtual baby shower. Hopefully family and friends will understand and will join in with us. I’m due in Early June and hope I’ll have enough supplies for the baby. Glad we have found an alternative and can’t wait to use WeBabyShower.

-Mary TCharlotte, NC 

Hello! I am one of the many new moms that cannot have a traditional baby shower due to covid-19. I planned on flying home to have the party with family and friends next month when I wasn’t too pregnant to fly. My due date is in late June. While researching virtual showers your website popped up.  On the site it mentioned you are giving away a discount code because of the virus. I would really appreciate it if that is true.

I think webbaby is the closest to recreating the traditional baby shower for this first time mom.

– Danielle Pearson 

My name is Christina. My husband comes from a large Italian family (in which he will probably be the only one to continue the family name!), and family is the most important thing to him, but he is 100% infertile so IVF was our only option.  We have been trying for 5 long years with many disappointing egg retrievals, 1 chemical pregnancy, and a 3 more failed embryo transfers. All while my family reproduced like rabbits around us! On top of that, we are both only children and therefore having our parents first grandchild…no pressure, right?! Everyone has been looking forward to our baby shower for years and we don’t even know if they understand our shower cannot be in person. There’s a small chance we may be able to have a small shower closer to my due date in July, but we don’t want to take that risk and have no back up. We are hoping to figure out how to run a virtual shower and are so happy that there is a company that specializes and excels in it! We cannot wait to celebrate our baby girl with our families in a new and innovative way.

– Christina Piroso

Hi there,
I am planning a virtual baby shower for my beloved friend and coworker.  We are both ICU nurses, went to nursing school together, have worked in the same unit for years, and are pregnant with our first babies 2 weeks apart later this summer!  Since COVID, it has been difficult to feel all the exciting things that pregnancy offers, like having family over to help with the nursery or having the world see your bump.  I want to plan something special for my friend so that she knows how

– Anna McCord

The Best Tips for Baby Shower Invitation Wording

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You’re Invited! If you’re planning an upcoming virtual baby shower, odds are you’re probably going to mail invitations to invite family and friends. Or for a virtual baby shower, you may send an online invitation to guests. Creativity block? no worries we have the top 15 situations covered with multiple examples of baby shower invitation wording ideas for each.

Does it really matter? Yes, it does! That’s why we’ll help you sort out all the must-include details with our list of the best tips for baby shower invite card wording. Your invitations will look as if they were created by a pro!

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• Send Unlimited Matching Invites and Updates
• Private Video Hosting for everyone
• Baby Shower Games with Scoreboards, Give Prizes!

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Ready to Get Started? Before beginning, first settle on a few details. Start by choosing a color scheme for your invitations. Do you want traditional pink for girls or blue for boys? Or do you prefer a gender-neutral color?

When selecting your invitation, consider your baby shower theme. If your shower is a jungle theme, there are plenty of cute critters to choose from. For a travel theme, think airplanes, sailboats, or whimsical hot air balloons. Once you’ve made your selection, it’s time to move on to the wording. 

If you want to skip ahead to the different list of invitation wording:



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Invitation Card Template –  What to include in your Card

Wondering what to write on your baby shower invitation? It may be helpful to begin by making a list of details that you want to include. Some details may seem obvious, while others may be more personalized, such as baby’s name or gender.

Order – When it comes to writing on your invitations, it’s also important to consider the order of the details as they’ll appear on your invites. Now is the perfect time to brainstorm and make a basic invitation outline. Don’t stress too much. Have fun jotting down your ideas!

Looking for Printables? You’ll Love These Super Cute Printable Giraffe Baby Shower Invitations or this free and delightful Thank You Cards

What to Put in a Mailed Invite:

Date

Time

Location (Be specific, include directions if possible)

Food served, if any

Where the Mom-to-be is registered for gifts (optional)

RSVP information – Can guests call, text, or email their RSVP? Let them know!

Info for a Virtual Baby Shower Invite:

Who & What – Let guests know from the get-go who the celebration is for and that it’s a baby shower!

Shower URL – Make it easy for your guests by sharing an online invitation link.

First Step prompt for everyone (For more guest interaction, help people know how to engage at your virtual shower!)

Come leave a note – Encourage guests to leave notes of love and well wishes for you and baby.

See the bump pics – Show off that baby bump, so guests can keep up with your growing belly! 

Leave a well wishes video – Why not invite guests to create a personalized video? 

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Baby Shower Invite Wording Ideas for All Situations

List of topics. This is the fun part, where you can get creative and personalize your baby shower invitation! In fact, Mom Junction recognizes that people are “amazingly creative” with their baby shower invite wording.

So choose memorable wording that really stands out, while still reflecting your unique personality and style. We’ve created a list of 15 topics to help you get started!

1. For Girls: Let the world know that your little princess will soon be making her grand entrance.

1. “Hear ye, hear ye! Join us in celebrating the arrival of our new little princess.”

2. “She’s sugar and spice. Our new baby girl is everything nice!”

3. “Ponytails, tutus, ballerina twirls – did you guess? We’re having a girl!”

4. “More precious than diamonds, even rarer than a pearl. Our bundle of joy is a sweet baby girl!”

2. For Boys: Welcoming a baby boy into your home? Share the news with family and friends! 

1. “B is for baby, blue, and for boy – help us celebrate our bundle of joy!”

2. “Come join in the fun as we welcome our son!”

3. “Tractors, trains, and trucks – such joy! Help us welcome our new baby boy!”

4. “Our family is growing, the adventure’s begun. We’re proud to announce we’re having a son!”

3. Gender Neutral: If you’re not sure if baby will be a boy or a girl, or if you want to save the gender reveal surprise for guests until after baby arrives, here are some ideas for gender neutral invitations.

1. “Two tiny hands and two tiny feet. It won’t be long ‘til our baby we’ll meet!”

2. “A girl dressed in pink, or a boy wearing blue? It’ll be a surprise – for us and for you!”

3. “A sweet little princess, or a new cowboy? Come celebrate our bundle of joy!”

4. “Will it be a boy in blue or a girl in pink? We don’t know, what do you think?”

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4. For Twins: Double the fun with a baby shower bash for twins!

1. “We’re seeing double! Please help us celebrate the birth of our twins.”

2. “Double the trouble and double the joys. Come celebrate our new baby boys!”

3. “It’s two times the love! You are invited to our twins’ shower.”

5. Co-Ed: Welcome one and all to celebrate with a co-ed baby shower. 

1. “Why should moms have all the fun? Everyone is invited to our baby shower!”

2. “Come one, come all! We’re having a baby shower!”

3. “If you’re a dad, don’t be sad! All are invited to help us celebrate our baby’s birth.”

6. Virtual Baby Shower: Don’t let the miles separate your loved ones from the baby shower fun. Host a virtual baby shower for all to attend!

1. “Out-of-state doesn’t mean out of mind. Let’s celebrate together!”

2. “Love knows no distance. You’re invited to our virtual shower!”

3. “We may be living far apart, but you’re still close within our hearts. Come celebrate at our virtual baby shower!”

4. “Who cares about the miles when you’ve got baby smiles? Join us for our virtual shower!”

7. Sprinkle: Already have one baby? Or three? Skip the shower, have a sprinkle instead!

1. “No need for a shower, a sprinkle will do. You’re invited!”

2. “What do you do for baby number two? You have a baby sprinkle!”

3. “Let’s sprinkle the family with love. Come celebrate with us!”

8. Sip n See Invitation Wording: If baby has already arrived, why not celebrate with a Sip n See shower?

1. “We had our baby; she’s doing fine. Come see her and toast with wine!”

2. “We’ll have lots of fun welcoming baby, so dear. Come raise your glass and toast with cheer!”

3. “A bottle for baby, and a bottle for you. You’re invited to our Sip n See!”

4. “Please attend our Sip n See. Cheers!”

9. Skype Baby Shower Invite Wording: You won’t feel far away from family and friends with a Skype baby shower. 

1. “Want to see what’s up with the hype? You’re invited to our shower on Skype!”

2. “Look who’s almost here! See for yourself at our Skype baby shower.”

3. “Peek-a-boo, can we see you? Let’s celebrate together at our Skype baby shower!”

4. “Skype for a minute, or Skype for an hour. We hope you’ll attend our Skype baby shower!”

10. Facebook Baby Shower Invite Wording: Connecting with loved ones is super easy with a Facebook baby shower. 

1. “Log on to Facebook and take a look! You are invited to meet our new bundle of joy at our Facebook shower.”

2. “It’s a party, and you’re invited! Join us for our Facebook baby shower.”

3. “Make sure your cell phone has plenty of power. We hope to see you at our Facebook baby shower!”

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11. Funny: Show off your sense of humor with funny baby shower invitations.

1. “Turns out the stork IS real! Join us in welcoming our new bundle of baby joy.”

2. “Guess what??? We made a miniature human! Celebrate with us!”

3. “Before our lifetime sentence of parenthood begins, let’s have a party!”

12. Cute: Your family and friends will “Ooooh” and “Ahhhh” over your cute invitations!

1. “Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes. Let’s celebrate together as our family grows.”

2. “Oh, baby! We’re having a shower, and you’re invited!”

3. “Our new baby is coming soon. We hope you are too, because you’re invited to our shower!”

4. “We’re tickled pink! Join us as we celebrate the arrival of our new baby girl.”

13. Simple: Don’t have a lot to say? It’s okay!

1. “We’re having a baby shower bash! Come celebrate.”

2. “It’s a party! Join us for our baby shower.”

3. “Our little miracle will be here soon! Please come celebrate with us.”

14. Words to Parents: Personalize by replacing “Mom” and “Dad” with your name.

1. A new baby is on the way. Please join Mom and Dad on their special day!

2. B-A-B-Y! Mom and Dad are having a baby!

3. A new baby will be here soon, and Mom and Dad are over the moon. Let’s celebrate!

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15. Mother’s Safety/Healthy: Let everyone know that Mom and baby are healthy!

1. “Baby is here, and Mom is great. Come to our shower to celebrate!”

2. “Mom and baby are healthy and happy. They’d be even happier if you would celebrate with them!”

3. “The baby is well; his mommy is well. You’re invited to our shower!”

You Did It! Your baby shower invitations are ready to share with your family and friends. Now just wait for the RSVPs to roll in until it’s time for your big day!

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best tips for baby shower invite wording. For more helpful tips on all-things baby shower, be sure to check out more articles at WebBabyShower!


Easy Baby Shower Etiquette: The New Modern Guide to Fun

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Babies come with lots of questions. Questions of baby shower etiquette are usually among the first that you will face. Fortunately for you, the modern parent has lots of options!

There are about a million ways to be a great parent and just as many variations on throwing a great baby shower. And as experts who have hosted thousands of baby showers, you can be sure that our advice is tried and true. This handy guide will help you navigate the new, modern rules to creating a fun baby shower everyone is sure to love. From who pays, how long they should be and all the rest.  (but if your looking for an alternative to a baby shower here’s 9 ideas)


Skip Ahead to our Individual Tips for the Guest of Honor

  1. Who should host the baby shower?
  2. Can I throw my own baby shower?
  3. When should the baby shower be held?
  4. Baby shower guest list– who should be invited?
  5. Baby shower registry guide
  6. To unwrap or not, that is the question: opening gifts at the party
  7. RSVP 101
  8. Baby shower invitations
  9. When should I send the baby shower invitations?
  10. Food and bevies
  11. Should I choose a theme?
  12. Is it okay to throw a baby shower for a second child?
  13. Is a surprise baby shower a good idea?
  14. What happens during the baby shower?
  15. Baby shower games
  16. Keep your hands to yourself
  17. Breastfeeding talk
  18. So, when is the baby getting a sibling?
  19. Parenting advice

Baby Shower Tips for the Guest of Honor

#1 Who should host the baby shower?

Traditional:  Rules say that a family member or friend host the baby shower. You can certainly follow this rule but a great idea is to think about the reasoning behind it. Ask someone who you feel comfortable with, even if that’s a person who falls outside of the traditional rules. If you have a closer relationship with a parent, neighbor, or even yourself, feel free to ask that person to host.

Modern: When you move to online, who hosts, when it happens, and who pays,  and especially how long they last, all become very different questions. We find most WebBabyShower are purchased by an expecting mother or grandmother to be, but often managed by friends and family as co-hosts. Our system makes it easy to email invite people to help out ‘behind the scenes’.

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#2 Can I throw my own baby shower?

This is becoming more and more common, with more than 50% of virtual baby showers using our services being hosted by a parent-to-be. This is an area where the traditional rules are quickly changing in favor of flexibility. A virtual baby shower is a perfect way to allow everyone to participate in welcoming a new baby, and since it’s not in your house baby shower etiquette becomes much more flexible.

#3 When should the baby shower be held?

Traditional: There are a few things to think about when selecting a date for your baby shower. You want to be far enough along to enjoy the baby-themed treats and games. Many parents wait until they find out the gender of their baby so that they can incorporate it into the theme. But, you also need to consider how comfortable you will feel at the end of pregnancy. Shutterfly recommends having a baby shower sometime between the sixth and eighth month of pregnancy.

Modern: A virtual baby shower is typically ‘held’ over the course of a few weeks and offers incredible timing flexibility. This allows for maximum participation from guests, as they can sign in to leave a heartfelt message, play games, or share photos throughout the duration of the shower. You can incorporate an online shower with an in-person no problem.

Most showers have a live video chat element that is scheduled and this is both much easier to fit into everyone’s weekend plans and your invitation list just changed completely! BFF just moved to Iceland? No problem.

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#4 Baby shower guest list– who should be invited?

Traditional: Start by making a list of people who you want to be a part of your baby’s life. Close family and friends are a great place to start. You may be limited by space at your venue, so consider that when you think about how many people you plan to invite.

Modern: The guest list changes completely. Can’t feed 119 people? No problem. A modern baby shower can even include guests separated from remote locations. Virtual baby showers allow out-of-town guests to participate, either through games, photos, timelines, guest books, or tuning in to a live feed of the shower. Invite everyone and skip the baby shower etiquette ‘who gets invited’ game.

#5 Baby shower registry guide

Online registries are a new mandatory part of celebrations. If your undecided check out our guide to the best baby shower registries including universal ones, which might surprise you.

Critics argue registries are akin to asking for gifts. But remember a baby shower is designed to shower mom and dad with love and help them prepare for a baby. The vast majority of guests appreciate being directed to a specific list of what will help the parents-to-be the most.

Registries also make it easy to ship gifts directly to the recipient, something that guests surely appreciate. Parents.com recommends including registry information somewhere other than the invitation and not pressuring guests to only use the registry when selecting a gift.

Registries are also a practical tool for parents-to-be to use. Many have suggested lists that will help parents make sure they are prepared for baby’s arrival. Most offer discounts on items that are left on the list; this can be a huge financial help to parents-to-be who may still need essential baby gear after their shower is complete.

WebBabyShower has the option to add any online gift registry you want to your virtual shower, or remove them completely. Looking for the most popular baby shower gifts, we’ve go that covered with real life examples.

#6 To unwrap or not, that is the question: opening gifts at the party

Baby clothes and gifts are just the cutest! Everyone loves to see the adorable onesies, tiny socks, and little toys. Should you plan on opening the gifts at the party for everyone to fawn over? It depends, lets get into your baby shower gift etiquette questions.

If your shower is a small or even medium-sized affair, go ahead and open presents if that’s how you want to celebrate. For large groups, unwrapping presents at the actual shower may present a logistics challenge, and some people choose not opening gifts at the baby shower. If you are hosting a virtual baby shower, opening presents is still possible and oh-so-much fun. Ask guests who want to send gifts to do so ahead of the event to shower the mother-to-be with love and gifts, with the instructions to wait to open them until the live event. You will love the anticipation that builds!

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#7 RSVP 101

Traditional: Hosting a baby shower? You should expect to get the RSVPs from guests. Make sure to provide your contact info, whether phone, email, or both, to make it easy for guests to let you know if they are able to attend. Virtual baby showers or showers using electronic invitations make it easy for guests to mark if they plan on attending. It also makes it easy to for you as the host to keep track of who to expect. Services like Evite, Minted, or Paperless Post have a variety of adorable electronic invitations!

Modern: Baby Shower RSVP sending is built right into the system, you can send great designs right from your account with our email tracking feature, or use your personal email, it’s super easy and completely up to you.

#8 Baby shower invitations

Traditional: Invitations are the first thing that your guests will see about your shower and offer the perfect chance to set the tone for a fun and festive event. You can choose to send paper invitations, electronic invites, or a hybrid. Sites like postable.com allow you to select and customize your cards online, then do all the work of getting them in the mail for you.

Need some inspiration for just what to write in your invitations? Stay tuned for our guide for the perfect baby shower invitation wording.

Modern: Baby Shower RSVP and invitations are all wrapped into one service, though you’ll still be in charge of your baby shower invite wording if you want to get flowery. (we tend to go with ‘Having a Party!’ lol)   Want to know when guests are participating in games, uploading pics or video? You can get alerts for that as well.

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#9 When should I send the baby shower invitations?

Traditional: When to send baby shower invites? We recommend sending out your invitations four weeks in advance of the event, Thebump.com does as well. This allows guests enough time to make plans to attend and is a guide to when should baby shower invites go out. If your wondering when to have a baby shower we’ve got you covered, then just walk the invite send date back from then.

Modern: A web baby shower can be a little bit more flexible, as guests are able to log in over the span of days or weeks to participate. However, keep in mind the response to email invites is often immediate!  So send them when you ready, not ‘about to be ready’. Any event with a live portion, whether in-person or virtual, should include invitations sent out with enough notice for guests.

#10 Food and bevies

Food and drinks are a great place to showcase your baby shower theme. Whether you serve light bites or a full meal, let your creativity shine! Delish.com has great ideas for appetizers that your guests are sure to love while they mingle and enjoy the party. Not sure if you should serve alcohol at a baby shower? If that’s something that your guests will enjoy, go for it! Just make sure to include a tasty mocktail for those not indulging and you are sure to have a great time.

#11 Should I choose a theme?

Traditional: This is entirely up to you and the guest-of-honor; consider what you will have fun putting together. If you’re having fun, so will your guests. Popular choices include jungle themes, safari animals, and, of course, elephants! If you’d like to use a theme but aren’t sure where to start, you can purchase a package that has all of the things you may need–decorations, plates, games.

If you’re not into themes, don’t feel like you have to force it. As long as you have a fun environment full of love, your party is sure to be a hit.

Modern: Themes are alive and well and easy to edit. No standing on ladders required!

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#12 Is it okay to throw a baby shower for a second child?

Traditional: New babies are always something to celebrate and a baby shower is a great way to do that. A baby “sprinkle” is becoming a popular choice to celebrate a second or third child. With a smaller event, the focus can be on the guest-of-honor and new baby. Instead of gifts, invite guests to bring meals for the freezer or gift them with babysitting or housekeeping help after the baby arrives.

Modern: Virtual baby showers are another way to keep the focus on family and close friends who are eagerly anticipating baby’s arrival. If you do want to throw a full, traditional baby shower for a second or third child, go right ahead! Any way that celebrates the arrival of the new little one is perfect.

#13 Is a surprise baby shower a good idea?

If the guest-of-honor likes surprise parties, a baby shower is a great opportunity to throw an epic event while letting mom-to-be relax and enjoy her pregnancy. A virtual baby shower can also be a surprise. Have guests send gifts ahead of time to the host, rather than the guest-of-honor. When it’s time for the big surprise, all the host needs to do is bring the gifts over and let the party get started!

#14 What happens during the baby shower?

This is another question that is left entirely to the host and guest-of-honor to decide. Popular activities include playing baby-themed games, enjoying food and drinks, opening gifts, and just enjoying the company of friends and family. The important thing to remember is to have fun. Whatever helps your guests, and most importantly the parents-to-be, have a good time is a great baby shower activity.

#15 Baby shower games

Many guests will expect to play some baby shower games at the party. But don’t feel that you are limited to the “traditional” baby shower games if they don’t seem fun to you. Any party game, such as charades or trivia, can be given a special “baby” spin. Fit Pregnancy has a list of fun baby shower games guaranteed to have your guests laughing. And we’ve got some printable games to get you started.

Make sure you check with the mom-to-be about what types of games she would like to play. Not all pregnant women appreciate guests using string to guess how big their belly has become. Just like with most aspects of a baby shower, the most important rule to follow when it comes to games is to have fun!

WebBaby shower builds options for different games right into the experience and allows games like guess the ‘baby photo game’ to be played over weeks.

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#16 Keep your hands to yourself

One of the most awkward and frustration-inducing scenarios for an expectant mother is the unwanted belly rub. Maybe she’s self-conscious or not feeling well; maybe she’s just plain uncomfortable. No matter the reason, assume that she would rather not be touched unless she invites you. The same goes for comments about the size of her belly, including any that compare her to a large animal, no matter how cute. Trust us on this piece of etiquette advice!

#17 Breastfeeding talk

Planning on nursing? Formula? On demand? Mom-to-be has probably thought through all of these things, but that doesn’t mean she knows the answer. The reality is that it will depend on a lot of factors that she may not know yet, including her delivery, the needs of her baby, and her own needs.

If she wants to share her thoughts on the subject, listen as a friend and supporter. Lauren Conrad’s team knows that if expectant parents want to share, they will. Otherwise, just let their personal choices remain personal.

#18 So, when is the baby getting a sibling?

Many guests may be curious about mom and dad’s plans to expand their already growing family. It’s such a fun thought to imagine little tots running around. But it may be something that the new family doesn’t have planned out yet. Most parents, especially first-time parents, are probably just getting ready to welcome one new bundle into their lives. Let mom and dad take it one baby at a time.

#19 Parenting advice

If your a parent now, remember the feeling you had when you were about to be one? Excitement, fear, general overload? Offering unsolicited parenting advice is a general no-no but is especially unwelcome at a baby shower, it’s a party not a stress-fest. Even WebMD warns guests of giving advice before they are asked. If mom or dad asks for advice, feel free to give it. But be wary of overloading them with all kinds of scenarios and advice that they may not want. Every baby is different and every parent has to make their own decisions regarding their parenting choices. The best thing you can do is shower everyone will love and support.

Was this list helpful in answering your baby shower etiquette questions? Whether you are the guest-of-honor, host or hostess, or a guest, you can be sure that our tips will help you feel comfortable and confident at your party. After all, we’ve hosted all kinds of baby showers! Ready for your modern, virtual baby shower? Sign up to get started planning the party of your baby-filled dreams!

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Who Pays for a Baby Shower?

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Welcome to the club, moms and dads! With the announcement of a new baby’s impending arrival come so much excitement and so many questions. Who should host and plan the shower? How long do they go? What are the etiquette rules when it comes to covering the costs? Who pays for a baby shower?

This article will help you decipher traditional etiquette rules of cost, find out what is trending today, and help you choose the right arrangement for your situation and who might be paying. Most importantly, get ready to have a fantastic time at your baby shower. We have hosted thousands of showers, and who pays might surprise you!

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Traditional etiquette rules

Many parents want to respect traditional etiquette rules when it comes to their baby shower. They may feel that their guests expect and appreciate this. When the guests will span multiple generations, it can be helpful to have a set of “rules” to follow that will conform to these expectations.

Traditionally for an in-person shower, a friend or relative hosts the baby shower and pays for the costs. But this is changing fast!

Generally, the expecting mom is kept free of the traditional baby shower, but honestly, this is not really common now. But if that’s your game for sure check out our baby shower checklist.

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Who’s the Host?

It is appropriate for a friend or more distant relative, such as a cousin or aunt, to act as the host. The main rule is that the parents-to-be do not host, as it can be interpreted as throwing themselves a party and asking for gifts.

Upending the rules for a modern baby shower

It’s also okay to throw the traditional etiquette “rules” out the window. Every family is different and has their own comfort level about paying for things such as baby showers.

Old baby shower rules are based on in person events at a resturant or home, who pays is not really relevant online, but who ‘runs’ it might be in your social group.

Grandparents are often the ones to throw the event so they may want to pay for it, too. This allows them to throw the event that they dream of for their new little grandchild without having to consult a shared budget. Parents.com states that close family members, such as “a sister, mother-in-law, or even the guest-of-honor’s mother” are throwing baby showers more often today.

If the parents-to-be are the ones who want to pay for the shower, whether they plan the event or not, that’s also perfectly okay!

Friends and extended family may want to assist the host in throwing the baby shower. It is okay to talk to these people about helping out financially. This can take some of the financial burden off of the host as well as give others the chance to be involved.

Help is Welcome

Some people even prefer to assist in the cost of the shower rather than buy a gift that the parents may not even want or need. This can come in the form of money given to the host to assist in their plan or taking one of the tasks, such as party favors or the food, off of the host’s plate financially and in execution.

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Virtual baby showers are different

If you are planning a shower that spans the country or even the globe, a virtual gathering might be the perfect solution. With a virtual shower, you have increased flexibility when it comes to the etiquette of paying for the event.

The online shower is setup to have guests participate in a variety of ways, such as signing a guest book, leaving messages for the parents-to-be, or participating in live calls. It becomes less important who is footing the bill and more about getting to connect with friends and family separated by distance.

It might surprise you, but here at WebBabyShower 60% of virtual baby showers are paid for by the new grandparents, while the remaining 40% are paid for by the expectant parents or a close friend. This arrangement makes a lot of sense for this type of event.

An Online Shower is Inexpensive

A virtual shower is a great way to the guest-of-honor’s community of loved ones to connect; it is appropriate that the guest-of-honor or a close family member to facilitate this outpouring of love. When the virtual shower includes an in-person gathering or two, as well, it works out well for a host to pay for that gathering or for those attending to contribute to the celebration. Lanielou00 shared on What To Expect’s message board for everyone to “focus on the celebration!” What a great way to welcome a new baby to the world!

Remember it’s a Party!

Whether you choose to follow the traditional etiquette rules or find a more modern arrangement, the important thing to remember is to have fun at your baby shower. Celebrating the arrival of a new baby is a fun and festive event. Spending time with friends and family is a great chance to shower the parents-to-be with love and get everything ready for the new little one. Check out this article for everything you need to know about virtual baby shower etiquette. Welcome baby!

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Sources:

Parents Magazine’s A Quick Etiquette Guide to Baby Celebrations

Amazingpregnancy.com’s Who Pays for the Baby Shower?

What To Expect April 2012 Baby Forum, Who is Supposed to Pay for the Baby Shower?

17 Baby Shower Thank You Card Wording Examples for Every Situation

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Believe it or not, I love writing thank you cards! Ok I know it sounds crazy.. but it gives me a chance to express how much I appreciate everything that my family and friends have done. After my baby shower, it was even more special because I was able to thank them for the love they showered on my growing family.

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But sometimes it can be hard to think of just the right baby shower thank you card wording that shows the gift giver how much their kindness meant. Check out these tips and wording examples for thank you cards that are sure to delight! We crafted these custom writing samples at WebBabyShower just for you.

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If you want to skip ahead to the phrasing examples for each situation:

  1. Thank you to the host example
  2. Thank you from baby example
  3. Thank you for co-workers
  4. Thank you for those who couldn’t attend
  5. Thank you for a group gift
  6. Thank you for a financial gift
  7. Thank you for diapers
  8. Thank you for attending
  9. Thank you for the unexpected gift

5 Key Baby Shower Thank You Card Wording General Tips

1. Make it personal

There are times for one-size-fits-all thank you cards but a baby shower is not one of them. When writing your thank you cards, start by addressing it to the individual you are thanking. Starting with a simple Dear and their name is a no-fail way to make your card personal.

You can also go the extra mile and purchase personalized stationery or thank you cards that match the theme of your shower. There are tons of creative options available at online craftsmen retailers such as Etsy or more traditional stationery available at Papersource, Shutterfly, or your local craft store.

2. Mention the gift

Another way to make the gift giver feel very special and know that their gift really meant something to you is to tell them how you will use it.

A diaper genie might not be the cutest present you will open, but it will become one of your most appreciated items when baby arrives. Let the person who gifted you one know how much you love the possibility of a stink-free future. Do you love the onesie supporting your favorite sports team? Tell the giver how you plan to take your new baby to a game next season.

Including this personal touch shows the gift giver that you took the time to think about how you will use their gift and that you truly appreciate their thoughtfulness.

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3. Include a photo

If baby has made an early arrival or you had a baby shower at the end of your pregnancy, feel free to include photos of baby using the gift. Not only will they love that you went the extra mile to thank them, they will feel included in your family circle. This is an especially thoughtful gesture for those who may be far away and not able to see baby often.

Guests will likely display your photo in a prominent place where they can smile at your little cutie every time they see it. Photo services such as Shutterfly, Snapfish, or even drugstores like CVS and Walgreens make it easy to have printed photos sent directly to your home.

4. Make future plans

Guests who attend your baby shower are there to shower you and your new family with love and support. They are probably just as excited to do the same for your new baby. It is nice to mention a future opportunity for your guests to meet your little one in your note.

This can be as specific or general as you feel comfortable with; guests understand the sometimes unpredictable nature of parenthood. They will appreciate the invitation to follow up with you once you settle into your new role and meet the baby.

5. End on a high note

Just as including a nice personal greeting at the beginning of your note is important, ending with a thoughtful closing can go a long way to help show your appreciation. A common choice for baby shower thank you card wording that is always appropriate is to end with Sincerely and your name.

With Appreciation is nice for thank you cards and strikes the right balance between formal and personal for guests such as co-workers or more distant relatives. Fondly or even Love is personal for close family and friends. Hallmark’s card writers have compiled a list of warm closings to help you end your card just right.

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Who should write the thank you card?

In general, the person receiving the gift should be the one to write the thank you card. But even the most advanced newborn has yet to master the art of the thank you 🙂  The new parents are expected to thank guests, as they are the ones using the gift to care for and nurture their new baby.

If the new parents are experiencing a hardship, such as medical issues following the delivery, it can be appropriate for a close friend or relative to send out thank you cards. Make sure that the new parents are involved, even if it just means mentioning that they appreciate the support and understanding of the gift giver during a difficult time, as well as their gift.

Who should get a special phone call?

It is nice to thank people for extremely generous gifts with a phone call in addition to a thank you card. If a guest gifted you with an expensive gift, such as a high-end stroller or crib, a phone call is a good way to let them know how much you appreciate the gift as well as let them know you received it, if it was sent via mail.

Another instance where a phone call is a nice gesture is when the gift is extremely personal. It is hard to adequately express your thanks in a note for the gift of a family heirloom, such as a baby quilt made by a deceased relative or rocking chair that has been handed down through generations. A phone call will help you make that personal connection with the gift giver.

It should be noted that a thank you phone call does not take the place of a thank you note, which should still be sent to all guests. In Theknot.com’s forum on thank you phone calls, posters overwhelmingly noted the benefits of thank you notes for the convenience of the gift givers and the opportunity to share them with everyone who was a part of the gift.

When to send a virtual thank you

If you have had your baby shower virtually, it may make more sense to thank your guests online. This is especially true when your shower was held over the course of a few days or weeks. Send an email to each guest, just as you would a handwritten note. Virtual thank you notes also make it easier to set up future playdates or get-togethers, as recipients can just reply to put plans in motion.

Consider your audience when choosing the best way to thank your guests. It is okay to send handwritten notes to those who would prefer them and go the email route for guests who are more tech-savvy. It is this attention to detail that shows your guests that you not only appreciate their gift– you also appreciate them and what they bring to both your life and your baby’s.

Creative thank you cards

Think back to the theme of your baby shower when sending your thank you cards. If you had a luau-themed bash, craft thank you cards in the shape of Hawaiian leis. If you had a special character theme, such as a teddy bear or rubber ducky, look for ribbon with similar accents to embellish your cards.

Hand lettering is another popular option. It can take time and practice to master, so make sure you have some extra cards on hand in case you need a few re-dos. Clementine Creative Design has compiled a list of excellent hand lettering tutorials.

Shutterfly also recommends including photos from the shower in your thank you. Guests will love the reminder of the wonderful time they had celebrating. If you had a photo booth set up at the shower, a thank you card is the perfect opportunity to share fun (and funny) photos with guests.

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7 Great Baby Shower Thank You Card Examples

#1 Thank you to the host

Start your list of thank yous with the person who put it all together– the host! Show them how grateful you are for their kindness and generosity with a heartfelt thank you note. In this case, consider sending a small token of your appreciation such as flowers or a sweet treat that they can enjoy.

Thank you for the love that you showed to me and my new family when you hosted my baby shower. I am so grateful to have you in my life and with me to welcome my new baby very soon.

#2 Thank you from baby

It can feel strange to write a thank you card on behalf of someone who does little more than drool, but it is a good habit to model for your child as they grow up. Guests will get a chuckle from the card they receive from your newborn. Play it up and really get into “character” for a truly personal thank you note.

Thank you for my new outfit–I love it so much that I pooped myself! I made sure that my mom washed it right away so that I could wear it again as soon as possible. All of the other babies at the park thought I was so cool. Thank you again!

#3 Thank you for co-workers

Take your time when writing a thank you note to professional colleagues. If it is illegible, it will make it hard for co-workers to take you seriously when you return to work.

It is also nice to acknowledge your eventual return to work. Even in the most supportive of offices, your co-workers are probably eagerly anticipating your return. Don’t make it an awkward omission in your thank you note. Rather, mention how much you appreciate this time you get to spend with your baby.

Thank you for the baby washcloths and towels for little Ben. So far, he is loving getting baths in the sink and we love to see him all wrapped up afterwards. I love that I get to spend this time bonding with him but am looking forward to seeing everyone back at the office when I return.

#4 Thank you for those who couldn’t attend

You may think you should only thank those who attended your baby shower but it is equally important to thank those who were unable to be there in person. Show that you understand their absence and are looking forward to seeing them at another opportunity.

Thank you for the stroller toys that you sent for Clara. We missed you at the shower but can’t wait to get together soon. Hopefully you will be able to meet Clara soon when she makes her big arrival!

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#5 Thank you for a group gift

It is nice to send individual thank you notes to everyone who went in on a group gift. It can get tiring to write out a lot of thank you notes but the effort and thought that each person put into the gift should be acknowledged.

The exception to this is when the group is especially large and shares a space, such as an office, where a thank you note could be displayed. Southern Living recommends using a pen that won’t smudge or bleed. This is especially true when you know the note will get passed among many hands, such as a group gift.

Thank you for the Pack N’Play! It is such a generous gift and one that we will be sure to use often. We appreciate the time that everyone took to arrange such a wonderful gift.

#6 Thank you for a financial gift

The Emily Post Institute recommends including how you intend to use the gift of money when thanking the giver. The same is true of gift cards. If you don’t have anything specific in mind yet, don’t be afraid to let them know you plan to use it on everyday expenses. Any parent knows how diapers, wipes, and baby food adds up!

Thank you for your generous gift for our new baby. We have set up a college savings account for our little guy and are so thrilled to be able to make our first contribution to his future. Harvard, here we come!

#7 Thank you for diapers

As a new parent you will soon be going through more diapers than you ever imagined. That’s probably why they are such a popular baby shower gift– you can never have too many! Don’t be afraid to add a little humor when thanking someone for diapers. After all, there’s no getting away from the eventual contents they will hold!

Thank you for the diapers! We have heard from other parents how reliant we will be on them very, very soon. If you would like to come give us a “tutorial” on how to use them after our baby arrives, feel free!

Did you enjoy learning all about baby shower thank you notes and how to write them? You will love sharing your appreciation with your family and friends through thank you cards even more. With these ideas and your personal touch, they are sure to love receiving your gratitude as well.

#8 Baby Shower Thank You for Attending

Thank you so much for attending my recent baby shower. It was such a pleasure to be surrounded by loving friends who want the best for me and my family! And I can’t wait for you to meet our little one, once she’s safely here in our arms!

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#9 Thank You for Unexpected Gift
 
Thank you so much for the diaper bag you sent – it came as such a delightful surprise! I know it will come in very handy once our little one makes her way into the world. I’m so excited for you to meet her soon!
 

When Should You Have a Baby Shower?

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Nothing says, “Welcome Baby!” quite like a baby shower. Family and friends come together in person, virtually, or a combination of both, to celebrate the arrival of a new little one. It is an excellent opportunity to shower the parents-to-be with support and love as they grow their family. But it can get confusing as to when it’s the ideal time to host a baby shower, and we’ve designed our online baby shower plans to solve this.

When to Have a Baby Shower?

That’s the question. Is there such a thing as having it too early? Too late? What about a virtual shower, andwho pays? Read on for some things to think about when scheduling your baby shower. You’ll be sending out those invitations in no time! We’ve also got you covered on a modern guide to baby shower etiquette.

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Setting a Date for When Should a Baby Shower be Held

Traditionally, baby showers are held in the third trimester of pregnancy. The beginning of the third trimester, from 28 to 32 weeks, is a great time for a baby shower! This is a solid start to planning a baby shower.

Mom-to-be is still comfortable and mobile enough to enjoy herself but far enough along to be getting excited about the very real and near prospect of holding her newborn. Sannice1979 shared some truth on thebump.com that:

“You want to be able to enjoy it as well as have the energy to deal with everything afterwards.”

Dads are often getting more enthusiastic at this point, as well. The physical reminder of a baby bump that squirms and kicks helps them connect with their unborn child in new ways.

This is also a great time for parents to receive and open their gifts. Little onesies will need to be washed and put away in time for the baby, who may choose to arrive earlier than the “due date.”

Larger items, such as cribs and car seats, can also be put together and installed without waiting until the last minute. Having a shower earlier on in the third trimester allows mom and dad to return duplicate items, as well as pick up things they still need, while they are still able to get around easily.

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When Should You Have an Online Baby Shower?

A virtual shower has the huge added benefit of flexibility; it can be held at roughly the same time in pregnancy as a traditional shower or earlier if you’d prefer. Rather than setting one specific date and hoping that guests are free, guests from all over the globe can participate over a few days or even weeks. This allows for maximum participation, and even more, love showered on the parents-to-be.

While almost 60% of our customers are expecting mothers, that means 40% are friends, grandmothers, or aunts. And guess what? They tend to start this baby shower planning process much earlier. (Something to do with free time!) That’s why our base plan is 6 months, and our premium plan is a whole 12 months!

Extra consideration for an online shower should be taken when planning any live events, such as 

video calls or chats. If guests are joining from vastly different time zones, try to choose a time that is within waking hours for everyone.

Guests will understand if they need to wake up a little early or stay up a little late, but they may not be so happy about a chat scheduled for 2 AM. The priority consideration should go to the parents-to-be, as they need all the rest they can get before the baby arrives. Mom’s energy may also be starting to wane, so allowing her much-needed rest is super important.

Special Circumstances to How Many Hours

There are always cases where traditional guidelines do not apply. If that applies to you, feel free to bend the guidelines to make the parents-to-be comfortable. Family and friends are there to support you, not judge. If they know your situation, they are probably even expecting some deviation from the norm likehow long the shower should last.

Twins or multiples Moms of multiples often delivery early, either because their medical professional recommends it or because the babies simply run out of womb room and are ready to see the world! Having an earlier baby shower, such as toward the end of the second trimester, for twins or multiples is entirely normal.

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Pregnancy complications– If mom has experienced some complications that necessitate bed rest or limited activity, this should impact the baby shower plans. It may mean an earlier shower to accommodate an earlier delivery or just simply limiting the number of guests or activities at the shower. Whatever the case, the most important thing is to keep mother and baby safe.

Family gatherings– If the timing of your shower falls close to a holiday or other family event, consider having the shower while guests from out-of-town are together. This can help create a hybrid virtual and in-person shower, where two groups get together in person and join virtually to create a mega shower. Guests will be glad to celebrate the new baby earlier or later than traditionally expected if it means that they can be together.

Religious or cultural practices– Some religions and cultures wait to celebrate a new baby until after he or she is born. This may also just be the preference of the parents-to-be. If this is the case for the expectant couple, guests should respect their traditions and beliefs. Instead, shower the parents and baby with love and gifts after the delivery. This has the added benefit of having the baby in attendance as the guest of honor.

To Have a Baby Shower Before or After?

According toWhat to Expect, there is no “right time” to hold your baby shower. The best date and time to plan this joyous event is ultimately a personal decision – when it feels like the right time to celebrate – to you! Keep reading for reasons parents-to-be may decide to hold a baby shower early in the pregnancy and why some wait until after delivery when baby can join the party too. 

Possible Reasons for an Early Baby Shower

Although many expectant parents opt to have their baby shower early on in the third trimester, there are several reasons why holding a shower even earlier than the “traditional” timeframe may be beneficial for you. For example, in the second trimester, you’re usually past the morning sickness stage and aren’t feeling overly tired. 

That means you feel up to socializing with your guests! An early baby shower also gives you plenty of time to buy the items you weren’t gifted at the shower. Plus, you’ll likely still have plenty of energy for shopping!

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For many moms, hosting a shower in the early- to mid-third trimester is simply a matter of personal preference. If that sounds like you, it gives you an opportunity to finish setting up your gift registry before baby’s arrival. And as What to Expect suggests, you can make sure the nursery is prepared in advance by checking these to-dos off your list: Unpack shower gifts, Set up the crib and nursery, and Wash baby’s new clothes. 

A third reason for an early baby shower is that, if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, you can have your shower well before there may be bed rest restrictions. You’ll also likely avoid the risk of coinciding your shower with an early delivery.

After Baby Arrives – Reasons for a Sip & See Baby Shower

Thinking of holding your baby shower later in your pregnancy? There are definitely some pros that come along with waiting until baby arrives. Once you welcome a baby into the world, celebrating with your family and friends is one way to keep the excitement building all the way through your pregnancy and even after delivery. Plus, who doesn’t love a Sip & See shower where baby can be passed around? Just remember the hand sanitizer!

And since everyone wants to meet the baby, having your shower with the baby as the guest of honor enables you to make sure everybody has the opportunity to do so – all at once! That can help reduce surprise visits by guests who want to drop by later to see the baby when you just want some quiet time. 

An after-delivery shower also enables you to know more details about your new little one, such as his or her gender, weight, and length. For your shower guests, this totally takes the guesswork out of buying gifts! 

A General Timing Guide to Consider

The Spruceadvises not holding the baby shower too early, or too late. If you are more than 20 weeks into your pregnancy, congratulations! And if you’re ready to celebrate with family and friends, feel free to begin sending out invitations. After the 32-week mark, it’s perfectly acceptable to hold the shower if you are still feeling ready to party and haven’t yet made it to 38 weeks. 

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How to Know if You’re Baby Shower Ready

Thinking of holding your shower, but not sure if you’re baby shower ready? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • First, select a date and time for your baby shower. 
  • If planning an early shower, the new mom-to-be has plenty of time to organize the gifts and send out thank-you notes.
  • For a later shower, mom can still comfortably socialize with guests, without feeling overly tired or experiencing any pre-delivery complications.
  • You’ve checked with key family and friends, and their schedules are clear for baby shower day.
  • The venue you’ve selected is available. Or consider hosting an online baby shower – with us!

A baby shower is a joyous occasion filled with fun, laughter, and lots of love for a growing family. Having your baby shower at the right time can help you celebrate without worry or discomfort, yet with plenty of time to get those last-minute details ready for the new baby’s impending arrival. Virtual options offer even more flexibility. Whatever you decide, you’ll be sure to be welcoming a baby to a home filled with love, laughter, and gifts thanks to your generous family and friends. Now it’s time to get celebrating!


How Long Should a Baby Shower Be?

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Nothing is more fun than celebrating parents-to-be and getting ready to welcome a new baby. It can also be exhausting. Games, food, and lots of love are so important to show the growing family how excited everyone is but how long should it go on? Is there a time limit? When to have the shower? How long exactly should a baby shower be?

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How long should a traditional & virtual baby shower be?

A virtual baby shower is a unique opportunity to truly customize the baby shower experience. An online event can include multiple parts, each with its own flair and duration.

Let’s start with the lead up to the live-event baby shower. Online hosts can provide games, guest books, and other fun activities for days or even weeks leading up to the main event. Guests can play or leave a message for the parents-to-be at their own leisure. This allows guests from all different time zones to participate.

The live portion of a virtual baby shower is usually short and sweet, an hour to an hour and a half. Game winners can be announced, gifts can be opened, and general merriment can be had by all. Keep this portion of the baby shower lively and moving quickly to prevent any awkward lulls that can put a damper on the party spirit.

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How long should a baby shower at a restaurant or venue be?

Baby showers hosted at a restaurant or other venue can vary in length but is almost always dictated by the policies of the venue. If you are renting a hall or other facility, you will probably only have the space for a certain amount of time. Talk to the manager to see what they recommend. Chances are they have seen what works and what doesn’t.

Generally, two hours is a good estimate. It allows guests to mingle, play some games, and enjoy the food. You may also want to consider parking restrictions near your venue. Nothing is worse than having to pause the party to go feed a parking meter.

The length of time that you have may dictate what sort of food you serve. Babycenter’s online forum is full of examples from moms who had long baby showers because they served a full meal. If you only have the space for a couple of hours, you may want to opt for appetizers or light fare rather than a full sit-down meal.

How long should a “no gifts” baby shower be?

Some people are uncomfortable opening presents at their shower or simply wish to spend their time doing other things. Sometimes there are too many guests to spend hours opening all of the presents.

If the guests of honor have specifically requested that no gifts be given, or if they decided to open their gifts in private, the baby shower length will be impacted. Gift giving usually takes around an hour. With a “no gifts” shower, this is a time that can be spent on other activities or shorten the length of the shower.

Shutterfly recommends estimating how long each aspect of the shower will take, such as games, food, and mingling. Don’t forget to allow some extra time at the beginning for those running a little behind to arrive.

How long should a traditional baby shower be?

Traditional Baby Shower Length

A traditional, in-person baby shower pulls out all the stops. Games, food, and opening gifts are all part of the fun but can run long. Check with the guests of honor to see what they feel comfortable with and adjust if needed.
Parent’s magazine recommends a shower last three hours at the most. Don’t be surprised if not all guests can stay for the entire duration of a particularly long baby shower.

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So how long should a baby shower be? The answer is– it depends. Whether you host a virtual, venue, no gift, or traditional baby shower, consider the needs of the parents-to-be and guests. There may be a limit on time and energy for a baby shower but the love that is showered on the new little one is endless.


Babycenter’s Forum, “How long is the typical baby shower?” (https://community.babycenter.com/post/a28523257/how_long_is_the_typical_baby_shower)

Shutterfly, “How Long Should a Baby Shower Last?”

(https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/how-long-should-a-baby-shower-last/)

Parent’s Magazine, “The Modern Baby Shower: 6 Things You Need to Know” (https://www.parents.com/baby/shower/planning/modern-baby-shower/)