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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.”

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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!

How to Make Keeping in Touch with Long-Distance Family Easy

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Long gone are the days when families lived just down the street from each other. In today’s world, families may not reside in the same state – or country – even. Instead, they are scattered all across the planet!

Especially during pregnancy, don’t let the miles come between you and your family. If you call Phoenix home, you can easily connect with loved ones in the Big Apple. And if your fun-loving parents are living their post-retirement dream life in sunny Cozumel, they can still bond with your new baby. Even long-distance? 

You bet! WebBabyShower has a list of tips to make keeping in touch with long-distance family easy-peasy!

Here are 6 ways to connect with family across the country & the world 

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# 1 Create a Weekly Check-in with Video Chat

While you may not share a zip code, it is easier than ever to connect with your family across the miles! How? One way is to create the habit of a weekly video chat. You can easily create a free account with Skype, Google Hangouts, or if your an iPhone person then you have FaceTime ready to go. But have you thought about how to harness this great tech as a family habit? 

Connecting via video chat is a long-distance relationship trick couples have often used, but it works for the family too. Imagine doing a chat while “real life” is happening all around you! 

We tend to think of video chat as a ‘total focus’ activity, but considering it more like hanging out opens up new possibilities.

While you’re cooking: If you’re staying in tonight to prepare supper, why not have a casual video chat with your family, while you steam the broccoli and mash the potatoes? Plus, with the grandparents entertaining your little one, you can get more done!

Breakfast dates: There’s no need to eat your morning cereal alone! Set a date and time for a video chat with those long-distance relatives, and you can easily connect over breakfast. 

Breastfeeding chat time: When you’re breastfeeding, you tend to have some downtime. That’s the perfect time to catch up with your family. And the best part? If you’re located in different time zones, you’ll have someone to keep you company during those 2:00 a.m. feedings!

Tummy time: How about placing a laptop or phone nearby (but out of reach!) while baby enjoys some tummy time. Faraway family will enjoy checking out baby’s newest milestone!

When they’re ready – storytime: Babies love books! Why not plan a morning video chat for storytime, or schedule a bedtime story? It’s THE perfect way for grandparents and other family members to bond with your little one. 

Get more tips for connecting with the family online in this Issues I Face article by author Sarah Hau. 

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#2 Use a Shared iCloud Gallery for Photos 

If you’re all into the iPhone world, the shared iCloud Gallery is a free AND secure photo-sharing option. You can share photos and videos with the people you choose. They can add their own photos and videos, too. Plus, they can like your photos and leave comments – you’ll automatically receive a notification when they do.

And if you’re looking to set up an online shared photo album, the iCloud Gallery is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Just save any photos you want to share into an ongoing pregnancy and baby album. Be creative with different album titles ideas like: Baby Bump, Baby’s Firsts, or Baby Explores the World. Another perk? If you’re tired of clogging up your email and texts with photos, the iCloud Gallery avoids this altogether. 

Ready to get started? Apple support has all the instructions you need, from turning on shared albums to adding photos and videos. 

#3 Sign up for Seat Alerts – For the Grandparents (hint, hint)

Thanks to technology, keeping in touch with long-distance family members is easier than ever. But sometimes, you still want to catch up in person – for birthdays, holiday celebrations, family reunions – or even, just because. But since travel planning takes a lot of time AND money, we’ve got a few ideas to help you save on both! 

If your family members have booked a flight, consider signing up for seat alerts. Found on Google Play, Seat Alerts by ExpertFlyer looks up the seat map of your flight and sets up a Seat Alert notification to find window seats, aisle seats, and more. Plus, Seat Alerts will monitor the available seats right up until the flight departs!

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Travelocity helps secure the best hotel rates in the most popular destinations, all around the world! Users can easily browse hotels by destination. And they can check out hotel reviews, written by other Travelocity customers.

Traveling is a breeze with Orbitz. You can search for and book a wide range of hotels, flights, car rentals, cruises, vacation packages, and destination activities right on their website. For even sweeter travel deals, join the free Orbitz Rewards loyalty program!

Looking for hot hotel deals? Hotwire is your go-to source for finding “4-Star Hotels at 2-Star Prices.” Plus, enjoy faster booking and exclusive deals with their free Hotwire app.

Remember – when searching for affordable travel options, Google, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Hotwire will all let you pick a city and price threshold. Grandma will appreciate cashing in on some awesome deals! 

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#4 Send Picture Postcards from your Phone 

Sometimes you want to send faraway family members “real” mail – the kind they can display on the fridge. Did you know there are apps that make sending personalized greetings super easy? And grandparents are going to love getting them!

With TouchNote, you can create personalized cards online. First, simply choose a photo. Then select stickers, filters, maps, and stamps – the fun stuff – to add your own creative touch. (Your first two cards are FREE, so let your imagination fly!) Finally, let TouchNote do the rest – mailing your card with free worldwide delivery. As Motherly points out, you never have to leave the comfort of your own home to stop by the post office. 

Besides, greeting cards and postcards, TouchNote also offers photo gifts, like gallery frames and canvases. And they have over 100,000 5-star reviews. Find out more on TouchNote’s FAQs page

Another option for creating and sending personalized greetings is Postagram, offered by Sincerely. Use photos from Instagram, Facebook, or your camera roll to capture a special moment. You can easily customize colors to match your unique style. (New card designs change seasonally.) Creating your Postagram only takes seconds from your iPhone or Android device.

For $2 in the US and $3 internationally, your Postagram can be mailed just about anywhere! Check out these delivery dates to ensure your Postagram arrives in time for holidays or birthdays.

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#5 Aspiring Writers – Start a Baby Blog

Is writing your thing? Then consider creating your own baby blog! Family and friends will love reading your post updates on everything from baby’s first doctor visit to baby’s first tiny tooth. (Visit Issues I Face for even more blogging ideas to get you started.) And did you know you can start your own FREE blog right here at WebBabyShower? Check it out!

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There are many other free options, too. Wix offers an array of templates to fit your unique style, along with plenty of tips for building and managing your new blog. Blogger features free, easy-to-use templates and allows you to safely store thousands of posts, photos, and more with Google. WordPress is another popular and free blogging option, where you can share all-things baby.

Some blog sites don’t offer tech support, so keep that in mind before getting started. And if you’re concerned about strangers reading your personal blog posts that are meant to be shared with family only – don’t be! You can easily create a blog that is password protected. That means only the people who have the password can view your blog posts.

So what are you waiting for? Get busy posting!

#6 Invest in Grandparent Tech Time

Are your parents tech-challenged? If so, next time you’re all gathered together, consider getting some apps on their phone or iPad that will make it easier for them to connect with you and your new baby! Then take it a step further. Sit down with your parents or extended family members to explain how the apps actually work. This will remove the frustration barrier!

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For example, help your folks set up a Skype account. Or if FaceTime is still a challenge, invest the time to help them navigate the app. Give them plenty of pointers (and encouragement!) along the way. Make it even easier for them by adding yourself to their contacts. Your parents are sure to appreciate your helpful tips AND your time!

In this Café Mom article, Grace P. Shares her experience introducing her mom to technology. The result? Grace’s mom and child became online buddies! 

WebBabyShower Connects You with Family Faraway

We hope our list of tips to make keeping in touch with long distance family easy inspires you to connect with loved ones across the miles! Whether you plan weekly video chats, send Postagram photo cards, or create a blog, the main thing is to keep those lines of faraway communication open. And if you are expecting, our online WebBabyShower services is one of the best ways for families to connect – both near and far!