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The baby and I have been thoroughly, lovingly showered, and man, everyone was right about waiting to buy clothes! I sorted everything by size and type and it fills half the nursery floor.
With summer here, it's baby shower time. Showers can be a fun opportunity to honor the impending arrival of a new little one, but they can also be stressful.
When you think of a baby shower, you expect to see a group of excited women dishing out presents while huddled around the proud mom-to-be. But it doesn't have to be! Whatever the mom-to-be wants, that's what the mom-to-be gets—whether it's a simple tea party for six or a blowout bash that includes everyone she knows.
Limit your list. Use constraint so gift givers aren’t burdened with exhaustive printouts, and be sure to list both expensive and inexpensive items. Find out what you really need, too: “Study baby-product books and get honest feedback from experienced parents first,” advises Kate Ward, editor of TheBump.com.
Read the fine print. Determine each store’s privacy and gift-return policies. Web purchases may have to be returned by mail.
I had nothing to do with planning my first baby shower. In fact, I was so out of the loop that I didn’t even make it to the party. When I went into labor 11 days early, I called my boss to tell her I wouldn’t be at work that day. “But you have to come in,” she shrieked. “We’re having your surprise baby shower this afternoon!” My co-workers wound up nibbling cupcakes without me as I ushered my daughter into the world at a hospital across town.