Unless you are the mom-to-be, a traditional baby shower can be an excruciatingly boring way to spend an afternoon.
Don’t get me wrong – I love babies and moms and am all for celebrating the joyous occasion. But playing silly games and watching someone open gifts for hours on end is not exactly my idea of a good time.
Happily, while traditional baby showers still reign, there is a growing trend toward more scaled-back and less gift-centric showers. And in an article at USA Today, the ailing economy and older first-time moms are getting the credit for this turn away from the over-the-top baby shower.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of women over the age of 35 having their first child has increased eight-fold since 1970. And along with a more mature mother comes a different kind of baby shower. Carley Roney, editor in chief of baby website TheBump, says the older first-time mom is more secure in herself and doesn’t feel the need to be the center of attention at a baby shower.
In addition, she may feel uncomfortable asking friends to spend money on her when a depressed economy has so many struggling financially. Besides, she knows what she wants and probably has the means to buy it for herself.
So instead of a party held prior to baby’s birth, many new moms are hosting welcome-to-the world parties that take place after the birth. Friends and family sip wine, nibble cheese and pass around the adorable newborn.
Other new parents are opting for low-key, co-ed get-togethers where the focus is on spending time with friends before life gets too hectic to do so. Assuming it’s not a baby gender party and fetus cupcakes aren’t on the menu, this sounds like a good time to me.
And even those who go the traditional route are asking their guests to refrain from buying gifts or, at the very least, requesting only relatively inexpensive necessities like diapers and rattles and even gently-used baby items.
I personally haven’t seen this trend play out among my own circle of friends. Of course, most of us are a little bit more than mature and aren’t having any more kids. What about you? What kind of baby shower did you have?
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