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When to have a Baby Shower (Best Time For a Baby Shower) – Darling Celebrations

If you’re wondering when to have a Baby Shower, you’re not alone! Many Moms-to-be are not sure when is the best time to have a Baby Shower. Read on for our top tips for when to have a Baby Shower.

When will there be a Baby Shower?

In general, the best time for a Baby Shower is considered to be somewhere in the beginning to the middle of your third trimester. In other words, somewhere around 6-8 months into your pregnancy or 4-8 weeks before the baby is born..

Many Moms-to-be find that this is a great time for their energy levels which means they are excited about socializing. Typically, a Baby Shower is around 2-3 hours long, so leaving it late in your pregnancy can mean your energy levels are not up to it!

Ultimately, when to have a baby shower is a personal decision and the timing of your shower should be what feels right for you as the parents-to-be. Some parents go to the end of the second trimester because that works better with their other commitments.

Best time to have a Baby Shower

Ideally, you want to be far enough along to have a good sized bump to impress your Guests! About 7 months is a good amount of time for your bump to be nicely round! And hopefully without feeling too uncomfortable that might happen at the end!

And don’t worry too much about the time of year your Baby Shower is coming. After all, there are wonderful Baby Shower themes for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In fact you can even throw an Easter, Halloween or Christmas Baby Shower if you want!

When will there be a Baby Shower with twins or multiples

If you are expecting twins, you will want to have your Baby Shower slightly earlier than if you are expecting a baby. A good time is somewhere towards the end of your second trimester, about 10-12 weeks before your babies are born. This will give you plenty of time to prepare and be ready for a possible earlier delivery.

Take the time to set up your Baby Registry

You also want to have time to organize a Baby Registry and add to it all the Baby stuff you’ll need. This means your Guests can easily buy you the Baby Shower Gifts you really need. There are many important things that a new Baby needs and a Baby Shower Gift Registry is a great way to get fit.

Some expectant parents include big-ticket items like car seats and cribs, as well as other baby items like diapers and essential clothing.

Best time of day for Baby Shower

Another thing to consider, is what is the best time of day for the Baby Shower. Baby Shower etiquette is that a baby shower usually contains some kind of food and cake, so usually the Baby Shower is held in the afternoon. This gives the hosts time in the morning to get ready for the shower and also means the Mum-to-be won’t be too tired.

When is too late for a Baby Shower?

If you plan your Baby Shower too close to your due date, you may run the risk of your baby arriving before your shower! You can change your party to a Sip and See Party, but you’ll miss your Baby Shower! This has happened to several Mamas I know!

Another problem with leaving your Baby Shower until your new baby is around is making sure you have all the things you need. Baby Showers are great for all the Baby essentials, but there are often bits and pieces that you’re not gifted with and will need to purchase. It’s great to have a few weeks to sort these things out before your baby arrives, especially if they’re bigger things.

The best time to have a Baby Shower depends on your circumstances

Many Moms-to-be have work or family commitments or holiday arrangements to consider when planning their Baby Shower. Sometimes, if you’re hosting your event at a venue, you may be limited by the dates they can offer. Some Mom’s Showers are limited by dates when key family members or close friends are available. If Christmas falls around the time you might want to have your Baby Shower, you may decide to opt for an earlier or later shower. This way you can spread out the festivities and not exhaust yourself!

In short, many Moms need to be flexible when planning their Shower and ultimately the best time for a Baby Shower is a personal choice.

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When Should You Have a Baby Shower?

We asked our community what they thought about the best time to have a Baby Shower. Here’s what they said…

For me around 7 months is perfect. I did that with my first son. I want to not feel tired and have time to get the things I still need. Also, I want a good sized bump for people to enjoy. It’s funny how happy people are with your bump! Cassie H.

Having mine in late April. I should be at the beginning of June. I’m a teacher and in a testing grade at that so May is a super hectic month being testing time and the end of the year so that’s why I decided to have my Shower in April. Alesia D.

With my last pregnancy we decided to do it at 36 weeks because my middle daughter was born at 37 weeks but I was having an emergency c section at 35 weeks the day before my Shower and we had to cancel it. Barbara H.

About 6 weeks before the baby is born. I’m due on May 14th and will shower on April 5th. I chose the ‘April showers bring May flowers’ theme because it just makes sense lol. Sarah H.

“Seven months is the perfect time for me…”

I’m having mine at 31 weeks March 21. I just picked the month and worked with my parents/parents in law schedule. I am also having an ac section with the one who can I no you want to be late Then we have time to buy items and set up ready for bub to be here. Naomi B.

March 21 so I’m exactly 6 weeks from our due date. Kirsty B.

Seven months is the perfect time for me. I want to give enough time after the Shower to buy other Baby stuff that we still need. And at seven months I wasn’t too tired either so it was a good time. Claire S.

Mine was fixed by coworkers at 34 weeks. It’s the last week of the school term. It was really a surprise so I don’t have anything to say on the timings! Jane S.

Mine is at 32 weeks which is the best time for a Baby Shower for us. Our bub was born 5 weeks early so I’m glad we didn’t wait any longer! Katy P.

I had a surprise shower organized by a good friend. It was 2 weeks before the baby was born. I almost didn’t go because I didn’t know it was a party. I thought it was just a catch up for a cup of tea and canceled at the last minute because I was feeling so tired! He needs to let the secret out so I can get ready and roll in there!! Liz E.

When to have your Baby Shower Top Tips

  • Second Trimester Sweet Spot The golden rule for planning a baby shower is to aim for the sweet spot of pregnancy: the second trimester! This is usually between 20 to 28 weeks, when the mom-to-be is perky, morning sickness is (hopefully) a distant memory, and the bump is starting to make its adorable debut.
  • Avoid the Final Stretch While we’re all about celebrating pregnancy, let’s be honest – the third trimester can be pretty uncomfortable. It’s best to avoid planning the shower too close to the due date. You want mom to enjoy every moment without feeling like she’s drooling at the party!
  • Contact Mom-to-Be Communication is key! Be sure to consult with the guest of honor himself. Check out her schedule, get her input on dates, and find out if there are any particular preferences or themes she likes. After all, this is his day to shine!
  • Weekend win Saturdays and Sundays are usually the most popular days for baby showers. They give guests plenty of time to attend and usually work best for everyone’s busy schedules. Consider a brunch, afternoon tea, or early evening gathering – it’s all about what works best for your crew!
  • Avoid Holidays and Conflicting Events While it can be tempting to plan around a holiday, it’s usually best to avoid them. Some guests may have their own family traditions, or they may already have other commitments. Also, avoid any major local events that might cause scheduling conflicts.
  • Time Considerations Depending on your location, the weather plays a big role in deciding when to have a baby shower. If you’re planning an outdoor event, opt for a time when the weather is generally pleasant. If you’re dealing with unpredictable elements, consider an indoor area with a cozy atmosphere.
  • Sending Invitations with Plenty of Time Give your guests enough notice to mark their calendars! Send these lovely invitations at least 4-6 weeks in advance. This way, everyone has enough time to RSVP and plan for the big day.

Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to baby showers. The most important thing is to shower love on the mama-to-be and create beautiful memories that she will keep forever. So, grab your planners, connect with your mom tribe, and let’s make this baby shower a day to remember!

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mother of three. She started Darling Celebrations in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating life’s special events.

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