March 19th, 2014

Baby Shower Etiquette: Is it Bad Manners to Have a Shower for the Second and Third Child?

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Gwen Stefani The summer is right around the corner and more babies are born in the U.S. during the summer season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that there will be a lot of baby showers in the coming weeks.

So is it appropriate to have a baby shower for the second or third child? Celebrity mom-to-be Gwen Stefani thinks so. She recently celebrated a baby shower for her third son with her closest friends and family in Beverly Hills.

Many people would disagree, however, and say that a baby shower is not a good idea after the first baby is born. Some say the purpose of a baby shower is to help furnish the necessities of a first baby.

If you are thinking about having a baby shower for your second, third, or even fourth child, keep these tips in mind.

Let your friends host a shower for you. It’s poor etiquette for the parents-to-be to host a shower for themselves.

Consider your baby’s gender and age difference. If there is a large age gap between your babies, or if the new baby is a different gender, it’s appropriate to have a shower.

Accept gifts during other occasions. If close friends and family want to give the new baby a gift, they may want to send it upon receiving the birth announcement or on the occasion of the Baptism or Christening.

Donate your gifts. If you have plenty of everything and guests still want to send gifts, think about giving some or all of the gifts to charity for expectant mothers in need.

Host a party. Host a potluck dinner or a baby “meet-and-greet.” This will allow the guests and their little ones to meet the baby once he or she is born. And no one has to play those tacky baby games.

Try a themed shower. If friends and family insist on hosting a shower for the second or third child, consider a “back-to-basics” shower. The host would ask guests to bring basic items for the new baby such as burp cloths, bottles, wipes and diapers. After all, you can never have too many diapers!

Photo Source: Pacific Coast News

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