Monday July 31st 2017 | 09:38

Is it your birthday today?

HOMEPAGE

You share your birthday with around 19 million people around the world. Although late September and early October are known as the ‘peak’ months for birthdays. ‘Wonder why that is?- what happened 9 months earlier?’

So, I’m sure that must mean that there are tons of baby showers going on at the moment and many workers beginning their maternity leave and expectant dads looking forward to their paternity leave.

There does seem to be a lot of discussion about whether people should have baby showers and indeed if so at what stage of the pregnancy they should be?

Many using the baby shower as a gender reveal party using cakes as the reveal- pink and blue on the outside with the relevant colour on the inside

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The overwhelming evidence is that it shouldn’t be organised by the mum-to-be and should be organised by friends, family or work colleagues.

Many baby showers are organised as a great way for female friends to get together, and becoming more popular is the ‘open’ invite to male friends and colleagues.

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So when should a baby shower take place? If leaving work this would be an obvious time to change the name of a ‘leaving do’ to a baby shower and the importance of ‘maternity leave’.

For friends and family, a date closer to the birth would seem more appropriate or even 1 month after the birth to allow all to see the newborn baby.

Some baby showers have games attached to them- like ‘don’t say baby’ without a forfeit, or Guess the baby food-by removing labels off the jars! And many, many others. Other baby showers are more a chance to get together and chat!

Do you take a gift to a baby shower? Some people feel obliged to take a gift, some send out gift lists, and some invites say no gifts- so the decision needs to be down to the organiser (if it’s a surprise), or the mum-to-be if involved.

If you do take a gift should it be for the mum-to-be or for the baby?

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For some ideas for baby gifts, you can find nappy cakes, piggy banks, bath sets, clothes, changing bag, picture frames, and many, many other items available. For me a notebook would have been handy as I had serious ‘baby brain’ and forgot everything!

For some great ideas for the mum-to-be CAKE is the obvious answer, whether cupcakes, cake pops or a beautiful designer cake which can be devoured by all. Something the rest of the family will definitely enjoy.

Whoever has organised the baby shower, a great tip is to prepare some little Thank you cards already addressed for the mum-to-be to be able to send on after the party has finished- this is such a thoughtful idea!

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