The culmination of most of the loving couples relationships is usually the decision to have a baby. Whether you decide to adopt a baby or to have a natural birth, one of the most joyful periods of that time is certainly the anticipation itself. People don't say in vain that the mother has that special shine when pregnant, but the father is no less sparkled.
When a child is on the way, everyone is excited, first the parents, then the grandparents, relatives, and friends. It’s a time when everyone involved reads educative books, watches videos and shares experiences, all to make the pregnancy go smoothly. Everyone wants to help and participate and maybe the best way to participate in the expectation is a baby shower.
A baby shower is a party that is organized before the birth of a child. The future mother is showered with gifts, favors and love. It is a way to make it easier for future parents to get everything they need for a carefree start and prepare for the arrival of a little being to this world.
Although traditionally planned out only for the female part of society, baby shower planning with close friends and relatives involved is becoming increasingly popular. After all, all of them will in some way leave an impression and influence your child’s growing up. The organizer of a baby shower is usually the godmother or a best friend, but it is not unusual if sometimes the mother herself organizes this event.
Everything is accompanied by good fun, storytelling, laughter, food and drink, decorations, gifts and themed games.
But the COVID-19 pandemic has led us all to adjust our lives to new public health regulations. Although social distancing measures are in place until further notice, you can prepare a baby shower with your loved ones and stay safe.
Here are a few suggestions to try and think outside the box and be creative on how to welcome a little one into the world.
Advanced technology and the internet bring many benefits and we became most aware of this during the COVID-19 outbreak. A limited number of people who can gather together, social distancing, no hugs, wearing masks... However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be creative, protect yourself and take advantage of the benefits provided by virtual technology. Perhaps the best part of this way of celebrating is that you can connect with loved ones across the country and even the world in just a few clicks.
Plan a video baby shower using a video chat app. There are plenty of options and we wrote about it in one of our blogs. Send personalized online invitations in which you will inform loved ones about how to access the virtual event, make custom games and trivia games for party guests, register for gifts online, have a printable guest book, share stories and pictures. Take advantage of the digital world and become a part of the future. Platforms like Spotfood can help you do this simply.
Another good idea for a baby shower party is to write good wishes and messages to the unborn child, which will remain a wonderful memory for both the child and the parents.
Socializing can be safe with proper precautions and in limited ways and you can organize a baby shower with lovely packages and greeting cards by mail. It's simple, creative and a great memory.
Since celebrating outside is the safest way to socialize nowadays, gather at a public park or simply invite people to your backyard. Make it an open house, staggering people will limit crowding so your guests can maintain at least six feet of distance from one another.
Choose foods that are easy to prepare and can be eaten out of hand at a room temperature. Also, ordering food is possible, so that you can fully dedicate your time to the atmosphere, the organization of themed games and small group activities that take place outdoors. And don't forget the decoration of the outdoor space. If you decide to try catering at your party, Spotfood can get you connected to the best local event vendors that will make everything you need for your event possible.
Probably the most original alternative is a drive-by baby shower. Hang a “Honk for baby” sign, balloons, decorations, organize a time for car parades, set up a set of comfortable chairs or armchairs, finger food and welcome friends and relatives who bring gifts, joy, and good wishes from a distance.
Prepare pre-packed pieces of cake for the parade and hang balloons on the car. This is a short, but sweet way to honor your pregnancy and upcoming birth while preserving the health of your future baby and everyone involved in the party.
In the end, don't forget to ask someone to record the event, so you can make a movie. That way you'll have a great memory and be able to watch the moments of joy again, but also, one day you can show your child how you celebrated and looked forward to their arrival.
In a certain way, baby shower is all about making mommy-to-be smile and feel loved, convey joy and celebration and making her feel great, especially in these difficult times of social distancing. The expectation of a child's birth is, after all, one of the most beautiful periods in her life. Also, thinking of creative ideas can be fun and fulfilling and will definitely be a great way to deepen your relationship with the mom-to-be and the newborn.