Do's and Dont's of a baby shower.
A collection of friends and family gather to shower the mother with gifts, advice and company in preparation for the new arrival.
For those attending, there are a few things to consider so as to make sure the event is a seamless one.
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1. Follow the dress code
Even if it makes you uncomfortable. The host has a running theme and the memories need to be near perfect for the mother. Remember, it's not your party. Respect the host by dressing according to their dress code.
2. Carry a gift
If the mother-to-be is registered with a store, be sure to buy a gift from her registry. If not coordinate with the organisers so that you don't buy something which someone else has.
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3. Don't go with other people unless you had RSVP'd them
This is bad form because the meals and sitting plan could have been preplanned.
4. Don't show up with your baby unless you'd been told to
It's a baby shower not a play date.
5. Don't offer unsolicited advice
No matter how well-intentioned you are, keep any advice you have to yourself. Don't make any comments about the name the parents have choses. Don't harangue them with questions about when they're having their next child. You're a guest at a party. Don't apply for the position of monstrous in-law or busybody auntie.