The History of the Baby Shower


You may think the concept of a Baby Shower is a relatively modern custom but in actual fact the origins can be traced back many hundreds of years. Many historians believe the celebration of birth can be traced back as far as Roman and Egyptian times.

Traditionally, baby showers took place after the birth of a baby, usually at around one month of age. The newborn baby would be introduced to all the mothers friends and family and people would bring gifts, often handmade items such as clothing, blankets and even some food items for the new mother. Traditionally, only women were invited to attend the gathering.

The modern party we celebrate today became a popular custom after World War Two. Female friends and family would gather together to celebrate the birth of a new baby. In more recent years the gathering has begun to occur around one month before the baby's arrival. Although traditionally the party is still held for females, many gatherings now extend the invitation to include male family members, including the expectant father.

A modern day Baby Shower involves the bringing of gifts for the new baby, some fun party games, party food and of course lots of talk about babies! It is often hosted by a female family member but never usually hosted by the expectant mother, the expectant mother's mother or their mother in law. In today's changing world the modern family has many different identities and each family will find their own unique way which is right for them.

Regardless of the history and it's evolving customs the true meaning remains constant. A Baby Shower is a celebration to welcome a new life. Few things in life compare to the overwhelming excitement and joy a new baby brings to the family and this special occasion offers the perfect opportunity for families to get together and celebrate new life, love and family values.

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