A mom-to-be may love her baby shower—fun games, good friends, sweet treats, adorable gifts—but a few months later, where will she be? In a home filled with dirty laundry, diaper smells, and unwashed dishes, with a baby that won’t stop crying, a crib that squeaks, and an empty refrigerator, while her guests are long gone and the party fun has been long forgotten. Guests could have helped out if, instead of a simple party, they’d planned a practical baby shower to help new parents prepare for the arrival of their little one in helpful and useful ways.
5 Practical Baby Shower Themes
A practical party may lack pink and blue balloons and there is no time for games, but it does use party time in a productive way that new parents will appreciate. Each of these themes is designed to help out with tasks to prepare for the new baby and give the parents an opportunity to relax knowing that essential chores are completed well before the due date.
1. Nursery Makeover
Great for a couple’s shower, a nursery makeover helps new parents ensure their little one has a happy place to call home. The would-be nursery may need cleaning, repainting, or decorating, and assembling baby furniture is also part of this practical party. Other tasks might include filling the dresser with ready-to-wear outfits, stocking the changing table with diaper necessities, and putting together other baby items throughout the house, such as a high chair, baby swing, or play area. And don’t forget to properly install the car seat!
2. Happy Housecleaning
Once a new baby comes home, the proud parents rarely have time to take pride in their home and housecleaning chores quickly fall off even the most organized schedule. A housecleaning shower is a great opportunity to do a full cleaning, including decluttering closets, organizing cupboards, and scrubbing appliances. These tasks will ensure that the new parents don’t have to worry about housecleaning for a few weeks after the baby is born, and the baby is welcomed to a clean, neat, happy home.
3. Safety First
While childproofing isn’t strictly necessary to prepare for an infant, it is still a daunting task that is best completed early rather than late. For a safety shower, guests help with taking steps to keep the baby safe, from installing child latches on cupboards and doors to placing electrical outlet covers, organizing chemicals out of the child’s reach, and checking for more unusual hazards such as small trinkets that could be choking hazards, or hanging blind cords that should be shortened out of the baby’s reach. You never know when that extra pair of eyes will spot one more crucial hazard!
New parents are often too busy with their baby’s feeding schedule to worry about feeding themselves, but a nutritious, healthy diet is essential so they have the energy to keep up with their young one. A baby shower that focuses on creating freezer meals or canning healthy items for the family will ensure a good menu for the first few weeks after the baby is born. Companies such as Dream Dinners, Super Suppers, and The Dinner A’Fare offer complete freezer meals with different menu options each month, including a range of entrees and appetizers, and a group party can easily be arranged to assemble meals for the new parents.
5. Crafty Coupons
When a little one comes home, parents are often so busy taking care of their baby’s needs that dozens of little chores go undone. For a crafty baby shower that will offer practical help for months, create small gift coupons for each guest to fill in with a pledge to help out with those chores. Running an errand, a night of babysitting, a load of laundry, mowing the lawn, and similar tasks can be fantastic delayed gifts new parents will appreciate when they no longer have time to do every item on their to-do list.
Baby showers don’t have to be all about crazy games or giving advice – with a practical shower, the parents-to-be get useful help they will appreciate long after the baby is born.