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When you are in charge of planning a baby shower, there are a lot of details that need to be thought of and taken care of. The baby shower host is usually a friend or relative close to the expectant mother and her family.

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Planning a baby shower, whether it is a surprise shower or the mom-to-be is in on the planning can be a daunting task – after all, you want everything to be perfect!  We’ve got 4 tips for planning a baby shower and a great timeline suggestion!


DON’T WAIT – planning in advance can help keep things under control. If it’s not a surprise for the mom-to-be, this will allow her to be relaxed and ready to enjoy her special day. If the shower is a surprise shower, it will give you enough time to calmly inquire about certain aspects of the party.

LOCATION, DATE, TIME & GUEST LIST – details like location, date, time and guest list, should be figured out as quickly as possible. These details should be arranged approximately 10 WEEKS before the baby shower date. After all, you want to make sure that the location you want works with the dates you have available.

ACTIVITIES – think about the guest list and what kind of group activities and games would be acceptable. If you know you will have a more conservative group, make sure that the games you are planning are not too outrageous. In addition to games, sending the invitations and planning the food menu should happen 6 WEEKS before the baby shower date.

DECORATIONS & PARTY FAVORS – Is the guest of honor having a girl? Or a boy? Everyone loves a decked out baby shower with pinks and purples for girls and blues for boys. If the gender of the baby is a surprise, stick with neutral colors like green and yellow. (Better yet, throw a gender reveal baby shower!)  Either way, you will want to make sure you can find beautiful decorations about 4 WEEKS before the baby shower. This would also be a good time to put figure out party favors and to make sure any food that needs to be ordered is ordered.

Finally about 1 WEEK before the party, you will want to confirm the RSVPs, and do the last minute grocery shopping.

If you are gathering money for large group baby shower gifts, Best Buy has some great baby shower gift ideas during their BEST BUY BABY SALE! The Best Buy Baby Sale is taking place from February 17 to March 9.

FISHER PRICE 4-in-1 ROCK N GLIDE SOOTHER – Your baby will love the smooth and soothing motion of the Fisher Price 4-in-1 Rock ‘n Glide soother. It’s like being cradled and rocked in mom’s arms, and offers music, nature sounds, rotating seat, and optional soothing vibrations.

Fisher Price 4-in-1 Rock n Glide soother

SUMMER INFANT DIGITAL BABY MONITOR – Keep an eye on your baby or toddler with this digital baby monitor. This digital baby monitor features 2-way communication so parents can talk to baby. The 5″ color LCD video screen, comes with black and white night vision so you can see baby even with the lights off!

Summer Infant Digital Baby Monitor

MAMAS & PAPAS ARMADILLO STANDARD STROLLER – The Armadillo standard stroller is compact and built for your child’s comfort and safety. This compact stroller has a 5-point safety harness, locking swivel wheels, a large storage area, full canopy, and reclining seat.

Mamas & Papas Armadillo Standard Stroller

FISHER PRICE STARLIGHT MUSICAL MOBILE – Help soothe your sweet baby to sleep with the Fisher-Price Starlight musical mobile. This mobile plays up to 30 minutes of lullabies, classical music, and calming nature sounds to lull your baby to sleep.

Fisher Price Starlight Musical Mobile

HALO INVENTIONS SLEEP SACK – The HALO SleepSack is a wearable blanket that replaces loose blankets in the crib. This cozy, blanket cannot be kicked off, keeping your baby warm throughout the night, allowing for a comfortable night’s sleep.

Halo Inventions Sleep Sack

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Planning a baby shower can be a huge, daunting task, but with these 4 TIPS FOR PLANNING A BABY SHOWER and a great timeline suggestion, you can plan the best baby shower!


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Amy C

Sunday 12th of March 2017

I'm most excited about the SUMMER INFANT DIGITAL BABY MONITOR,


Sunday 12th of March 2017

My 2nd granddaughter is 6 weeks old & I still need a carseat!!

T Schmidt

Sunday 12th of March 2017

I'm most excited about the baby monitor.

Charity Banman

Sunday 12th of March 2017


Nena Sinclair

Sunday 12th of March 2017

My daughter could really use the MAMAS & PAPAS ARMADILLO STANDARD STROLLER, I love the features!!