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Planning a baby shower can become extremely overwhelming because you want it to be PERFECT, right? There are so many baby shower ideas, themes, and games floating around, that it is easy to get overwhelmed by it all! Does ANYONE have the time or energy to sort through the countless number of websites trying to piece together the perfect party for the special, soon to be mother?  The positive sides of planning a baby shower are that it can be very exciting and it brings you closer to the expectant mother. It also is a time to celebrate the arrival of a new life and honor the mother for her courage and sacrifice in bringing a special new person into this world.

As cliché as they are, checklists work!  Especially when planning a baby shower.  We suggest you utilize a timeline and/or checklist when you complete the essential “to do’s” for your perfect baby shower. For example, there is no reason that you couldn’t do everything in 4 weeks instead of 8, but remember we are enjoying this! You may think that a couple months might seem a little too soon to start planning a baby shower, but trust us, time always seems to creep up on you faster than you realize. Avoiding the pain and stress of trying to cram everything into a short amount of time will reward you in the end. So, feel free to adjust your timeline & checklist to fit your schedule and situation, just remember the more time the better! If you are planning a baby shower as a group, take your checklist and to do list and assign the different items to everyone who will be involved. Even if you only give 2 other people an assignment to do one thing each, this will be two less things for you to do! When working together you will be surprised at how fun, easy and organized things will be. 

It can be difficult to decide who you would like to include in the planning of your baby shower. Just stop and ask yourself, do you really want to do it all by yourself, or are there other family members and friends who would like to help out?  Planning a baby shower is usually easier with the help of your close friends and family. If you are a friend or a family member, it is always a good idea to check with the expectant mother on the date you are planning to have the baby shower, surprises are nice, but make sure she doesn’t have any plans. The baby shower needs to be convenient for the mother and father, not for the planner. Typically a baby shower is held 6 to 8 weeks in advance of the babies due date. Although having the baby shower after the birth is becoming more popular, and it can be a fun time for the mother as well. Also, the party should be kept to two hours or less. If it lasts too long everyone is exhausted at the end.

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