Ginger Ray Little One themed baby shower decorations

The perfect baby shower

Chantal Lontay
Buying Administrator, Nursery Online

The term 'Baby Shower' is relatively new to the UK so you would never guess that they first started in the Victorian Era. A baby shower is a celebration of the rite of passage to becoming a mother, normally held when the expectant mother is around seven months pregnant. Two years ago I volunteered to host my best friend's baby shower, having never been to one before, I soon realised I had thrown myself into planning an event I knew nothing about. From my experience I've learnt it's all about having fun, everyone gathering together before the birth, and showering the mum-to-be and little one with gifts.

First thing's first, you need to send out the invitations, I'd recommend doing this at least six weeks in advance so people can plan it into their schedules. Try to put as much information on the invitation as possible. It's completely up to you where you host the baby shower, it can be at the mum-to-be's favourite restaurant or you can all gather at somebody's home.

Give your baby shower a theme; adorn the room with buntings and cutedecorations to make your guests smile.

A game is a must to bring the baby shower to life! Fill a baby bottle with milk and race to see which guest can finish theirs first. Alternatively you could play the clothesline memory test; put up a clothesline with little baby gifts and take it down during the party, later test your guests by asking them to remember what was on the line and the winner claims a prize.

Finding the perfect baby shower gift can be hard, it's up to you whether you buy for mum, baby or both. By this point mum-to-be's feet will probably be slightly swollen and their legs will be aching. Mama Mio's calming range of skincare products will ensure her body is soothed and protected, the range includes special gels and lotions for soothing tender limbs. If you have a wider budget the Blossom and Bloom Mother to Be Trio set makes a beautiful present, it uses the minimum amount of ingredients possible to achieve maximum results. It really is the perfect pampering present for new mums.

If you'd rather take a present for baby, Aden + Anais offer spectacularly soft cotton swaddle blankets in bright and cheerful patterns. They're suitable from birth and allow baby's body temperature to regulate naturally.