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 was seen as the celebration of the rite of passage to becoming a mother. 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 6 weeks in advance so people can plan it into their schedules. Try to put as much information on the invitation as possible, these neutral baby shower invitations are perfect. 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. A baby shower is normally held when the expectant mother is around 7 months pregnant.

Your baby shower should have a theme, adorn your room and table with this sweet Rock a Bye Baby party range, it's guaranteed to make your guests smile. The cake stand, table confetti and bunting will transform your party in a matter of minutes Rock A Bye Baby Party.

A game is a must to bring the baby shower to life. Fill Avent baby bottles Philips Avent Natural Bottle 260ml with milk, it's then a race to see which guest can finish theirs first. Alternatively you could play guess the Nursery Rhyme, this beautifully illustrated Peter Rabbit Rhyme time book Peter Rabbit Nursery Rhyme time is all you'll need. It contains classic lullabies for bedtime so every guest should recognise at least one.

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 Lucky Legs cooling serum Mama Mio Lucky legs Cooling Serum will be a breath of fresh air for the expectant mother. If you have a wider budget the Blossom and Bloom Mother to Be Trio set Bloom and Blossom 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 these 100% cotton muslin Aden + Anais swaddle blankets Aden+ Anais swaddle blankets are bright and cheerful. They're suitable from birth and allow baby's body temperature to regulate naturally.

If you're grouping together with friends to buy a gift or you're short of time to search for a present, the John Lewis hampers are a great hassle free product at £100. They come in 3 colours: pink, white and cream. The gorgeous cream hamper John Lewis Cream Hamper contains an array of special gifts for baby including everything from a large soft teddy to baby's first passport.