In the USA, baby showers labeled in this way enjoy a great tradition and popularity. And there are also repeated baby showers in Switzerland and other countries. The event usually takes place two months before the expected due date and is intended to ensure that the parents-to-be and the unborn child receive gifts from the visitors.
It doesn't have to be big baby gifts that are expensive that you have to wait for the next month's wages. Rather, it is about tiny attentions that make the baby's start in life easier.
Baby gifts with or without benefits
If you look around in different online shops, you come across one or the other object that seems useful at first glance. There are, for example, panties that make a sound when the diaper is filled, or rompers with a wiping surface that the baby can use to clean the apartment while crawling.
Even a low quality diaper cake makes little sense. These may all be funny baby shower gifts, but on closer inspection they are relatively pointless. But normal gifts can also be useful for the parents - for example, if every second guest brings a similar product. Examples of this include plastic toys or music boxes. Although they are an obvious gift for babies, they usually disappear in the closet unused. The same applies to items that are part of the initial equipment, as the parents usually get these on their own.
As a visitor to a babyshower party, you should give something that actually helps the parents. This includes, for example, items of clothing that fit the toddler even after six months.
Baby showers in other countries
In many areas of Switzerland, affixing the birth sign in this way has a long tradition. This takes place after the baby is born and includes a pleasant get-together with relatives and friends. This includes a drink, which symbolically serves to ensure that the child can urinate without pain.
There is a tradition of aqīqa in the Arab world. On the seventh day after birth (or a number of days divisible by seven) the baby's hair is shaved and its weight is weighed with silver. The monetary value of the silver will then be donated to those in need. In addition, an animal is slaughtered - one sheep for a girl, two for a boy. The meat also goes to the needy. In Bangladesh, the baby shower takes place in the seventh month of pregnancy and marks the date when the future mother will leave her home. Instead, she lives with her father until she is born.
Depending on the country, the baby shower takes place at a special time before or after the birth. In Bulgaria, for example, it is bad luck when the upcoming parents receive gifts before the baby is born. This is why family and friends often send extravagant models by post, which are then only unlocked after the birth.