5 Baby Shower Alternatives

5 Baby Shower Alternatives that Aren’t a Zoom Call

April 21, 2020

5 Baby Shower Alternatives that Aren’t a Zoom Call

5 Baby Shower Alternatives that Aren’t a Zoom Call
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5 Baby Shower Alternatives that Aren’t a Zoom Call

If you were planning a baby shower in the near future, chances are it’s been put on hold for the moment (with no clear re-scheduling in sight). If you haven’t taken a moment to mourn that, it’s totally okay to be more than a little bummed about this kind of change of plans. A canceled party might not be the biggest problem anyone’s facing, but that doesn’t mean the disappointment and grief isn’t real.

Luckily, humans are problem-solving creatures, so we’ve quickly pivoted to the next best thing: virtual hangouts. Live-streamed weddings. Drive-by birthday parties. And Zoom baby showers. But Zoom parties aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. If you have a large guest list, tech-averse relatives or if you were already feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of being the center of attention, a Zoom room might not be the best venue for your shower.

The good news is that people have been hosting baby shower alternatives for years (not everyone lives close enough to their loved ones to party in person). So if Facetime or Zoom isn’t up your alley, here are five quarantine-friendly virtual baby shower ideas that will make you feel loved and supported.

Our first tip? Start by forwarding this article to the person who was originally going to host your shower and be honest about which ideas resonate with you most. Because what you don’t need is added stress right now (and clear communication about your needs is always the quickest way to having them met).

Baby shower alternatives in this guide:

Baby Video Wish Tree

One of the best parts of a baby shower is getting to hear words of love and encouragement from people you care about most. You can create something close to that feeling with a video wish tree. All you have to do is ask friends and loved ones to send video clips of themselves speaking words of encouragement to the parents-to-be. This could be in the form of advice, reasons why they’ll make great parents or general words of love and support.

If you have a tech-savvy person in your network (find the closest TikTok aficionado), task them with collecting and assembling the videos. A compilation reel is great, but you don’t have to get fancy with it. A Google Drive link with video files will also get the job done. Then when the parents-to-be feel lonely or isolated, they can open up the folder and receive the digital equivalent of a hug.

Drive-Through Baby Shower

You may have seen one or two videos of drive-by birthday parties circulating online the last few weeks. Well, just because you’re not a kid doesn’t mean you can’t still have a party. If your guests are mostly local and you live in a suburban area with minimal traffic, schedule a drive-through baby shower (you can even keep your original shower date if yours was already planned).

Encourage guests to decorate their cars or make signs and then drive by at an appointed time while the parents-to-be hang out on their front porch, lawn or stoop. Guests can play music, honk and otherwise celebrate from a safe distance while dropping off gifts. You can find helpful tips on how to throw a drive-through baby shower and see an example of a real-life drive-through shower.

Baby Shower by Mail

Baby showers aren’t just about the party. All those gifts can be really helpful in getting you set up for new parent life. But with concerns about supply and extended shipping timelines, many parents are opting to purchase baby gear themselves. One way to help is through a mail-in baby shower.

Instead of celebrating in person, guests can mail gift cards along with heartfelt notes. The gift cards can be used on future baby purchases (and there are always future baby purchases) and the cards can offer supportive words in the weeks leading up to baby’s arrival—almost like a baby shower advent calendar. If your guests aren’t naturally poetic, give them prompts to start their creative juices flowing (the ones in our video wish tree suggestion above are a perfect place to start).

Sip ‘n See or Welcome Party

For a multitude of reasons, pre-baby festivities might simply not be in the cards. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be baby-related celebrating in the future. Post-baby celebrations have been around for ages alongside christenings, britot and naming ceremonies, or in the form of sip ‘n sees. So there’s lots of groundwork that’s already been laid for how to make one happen. We have tips for how to host a sip ‘n see right here, but the simplest advice is to not overthink it (or overburden yourself when you’re already busy with a newborn). The point of a welcome party is to introduce your baby to your loved ones and vice versa. As long as there’s a tiny human in the room, no one will care if you sprang for decorations.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that there’s currently no predicted date for when social distancing will end, so it’s best to wait until we’re able to socialize again before planning your welcome party (even if your due date isn’t for a few months yet).

Nothing At All

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to radically adjust our daily life in a very short period of time. It’s okay if you’re still processing those changes and aren’t ready to jump into a new plan. Or maybe you weren’t looking forward to having your shower anyway, and canceling is a welcome respite. Whatever the case may be, it’s completely fine if you’d rather cancel and call it a day. There are plenty of ways to prepare for your baby’s arrival without a party, and your loved ones will find ways to celebrate you in their own way.

The most important thing to remember when reimagining your baby shower is why you were having one to begin with. If you need baby supplies ASAP, start from there. If it was about your community rallying around your growing family, let that be your guide. And don’t be afraid to ask for help or for someone else to host. In stressful times, being able to support the ones we love can give a much-needed sense of normalcy.

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