It’s needless to say that this pandemic has changed everything. Ever since COVID the world has been turned upside down. For many soon-to-be moms, this means we feel left out in some common pregnancy events. From missing out spouses unable to be in appointment rooms to having an influx of visitors at the hospital on the day of delivery. Even baby showers during COVID were more rare towards the beginning of the pandemic.
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The good news is that with the power of technology and creativity, we are more capable than ever to feel connected to those that we love. Now if you read my Ultimate Second Trimester Checklist post, then you may already have asked someone to help you with your baby shower. If you haven’t, I highly suggest you check it out for some other key to-do’s you may be forgetting in your pregnancy. Even if you haven’t asked someone for help, these are simple ideas that even an expecting mother can handle. FYI, I planned my entire baby shower during COVID and I cannot wait to post about it!
Here are 3 unique ways to make sure you still get the optimal baby shower experience!
1) Virtual baby shower
This is what our family is personally doing. We have family from California to Florida and in between (and we live right in the middle in Colorado). So traveling for a baby shower during COVID (or even normally) just simply isn’t possible. With the help of this amazing website called Webbabyshower.com, we have a complete and private baby shower website for us and our guests. This means no unwanted strangers seeing your video conference and private information.
With a custom URL tag, personalized web theme, online baby shower games, a guest book for visitors, and a private video conference link sent out via email to all your guests; you will feel just as connected to everyone than ever.
Here’s a couple of ideas to take your virtual shower experience to the next level:
- Send out pre-shower gift boxes to build the excitement! We put in homemade cake pops, custom pink and Blue M&M’s, and a shooter of alcohol with a tag that says “Baby Making Juice”.
- If you want an even more interactive virtual call, send baby bottles for people to play this classic baby shower game. Guests will chug a beverage out of a baby bottle, and the first person to finish the bottle wins! This is easy to do as long as everyone has the materials. Send a bottle in your pre-shower gift box. Make sure in the baby bottle there are typed instructions. You’ll need to mention the liquid of choice that they will be drinking (usually something harder like Coke-a-Cola), how much to fill the bottle with, and to make sure it’s ready before the shower start time!
- On the day of the virtual shower, make it a little more fun. Create a draped background for your video and save all the presents for opening live on the day of! That way everyone can see your reaction and you can give a much more personable “thank you”. Don’t forget to still send a thank you card after.
2) Drive-by baby shower
This simple concept has been growing in COVID popularity. It’s also great if you have lots of friends and family who live nearby. Invited guests will “drive-by” your baby shower location in a car parade-like fashion. Guest will get to wave and say hello from their vehicles, possibly honking or playing music.
You can ask guests to be creative and decorate their vehicles with car paint and signs. Have them blare your favorite style (after you talk to your neighbors of course). You can also create a fun sign for your front yard with some small decorations. And of course, guest can slowly get out and drop off gifts at the foot of your sidewalk/driveway if possible.
This is a much quicker option, but definitely can be one of the more exciting options when done right!
3) Appointment Style Baby Shower
I prefer this method over the drive-by shower. This concept is also nice if you have lots of family and friends who live close to where you live. Since there could be some in person contact, remember to wear masks and remember risk. This option has guests visit during a designated time slot to come by, drop off their gift, and spend a few one-on-one moments with the expecting mother.
This is probably the most similar to the original baby shower experience. Here are a few things you can do to make your shower even more special:
- Use Signupgenius.com to have guests reserve a time slot for their visit. They sign up for a time that you have specified (30-minute time slots for example). If you leave it up to chance with an “open house” style, more people can arrive at the same time. This causes a riskier shower experience for everyone. The service is free and will automatically close off slot times when they are full.
- Create goody bags full of snacks and treats that your guests can take with them after they leave! This eliminates potential germ spread from a buffet-style table.
- Decorate your front yard (or living room) to create a more energetic environment. It is a party after all! A few balloon bouquets, paper flowers, or large printed words make a big difference.
So there you have it! You can certainly add and change details to these methods and create a one of a kind baby shower experience. Don’t let the pandemic get you down! What other things have you done to create a more personable baby shower during COVID and the pandemic?