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Top 10 Rules on How to Successfully Attend a Baby Shower

Updated on April 12, 2015
Happy shower attendees.
Happy shower attendees. | Source
If you do your part in keeping the peace, the girl being honored at the shower will be happy.
If you do your part in keeping the peace, the girl being honored at the shower will be happy. | Source

Just what is a baby shower?

Baby showers are some of the loveliest events on earth. Am I right, moms?

A baby shower is really two things at once. One, a way for an expectant mother's closest girlfriends to show her how happy they are for her upcoming blessed event. And two, an opportunity for these girls to give their friend some needed-gifts for her new baby.

Along with the gaiety, giggling, and good fun at the baby shower, there exists a clear and ever present opportunity for miffs, female competition, and some good-natured snipping at each other. And none of it is really meant for harm.

Even baby showers can disintegrate

Baby shower circa 1924
Baby shower circa 1924 | Source
Two women argue at a baby shower. This can easily-happen if only one woman says or does something not acceptable.
Two women argue at a baby shower. This can easily-happen if only one woman says or does something not acceptable. | Source
Nothing is as pretty as a group of pretty girls in great moods.
Nothing is as pretty as a group of pretty girls in great moods. | Source
Man and wife look over the gifts she received at her shower.
Man and wife look over the gifts she received at her shower. | Source
Loaded down with gifts.
Loaded down with gifts. | Source
Looking at pretty gifts.
Looking at pretty gifts. | Source

In all evident reality, there are some girls who do not know how to attend a baby shower and there are some who are experts at this sensitive-gathering for a blessed expectant mother.

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Top 10 Rules on How to Successfully Attend a Baby Shower

Rule 1: Do not go to a baby shower with your butt on your shoulders, your feelings on your arm and your heart on your sleeve. If you do, you are just a ticking time-bomb that anyone can detonate. Then the shower is all ruined and bad vibes are erupting everywhere.

Rule 2: If another girl is wearing a more-expensive dress than you, keep it to yourself. This is bound to happen at most baby showers, so be prepared to be cool.

Rule 3: Smile even though you do not feel like it. Remember, this event is for your girlfriend who is expecting her first child, not you. Smile and help to make things fun for her.

Rule 4: Do not make an issue of every little thing you do not like. If you were not on the Shower Planning Committee, then what right do you have to continually complain and make the atmosphere tense for others.

Rule 5: Do not show-up at your friend's shower and begin to brag about every new thing you have bought or wearing at the time. What will you profit by doing this? I can tell you the answer: Nothing but losing a lot of your friends.

Rule 6: If something is said by another girl through fun, do not pout like a child and suddenly have to leave. You are not attending this baby shower to bring attention to yourself.

Rule 7: If another girlfriend mildly-disagrees with something you said, do me a huge favor and do not get extra-loud when you speak your mind. Many of your girlfriends in attendance will start to distance themselves from you.

Rule 8: When the shower honoree holds up the gift you gave her, do not start commenting on how much you paid for this gift and how hard you worked to get it. Just be gracious, lady-like and say, "thank you and glad you like the gift."

Rule 9: Do not start a conflict because you have bitter feelings for not being asked to plan this shower. By conflict I mean a spat with the ones who did plan the shower. A peaceful spirit goes further than a sharp tongue.

Rule 10: Do not be defensive when people ask you why you were not on the Shower Planning Committee. Mildly answer, "Oh, I had helped with other events and it was time for someone else to get the credit." This to me is the perfect answer.

Now you know how to attend a baby shower. No thanks required.

Expectant mom having a great time.
Expectant mom having a great time. | Source

Before I go, I want to ask the ladies of my following this question:

If a guy is a good friend of the expectant-mother, is it appropriate to invite him to her shower?

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