Preparing for baby: the registry and the baby shower

Baby Book
Our Baby Shower Guests Signed our Baby Book

My wife and I recently attended our baby shower at the Palihouse (Holloway) with 30 of our friends and family members. As a direct result of careful planning by our “Bowers Shower” consultants, it was a beautiful, well-done occasion and a tremendous amount of fun.

Regardless of whether you’re straight or gay, putting together a baby shower and selecting items for your baby registry can be a daunting process. I’ve put together some tips that we picked up over our four-month “planning and implementation” stages.

  • Work with a "Registry Consultant" if you can. My wife and I worked with Schuyler Ha, co-founder of Presh Baby. Schuyler came to our home and gave us a demo of all the items that we need for our baby. From bottles and blankets to strollers and "sleep sheep," Schuyler took great care in introducing these items to us and identifying their price points. Schuyler then created our online registry, as well as personally wrapped/delivered gifts to the Baby Shower. We also co-registered at Target for items like our car seat and baby bouncer.
  • Baby Showers aren’t just for women anymore! Traditional Baby Showers may have been more oriented towards females, but many of our male friends shared this special occasion with us. Try orienting the games and the party favors towards a co-ed audience. As a favor for our shower, we had Los Angeles’ best (and cheapest) dessert, Diddy Riese chocolate-chip cookies, in decorated "chinese takeout boxes."
  • Include a guest book for signatures and personal messages. One of our registry items was a Tessera Baby Memory book which we were able to personalize with Mom & Mom insert pages. Presh Baby helped us obtain this gem!
  • Relax and let your Baby Shower planners do the heavy lifting. My wife and I are control freaks, so we tried to butt in on the planning at the beginning. Our friends finally told us to butt out. Sit back and relax…it’s going to be a fun ride in the end!

For more tips, About.com also offers some helpful guidelines for planning your baby shower.

Additional Reading: The location of our Baby Shower, the Palihouse, was recently written up in the New York Times. Check it out!

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