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Oh Baby: Skip the shower, Welcome to the World Parties take over

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Some people may get tired of traditional baby showers, with what many consider silly games and oohing and aahing over onesies and such.

But these days, parties are taking on a new twist, with a special guest of honor that couldn't have attended at past baby showers.

Before baby Tinsley arrived, Elizabeth Adair's friends and family threw her several baby showers.

"It was fun, I really did love it," she said.

Adair had three showers early, but her final shower took place after the baby arrived.

"It wasn't supposed to be that way. She ended up coming two months early."

In this case, it was accidental that the shower happened after the fact, but TheBump.com's Alison Bernstein says it's becoming more and more common to plan "sip-and-see's," or parties after delivery, on purpose.

"We're actually hearing that a surprising 6 out of 10 moms are opting to have the shower after the baby is born now," Bernstein said.

She says their survey indicates four main reasons why.

One is a difficult pregnancy.

"Perhaps the mom just doesn't feel great during her pregnancy and would opt to wait until the baby is born when everyone's feeling good," she said.

Number two: superstition and or religious belief.

"In many cultures, there's a belief that you shouldn't flaunt a pregnancy, flaunt a baby before the baby actually comes," Bernstein said. "So, among Jewish people, some other European nations, you would wait to have the baby shower until after the baby arrives."

The third reason is the chance to make the baby the center of attention, not the mom.

"You get a chance to show off the baby to a group of friends, all at the same time which really keeps the number of visitors coming in and out of your house right after the baby is born," she said.

And finally:

"You're going to know what you need and you can get those personalized baby gifts, you can get the gender-specific baby gifts if you don't want to find out what the baby is before he or she is born," Bernstein said.

"That is one neat thing about I guess the shower after she was born because you can have her date of birth on stuff," Adair said. "Her name is at the top and her birthday at the bottom."

The down-side to that is you'll really have to have the basics when the baby first comes home, so if you're counting on gifts like a crib, baby monitor or other typical essentials, you may not be able to afford to wait.

Also, pediatricians worry about exposing the baby to too many outsiders too soon. That was a concern of Adair's since her daughter spent some time in intensive care.

"My baby was still in the hospital when we had the shower…if she had been home I would not have wanted people to be around her," she said.

So the baby's seat may be empty at these post-pregnancy parties, but Adair was happy to show off something else everyone was anxious to see.

"All the girls can get to see the nursery, so everyone likes to do that."

Pediatricians do advise those who host these showers with the baby present to wait until the child is several weeks old at a minimum.

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