With mums everywhere becoming more and more confident about celebrating their postpartum bodies and becoming a mum, it’s no surprise a new trend has emerged as a result.
While gender reveals have become a staple these days when it comes to the impending arrival of a new family member, it now looks like the humble baby shower might be a thing of the past.
According to Sydney mum Nadine, founder Adexas Treasure, people everywhere are shaking up the traditional way we celebrate a pregnancy and new mum. Instead of hosting a party during the pregnancy, a postpartum party celebration is held after bub arrives.
“People are always looking at things from a ‘fresh’ angle and finding new ways to interpret and celebrate traditional events,” Nadine tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
She says there are a lot of reasons why a postpartum party might work better for some than the traditional baby shower. Including the fact it doesn’t just have to be a party or a new mum, but can also include dad and the whole family.
But when it comes to having a party when pregnant, we’re sure there are plenty of us that would relish the chance to let out hair down after having a baby, instead of missing out on the fun.
“While all her friends are sipping fancy cocktails, the mum-to-be at a shower is stuck with mocktails and can’t even tuck into the fancy brie wheel or the smoked salmon sandwiches,” Nadine tells us.
“After the birth, though, she can work her feed around the postpartum party so she can enjoy a glass of wine with her loved ones and can eat the entire brie wheel, too.”
She also says some families prefer to host postpartum parties is because they prefer not to celebrate a baby’s arrival until they actually arrive. And this way you can get all the visits over and done with in one go.
“For those who don’t like people popping in all the time when they’re adjusting to their new life, this allows them to control when and how the well-meaning masses get to meet baby,” she says.
“And they can choose to have the party at a time when mum is feeling up to it and ready to face the world again.”
Or course when it comes to gift giving, things are also a lot easier because you have the added bonus of: knowing the sex of the baby if the parents decided to keep it a secret until birth, and the parents know what they really want or need now.
In terms of what to do, Nadine says that is up to the individual. As it’s a new trend you have complete freedom to set up your own traditions.
“Why not have a baby-naming party, for example? It can be small and intimate, or a full-on hire-a-hall-book-a-caterer kind of affair. Play games, or go to a park and have a picnic,” she suggests.
“Or you can even leave bub at home with Nan and Pop for a few hours and make it all about you.”
While more people are choosing to do postpartum parties, Nadine does say the baby shower is definitely here to stay.
“Baby showers are a rite of passage for some and will always be an exciting event in the I’m-about-to-have-a-baby calendar,” she says.
“Others just love the idea of a party and are not fussed whether it is before or after baby’s arrival. Some might prefer the idea of a postpartum party, or maybe even decide to have both.”