Baby showers aren’t just designed to fill the nursery, they are also designed to give the mom-to-be all the support she needs as she faces this change in her life.
In some ways, pregnant women get far too much advice. They hardly have to step on to an elevator without someone giving them unsolicited advice or telling them a horror story about three weeks of labor.
That is not the kind of advice a pregnant woman needs.
So, make sure that your guests give the mom-to-be the most loving and supportive advice.
There are several ways to get the cards to your guests. You can send out the cards with the invitations. This allows the guests to think about the best advice they have. You can ask the guests to bring them to the shower and collect them when they arrive.
If you have concerns about people bringing the cards back, simply hold on to the cards until the shower. Hand out a card to each guest as they arrive and ask them to fill it out. Most women have lovely advice to give, but it can put those who know little about giving birth or raising babies on the spot.
You can also place the cards in a central area and allow guests to pick up the cards as they wish. If you notice that few people are engaging in the activity, then you can walk around the shower, handing out cards as you go.
After you have collected the cards, regardless of how you have handed them out, think of a good way to display them. One fun way is to string a heavy cord across one wall and pin each piece of advice to the cord with a clothespin. You can paint each clothespin pink or blue or attach a small charm to each pin for decoration. You can also create a lovely French bulletin board with pictures of the Mom and ultrasounds of the baby. You can then slip the cards under the ribbons to display the advice.