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To say those who find Baby Showers ridiculous are moaning moos?

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GibraltarRocks Sun 23-Apr-17 20:50:37

By finding them ridiculous I mean finding them grabby/tacky.

P. S, if you don't like them because you're not for celebrating a baby arrival before they're safely delivered, that's different and not unreasonable at all.

The ones that invite everyone they can think of that'd go is very offish in my opinion, as with those who plan them themselves or add gift lists!

However, I think a lovely little baby shower with close friends/family, planned by someone else, is lovely and often quite fun smile I love celebrating someone's baby excitement!

A friend of mine had one after lots of infertility years. It was wonderful.

I hope someone does one for me sad Looking at you Mum envy

HerBluebiro Sun 23-Apr-17 20:54:58

I had one with my oldest dearest friends. Just small about 6 of us. Not the big gatherings of extended friends/family. And it was just another excuse for a party/gathering as we do every couple of months anyway. As a group we have been lucky enough to do one every year for past few years.

They are whatever you make them. They can be grabby or tacky. They can be lovely. Same as any party

GibraltarRocks Sun 23-Apr-17 20:55:36

Her I love an excuse for a party grin

CaoNiMartacus Sun 23-Apr-17 20:55:44

It's not the actual thing that annoys me. It's just the fact that it's become a "thing", and thus a vehicle for the rampant consumerism that's rammed down our throats these days.

LivininaBox Sun 23-Apr-17 20:57:28

Well you're entitled to your opinion but I fucking hate them. I dread being invited to one. I think they are grabby in the extreme.
I would feel very uncomfortable at one, and there isn't even the option of getting pissed to get through it

NoLotteryWinYet Sun 23-Apr-17 20:58:19

It's a lovely idea - the only thing I don't like is it's not part of British tradition, it's American. Other than that, if you find it grabby you don't have to contribute but even in the U.K., people always buy presents for the new baby. I like gift lists personally as you can be sure you're not wasting money on something not wanted.

Mum2jenny Sun 23-Apr-17 20:59:14

I'm not a fan of them. Personally I do think they are 'grabby'

WorraLiberty Sun 23-Apr-17 20:59:14

I think they're entitled to dislike them without being labelled 'moaning moos' grin

And they may as well be organised by the pregnant woman herself, because there's nearly always an expectation that their best friend or family member will arrange one for them, just so they don't look 'grabby' by organising it themselves.

Crisscrosscranky Sun 23-Apr-17 21:02:49

I don't like them so I won't be having one but I'm not bothered if other people have them. I feel the same way about engagement parties.

PetalMettle Sun 23-Apr-17 21:03:03

I'm a bit hmm about them as I was utterly panicked all through my pg and can't remotely imagine having one. However I don't disapprove of other people doing so and they can be fun.
The shitty nappy game is gross though

catsarenice Sun 23-Apr-17 21:03:52

If you give a present at the baby shower is it also expected to give one once the baby is born? I've only been to one and I did buy 2 gifts but wasn't sure whether to or not but didn't seem right not buying something once baby arrived.

BabyHamster Sun 23-Apr-17 21:06:30

I've been to a couple and really enjoyed them! I've never heard anyone moan about them in real life either, I think it's a MN thing.

Mind you the ones I went to were very low key and didn't have fancy gift lists or nappy games or anything silly like that!

MommaGee Sun 23-Apr-17 21:06:44

My sister planned mine for 37 weeks.

Baby came at 35.

In hospital for 12 weeks

Totally missed it.

Still bitter still threw her one though! They're just nice good fub

Leeds2 Sun 23-Apr-17 21:07:15

Loathe them with a vengeance! I would never go to one (funnily enough, I have never been invited!) but I would make an exception if my DD was to have one.

HerBluebiro Sun 23-Apr-17 21:08:49

Livinina we definitely got merry at ours. Not the pregnant one and breast feeding ones were cautious in intake but there were light cocktails fizz and gin, which sounds a lot for 6 or 5 or 4 in retrospect

MrsTerryPratchett Sun 23-Apr-17 21:09:54

I think it's part of a wider issue. Engagement presents, expensive stag and hens, wedding presents and weddings abroad, huge birthday and trips away for 'boys' and 'girls' holidays. Showers, christenings, godparent stuff, kids birthdays, parties, party bags...

Particularly if your friends are doing a bit better than you, it can be rough.

titsbumfannythelot Sun 23-Apr-17 21:10:14

I think they are grabby too. I would never dream of buying a gift until baby arrived safely either.

GibraltarRocks Sun 23-Apr-17 21:16:49

Yes yes to the shitty nappy game - Utterly gross!

It's interesting to read some people like gift lists as they know they wouldn't be buying anything unwanted. However, this is the reason I buy vouchers instead.

I didn't have an engagement party - I don't really understand them. Nothing is finalised. You're just engaged. Where as if baby is born safely or not, it's still a baby and always will be.

Cannot stand coupled getting each others names tattooed either but that's a separate issue entirely!

GibraltarRocks Sun 23-Apr-17 21:17:18


sonyaya Sun 23-Apr-17 21:18:32

I go to them with a gift and am supportive of my friends if they invite me to one but an event where the sole purpose is to give gifts is not something I am fond of.

NotStoppedAllDay Sun 23-Apr-17 21:19:14

So you have your own opinion


Mine is they are grabby and yes, tacky! I'm not s 'moany moo' though. It's just what I think

Reow Sun 23-Apr-17 21:19:40

They make me cringe. I find them both grabby and tacky.

But people who like them are of course welcome to them.

Stupid thread.

d270r0 Sun 23-Apr-17 21:20:01

'Moaning moos'? Seriously?

SpreadYourHappiness Sun 23-Apr-17 21:20:27

I've never been to one, but I love the idea of one! Love a good party grin

Tiptoethr0ughthetulips Sun 23-Apr-17 21:21:05

I've been to one and actually really enjoyed it ( I suprised myself) although I didn't want one myself with my first or now with my second. I much prefer to give and receive baby gifts once they have safely arrived. Also not a fan of imported American customs.

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