Baby showers should be a time to be joyful, especially for the parents-to-be, but unfortunately it is often a source of anxiety instead. First-time parents are often the ones who feel the most anxious. The thought of taking care of an infant and providing all necessary items can feel overwhelming.
Helping parents-to-be get together some of the items they will need, and bringing in family and friends to celebrate the arrival of the baby, are the two main motivators of organizing baby showers.
Even if some people try to come up with new activities and traditions for baby showers, most still keep baby showers fairly traditional. One of the main things that have changed is that men are now allowed to attend baby showers. Many guest lists include men, and the men who show up do so with the expectation of having a good time. While they might not play in all the baby shower games, men do enjoy the opportunity to give their regards to the expectant mother- and father-to-be.
In some cultures however, a baby shower is considered a sign of bad luck. In order to be extra sure, you should check with the mother about how she feels way before you even plan the event.
Some countries carry the tradition of having baby showers after the baby has arrived. And of course, that tradition makes perfect sense, since everyone will have a chance to see the person they are there celebrating that way. Having a baby shower after the birth also makes it easier to pick out colors, sizes, and to engrave names and dates on special items.