Babies At Baby Showers
I have already sent the invitations out and didn't specify "no children". Do people really bring their kids to these types of functions? How do I make it clear now?
Hi Diane. Thanks for your baby shower etiquette question. The invitation is the best place to let people know you would like to have an "Adults Only" baby shower.
Usually the kids seen at baby showers are children age 2 and under, depending on the individual circumstances and the availability of a babysitter.
You might have some people call to clarify if they have more than one kid and are not sure if it is appropriate to bring them. But don't expect everyone to call; most people with small children assume that it is ok for them to bring them.
Since the invitations are already out, you have 2 choices to fix the situation.
You can either have someone available in a separate room during the shower to watch the any kids that do arrive. They can have some snacks, a movie and a coloring activity to keep them busy.
(You might only have 1 or 2 babies show up with their moms, so this might be a better option for you if you don't want to ruffle any feathers.)
You can ask the mom which guests have kids, and then individually call each guest and as sweetly as possible let them know that even though you love their children, you ask that they not bring them so everyone can focus on the celebration.
I hope that helped. Good luck with the baby shower planning!
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