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Grandmother baby showers: new trend annoys mom-to-be

Grandma-to-be baby showers — a trend designed for a woman's friends to equip her with essential baby-caring gear — are becoming popular. Some critics say it takes attention away from mom-to-be.
Megan Christensen, Deseret News Modified: June 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014

You don't have to be pregnant to be the recipient of a baby shower.

Grandmother showers — a trend designed for a woman's friends to equip her with essential grandbaby gear — are becoming increasingly popular.

According to the topics' About page, grandmother showers are typically given to first-time grandma's by their close friends or co-workers. Party etiquette suggests there be no registration, no formal invitation and gifts should be "modest."

But while grandma sits swooning over her new diaper bag, there is one person on the sidelines who isn't so thrilled: her daughter.

Many new mom's admit they feel their baby shower is the last time they will receive personal pampering, according to She Knows Parenting.

“They had their baby showers when they had kids … it's the mom-to-be's turn. If Granny's friends want to give gifts, have a shower for the mom-to-be, or just send gifts. Granny had her moment in the spotlight,” a mom named Niki told She Knows Parenting.

Mary Fischer, a writer for The Stir, thinks that while it's beneficial for grandmas to house their own set of baby supplies, a grandmother shower is a bit much.

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