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2. Choose a Time and Date

Ideally, consult with the mom-to-be about whether she would prefer her shower before or after her baby is born. Many moms prefer to have their shower pre-baby because they can enjoy spending time with family and friends and sorting through their gifts without having to worry about caring for and nursing their baby. It's worth bearing in mind that they're likely to be sleep deprived after the birth.

However, there are some upsides to showers after the baby is born. It allows loved-ones to shower the mom and meet the baby in just one trip. Additionally, post-baby showers allow guests to know the name and sex of the baby and choose more personalized gifts.

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