Last week, Mommyish writer Lindsay Cross posted about baby shower games. Namely, that many people find the games annoying. I concur with this sentiment, but I also relate to her statement, “I’m not one to complain about showers.” Typically, I’m not one to complain about how someone wants to host a celebration either. To each her own! If a friend or relative wants to beat me into submission with tape measurers and candy bar “poopy” diapers, then so be it. I won’t complain, at least not until after the party and in private, and I won’t judge anyone for wanting to experience silly traditions, because some people love that stuff. (I, however, am not one of those people.)

That said, I think there are a few Dos and Don’ts that are worth discussing on the subject of baby showers. Going through my “Baby Shower” submissions folder, I saw some glaringly obvious faux pas, so today I wanted to point a few out in the hopes that others won’t make the same mistakes. Because let’s face it, being the center of attention while 25-40 pounds heavier than usual and surrounded by friends who are there to lavish you with baby gifts can be weird enough on its own. Especially if alcohol is involved (and it should be). The games exist as an ice breaker, really, because otherwise everyone is just eating finger sandwiches and talking about the giant unborn baby in the room. Where’s the fun in that?! So ladies, keep your “crappy” games if you want to, but pay special attention to these other tips, because they just might come in handy.