Adoption Baby Showers
A growing number of single parents or couples adopt children every year,
either from the U.S. or a foreign country. A baby shower is a wonderful way for
friends and family to gather together to show their love and support for the
parents-to-be during this exciting time.
Adoption baby showers flow much like the modern baby showers described
throughout this guide. However, adoption showers will vary slightly depending on
a couple of factors:
-In the case where a couple is adopting (versus a single individual), both
parents are normally invited to the shower.
-Some adoptive parents may wish to have the shower before the child arrives,
while others may feel more comfortable having it after the child has settled
into their new home. One advantage of having the shower after the child arrives
is that it serves as an opportunity for family members and close friends to meet
the newest member of the family. Keep in mind that this might be a little
overwhelming for the child, depending on their age.
-If the shower is planned for after the child arrives to his or her new home,
their age will influence certain aspects of the shower. With an older child, for
instance, the games will become ones that kids can also play or the host will
plan both adult and kid activities. (See our co-ed and
kid-friendly baby shower section for ideas.) Food will also be more
kid-friendly in this case.
-Themes: If an adoptive child is coming from
another country, trivia games, food and the invitation design can revolve around
the region that the child was born.
Parr’s children’s books would make great adoption baby shower gift. The
Family Book and It’s Okay to Be Different in particular celebrate diverse
families. (This would also be a thoughtful gift at a gay or lesbian shower as
Like the motto for traditional showers, the most important thing when
planning a baby shower for adoptive parents is to craft the party around the
parents’ (and in this case sometimes children’s) personalities and wishes.
Adoption Baby Showers
Shower essentials generally the same
Usually co-ed if couple adopting
Many times shower occurs after child has settled into new