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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.

-Author Todd 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 well.)

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 home


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