Parents Perspective

Baby Showers Are Not Just For Expectant Parents

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Grandparents-to-be are throwing parties of their own. Since millennial parents are returning to work soon after having a baby, grandparents are taking a more active role in caring for their grandkids. They are often stepping in as babysitter or nanny; 72 percent of grandparents take care of their grandkids on a regular basis, according to grandparents.com. With this new responsibility comes the need for a Pack n' Play, stroller, and high chair for grandma and grandpa. Enter the grand baby shower. These parties can be co-ed, to celebrate both grandma and grandpa, and involve registries, gifts, and decorations similar to a standard baby shower.

Some parents find these parties unnecessary since grandparents already had a celebration when they were expectant parents. Others see it as a fun way for grandparents-to-be to prepare for their grandchild's arrival. We want to know, Would you encourage your parents to host a grandma or grandpa shower? Take our poll, and then share a comment below — it could appear in a future issue of Parents.

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