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    When it comes time to celebrate a family's new addition, baby showers are all about the mom-to-be and her plus one. But it's always a nice tradition to treat your guests with a sweet party favor as they leave the festivities. Something as little as a sweet treat or a photo will leave them with great memories of the celebration and your soon-to-be addition.

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    Most women are thrilled to celebrate at a baby shower ... only odds are you know at least one woman who may find this party a painful experience. Maybe you know that she recently had a miscarriage or has been doing fertility treatments for years with no luck. Rather than have her endure the agony of oohing and ahhing over booties and blankies before she locks herself in the bathroom to cry, you get to wondering whether perhaps it would be kinder to keep her off the invitation list entirely.

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    You'd love to celebrate your pregnancy with loved ones and your friend has offered to throw you a shower. The problem is you're pregnant with your second or third (or heck, umpteenth) kid, and tradition says moms should only be given a baby shower for their first child. Should you accept your friend's gracious offer?

    "In the past, second showers were a no-no," says Christine Landry, who blogs about etiquette at Retroette.com. "But we're seeing more of these lately."

    Particularly when the circumstances call for it.

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    You've been charged with throwing a baby shower, and you want it to be ah-mazing for your expectant friend. Yet the image that baby showers first conjure up in your mind -- of well-dressed ladies primly sipping lemonade on a Sunday afternoon, husbands nowhere to be seen -- just doesn't fit your pal's style. Well, to heck with all that then! Baby showers are steeped in antiquated traditions, many of which should have been jettisoned along with girdles back in the 1950s. Here are 7 baby shower rules worth breaking, plus some fun, more modern ideas to celebrate a baby's arrival in style. 

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    For expectant moms, figuring out how to reveal your pregnancy to your loved ones has become something of a DIY project unto itself. Of course, you want the way you deliver the news to be both creative and memorable. But sometimes -- especially when you're making the big reveal to your children -- things don't play out quite as you expected!

    Here, 8 moms share how it all went down when they spilled to their older kids that a little baby brother or sister was on the way.

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    So you want to throw a baby shower, huh? And you've got so many ideas in your head that just sound so exciting, you can't wait to put them into action -- especially all these fun baby shower games. Stop! Hold that thought!

    Baby showers can be fun, but too many planners lose control when they start filling the day with games that ... it turns out ... just turn people off! If you want to throw the shower of the year, you need to know what not to do!

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    Well in case you haven't heard, this mom is excited to be a grandma.

    Judy Minunni received a casual Valentine's Day card from her daughter. Except this year, it said, "Happy Valentine's, Grandma." After initially thinking it was one big fat joke, the grandma-to-be got the hint, and she celebrated. Loudly.

    But her reaction is absolutely perfect. It's always exciting to see future grandparents get so pumped to hear about their arriving grandchild. And you can already tell this grandma is so excited to welcome the new addition.

    Check out her amazing, and eardrum-piercing, reaction. And just a warning: you might want to turn your volume down.

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    Baby showers are one of those things that can spend even the craftiest person into a tailspin. Is it better to go gender-neutral? Should you make a theme about mom? About the baby-to-be?

    Should there be games? What about favors? And what the heck is a sprinkle? How about we just dial back the anxiety for a moment? Before you get yourself in a tizzy, let's start with the basics: picking an epic baby shower theme!

    From Star Wars for the geeky mama to a vintage tea party for a classy afternoon, here's a list of shower ideas that's sure to spark something for every mom!

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    One of the trickiest things about planning a baby shower is coming up with things do in between the eating and gift opening. The best time-fillers? Games! Baby-themed games, more specifically.

    If you're planning a baby shower and are looking for fun things to do with guests, we've got you covered. Here are 16 baby shower games everyone is sure to love. 

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    While throwing fathers-to-be their own "man showers" is a growing trend, so are showers that honor an expectant couple together by inviting their closest female and male friends. "To throw a great co-ed baby showers, you have to get rid of the kitsch," Lauren Haselberger, food and beverage manager at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois says. "The silly, frou-frou, run-of-the-mill games, like 'guess the number of pacifiers in the jar' or baby gift bingo aren't gonna fly as well in a mixed crowd. Whatever you would do for a regular social gathering with friends is what you'll want to do at a co-ed baby shower."

    Here, your guide to throwing the ultimate shower both sexes will enjoy.

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