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Yes, You Can Throw a Virtual Baby Shower — Here’s What You Need

There’s enough craziness surrounding pregnancy when the world isn’t a tornado of shit. But right now, what do you know? It is a tornado of shit! Mid-pandemic expecting moms have been fighting an uphill battle. They spent the first months of the virus being considered high-risk for severe COVID-19 (although hooray, this has been disproven) as well as dealing with some states declaring that partners or doulas won’t be allowed to accompany birthing parents. Pregnant people are losing things left and right — things that once felt like a given in the Beforetimes. But of all the the things moms to be are giving up these days, their baby shower doesn’t have to be one of them.

Yes, you can still celebrate your favorite mom’s little one with friends and family — with a virtual baby shower. Virtual baby showers aren’t even a new thing, and they won’t stop once/if the world returns to normal; they’ve been held for years for parents-to-be who live long distances away from family and friends. They allow those nearest and dearest to the new parent’s heart (but not, you know, nearest to their house) to be present for celebrating the tiny person about to enter the world. Sure, virtual baby showers are a little different from regular ones, but the same basics apply: invitations, chic yet sweet decor, games, activities, gifts for the new mom and baby. Hell, even favors for the guests can still happen with some planning ahead of time.

There is so much uncertainty when you’re pregnant, which is now compounded by the uncertainty of the fate of the world during the coronavirus outbreak. Some moms are weighing whether the pros and cons of a last-minute home birth are safer than going to the hospital mid-pandemic (spoiler: They’re not). Others are simply trying to get through pregnancy without their tribe of friends and family, without the certainty of safety, and while wearing masks to ultrasound appointments. Ugh. Oh, and RIP late-night deli runs to satisfy those pregnancy cravings, too. Preggos need something to look forward to these days, dammit, so make that (virtual) baby shower that very thing.

We’ve got all the essentials for making it happen. From the invites to the games and gifts and more, here are some of the best ways to make the new mom in your life feel loved and lavished upon — even if only on Zoom.

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