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A newborn approach to baby showers

Many parents are reimagining certain traditions when it comes to welcoming the newest addition to the family.

USA Today calls them "meet-the-baby bashes, welcome-to-the-world parties or sip-and-sees," and these new variations on showers as we know them invite man and baby, two previously forgotten guests. These co-ed parties are a modern take on idyllic afternoons spent exchanging knit clothing, and they offer friends and family a chance to meet the baby.

However, to make sure that both men and women will be occupied at the event, it's important to plan activities that both genders will enjoy. It's football season, so consider inviting guests over for snacks while watching the game.

The source also suggests hosting themed showers for specific items (such as books and toys), or forgoing "showers" in favor of "sprinkles," where guests contribute cheaper gifts in light of the recession (since lavish expenditures may not always be practical for our current budgets).

For expectant moms on a budget, there are many great do-it-yourself baby shower favors that can easily be customized with goodie bags and personalized ribbon. Guests with a sweet tooth are also sure to enjoy a bag of personalized candy or a custom-label chocolate bar.