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Jewish Baby Shower Superstitions

April Showers: Never Been to a Baby Shower?

April Showers don't pour on everyone. Our lil team was chatting about our own baby showers and those we've hosted for expectant friends when one colleague and fellow mom confessed she'd never been to a pre-baby fete due to her religious customs. She said:

"Jews tend to be a very superstitious people, and while baby showers are not forbidden by Jewish law, they have long been considered taboo throughout our community. People don't buy gifts for the unborn child, and many of us don't bring anything baby related into our homes – including cribs, diapers and swaddling blankets – until the baby comes home from the hospital. It can all be tied back to medieval superstition that came about when infant mortality rates were high, the thought being that should there be a complication at the birth, a home filled with baby things will make the healing process harder."

Do you know of other cultures that do not partake in baby showers?

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mrsnarbonne mrsnarbonne 8 years
I think baby showers are an American tradition only. I recently organized one for a friend (we live abroad in Taiwan) so there were a mix of guests - and everyone that wasn't American (Brits, Austrians, Australians, etc.) asked what a baby shower was. In Taiwan, the tradition is for a special ceremony 1 month after the birth - the name literally means "full month."
Sarana Sarana 8 years
I am from the Netherlands and we don't do baby showers either. When the baby is born cards are send out immediately to all friends and family to announce the birth and it also states the times the baby and mother are resting. Than people just come by your house or the hospital to see the baby and bring presents.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 8 years
There are plenty of area's in the US where baby showers aren't overly common either....but an after baby "sip and see" is
gaellemj gaellemj 8 years
Baby showers aren't common in Europe, but the trend is growing because of the US influence, especially in Great Britain, although it still remains very unusual.
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
I work for a German company, and people were SHOCKED when we wanted to throw a baby shower for one of our German colleagues. Apparently they have the same superstition as above. It's the same with birthdays - you can't wish someone a happy birthday until the day of in Germany!
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