A baby shower means a celebration with family and friends of the arrival of a baby in the family. During the Victorian era, a baby shower was a celebration where only the female family relation and friends participated.
Victorian Era Tea Parties
It was after the woman had given birth to a child that other women would hold tea parties for the new mother. In the Victorian period, it was assumed that if a woman accidentally keeps two teaspoons on a saucer, then the woman might be an expecting mother.
In the Victorian Era, the word pregnancy was not used. The word “pregnancy” was quiet and after the childbirth, mother and child both were healthy, a special party would be held is called Tea Party
Victorian Era Baby Shower
Generally, the baby shower would be tea parties held after the baby was born since the pregnant ladies did not go out in public.
Umbrellas were a part of the style statement as expected mothers were expected to carry them. Gifts for the shower given by the members of the family were handmade. However, grandmothers gave something made in silver.
Baby Shower Celebration
The baby shower was looked upon as a reason for the family members and friend to visit the newborn baby and the mother. However, after World War II, the baby shower was celebrated before the birth of the child.
Another change that was seen was that even the father of the unborn child, grandfather and other male members of the family also started participating.