Baby Shower History.
History of Modern Baby Showers.
No one really knows when Baby Showers actually came to be popular. It is speculated that something similar took place in Egyptian and Roman times but not proven. We do know that our early ancestors lived very rural lives without the modern conveniences that we have. Travel was a big ordeal and going anywhere was a major event. If you consider that a horse drawn wagon or carriage could only travel about 15 miles per day then you would plan on spending at least one night once you reached your destination. Being gone for long lengths of time was also difficult because most people grew their own crops and raised animals for food which required lots of attention. Without a shopping center close by people learned to be creative. Nearly everything was hand made. Even most farming tools were forged by a local black smith.
All of this meant that families and friends would get together only for very special occasions and the birth of a baby was very special. The gifts that would be given were hand made clothes, blankets, shoes and even furniture.
From the fifties on life has become less rural and more modern technological advances have made life much easier. We enjoy many more conveniences than were available to our grandparents and great grandparents. We have cars and planes that make it possible for us to travel hundreds of miles in one day. Through modern medical advances the sex of a baby can be determined before he or she is even born. This has made it possible to have a Baby Shower early so that everything can be in place when mom and dad bring the new baby home. We now have shopping centers close by that enable us to purchase all the things necessary for mom, dad and baby to be happy and comfortable. Baby Showers today provide a very fun way for family and friends to show their love and support for each other.
Who was the first Gerber Baby? Ann Turner was chosen as the first Gerber Baby in 1928.
How many bones does a baby have? 176 true bones, even though at birth the skull is three bones that are not fused.
What determines a babys eye color? Eye color is determined by a pigment in the iris called melanin. Light colored eyes have less melanin and dark eyes have more. By the time the baby is one year old his or her eyes should be the color they will remain for the rest of his or her life.
How many times will you change your babys diapers in the first two years? On average, parents change 5000 to 7000 diapers in the first two years.
In the first two years, the average baby will require between 5000 to 7000 diaper changes.
How much will you spend on Baby in the first year? Not including medical costs, parents will spend on average of about $ 7000 in the first year of Babys life.
How often is a baby born in the world? About every three to seven seconds a baby is born.