(CMR) Coronavirus may be interrupting life as we knew it, after all, no one is quite sure if we’ll go back to the physical closeness of life prior to COVID-19.
Despite all the changes, life must go on, and for expectant parents, new physical distancing measures can be especially hard, particularly at a time when most people want to be closer than ever- for the arrival of a baby into a family.
While new physical distancing measures are forcing some expectant parents to cancel their baby showers it has forced others to get creative.
One way expectant parents are keeping the baby shower tradition alive, is by having the celebration on wheels with drive-by baby showers and baby shower parades.
How does it work?
In keeping with the traditional celebration for the expected child, patrons are allowed to purchase gifts and other items for the baby, the only difference is they do not make direct contact with the expectant parents.
In some instances, just like a ‘real-life’ baby shower, a space, in most cases, a front yard is decorated with balloons and other items to simulate how the event was executed in the past.
Baby shower guests form a parade of cars outside of the soon to be parents' house and hoot their horns in support of them.
Guests usually decorate their vehicles with signs and balloons to show that they are a part of the festivities.
The expectant parents are usually visible to their supporters and often provide live entertainment for their guests by opening gifts, sharing stories and playing games.
Similarly guests, while maintaining a safe distance, share words of encouragement for the soon to be parents and leave gifts on the curbside.
Drive-by baby showers and baby shower parades have been popping up all across the United States as a means of keeping the almost 70-year-old tradition of baby showers alive.