When mothers-to-be throw tantrums over baby showers
A post by a woman on social media last week sparked a debate when she mentioned that an acquaintance was demanding Sh150,000 for a baby shower.
The comments that followed were laughable.
“150k per head as contribution for babyshower. Am I the one that impregnated her? That’s a flight from Ghana to Lagos and 1 night at Villa Rosa Kempinski,” read one of the comments.
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Others said how they have often found themselves attending baby showers that come with demands and requests for money.
“I had a colleague who had three babyshowers in the five years she worked for our company, and in all those, we each gave Sh20,000 because she had a list of what she wanted,” someone posted on Facebook.
Interestingly, lavish baby showers are becoming a social trend.
Event organisers have diaries filled with reservations for mothers-to-be and their spouses who come with colour themes, ‘baby gender reveal’ parties and intricate details they want to be included in their babyshower.
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Wambui Mbugua, the CEO and Founder of Ariella Events, describes it as a rite of passage for every woman who is on the journey to motherhood.
“It is a celebration of life especially if it is the first child and it also marks the beginning of a new era in the woman’s life,” Ms Mbugua says.
She adds that in the past three years, babyshowers have become very expensive that at times if feels like a wedding.
Robert Muoki, a father of three admits that he loathes baby showers.
He says the event almost ruined their marriage when his wife was expecting their second child.
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Her friends were organising a party, and the bill was close to Sh500,000, money Muoki says he did not have.
“When I raised it, she said I was not being supportive.
“We later reached a compromise and we are happy, but I think baby showers are unnecessary,” he says.
Truphena Aketch, Project Manager at Hawi Events however notes that not all babyshowers a show off.
She says baby showers are meant to counsel and teach parents how to handle a new born.
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“Counselling is also an important aspect during the baby shower to help first time mothers deal with any form of stress or anxiety after giving birth,” she says.
Grace Lamoi, a community health worker in Kericho however believes that babyshowers are not Biblical and can bring ill luck to the expectant mother.
“I have seen a case where the mother had a baby shower and the baby died in hospital.
“She got a lot of diapers during the babyshower and they kept reminding her of the baby she lost,” she says.