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It is thought that the modern-day baby shower originated as a “stork shower,” one of many types of showers described by etiquette expert Emily Post in her 1937 edition of Etiquette: The Blue Book of Social Usage. This edition is the first to mention a gift-giving party for expectant mothers and deems them only appropriate to be held in the early afternoon, with only “intimate girl and women friends of the mother invited.”
Miles, T. (2014, August 25). Baby showers, now and then. HuffPost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/baby-showers-now-and-then_b_5527222