They Don’t Shower!

Did you know the French don’t shower? Baby shower, that is.

France is the most fertile of the European Union countries. This is something the country is proud of, and encourages through free daycare from the baby’s age of 6 months onward (among other perqs). But one pro-baby tradition that has yet to take hold in the Hexagon is the baby shower. American women in particular are surprised to find that such pre-birth celebrations are rare in France, and don’t even have a name in the French language.

The website French Mamma (a wonderful English-language resource for expecting and new parents) explains why:

It is not that women in France do not think having a baby shower would be fun, it is just they have their own traditions and rituals that conflict with the timing of the baby shower.
Instead of showering the future mamma with gifts before the baby is born, they are usually given gifts at the time of birth.

The site predicts that eventually the French will eventually warm to the baby shower. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invent a real French term for it.

2 Responses to “They Don’t Shower!” »»

  1. Comment by Kendal | 07/24/12 at 9:48 am

    Why do they need to warm to it? Is it necessary? Seems safer to wait until the baby is actually here. I think we Americans party too much. Baby showers, engagement parties, bachelorette parties, bachelor parties… all strange excuses to spend money on things people probably don’t even really want. :-P

  2. Comment by Valérie | 07/25/12 at 7:41 pm

    It is true, it is not in our traditions. That’s all. Don’t forget that we are, first of all, latin people.
    I agree too with Kendal.

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