Congratulations, mama! You must be in the planning stages of your or a friend’s baby shower, and I’m so excited for you. This is the stuff that makes life FUN!\nSit down and grab a warm cup of coffee (because warm cups of coffee don’t exist when your little one is *finally* here!), and let’s dive in.\n\nWHEN TO SEND YOUR ECO-FRIENDLY BABY SHOWER INVITATION\nSo first thing’s first - the typical baby shower should take place around your sixth or seventh month of pregnancy. A great time frame to send your invitations is roughly four weeks beforehand. \n\nThis means you're looking at sending invites our at the five- or six-month pregnancy mark. The truth is that if you send the invitation any earlier than that, your guests might forget (insert eye rolling emoji here, haha).\nHOW A MINIMALIST MOM SENDS HER BABY SHOWER INVITE\nHow about we keep this baby shower as eco-friendly as possible? Consider going green and asking whoever is planning your baby shower to send paperless, e-invites to your guests!\nThis will allow you to skip the paper invitations, envelopes and stamps, while also saving money. \nIf you want something with a little more flair than a simple email, use a free website to design and send your invites. Sites such as Paperless Post allows you to send out really gorgeous and creative e-invitations of your choosing! Then your guests can RSVP easily or reply with any questions..\nIf you DO want to send your guests a paper invitation, I recommend checking out Paper Culture. They’re a certified California Green Business and California Climate Leader Award winner that uses 100% recycled paper. Plus, like us, Paper Culture plants one tree with every order!\nCREATE AN ECO-FRIENDLY BABY REGISTRY\nRemember that by the time you or your friend sends out your shower invites, you should already have registered for the gifts that you actually want! It’s likely that guests will probably immediately start browsing your gift list once they receive the invite.\nAvoid the frustration of unwanted baby gifts and a pile of returns to deal with by creating an all natural, eco-friendly baby registry featuring safe and high quality items you actually want! If you’re crunchy like me, do your best to keep all plastic off the registry so your eager gift-givers will get the hint.\n\nWe have an entire blog post dedicated to five brands that crunchy moms should have on their baby registry that you can check out for more inspo. And it’s super easy to start your own all zero waste baby registry for free at BabyList.\nAlso, I have a feeling you’re also interested in becoming a minimalist mom. We’ve got a blog for that to help you figure out what minimalism looks like for you.\nA LIGHT-HEARTED “PLASTIC-FREE, PLEASE” RHYME FOR ECO-FRIENDLY BABY SHOWER INVITES\nSo your baby registry is plastic-free, and you’re hoping people will get the hint. But let’s get real: to be certain your plastic-free preference is clear, you need to explicitly say so to your family and friends. I know, this is a tricky thing. You don’t want to come across as demanding, too picky, or (gasp!) too crunchy, but you also don’t want to get a bunch of poor quality, plastic toys that won’t last. \nRemove the guessing game (and social awkwardness) from the situation with our “plastic-free, please” rhyme for your eco-friendly baby shower invitations:\n“If you’re thinking of giving a gift for our new little one,\nWe’d be thrilled to receive something that’s\nnatural, safe, and of course, fun!\nPlastic-free are the types of toys we desire,\nIf you’d like to know more, please enquire.\nBecause what better way to celebrate this birth,\nThan with toys that last and don’t harm the earth?\nCheck out our all natural baby registry at\n[REGISTRY NAME OR LINK]."\n\n--\n\nAs a minimalist mom, when it comes to your baby shower invitations - forget about what a traditional baby shower “should be like.”\nFeel free to get creative with your green ideas. Get a little crunchy, my friend! Because caring for the earth goes hand-in-hand with caring for your little ones. You (or your bestie) can plan the eco-friendly baby shower of your dreams, if you just think outside of the “big-box store”.\nHave you approached the “plastic-free, please” topic with your gift-giving family and friends? Comment below to let us know how it went!