Prospective parents are spending more money than ever on luxurious baby showers in an attempt to outdo others on social media.
The average cost of a shower has become $ 672 per party, not including gifts, and Australians collectively spend $ 107 million each year to receive their new bundle of joy.
Finder.com.au surveyed more than 2,000 parents and found that 53 percent of them organized a baby shower in the pre-birth period.
Prospective parents are spending more money than ever on luxurious baby showers in an attempt to outdo others on social media (the founder of Sabo Skirt Thessy Kouzoukas in the photo)
Of these, more than a quarter (27%) paid for the event themselves, while 45% divided the cost with the family.
It is not just that future parents follow this exaggeration, with the study showing that 28 percent made their family and friends pay for the party completely.
Money expert Bessie Hassan said that prospective parents go beyond their baby's celebrations, that is, to make extravagance look generous on Instagram.
"A cake in the backyard with your friends just does not seem to cut these days with many who want a fancy affair, the more elaborate the better," he said.
It seems that celebrities woke up the trend with some Australian parents even opting for gift registries, professional cakes, extravagant flower arrangements and entertainment like pony rides.
Of them, more than a quarter (27 percent) paid for the event themselves, while 45 percent divided the cost with the family
It is not only the future parents who follow this hype, with the study showing that 28% of their family and friends paid for the party completely
But Ms. Hassan warned that it might not be worth the entire organization.
"Having a baby on the road is a very important life event, but recognizing that fact should not be a failure," he explained.
"The goal of a baby shower is to help accumulate items for the baby in the form of gifts, to help reduce the cost of a new baby for a family, which will be spent if you are saving hundreds of dollars at the party. itself.
"Opening a bank account for babies and contributing an initial amount of $ 500 could end up being a very orderly savings account if you continue to save cash throughout your childhood."
Ms. Hassan recommends showering at home or at the local park to reduce the costs of finding a specialized place (Zana Pali from My Kitchen Rules in the photo)
New South Wales is the state with the highest expense with showers that cost $ 795 on average
New South Wales is the state with the highest expense with showers that cost $ 795 on average.
The families of South Australia are in second position paying $ 761.
Ms. Hassan recommends showering at home or at the local park to reduce the costs of finding a specialized place.
There is also the notion of "bring a plate" instead of attending the event: let your family and friends spoil you with a meal.
& # 39; In addition, it is not necessary that you decorate your entire house. Restricting the baby shower to just one room means you can stretch your decorating budget even further, "he explained.
To further reduce costs, he admitted that DIY decoration and sending email invitations will save the environment, and the balance of your bank, at the same time.