Like them or not, baby showers are a motherhood rite of passage. Or are they?

Meghan Overdeep
January 9, 2019
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Women have been welcoming each other into motherhood with baby showers for generations. Traditionally, these late-morning or afternoon parties are reserved for female friends and family of the mama-to-be. They’re multi-hour affairs filled with innocent, estrogen-scented activities. And gifts… so many gifts.

It’s no secret that baby showers are often boring, almost always tedious, and that many people dread them. But we always chalked it up to the kind of thing you just have to do. Sort of like getting braces. Like them or not, baby showers and all their stuffy glory are a required rite of passage… right?

Well, we recently came across an essay by Laura Lane that got us to thinking. Writing for PureWow, she suggests mamas throw the time-honored tradition of ooh-ing and aah-ing over breast pumps on its pastel head.  She even gave her modern alternative to baby showers a catchy name. A hatchelorette. (Bachelorette + hatching a baby = hatchelorette.) Cute, right?

Basically, it’s a celebration for the mom-to-be and her friends that’s actually fun.

She suggests taking the idea of the pre-wedding bonding ritual that a bachelorette provides but subbing out the drinks and late-night partying with "yoga, a braid bar, or a private chef."

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Lane says she was inspired by the urge to spend quality time with the close friends she’ll see less of after giving birth. “And it’s as much for them as it is for me: Yes, my life will undoubtedly change, but I want my friends to know I’m still there for them and won’t be disappearing into a black hole of mommyhood, never to be seen again,” she continues.

As for her hatchelorette? Lane rented an Airbnb for a two-night sleepover that will include lounging by the pool, a chick-flick movie night and a round of baby-shower games she just couldn’t resist.

Sounds fun, right?

So, what do you think? Are hatchelorettes a good alternative to old-fashioned baby showers?