The USO continued hosting baby showers for military parents-to-be around the globe virtually in 2020. Building on the success of nearly a decade hosting showers with Heidi Murkoff, the best-selling author of the “What to Expect” book series, and looking to reach more families of the nearly 100,000 military babies annually, these showers will now be available more often through USO locations and to new locations than previously supported.

Combining baby shower games, local guest speakers, and drawings for traditional baby shower gifts; the showers, hosted virtually or in-person when able, provide a touch of home for moms-to-be who are often away from their families, friends, and support networks during their pregnancies. In 2020, Johnson & Johnson joined the party as a presenting partner, supporting the Special Delivery program for all expectant military families. More than 13,000 expectant service members and military spouse parents have been served through this program since it was launched in 2013.

Keep checking back for more 2022 dates and locations!

Aug 4 – In-Person – Spritz - Cannon AFB
Aug 10 – In-Person – Boots & Booties - Sigonella
Aug 13 – In-Person – Baby Shower hosted w/Heidi Murkoff - Honolulu (Pearl Harbor)
Aug 14 – In-Person – Baby Shower hosted w/Heidi Murkoff - Schofield Barracks
Aug 15 – Virtual – Baby Shower
Aug 18 – In-Person – Boots & Booties - Fort Riley
Aug 25 – In-Person – Baby Shower hosted w/Heidi Murkoff - Mayport, FL
Aug 25 – In-Person – Baby Shower hosted w/Heidi Murkoff - Fort Stewart, GA
Aug 27 – In-Person – Baby Shower hosted w/Heidi Murkoff - Fayetteville, NC
Aug 31 – In-Person – Spritz - Yokota AB

Sept 17 – In-Person – Spritz - Madison, WI
Sept 20 – In-Person – Spritz - Whiteman AFB, MO

To reach more communities and provide greater access to programming, USO has introduced new events for growing military families, in addition to the traditional baby showers hosted over the years.

Spritz: smaller-scale shower hosting up to 50 people, designed to help foster community connections while celebrating growing military families throughout the year, still with the fun, games, and drawings for prizes.

Boots & Booties: intended to provide more frequent support and community-building opportunities to growing military families, these events will allow the entire family to participate in programming, learn from their community and strengthen their local support network.