Some people say that there should only be a baby shower for the first baby in the family. Of course the parents need a lot more “things” before having their first baby, but a baby shower is not just about the gifts. It’s about bringing the family together and celebrating the new bundle of joy. In this article you will find 4 cool ideas for when you’re planning a second baby shower.
Since this is the second child, this means that there is a big brother or sister. Even if the sibling is a toddler you can still include him or her in the celebration of the new baby.
1- Include the children.
Usually there are cousins and neighbor’s kids too, so involving them in the celebration is a great idea. You can separate a place in the living room to be the arts and crafts corner.
See if you can find an adult that will volunteer to be responsible for craft time with the children at the party. All of the kids can create artwork featuring the baby. Tell the children to draw pictures of the baby that will be arriving and picture what he or she will be like.
Be sure to have materials like paint, crayons, markers, glitter, fabric, scissors, glue, and magazines for them to use their imagination. Children love having the freedom to create. After they are done, each one can explain to the adults what their artwork represents. Not only will this help the kids get excited about the baby, it will also give them the chance to shine during the event. If you’re doing a themed event such as a ladybug baby shower or a frog baby shower, you can provide themed activity and coloring pages for extra fun. (By the way I created free themed activity pages for children to use that you can find at those links.)
2- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
When you start planning your party, you’ll notice that the costs quickly add up. The best thing to do is to call the more intimate friends and family and ask them to help. Also check out these tips for a more affordable baby shower. Asking others to help out not only will make things cheaper but it will also relieve the workload. You will be amazed at how many people actually love to be of service.
If you don’t know where to start in planning the food for the party, here’s an article I recently wrote with tips for planning a baby shower menu. Ask family members which item they would prefer to bring to help out. If someone in the family is great at cake decorating, have them make the cake instead of ordering it from a bakery. Decoratives take a lot of time so have at least 4 family members come the day of the party to set the party up.
3- Record and take pictures of the baby shower.
It’s important to take lots of pictures and if possible even make a video of the event. Find someone in the family that is good at taking pictures and have him or her be the photographer of the event.
Since this is the second baby, take lots of pictures of the sibling and the “mommy to be”. Ideally someone else will record the event on video. Before the party begins, have them record and take pictures of just the decorations of the shower. Have the sibling give a video dedication. Start the photo album and video just with the decoratives. Make sure that everyone at the party gets their picture taken with the “mommy to be” and her tummy. These will be wonderful memoirs for the arriving baby and for other family members.
4- Think of ideas for alternative baby shower gifts.
If the mom already has a lot of baby items and doesn’t need more of those, then you can do an alternative party. One idea would be to have a “freezer party” where guests bring food that can be frozen and used in the first few months after the baby is born. Those beginning months are the most difficult and not having to worry about making food is a huge relief for the parents. Ask the mom if she likes this idea and if she does, then implement it.
Make sure that if you are going to throw a shower around a theme, that it is something that she would enjoy. Here are several creative baby shower ideas for you to think of before choosing. And if the mommy wants the gifts to surround that theme make sure to let the guests know too.
Another thing that you can do is have each guest think of something that they can do to help out in the first few months after the baby is born. Whatever their idea is, they can bring a gift certificate with this idea instead of a physical gift. Examples of great gift certificates are: baby sitting, mowing the lawn, household chores and errands, a day off for mom to take care of herself, etc.
I hope you enjoyed these tips for planning a second baby shower.
Eren Mckay is a work at home mom to 3 boys. She loves to share baby shower ideas and help others with party planning. She is also the founder of Embracing Home which is a website created to inspire, encourage, motivate and provide resources for families.