Baby Showers for Second Babies

Monday, October 2, 2017

To my knowledge there's no hard-and-fast rule about baby showers for second, third, or even fourth children. Maybe I should consult Emily Post on the matter. Having a baby shower for the first baby makes a lot of sense. Babies come with truck loads of stuff! Most of which is only used during the first couple years of life. Fortunately, I was showered with not one, but two, generous baby showers three years ago. Creating a registry made the process a bit simpler, but I was pretty clueless about what exactly we needed and what we would use. Now I know, when in doubt, consult this helpful list.

But when it comes to having a second child (especially when it's the same gender), I always feel a little conflicted about a baby shower. Is it necessary? Probably not. Do I need one? Again, probably not. Will I attend someone else's shower that is having a same gender second baby? Most likely yes. Why? Mainly because I feel like babies should be celebrated. And who doesn't like a good party? (By good, I mean absolutely NO hokey baby shower games.)

That said, a couple friends have asked what they can get us for baby number two and to be honest, I've had a hard time responding. Mainly because now that I'm a parent I feel like the most important thing you can give a weary mama of a newborn is sleep. Buckets of sleep. Which, let's be honest, isn't really something you can gift wrap and pop in the mail. Apart from cherished shut-eye, I have a hazy memory of just how many diapers babies use. Sometimes 10-12 in one day! And while giving diapers to a new parent might be akin to receiving toilet paper for Christmas, I can honestly say that diapers are a gift that will be appreciated and get used.

The other SUPER helpful thing about having a child is when friends and family bring meals. We don't live close to any family, but were so lucky to have numerous friends bring meals or muffins over during those first few weeks. What a lifesaver. While I have every ambition of stocking my freezer better this time around, I'm fairly certain if someone sent us a meal kit (like this or this) I might just be the happiest person on the planet.

Lastly, having another baby is a great time to take stock of what worked and what didn't the first time around. Here I'm referring mainly to baby gear. One of my biggest regrets the first time around was purchasing a ten-year-old secondhand car seat. Yikes. Which I now know is technically illegal. That said, I've done some research and decided that we really ought to invest in a new car seat and portable stroller frame to manage the hoopla that will involve navigating two small humans. Any other must-have items you've loved and used for your babies?

Ps. Our tiny registry for baby #2 can be found here.

2 comments:

  1. Whether it is necessary or not, it is just a way to express and share happiness. Having a baby is a beautiful feeling and one can celebrate and share with others.

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  2. Such cute ideas. I truly liked reading through this post. One of my cousins is also expecting and we would be hosting a DIY baby shower at the rustic chic themed LA venue. We have been making DIY décor stuff these days. Feeling super excited for this bash.

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