There have been many babies being born recently and even more are on the way. I swear there must be something in the water. With new arrivals coming soon parents need all the help they can get. Thus, the traditions of throwing the parents-to-be a baby shower for the new bundle of joy. Usually given in the later months of pregnancy, the baby shower is thrown anytime it is convenient for the new parents-to-be, even if that means throwing the shower after the baby is born. So, what happens at a baby shower? Many things: there are games, lots of eating of finger foods and of course presents for the newest arrival. Parents will need everything they can get for their little darlings, clothes, bottles, diapers, and wipes. Not to mention all the gadgets and gizmos that help keep the baby healthy and strong. Therefore, we are going to look into ideas for things to play, foods to eat and presents to give. Come on; let us plan a baby shower!
First off, games. There are all sorts of different games to be played. One of my personal favorites is don’t say baby. We played this game at my sister’s baby shower for her little girl. The rules are simple; you wear a something around your neck and do not say baby. If you do say baby you lose your necklace, if you hear someone else say it then you can take theirs and add it to yours. The one with the most at the end of the baby shower wins. This game is my favorite because of my sister’s baby shower. It was well underway when my sister ran outside for a minute. Her husband swerved around and hollered “BABY!” Everyone in the room fell over laughing. He had plum forgotten he was not supposed to say it. Another game is a bit harder to remember as the shower progresses, this one is called don’t cross your legs. Like with don’t say baby, you have to wear something, in this case a pin. If at any time you cross your legs, you loose your pin. See someone else do it and you can take theirs, the one with the most wins.
A very popular game at baby showers is measure mommy. You take a bit of string or some toilet paper and guess how much it would take to go all the way around mommy’s baby bump. Most guesses are way too big though a few have under guessed; the winner usually gets a small prize.
Now on to foods; at most baby showers the throwers have several small finger foods or easy dishes. Chips and sandwiches are very popular because they are easy. However, these are hardly the only things that can be taken. Show a bit of creative flair with something homemade (or go to the store for pre-maid and add your personal touch). If there is a theme try to keep as close to it as possible with the food items. If there is no theme (or you simply do not know it), using gender specific colors are a good idea too. For an example, vanilla cup cakes topped with blueberries for a boy or strawberries for a girl.
Then there are the things that are needed. To be on the safe side, assume that the parents-to-be have absolutely nothing and so need everything. There are many things needed for a child; the number one thing is diapers. They will go through some diapers. What follows is a list of things they might also need. The list is nowhere near complete, merely a guide. In addition, some people will not use certain products, i.e. some people will only use cloth diapers while others would not even know where to start with one. Here is the list:
- Clothes, socks and mittens
- Diaper bag
- Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
- Bathtub, wash cloths and towels
- Baby dishes
- Sippy cups
- Bath toys
- And baby lotion
Well that about covers everything. Three different games to play, a few ideas for the food and a list of some of the things the parents-to-be will need. If all else fails just ask the parents-to-be what they would like to have. So, hope you have fun working with the baby showers. Good luck!