Tradition long ago put the kibosh on consecutive sibling baby showers and gifts. Go ahead and break the rules for once. Give a gift unique to the parents, but also one that the second baby can enjoy.
True, seasoned parents already have all the essentials from the first time around. And hopefully they make enough bank now to do without a jumbo diaper cake from the neighborhood play group. But they're still your friends, and the occasion is definitely joyous enough to merit a little something to say congrats on the latest addition. Not bottles, burp cloths, or bathtubs. Think concert tickets, classic books, or dinner for two at the hip new place in town.
Grab tickets to a coveted show for a last hurrah before the baby is born. Wrap the tickets in a onesie adorned with their favorite band's logo from www.band-tees.com.
Make a copy of your favorite Coldplay, Bob Marley, or Beatles tunes and pair it with a lullaby version of the album to help them really rock the cradle from www.rockabyebabymusic.com. Contribute to the family library with your top-rated adult book of the year (non-parenting subject matter, please) and a classic tale that was meaningful to your own childhood. Sign them up for a subscription to Newsweek and throw in a Baby Einstein toy to occupy baby with brain-building fun while Mom and Dad catch up with the rest the world, one week at a time.
Reserve a table for two at a trendy restaurant and offer your babysitting services for the night. Treat the sprout to a gourmet feast of handmade pretend food from www.lillybeanmarket.com.
Stock the freezer with individual servings of your prized recipes. Inspire the same homemade goodness for their little one with a baby food processor.
A well-traveled family must be a well-organized family. Arm the globetrotters with monogrammed his, hers, and baby's toiletry bags from www.llbean.com.
Ease the sting of airfare expenses with vouchers from their most-traveled airline. Ease Mama's back pain and baby's airport anxiety with a stylish hands-free carrier like those from www.metromamma.com.
Give them passes and an excuse to get out and converse with other adults at a local museum or art exhibit. Inspire their little artiste with hip wall graphics for the nursery.
Grace the coffee table with a gorgeous compilation book of their favorite artist's work. Encourage creative documentation of milestones with a custom baby memory book.
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