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Throw a baby sprinkle

Let the love rain down on an expecting mom

Just because you already have a child (or two… or three…) doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be showered with love for your next baby. Baby “sprinkles” are becoming very popular for second, third and subsequent babies — a much lower key gathering.

With minimal pressure and an informal feel to them, a baby sprinkle party is a lovely way to welcome a new addition.

Never heard of a baby sprinkle? Instead of "showering" the mother with gifts, as in a baby shower, you "sprinkle" her with just a few necessities. As the name suggests, a sprinkle is a light shower. If the child is a second or third child, mothers typically already have most of the supplies needed to care for a baby.

Sprinkle with the daily essentials

A sprinkle stocks repeat parents with basic items they'll need right away and go through quickly. For example: Diapers, diaper cream, baby bathroom essentials and wipes. New outfits, toys, bedding and books are lovely gifts too and guests of a sprinkle should not feel restricted from buying big ticket items, but a sprinkle is mostly about family and friends celebrating a new addition. If there is a big gap between children or a different gender is expected, a full baby shower might be in order, but always consult with the mother to see what she is comfortable with, what items are needed and create your invitation accordingly.

Get input from Mom

Ask Mom what she needs and who she wants to invite. When you're throwing a sprinkle, you have a great opportunity to let her set the tone. Since a baby sprinkle doesn't have the formality of a baby shower, it isn't necessary to go all out when compiling the guest list, decorating, catering, providing entertainment and offering baby shower favors. A coed celebration with children is perfectly acceptable in the case of a sprinkle, so that the expecting mom's husband and child/children can be there, too.

What's a shower without games?

Games can liven up a party and break the ice and most guests will expect to play a game or two, but leave this the mother's discretion. One fun game to consider and a great way to include big brother- or sister-to-be is to ask guests to write their best advice for the sibling on a 3x5 card, which can make a nice keepsake book. Another game for repeat parents is “Remember When" — where guests share stories of their personal experiences raising their children and/or of pregnancy. These can be categorized into “funny,” “embarrassing,” or “sweet,” among others and the mommy-to-be plays judge as to who gave the best stories in each category. This game is great for gleaning a few tidbits of advice about parenthood.

Whatever you do, don't forget older siblings!

A new baby is very exciting, but it can also be very worrisome for a child. Some simple ways you can help ease their insecurities are by including the name(s) of older siblings on the invitations, give the big brother or sister a special role at the sprinkle or a project they can be in charge of, encourage guests to greet the older sibling and if you are hosting a Meet and Greet sprinkle, allow the older sibling to introduce the new baby. A small gift will also go a long way. Becoming a new mom for a second (or third) time is always exciting and a sprinkle is a perfect way to celebrate.

More about baby showers

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