Is a friend or family member welcoming a baby in the coming months? We have gift ideas for you! Here are adorable board books for babies, perfect to welcome a new little one. Several of them have a spring theme, so they are ideal books for a baby shower in the spring.
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Books for a Baby Shower in the Spring
A book is a gift that lasts for years to come! Of course, they are great for cuddling up and reading to very young children, but they last even beyond those first few years. My daughter is now four, and the simple text of the books below is perfect for her to start sounding out words.
Enjoy these sweet board books, the perfect books for a baby shower in the spring!
It is physically impossible to pick up Welcome, Baby: Hello, Bunny and not say, “Awww!” At least, that is what always happens with me! I’m pretty sure I have little heart emojis in my eyes as well, because this chunky board book is full of adorable baby animals, doing activities that little ones will recognize from their daily lives, like playing at the park and, of course, reading bedtime stories! The shaped pages are easier for little hands to turn, besides providing extra color and texture to explore.
Welcome, Baby: Love You, Baby is part of the same series as Welcome, Baby: Hello, Bunny, and features many of the same super cute baby animals. This book explores the many ways that a parent can show their love for baby, from dancing to splashing in the tub. Glittery cut-out hearts of graduated sizes immediately attract children’s attention and add to the colorful illustrations. A sweet book to snuggle up and share together.
Spring Is Here! is part of the phenomenal Changing Faces series (read my review of I Love You, Elephant!). Babies will be fascinated by how the animal faces change as you turn the pages! Explore the joys of the season as the animals celebrate everything that’s great about spring, such as running in the grass and swimming in a pond. With simple text and engaging illustrations, this is a book guaranteed to keep them engaged!
Baby Up, Baby Down: A First Book of Opposites is part of the same series as the phenomenal first book of feelings, Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions (read my review). Little ones love to look at pictures of other babies, and this book is full of bright photos of babies demostrating such fundamental opposites as up and down, and clean and messy. (My daughter loves that last one! “That baby’s so messy!”) I love the simple, uncluttered look of these books, so that little readers can really focus on the pictures without too much distraction. A great book for learning first concepts!
July 30, 2014Baby ShowerComments Off on Baby Shower Ideas: Easy Ways to Make It A Special Day
Thank you to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.
Throwing a baby shower for a friend? We love baby showers! They are such a fun way to celebrate the expecting mama and her new little one. Here are some tips for making it a special day:
1. Choose the Right Style
One size definitely does not fit all, so keep in mind what kind of event would suit her. Would your friend like a big party, or a more intimate gathering with just family and a few close friends? Does she prefer something light, with lots of fun baby shower games, or something more reflective and spiritual? Let her personality be your guide!
2. Pick a Fun Theme
The right theme can set the tone for your party. Keep in mind her personal style (see above) then pick a theme to match. For a big bash, you could choose a theme that focuses more on friends having fun (luau!), while a quieter event could focus on relaxation and pampering (spa day!). Does she like cutesy touches (duckies!), or something more serious (candles!) Take your cue from her: How is she decorating the nursery? (Or do they even have one?) Take a peek at any purchases she’s made so far for the baby, and listen to any hints she might have dropped (“I just want to put my feet up and relax!”)
3. Add Personalized Touches
What really makes the day special is showing her that you have paid attention to her. Add personalized touches by making favors with her favorite quote, playing music that is meaningful to her, and decorating the space with special photos. But you can really get off on the right foot by sending beautiful, personalized baby shower invitations. It’s easier to do than you think!
Courtesy of Basic Invite. Is anyone surprised that I really loved their monkey invitations??
You can personalize invitations instantly online at Basic Invite. It is so easy! Users can to customize the colors and text on every page of the invitation, so you can tailor the look down to the last detail – all in a matter of seconds!
Courtesy of Basic Invite
And don’t forget that when the time comes, she can use Basic Invite to create beautiful birth announcements. How cool is that?
So pat yourself on the back for being such a great, sensitive friend – now go have some fun playing around with baby stuff!
Check out the collection at Basic Invite and let us know which is your favorite!
I love baby showers! They are such a fun way to welcome children into the world and, of course, to celebrate the expecting mama. (For an alternative baby shower, see my post on Mother Blessings).
Today you can find me over at The Sugar Aunts (one of my favorite blogs!) sharing the games we played during the baby shower for Little Monkey – over a year and a half ago, already! (Don’t miss the candle favor I made for his baby shower using one of my favorite inspirational quotes). And while you’re there, be sure to take a look around at this amazing site – such great ideas for little ones! You can find my full post below:
As often happens when you have mommy friends, when I was expecting Baby I knew a number of other moms that were expecting as well. In the wonderful Natural Parenting group I belong to there were five of us! (That is, there were five when we started planning. As it turned out, two more found out they were expecting shortly before our Mother Blessing!)
To celebrate the expecting mamas, we decided that rather than a traditional baby shower, we would do a Mother Blessing, also commonly known as a Blessingway. (There is some controversy over the term “Blessingway” and its connection to a sacred Navajo ceremony; as a result, I use the term “Mother Blessing” here).
A Mother Blessing is a wonderful alternative to the traditional baby shower. Don’t get me wrong – I love baby showers! But a Mother Blessing filled a different need for me – it is more about spiritual connection to a network of women and to the baby. It was a very centering and empowering experience, something this busy mama desperately needed.
There is no right or wrong way to hold a Mother Blessing. Do what feels right for you and your circle of friends. Here I’ll be sharing what we did for our Mother Blessing, which we based in large part on this collection of Mother Blessing ideas put together by Code Name Mama.
Please note, often a Mother Blessing is held for just one woman, but in our case we did one ceremony for all of the expecting mamas in our group.
Mother Blessing Program
2. Introductions (of mamas and babies – due dates and gender, if known)
3. Anointing the expecting mamas
One of our members sells essential oils, so she brought several calming, centering oils for us to use. Several guests volunteered to help with this part. (Again, see the great Mother Blessing resource from Code Name Mama for additional ideas).
Each person was responsible for “anointing” a specific body part of each of the expecting mamas and reciting a blessing, as follows:
“I anoint your head for all the decisions you will make.”
“I anoint your arms for all the times they will cradle your baby.”
“I anoint your hands for all the work and play to come.”
“I anoint your chest for all the nourishment and love you provide for your baby.”
“I anoint your belly for your ability to grow along with your child.”
“I anoint your knees for all the times you will kneel to tend to your child.”
“I anoint your feet for all the miles you will walk to care for your child.”
4. Personal blessings
Each guest was asked to bring a blessing to share with the expecting mamas. It could be a poem, a prayer, or a simple blessing of their own invention. I shared this beautiful Bahá’í prayer for infants.
5. Birthing necklaces
Each guest brought beads to make birthing necklaces for the guests of honor. The beads should have some special meaning to symbolize strength and joy for the mother during the birthing process. For example, I found these beautiful beads that reminded me of the kind of jewelry my grandmother wore before her passing. We made these beads into necklaces for each of the expecting mamas, who could keep it as a source of strength during labor.
6. Birth stories
As the necklaces were being made, guests shared (positive!) birth stories. I personally have always found this storytelling to be such a powerful way to connect with other mothers and share our wisdom and experience.
7. String bracelets
While only the expecting mamas received the birthing necklaces, everyone present received a simple string bracelet to wear as a token of support for the expecting mamas. We passed a colorful piece of string around the room, and each guests slowly circled her wrist with it, until we were all connected in one big circle of strength. As each guest was wrapping her wrist with the string, she evoked her female forebears and she gave a wish for the expecting mamas, so for example: “I am Leanna, daughter of …, granddaughter of … and …., and I wish you joy.”
8. Labor candles
Finally, our hostess passed out beautiful candles to the guests, to light when we heard that one of the mothers had gone into labor.
Afterwards, we enjoyed the yummy treats everyone had brought and made prayer flags for the babies’ rooms. I got the idea from this photo I found online. To keep things simple (and avoid sewing, since I don’t have a sewing machine!) I cut out the flags from felt – one chain for each expecting mama – and each person decorated one flag on each of the chains. It is such a lovely keepsake for the mama and a sweet decoration for the baby’s room!
A Mother Blessing is a special way to welcome babies into a caring community. For me it was a calming, centering way to connect with my baby and my friends.
Have you ever participated in a Mother Blessing?
I am so excited to be a part of the Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year. This amazing ten day event represents a massive effort from over 40 bloggers to provide the best advice on celebrating all of those firsts of a baby’s first year.
This post is part of the Virtual Baby Shower being held at Multicultural Kid Blogs. For more details and to share your own posts, see the bottom of this page.
It seems incredible to me that it has been nearly a year and a half since my baby shower for Little Monkey; yet, when I try to remember our family without his dimpled grin and bright spirit, it seems a lifetime ago.
Today I am sharing the favors I made for his baby shower, inspired by a quotation that to me encapsulates all the hope we carry for the new little beings that enter into this world and the joyous burden that falls to us as parents to help them reach their potential:
“Every child is potentially the light of the world.”
– Bahá’í Writings
To make these I first create the template in Publisher (download the pdf version here) then printed them on cardstock.
These make lovely cards as is, but I wanted to send everyone home with a little something special, so I simply glued a scented tea light onto each. I kept several for myself, and they still smell heavenly!
At Multicultural Kid Blogs, we consider ourselves a (very large) extended family, and so today we are taking time to celebrate those members that are about to or have recently welcomed new little ones into their lives. We are so happy for them!
The co-hosts of this blog hop, listed below, have each written posts related to baby showers or more generally about becoming parents, plus we’d love for you to link up yours below.
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