Alternative 2nd Baby Showers: “Sprinkles”
Opting for a Sprinkle (a Baby Sprinkle, that Is)
We’ve all been to elaborate baby showers before. The decorations, the party games, the perfect cupcakes and the women all gathered around to shower the new mommy to be with gifts and love – they can be either incredibly endearing or incredibly annoying, depending on who you are and how much you enjoy big estrogen-fueled get-togethers like this.
No matter who you are, though, there is no denying that a baby shower can be a pretty important event for new parents. Not only does it allow those who love them most to help them prepare for this huge life change on the horizon, but it also gives soon-to-be mothers the opportunity to really celebrate the new life they are growing and to get valuable advice from the other women and mothers in their lives.
It’s a celebration of a baby, one that will often lead to pictures that will be sprinkled throughout the baby book and memories that the new mommy will be grateful to have.
When you think about it like that, baby showers really are pretty special. So much so, that it is kind of a wonder we tend to encourage them only for first babies.
Traditional logic dictates that the point of a baby shower is to obtain the necessities for a baby. For parents who have subsequent children, the standard belief is that by then they have the items and knowledge they need to take on the challenge ahead of them – so it is no longer considered proper etiquette to expect another party in their honor.
But I tend to think the party is more about the baby. And as such, I’m a big fan of celebrating each and every birth as they come. After all, when your children grow older and start flipping through their baby books, aren’t they going to wonder why only one of them got a party?
That is where Baby Sprinkles come in – like a shower, but not full blown, these are the parties meant to celebrate all the babies who come after the first.
The heavy decorations and expensive presents are no longer a necessity for a sprinkle – a play on words, since a rain sprinkle would obviously be less abundant than a shower. And the guest list is traditionally smaller, usually just your nearest and dearest getting together to celebrate and sometimes give smaller, more practical gifts, like boxes of diapers and wipes. You don’t necessarily have to organize party games, nor is it expected to go all out with the baby themed food items. Realistically, this is just a great excuse to get together with the important women
(and men too?) in life and to celebrate the baby who is on the way. Sadly, those get-togethers seem to become more and more rare as we grow older.
So why not embrace that opportunity and throw a sprinkle for that second-time mommy to be in your life? Doesn’t every baby deserve a celebration?
I, of course, advocate for having a professional photographer there as well – because there just aren’t enough events where all the important women in your life will be in the same room. And having professional shots from your baby shower (or sprinkle) can be pretty special – the kind of images you really do hold onto and look back on with a full heart years (and even decades) down the line.
Besides, why not have the best images you can get for those baby books? Because let’s be real, after the first baby – filling those things out starts to seem impossible. But professional photos? Those are a no-brainer to add right in!