Archive for June, 2011

Shower Ideas for a Second-Time Mom

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Your best friend is having another baby, and you’d like to do something special for her and host a shower. Or, you sister offered to host a shower for your second baby. But what is the proper etiquette for baby showers for subsequent babies?

Traditional baby showers, with all the corny games and cute diaper cakes, may be great for first time moms-to-be, but for those who already have had their first baby, the traditional shower may not be what she needs (or wants) most. Fortunately, some creative people out there have thought up some alternatives. Here are a few ideas for you to consider:

  • Sip and See. A “Sip and See” is a casual type of baby shower that’s held after the baby arrives.  Friends and family are invited to come over for a few hours to meet the baby (see) and enjoy light food & drinks (sip).  Typically a southern trend, these showers are taking place all across the country. Gifts are optional. Pros: The new mom can show off the baby to all her closest friends in one fell swoop. Cons: The idea of throwing a party right after you give birth might be a little daunting.
  • Safety Shower. This is great for a mom who has toddlers. Have shower guests sign up for a set of specific items to bring as a gift, such as cabinet locks, outlet covers, window alarms, etc. Invite the husbands and have the handy ones install everything under the instruction of the parents-to-be. Order a pizza and you’ve got a casual, and productive party (with a twist)!
  • Cleaning and Meal Prep Shower. Stock the expecting parents’ freezer with homemade meals. Then, let them relax or go to dinner while you clean their house from top to bottom. Having a clean house and knowing there are some prepared meals in the fridge can relieve a lot of stress for a pregnant woman just before delivery.
  • BBQ and Supplies Shower. Again, a casual/low stress party that’s also tremendously helpful for a mom-to-be.  Since a second-time mom might be all set on the bigger ticket items, have guests bring basics such as diapers, lotions, baby shampoos, and more. Browse the baby aisles at Target and it’s easy to come up with categories for such essentials.

A baby shower is a great reason to gather friends together in celebration. Hopefully these ideas might help those who are planning a baby shower for a second-time mom.  Regardless of whether or not you have a “shower,” there are many nice things to do for a new mom, whether this is her first or fifth baby. Let us know your creative ideas, or tell us about an interesting alternative shower that you’ve attended.

 

Contoured vs. Flat Changing Pads

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

If you are having a baby, you have an important decision to make – a decision that outweighs all others.  No, I’m not talking about what doctor to choose, what prenatal vitamin to take, or even what the baby’s name will be. I am talking about the penultimate decision that will shape the next years of your life.  Yes, I am talking about the changing pads.

What’s that you say?  Changing pads are an afterthought, an inconsequential piece of baby gear, some sort of commodity to throw under your child when you change their pants!!!  Well, you have A LOT to learn.

Contoured Changing Pad

Sooooo, maybe I exaggerate, but come on, how else can I get you excited about changing pads?  And besides, it is something you will use multiple times every day, so you might as well get one you like.  These cushions fit almost any changing table or dresser, with a safety belt attached over the baby’s mid-section and a security strap that keeps the pad attached to the furniture.  It’s designed to offer the baby comfort and the parent easy cleaning.

Basic changing pads are flat, but there are also contoured pads that have a “U” shaped in the center; the higher “walls” help prevent the baby from rolling too far in either direction.  Fortunately, we offer changing pad covers to match your bedding which are machine washable for easy clean up and to extend the life of your changing pad.

Flat Changing Pad

Our contoured changing pad cover fits similar to a crib sheet with an elastic on the four corners for a snug fit.  The flat changing pad cover is flat, and is similar to a pillow case enclosing the entire changing pad. These covers are not padded, since they fit over the pad itself.

You now have the skinny on changing pads, so feel good about the decision you make.