Having a shower for second baby used to be considered greedy and unacceptable. But now it is not only acceptable, but it is actually necessary for some families to have a baby shower for second baby. Though mom-to-be may already have a lot of the major items from her first baby. Crib, stroller, high chair - she will need many other items.
Moms-to-be always need things like diapers and wipes, undershirts, bath accessories, and feeding supplies. Second baby showers could actually be a "sprinkle" shower. A "sprinkle" shower is where guests buy only the necessities rather than having a full-blown shower.
You could also consider finding out from mom-to-be what she wished she had but didn't get the first time around. Then add those items to the suggested gifts. It could also be a "Bear Necessities" theme decorated with all sorts of bears for the shower for second baby.
You could have baby showers for second baby for a caboose baby, or a baby born much later than other babies. Might be very similar to a first time baby shower. Most likely, if there are many years between babies, these parents no longer have any baby items and will be in need of all types of gifts for the second baby showers.
For moms-to-be who already have enough for the baby, you might consider having a "mom" baby shower where everyone brings a baby shower gift for mom-to-be instead of for the baby. These can be items with which she can pamper herself, or items that she may need while she is in labor.
Sometimes the mom-to-be doesn't need anything for the baby or for herself, but she wants to have a get together with friends. For this type of party, you may want to ask guests to bring unwrapped baby gifts. You can all wrap these gifts at the party, label them, and then donate them to a charity in mom-to-be's (or baby's) name.
Baby showers for second babies can be directed towards helping out a new mom after the baby is born. If you hold the shower close enough to the baby's birth you can have a "Freezer Party." This is where baby shower guests bring assorted dishes that can be frozen and heated up so mom-to-be doesn't have to worry about cooking. At least for the first week or so that she is home from the hospital.
"Helping Hands" are great for baby showers for second child. Ask guests not to buy gifts, coming instead with a homemade coupon redeemable for their services. These services can include babysitting an older child making dinner, or cleaning the house while mom and baby are still in the hospital.
You may even want to throw a baby shower to remind the mom-to-be that she won't always be pregnant. Suggest buying gifts like sexy lingerie, sinful chocolates, and exotic beverages. All those things she has to keep away from while pregnant. Keep in mind that if you give alcoholic beverages to a nursing mother make sure she also has a breast pump and knows how to use it!
A gift certificate for a massage, dinner, or even a pre-natal class is a great idea as well. And don't forget that mom-to-be will probably need nursing bras plus post-natal support garments as well (these might be fun as gag gifts).
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