We’re throwing a Baby Sprinkle for my sister-in-law on Saturday and I am psyched!
Yep, you read that right. A baby sprinkle, NOT a baby shower.
And what is a baby sprinkle?
A baby sprinkle is a smaller version of a baby shower. Traditionally, we celebrate the upcoming birth of the mommy-to-be’s first child with a baby shower. The shower is a chance to help the first time mom properly prepare for her baby. Guests “shower” the mommy with everything from clothes and pacifiers to a high chair and crib.
What about the second, third, fourth, etc., baby? All babies are gifts and deserve their own celebration. A baby sprinkle allows guests to “sprinkle” the veteran mom with items for her newest little sunshine. Gifts include items that aren’t usually saved from baby to baby like diapers, formula and clothes in the right size for the right season.
Should you throw a baby sprinkle for a mom who already had a baby shower for her first baby?
I’ll admit, when I first read about the baby sprinkle, I was skeptical. I had an amazing baby shower for my first baby with so many awesome gifts, so would I want to ask those same family members and friends to give me more gifts when I have my second baby? When my sister gets pregnant and I have a shower for her that includes all the same family members, would I really have the nerve to ask for more for her during baby two or three?
In a nutshell: No.
If you’re talking the same family and friends for each shower/sprinkle, I think one is enough. If they chose to send you gifts for each child, on their own terms, that’s up to them. However, to have more than one gift-giving event involving the same guests is, in my opinion, greedy.
That being said, if the guests are going to be an entirely new crowd, go for it. A baby sprinkle is perfect for family and/or friends that were not a part of the baby shower.
Long story short, my family was not a part of my sister’s-in-law life when she had her first child, so, obviously, we were not present at her baby shower. We’re a part of her life now and we want to celebrate the newest member of our family. A baby sprinkle is the perfect way to do so.
Stay tuned and next Thursday I’ll share with you pictures and ideas from our Baby Sprinkle!