Post # 1
I want to celebrate a friend’s upcoming baby, but I’m not sure what type of party to throw for her. I’ve only been to a baby shower for baby #1 so I’m not sure if the same baby games apply, etc…
Post # 3
Nope! Women tend to only get one baby shower to collect all of the things they need for baby…by the time you are on your second you already have your lay of the land and many of the things you will need.
I think you could throw a party for the baby after she is born but a shower would be very gift-grabby.
Post # 4
I recently learned of “a baby sprinkle” for #2. Usually it’s done on a much smaller/simpler scale, is usually more casual, and usually only for super close friends and/or family only.
ETA: I’d check with your friend. I wanted to do a shower from my friend who was expecting #2 and she said ABSOLUTELY not. She would be so embarrassed at having a 2nd shower. So, we compromised and did a casual BBQ we dubbed “Baby BBQ” and played silly shower games (along with her #1 child – who LOVED it) and had a relaxing afternoon (with presents!) 🙂
Post # 5
Like most of these things, it depends on your region, circle of friends/family, culture, etc… In my area, it is very common to have baby showers for every baby, not just the first child. 🙂
Some people prefer to hold a so-called “sprinkle” for babies other than #1. It’s basically just a scaled back version of a regular shower – fewer guests, smaller presents, etc… Also, you could throw a themed shower, which I think would be very appropriate for a second (or third, fourth, whatever) baby. As a second time mom, I would have loved a diaper shower or the like!
Post # 6
I think there are only two occasions when you can have a second baby shower…
1. If it’s been a LONG time since you had your first… I mean if you had a child young and then 10+ years later had a second… you probably wouldn’t have the things from the first child still and if you did they are probably obsolete at this point…
2. If the first child has passed away… very sad and I would think the couple wouldn’t have wanted to keep and/or use the same things from that child… I think it would just be too hard.
Post # 7
I disagree. My best friend is having her second baby and it’s her second boy as well, but we are having a shower for her. It’s more of a celebration and a chance to get together and play fun baby games. She isn’t registering anywhere and the invites include “gifts are not necessary”. I will obviously be bringing gifts, but more of a fun nature and just because as her friends and family we are beyond excited to add a new baby to our family!
You can play the same games that you would play at an original shower! It’s more a celebration of her and a new baby!!!!
Post # 8
I threw a sprinkle for my sister when she had #2. She didn’t register or anything like that, it was just a get together with most of our family and her closest friends. They bought her little things like clothes and stuff. It was just nice to celebrate together.
Post # 9
I never heard of sprinkle lol that is cute. I say do a casual get togetheror dinner to celebrate. I never heard of people doing a second shower because they have tons of baby stuff already, but I do notice people tend to bring little things for the baby like clothes, bottles, and other things rather then the big ticket items people would get at a baby shower
Post # 10
Oh… I thought there was a shower for every baby…. At least that’s the way it is for my family/ surrounding peoples. Hmmm…
Post # 11
@Mrs. Spring: I agree that it varies. I’ve been to showers for a 2nd baby and didn’t think anytihng of it. Every child deserves to be celebrated. It makes sense that gifts would be scaled back, (mom already has the big stuff). But there are things she’ll still need for #2, like new clothes, (if it’s a different gender), maybe an undated car seat, (new regulations on those things all the time), diapers, bottles, etc etc.
Post # 12
My cousin threw me a baby sprinkle for #2 and people actually got mad it wasnt bigger and they were not invited. Every baby should be celebrated!
Post # 13
I just THREW a baby shower for baby #2, so it is done. The rest of the guests and myself didn’t know the mom when baby #1 came along. They requested that we not do much in terms of gifts, but if we wanted to do something, they really needed a family bike seat for their older child (the new baby will inherit the old one). This is the main way they get around. Everyone chipped in $10, and we had a tidy little VISA gift card to give them towards the bike seat/whatever other supplies they might need. We also did kids’ books, which are good both for baby and big sister.
OP, we kept it pretty low-key, and it worked great. Brunch out at a local restaurant, and games that could be played in a restaurant environment.
1. “Don’t say baby.” Everyone got five safety pins and was told not to use the word baby. If you said it and someone caught you, you had to give up one of your pins to that person. The person with the most pins at the end of the shower wins a small prize.
2. Mom and Dad — everyone gets a sheet with different aspects of the new baby to be — hair, eyes, smile, height, intelligence, etc, and boxes for “Mom” and “Dad.” The mom picks whose characteristics she hopes the baby has, and all the guests try to guess what she’d pick. Most right guesses gets a small prize.
3. Animal Babies — a lot of animals have special names for their babies. Goose = gosling, dog = puppy, etc. (There are lists on the Internet.) I read off the names of the animal and people tried to think of the baby name. The most number of right answers (you guessed it) gets a small prize.
More ideas here: http://www.babyshower101.com/baby_shower_games.html
Post # 14
Hmmm, in my circle it’s common to have a shower for baby #2 if the baby is a different gender than baby #1. I don’t think I know anyone who had a shower for baby #2 if they were the same sex.
Post # 15
I tend to agree you only get one baby shower unless you had your babies very far apart (like 10 years), however last week I attended the second baby shower of the month for my FSIL’s 4th baby!!!! 19 months ago I attended 2 baby showers for her last kid, same gender. I wasn’t around for the births of her 2 kids before that, but I know she had showers for them too! All 4 kids were with my FI’s older brother. I went to all of the ones I was invited to, brought presents, and kept my mouth shut. I love her and didn’t really mind, but I would never let anyone throw me that many showers, especially with so many of the same guests.
Post # 16
Nope no baby shower for #2 unless more than 5 years have passed between births. It is considered gift grabby if have a 2nd one within a small amount of time in my area.