given four to six weeks before or after baby's arrival, showers provide
friends and family a chance to deluge the mom-to-be with the tools of
her new trade. Lately, it's not uncommon to find men at such
gatherings, and showers for expectant couples are becoming more
popular. Whatever the setting or the guest list, the purpose remains
the same—to shower the expecting with gifts for the expected.
The Family Circle. Compile a memory book with pictures of parents, brothers, sisters, and other of the baby's relatives.
It Takes a Village.
Contribute to the purchase of such major baby gear as a crib, bassinet,
cradle, high chair, stroller, booster seat, car seat, battery-operated
swing, changing table, jogging stroller, portable crib, infant carrier,
or portable play yard.
Make Room for Baby.
Give nursery equipment or furnishings: an ultrasonic humidifier, a
nursery monitor, an electronic thermometer, a mobile, wall hangings,
crib bumpers, blankets, quilts, a crib mirror, a nursery clock, or
Assemble bath-time items in a baby bathtub. Wrap the filled tub with a
large sheet of cellophane, tie it with a colorful bow, and top it with
an adorable rubber duck.
On the Go.
Equip a diaper bag with gear for outings: a car bottle warmer, a
portable changing pad, disposable diapers, baby wipes, baby toys,
rattles, and teething rings.
It’s a Keeper.
Give a silver rattle, spoon, porringer, mirror, or another keepsake
engraved with the baby's initials and the date of her birth, blessing,
christening, or other first rite.
A Proper Pedigree. Create and frame a family tree or pedigree chart.
Front Page News. Laminate the front page of the newspaper from the day the baby was born.
Make an heirloom-quality quilt, christening dress, or petticoat.
Embroider the baby's name and birth date (or christening date) on the
item and offer to embroider the same information for each successive
recipient. (Granted, you will not likely be around to do this for more
than a generation or two, but it's a polite way to suggest the
tradition be maintained.)
A Place for Everything. Decorate an oval basket with scraps of fabric and lace to resemble a baby bassinet. Fill the basket with nursery supplies.Motherly Love.
A care package for Mom is a welcome change from the traditional baby
shower gifts. Bubble bath, candy bars, good books, and a few coupons
for baby-sitting would bring a smile to a tired new mother's face.
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