Wednesday, September 12, 2007

What is a Baby Sprinkle?

When baby showers initially became popular, people only held them for the first born baby. Why? Because the average family believes in hand-me-downs. We re-use baby clothes, cribs, high chairs, and other stuff in order to save money.

But in today's world, we've come to realize that we should in fact celebrate all of our babies. And we do that by having a baby shower for the first child, and a baby sprinkle for the others. The celebration got its name because this time, the guests will "sprinkle" the baby with gifts instead of "showering" them. The parents-to-be don't need as much stuff for the second and third babies as they did for the first one.
Any theme will do for a baby sprinkle, but the most popular one is the "baby's library" theme. This theme focuses on gathering educational items for the baby, rather than clothes and toys. Click here for planning ideas for the baby's library theme.
For those of you who want to have a shower for a second or third child, the baby sprinkle idea is just that - an idea. Nowhere is it written in stone that you cannot have a full-blown shower for all of your children. Some people think it's a bit greedy to ask people to buy gifts for all your children, but just leave the choice to them. Let your guests know that you're throwing a shower to celebrate the coming of your new baby, and that gifts will be appreciated, but they are not necessary.

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