M.G. asks from Reddick, FL on July 06, 2007
Baby Shower for a Mom Who Has Everything
I have a very close coworker who is expecting her first child in september. she had a baby shower a couple of weeks ago that I was unable to attend. She got mostly everything she needs. She is also having another shower back home with her family in a couple of weeks and I know she will probably have more than she needs. I am throwing her a little shower at work in august and I would like to make it more of a pamper the mom theme since there really is not going to be any more baby stuff that she'll need. Any ideas on how to go about this?
M.B. answers from Tampa on July 12, 2007
I saw on t.v. one time where girls got together and threw this woman a baby shower and they all brought frozen homemade meals to put in her freezer. Some brought salads to put in the fridge. That way the expectant father could simply warm something up for the whole family for a couple weeks after the baby was born.
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B.C. answers from Tampa on July 06, 2007
You are super nice friend, do you want to my friend? I would recommend the following;
1. Spa "pregnancy" package at the beach resort.
2. Professional pregnancy photo shoot package.
3. Hot professsional trainer to help her to get rid of the baby fat.
4. Gift certificates to her favorite store for a new wordrobe after the baby.
5. Gift cerificate to her hair salon for a great trim/hair cut.
Please let me know if you need any reference #s.
M. answers from Tampa on July 06, 2007
I jiust went to a shower for a second-time Mom who also has everything. I bought her a braclet and a set of china. Totally for her, not the baby! All Moms love pampering, pedicures, Victorias secret gift cards, Target gift cards, magizine subscriptions, etc. I think having a celebration for the Mom is a great idea!! You could also have a diaper shower - we all needed diapers galore!! You just ask everyone to bring 1 pkg and the Mom ends up with several months supply!
J.W. answers from Sarasota on July 06, 2007
I think a "pampering" shower is a wonderful idea. Some ideas could be gift certificates to spas for a prenatal message or manicures and pedicures along with some do it yourself products for home. A great website is spawish.com. You can buy gift certificates that are valid at any number of salons across the country. Or you can have a manicurist come in and do it for her right there. Gift certificates for products at her favorite make-up counter is another possibility.
Another idea is to have people bring in diapers in various sizes and wipes. No matter how much she has already, she will always need these.
Good luck and keep up posted.
M.L. answers from Tampa on July 06, 2007
I love the idea of a pampering shower! I also went to a shower once where everyone brought their favorite book from childhood. Then everyone went around and shared their memories on why this was their favorite book. A great way to stock the baby's library :)
G.C. answers from Tampa on July 06, 2007
I think that is a great idea...I would suggest giftt certificates/cards to get manicures, pedicures, massages and even maybe a few to a restaurant for hubby and her after the baby to have some alone time...Good luck...hope it all goes well
J.M. answers from Ocala on July 07, 2007
I myself had 3 baby showers with my first child, and I will tell you diapers and wipes!!! You can never have too many, and she can always exchange the sizes if she has too many of one size when the time comes.
S.H. answers from Tampa on July 07, 2007
You never have enough diapers and wipes ... that's for sure! A diaper shower is fun though I would encourage your guests to give a good range of diaper sizes since babies grow at different rates.
Also, what about collecting money from your group and going in together on having a week's worth of meals prepared (and delivered) from one of those Dinner-creation places like Dinner Done or Dinner Creations? THAT would be an awesome way to do something useful, thoughtful and handy for your friend. You can have some fun - maybe make it a appetizer dish shower and then present her with the certificate from everyone. I know meal service is a blessing and that would certainly sustain her for a while.
One thing is for sure - you are a good friend. Most people wouldn't trouble themselves to do something outside of hte box. Good for you! :)
E.S. answers from Pensacola on July 07, 2007
My suggestions first for a gift for the mom who seems to have everything - Diapers, wipes, or better yet a basket she can use in the nursery that contains infant tylenol, infant motrin, mylicon/gas drops, baby lotion, baby soap (those Huggies One use baby cloths are awesome for the newborn time), powder, desitin, and syrup of ipecac etc.
It's those small things that even I as a mom of 4, forgot about when buying for the birth of our fourth baby (it had been 4 years since we had a baby in the house). That was THE most thoughtful gift we received.
Clothing is always great, but NOT the newborn size....get something basic in bigger sizes, like by the time my daughter started wearing 12 months (right now) I was OUT of all the cute stuff and it's hard to find those bigger sizes at rummage sales and stuff for those "basic" pieces (i.e. onesies, sleepers etc depending on when baby is due).
Another great idea for the basket of stuff - baby clothes hangers (only like $1 per pack at Target etc) so she can hang all those cute little newborn clothes everyone else is giving her that the baby will probably never get a chance to wear LOL!
Now as for pamper mom - make it a MOM SHOWER rather than call it a baby shower - on the "invite" to people (wether this be paper you hand them or verbal invite) encourage guests to focus on MOM AND DAD!!! Gift cards for dinner (from places that deliver or offer curbside pickup) so they can have a great meal without sleep deprived mom having to spend her time in the kitchen. Bath products for mom and a few magazines that dad might like for the time in the hospital. That first shower after birth is THE best shower I have EVER taken in my life LOL and dad will appreciate the reading material for the hospital when it is a hurry up and wait situation.
A basket of "snacks" for mom & dad for the hospital (though she might get annoyed since typically doctors will not allow mom in labor to eat) - things like granola bars, juice boxes, peanuts (if mom is not allergic etc), that sort of thing.
Or best yet, if you know her well enough, make up a "certificate" for x nmber of home cooked meals from YOU after she gets home from the hospital. I had a group of ladies do this for me from my moms group, they rallied together and took turns for about a week showing up each night with dinner for myself and my family after we got home from the hospital. Or go ahead and cook up some things that can be frozen and then "gift" those to her (lasagna, baked pasta dish, etc) that you can "preprep" or fully cook and then freeze so all she has to do is pop in the oven and then eat!
Those are my ideas, as I think of anything else I will find this thread again and post!
Hope that helps!