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We planned on doing baby "sprinkles" for all of the expectant mommas in our small group from church and the next one is due with her baby in 2 weeks and said she is just too tired to deal with anything.
We decided we are going to surprise her with a "Sprinkle in a Box" lol so that she doesn't have to stress about any other kind of get together before or even after the baby comes.
It won't be big, just something simple to do something special for her.
Does anyone have any good ideas/suggestions on this? OR do you know any good links with suggestions on it? I'm the one organizing it so I want to make sure it turns out nice and not cheesy!
I haven't ever heard of it either so I'm not exactly sure I understand correctly, but if it's like putting together a box or basket of things for the mom w/out the stress of holding a get together, I think that's pretty cool. Hmmmm, I would put in a gift card, so that she can pick up the things she has on her list left to get for baby- all those last minute things. Diapers and wipes are always useful as long as you know whether she uses cloth or disposables. Maybe some essentials such as hand sanitizer, diaper cream, baby lotion (all those things that are often forgotten and new moms have to run out and buy as soon as they get home), or maybe some things to help her relax...a journal, re-usable water bottle, a candle or some other type of aromatherapy stuff....a gift card to a place to get her hair cut or a pedi following baby when she feels up to it. Maybe a bottle of champange for a celebration between she and DH after baby (okay, maybe not acceptable for church depending on each denomination or religon...some churches are okay with it, some aren't). Perhaps a gift cert for a newborn photographer? or maybe for birth announcements? Maybe a first year calendar to record baby stuff in (some moms find it easier than a baby book), or maybe have members of the church sign up to bring meals for the first couple of weeks post delivery (be sure to note the difference between dropping off a meal for the family and staying to visit for too long! Espicially for the older women who like to visit newborns...and stay and stay and stay...
That's all I can think of for now!!!! I bet you'll get lots of really great suggestions though!
I have never heard of a sprinkle in a box but it sounds like a wonderful idea! I googled it and found a ton of links. One idea I ran across that seemed like a good one is to place a helium balloon in the top inside of the box so that when she opens it, the balloon floats out. Another thing is to maybe include some treats. Maybe cookies, or a few cupcakes, or something of that nature.
Please update us when you decide what all to include etc. I can't wait to read about it!!
ANGELA!!! WOW you got really into this! Next time I need advice on gift giving, guess who I'll be asking!!! LOL
Here is the deal, we have 4 new babies entering the world in our lifegroup this year, one was born a few weeks ago, another in 2 weeks, then me, then another due in November. None of us are FTM's, so we are just trying to do something special for each mom. For the first one due, we went out on a girls night to fondue, and just each brought a really small gift (like diapers/wipes/lotion) for her.
In terms of gifts, this will be the same concept, whoever wants to contribute will just provide a small gift, already wrapped, and I'll add it into the box. I will just get one card that we can all sign, and people can indicate on their gift who it is from so she's not confused. I also want to do an individual cupcake and include a cute little poem on stationary about the "shower in a box". I was also thinking of adding in a little pack of blank stationary (such as for thank-you's). The idea is definitely to still provide some gifts in a fun, no-pressure way. I think lots of people do themes, but since this is more of a "sprinkle in a box" rather than an entire "shower in a box" I'm not going to go crazy with creating a theme and adding confetti and plates and what have you! I do like the balloon idea though! I think it would be really cute if whoever drops the box off puts a balloon right next to the box so that when she opens her door and finds it, it will look intriguing!
It needs to be sweet & simple so that not one momma feels like another got something more special than the other, kwim?
Another gal in our group has already taken over setting up the "meal trains" for each family having a new baby, with a goal of 2 weeks worth of meals. We are a group of young families so luckily we don't run into the "stay and stay and stay" thing hahahahaha!