Baby Inspiration

  • A Guide to Planning the Perfect Baby Shower

    shutterstock_111286925Planning a baby shower is exciting and fun. Go above and beyond for the special mom-to-be with our guide to planning the perfect baby shower.

    Location

    When deciding on the location, think about what the mother-to-be would appreciate most. Many baby showers are held at home because it provides a private, intimate and comfortable atmosphere. As an added bonus, having a baby shower at the mother's house or the home of a family member or friend saves money. However, think about if the mother-to-be would prefer another location, such as a ballroom, resort, spa or her favourite restaurant.

    Theme

    The invitations, decorations and treats should be centred on an overall theme. Consider the mom-to-be's preferences and personality, as well as the new baby when coming up with the perfect theme. If you know the baby's going to be a girl, you can create a mermaid or fairy princess themed party. If you don’t know the gender of the baby, you can use a gender neutral theme, such as a nautical, farm, or safari theme. Guests can also use the party's theme to come up with the perfect baby girl or baby boy gift ideas.

    Invitations

    Once you know the location and theme, you can start working on the invitations. Keep in mind the location and how much space there is when deciding how many people to invite. Talk to the mom-to-be's close friends and family members for help coming up with the guest list. Be sure to provide your phone number on the invitation, should anyone need directions or help with a baby gift idea. You should send the invitations out at least four weeks in advance.

    Activities and Games

    Kick off the activities portion of the party with Who's the Baby. This is a classic baby shower game and great icebreaker that involves everyone bringing their baby picture and matching the guests to the photos. Mix traditional baby shower games like baby bingo and trivia with other games guests have likely never played before.

    With these tips, you'll be sure to plan the perfect baby shower!

  • Only Child to Eldest Child.

    Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition. Only Child to Eldest: Tips to ease the transition.

    Having a second child is an exciting time for parents, but with it comes a whole new set of worries. You've already nailed the basics from the first time round – you can feed a baby half asleep, change a nappy on your knee and aren't scared of manoeuvring their tiny arms in to clothes. The real challenge this time round is how to handle it all with an older child. We've found that the best way to prepare your first born for being a big brother or sister is to include them, talk to them and make sure they know what's happening.

    1. Bring out the baby photos – show your older child photographs of himself as a baby. This can help him understand that he was once a newborn too, and that he also needed a lot of Mum's attention. He'll get a better understanding that the baby will grow up, and get more interesting to him as it gets older.

    2. Explain what a baby does – eat, sleep and cry. Explain to your child that for the first few months, the baby won't do much else. Let her know that the baby won't be able to play straight away, but will enjoy having her hold its hand and getting a kiss. Reassure her that the baby crying is natural and doesn't always mean that the baby is upset.

    3. Ask for help – big brothers and sisters are great at helping out. Give them important jobs when asking for help with the baby, like getting a clean nappy and fetching a towel at bath time. This can make them feel very grown up and useful.

    4. Open the baby's presents – it can be difficult for the older sibling when the baby gets lots of presents and she gets nothing. Get her to help out and feel more involved by opening up the presents, because it's too difficult for the baby to do.

    5. Let them make a baby decision – it might not be a good idea to let your toddler choose the baby's name, but there are plenty of other important decisions that he can make. Why not take him shopping and let him decide what bedding the baby will have, or what they'll wear home from the hospital. If your child has eccentric tastes, you can always play it safe and get him to pick from a choice of two outfits.

    6. Choose a toy for the baby – if you've kept baby toys from the first time round, get your older child to pick out what she's going to give to the new baby. Remember to explain that she's such a big girl now, and doesn't need baby toys anymore. This might help her to see the toys as being the baby's and not hers anymore.

    7. Give them their own baby – your child might get jealous of you feeding and cuddling the baby, and having a baby of his own might help with these feelings. A doll can be fed, cuddled and put down for a nap. This is great for children who enjoying being just like Mum and Dad, and can help to teach him how gentle he needs to be with a baby.

    8. Spend some quality time with your older child – it can be a difficult change, going from having your parents all to yourself to sharing them all of the time. There will be times when the big sister has to wait on the baby, so try to make up some time together by yourselves. This could be reading her bedtime story alone, doing some crafts while the baby naps, or going out to the park while one parent stays at home with the baby. Let her choose the activity she'll enjoy the most.

    9. Reinforce good behaviour – there are bound to be a few tantrums and regressions along the way, but try not to focus on these and instead praise the good behaviour. Tell the baby about how good their brother is at tidying up his toys and eating his lunch.

    10. Get the baby to bring a present home – in amongst all the gifts for the baby, it can make your older child feel a bit more special by getting one too. A big brother or big sister present is a great way to include them in all the new baby celebrations and can be a quirky way to make the baby announcement in a photograph. Some popular presents are t-shirts, teddies and our name frames for bedrooms.

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    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Team)

  • 10 things you said you'd never do when you had kids(...but you do)

    10 Things You Said You'd Never Do...When You had Kids 10 Things You Said You'd Never Do...

    10 things you said you'd never do when you had kids(...but you do)

    Every new parent knows exactly how they're going to raise their child...until they're born and the whole plan gets ruined. Here are our top 10 things you said you'd never do, but you did!

    1. Keep them in pyjamas all day – This is guaranteed to be the first rule to be broken. When you've got a tiny, wriggly newborn baby, the last thing you want to do is wrestle a pair of trousers on and off them 10 times a day. And let's face it, babies look super cute in sleepsuits. All the time.

    2. Bribe them – We've all been there, looking at the toddler with a big packet of sweets, thinking “I'll never do that when I have children”. But you will. When your little angel is bored in town after 5 minutes and just won't stop moaning, that packet of sweets may well save your day and your sanity. Anything to stop a toddler screaming is worth doing.

    3. Let your child sleep in your bed – My child was always going to sleep in his own cot, in his own room, right? Wrong. If letting him into my bed at 4am when he wakes up gets me a little bit more sleep, I'm going to take it.

    4. Put photos on social media...constantly - We all know how annoying it is pre-child, seeing non-stop baby photos on Facebook. And we all swear that we won't be joining in...but your kid is just so cute. You just can't help yourself sharing all the cute faces when they're tiny and the selfies once they get big enough to do it themselves.

    5. Be late because of the baby – The baby will just fit right in with your life, so no need to worry about being late or missing out on things. Until your realise that it's actually you that fits in with the baby. You're already running late because the baby needed changed, fed, changed again and you've still not packed the changing bag with the one million things your baby might need while you're out.

    6. Buy loud, plastic toys – Every new parent goes through the phase of only wanting organic wooden toys, but once your child gets a bit older, you'll find out that they need more than that. Children are drawn to bright plastic, preferably with a loud repetitive song that plays when they press a button.

    7. Stick them in front of the TV – Use the TV as a babysitter?! You'd never do that! Until it's 5pm and the kids just won't leave you alone to make dinner. Enjoy the peace as they're engrossed in cbeebies for 5 (or 25) minutes.

    8. Feed them junk food – Because as they get bigger, you'll realise that a happy meal once in a while won't actually do any damage. And it saves you washing any dishes when you get home.

    9. Walk away from their tantrum – There's a toddler lying in the middle of a shop floor, with the parent nowhere to be seen. What you don't know, is that they are hiding at the end of the aisle (still watching their toddler) and that you'll be doing it one day too. Children like to fall to the floor as if the world is ending when they're not allowed something, and it works to just walk away. Give them a minute to realise you're gone and they'll pick themselves up, stop crying, and start following you again.

    10. Use the pram once they've turned 2 – In an ideal world, as soon as your kid can walk, you'll ditch the pram. But toddlers walk very slow, unless they're running away from you. For a quick dash to town, letting them go in the pram will make life that little bit easier for yourself!

    Melissa (Forever Bespoke Marketing Dept)

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