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Having a second or third child is great. You have the parenting experience down, and often have a lot of stuff leftover from the previous babies to pass down, so budget wise you don’t need to start from scratch in collecting baby needs. With my second son Brando, I didn’t intend on having a shower at all, but my Mom surprised me with one. I was discussing the surprise and how it was nice to celebrate my second child with friends and family just like we did with Cash, with my friend Kandrea who is due with her third child and first daughter in September. She wanted that same joyful celebration of life, but didn’t want all the fuss of a huge shower, so I decided to throw her a sprinkle.
Like the name suggests, a baby sprinkle is a light shower. A way to celebrate a new life without spending a ton of money on the party. It was so much fun, easy to put together, and most importantly stress-free for everyone involved. Here’s how I put it together in 4 simple steps!
- Create a cute invitation on any simple phone app, create an event on Facebook, add the invitation to the event, and invite friends. This takes the hassle out of sending invitations in the mail. My family is really bad at owning stamps, so things will get addressed and just SIT on the counter for an entire week sometimes before I finally make it to the post office. Taking advantage of the ability to create events and invite friends online has been a lifesaver!
2. Set out some Refreshments. Having a full lunch or anything extravagant is not necessary at a baby sprinkle. A few small bites will do just the trick, I set out a couple different chip & nut varieties, some fresh fruit and cookies for our event. Having a cake is the most important, and this Sprinkle Cake was really simple to make, you can get the details here.
3. Add some decor. You don’t need to go all overboard with some crazy concocted theme to throw a good sprinkle. You can grab a few essential color coordinated utensils & plates, then blow up a few balloons, and make your own tissue paper pom-pom banners to really set the mood. To let guests know they were at the right house I set my son’s chalkboard out on the front stoop, and made a cute little sign. For a little extra “sprinkle fun” without spending additional funds, I filled clear plastic cups with sprinkles I had leftover from making the cake, then I added a tea light candle to the center of the cup, this added an extra special touch of decor to some areas of the house!
4. Grab Essential Gifts. Unlike a baby shower where everyone buys everything under the sun down the baby aisles of Target, getting essential items is much more important at a Sprinkle. Since this isn’t for the first baby, most mother’s have basics like a swing, baby wearer, and stroller from the previous child, so you want to gift items the mother would have gotten rid of like pacifiers, swaddling blankets, and feeding essentials. Kandrea plans on breastfeeding and has a pump, so I decided to purchase a bottle that works well for breastmilk and formula, the Playtex Nurser with drop-in liners.
My newest baby Brando, has had terrible issues with reflux when bottle feeding, and we went through almost every bottle option before finding some relief with these Playtex Nursers. The Playtex Nurser with Drop-Ins Liners are the closest to breastfeeding you can get, allowing our son to go from breast to bottle and back to breast again naturally with no issues. It’s Most Like Mom® NaturaLatch® Nipple has a natural texture and wide shape allowing Brando to latch on naturally. As Brando feeds, the disposable liner inside the bottle collapses, keeping air from mixing with the milk, and reducing his reflux and spit-up tremendously. Since he spits up less, he’s much less fussy and happier without all the air and gas in his little baby belly. So when picking a gift for Kandrea, thinking about essential needs, I knew this bottle was a must-have for her! These were super easy to find at Target, the #1 place for baby registries, and my personal one-stop shop for all baby needs! Right now until 9/3/16, you can score an awesome deal on these bottles at Target with the Cartwheel app, check it out here!
All in all, the baby sprinkle was an absolute success, and my friend Kandrea was so grateful for all the love she and her first baby girl received this weekend. I had such a blast planning it, and will most definitely plan another one soon for my sister-in-law who just found out she’s expecting!
Have you ever been to a baby sprinkle? What was your experience?! Share your story with me in the comments and check out some great parenting deals on Playtex’s Facebook Page!