Need a fun baby shower game that keeps everyone's attention on the new Mom as she opens gifts? Let's play O Baby! When guests arrive, give each a card to fill in, along with a pen or pencil. They'll take a few minutes to fill in the boxes with items they think will be given to the new Mom. If one of these items is opened, they get to cross it off their card. Get five in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and yell "O Baby!". Prizes can either be for the guest or can be something the guest can gift the new Mom. Will be uploading other colors soon!
As you may recall from my Baby Shower reveal cake I threw a baby shower about a month ago for my good friend Katie! I did a lot of time searching for "modern baby shower" ideas and I finally figured out that, well, there aren't many. This meant that I got to use the full extent of my creative juices to come up with some of my own, to share with you of course!
First, I started planning for the party by pinning ideas (Check out our Pinterest board here) - which I really think is the way to start any project! Katie wanted her shower to be a modern couple shower and 'not too baby'. AKA There was drinking involved for all non- pregnant people - the responsible type of drinking of course ;).One of the most difficult parts of throwing a modern couple shower was finding 'entertainment' that did not involve 'Smell this diaper with gross baby food and tell me what it is". Also, finding drinks that were appropriate and people wouldn't get trashed. Here were the ideas I came up with. Katie and I were pretty darn pleased with how it turned out. Let me know how your own modern showers go!
My friends are all having babies!! I guess it's that time in my life where my Facebook feed has changed from drunken slurs to pictures of my friends kids and, let's face it, a little TMI about their kids bathroom (or diaper) behaviors. But hey, if you can't beat em', I guess join em'??
My friend Katie is the first of my friends who is due (in May!!). You may remember KK (aka Katie) from her Red beans and rice recipe she let me share.... hmm I know what I'm having for dinner tonight! Well, last weekend I hosted her baby shower. She wanted it to be more of a party and less of a traditional 'shower'. AKA there was no 'guess what baby food is in this diaper' game. More on her shower can be found here (coming soon). But the highlight of the shower was the gender reveal cake... and you guessed it... IT'S A BOY! Read on for a cake tutorial and the recipe!
by *knowgirl Jessica
Prepping to be a mom is a crazy daunting task. There are so many unknowns, getting a grasp on something was comforting. My "something" was product research and registry planning. Learning what to look for in each product and what you need (over all the crap they advertise) made me feel more prepared for what's coming up. Am I saying I know all and am going to kick ass? No way. But it was a fun way to learn and move in that direction. Example: you can read about all of the horrors and causes of SIDS by reading WebMd or you can look into bedding and see what they recommend, why, and what they don't suggest anymore because of SIDS. I learned a lot, without reading too much scary stuff.
Some of my biggest take-aways:
- Buy "Baby Bargains"!!! This book breaks down everything you need (what you don't), pros/cons, with charts and by price points. It also emphasizes what items are fine to buy pre-loved and which ones aren't (car seat, crib, books, carrier). (note: do not get the kindle version)
- Ask your "mom friends" for advice and find out what they cannot live without. From this, I learned of some great products and that babies choose their bottle type, not you. So don't buy all of one brand in a big starter kit, and then your baby doesn't like it.
- Just because it's the big brand, doesn't mean it's the best. I was looking at baby carriers, and the most popular brand actually has poor reviews for babies as they get larger, and doesn't transition into a back carrier.
And some products I have become obsessed with:
- Nuroo nursing scarf: This scarf is fashionable, and it is a great replacement for those nursing covers that look like giant bibs. It has 6 different ways you can use/wear it, and comes in several colors and stripe options.
- Keekaroo Peanut Changing Station: It seems expensive, but it actually costs the same as the typical changing pad with a few covers, but doesn't include the laundry, as it is impermeable to fluids. Just wipe it down. It comes in several bright color options!
- Mamas & Papas Armadillo Stroller: Strollers are so personal preference, so I am a bit hesitant to share this one. I like that this one is lightweight, smartly put together, comes in bright colors, and easy to open/close. I also have immense respect for a company that spends so much time doing product research (they did a huge survey before their US release).
- Go Pod: My friend has this bad boy, and it is amazing. It's basically a tailgating chair for babies with clips for toys and is height adjustable
- DadGear Diaper Backpack: I had a really cute shoulder bag picked out, but when my husband started looking at daddy diaper backpacks, I got jealous of the simple, hands free, and balanced way to carry everything. At that, we decided to get a nicer backpack for almost all needs, and a small clutch bag for my short trips.
As I always say, personalized is best. And guess what- it continues! For my baby's nursery, we don't want store-bought art/decor. Okay, you are right- I am not crafting the crib or glider. Like I have that much time... or skill. Maybe my handy husband does, but his list is long enough. Anyway, we want the art on the walls to be made by family.
With that said, I found a pic on Pinterest (see my nursery post) for the pic, of the phrase "READ TO ME" out of letters, that appeared to be covered with pages from books. I loved it! So I made it!
When I found out I was pregnant, I was so excited to start designing the nursery (on top of the obvious) and could imagine it within days (note: TheBump suggests you start thinking about it at 17 weeks). Honestly, I could see this room more clearly than I can see my everyday life with a baby. There are so many unknowns, like will it be a boy or a girl? How will I change? How will my husband change? What will our dog think? What will need to change in our house? What is the kid's personality going to be? How much will everything cost? So for me, the nursery was a very safe place to set my sights on changing. It's supposed to be soothing, and planning has been for me. My husband thinks I am crazy.
Apparently I'm at the time in my life where my Facebook feed becomes full of my friends kids and all my closest friends are pregnant! It became apparent to me around Halloween that my facebook newsfeed was no longer full of my drunk friends in ridiculous costumes but instead contained cute pictures of my friends kids. At any rate it's officially time for me to get busy with some baby crafts!!
I'm a huge fan of Pinterest and get a lot of my inspiration from this craft from there. If you're not following Knowgirls on Pinterest yet... well you should be :). Well, I saw some really cute polka dot burp clothes on the crafty-couple blog the other day and we just happened to have THREE nieces join the family in the last 18 months, so I thought I'd give it a go.
Here is my tutorial to make your own DIY Burp clothes (and polka dots are so in right now too!)
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