A baby brings joy into the world like nothing else. And the birth of a new child should be celebrated. I also love celebrating the new woman that comes to light following the birth of her child. The woman who feels empowered and prouder than she has ever been. The woman who is a friggin’ ROCK STAR!! And the woman who is now a mother and needs the help of her friends and family. So while a baby shower is a wonderful way to celebrate that new baby, there are certain baby shower themes that can actually benefit the new mom!
Baby Showers that Benefit Mama
Hosting baby showers with themes is the perfect way to celebrate the new baby and also help mom. After having 3 babies in 4 years and attending others’ baby showers, I realized that the cute outfit that baby will wear once is not doing anyone any favors! They are cute and there is a place for them. But what if instead of randomly picking some cute outfits you could purchase something that was truly helping the family? You could support the family with things that they feel embarrassed to ask for but that can make their days so much easier! I know, right? SIGN ME UP! These are my favorite (and strongly suggested) top 5 baby shower themes!
Fill Up the Freezer
This is at the top for a reason, it is the best! Everyone who is attending brings 1 freezer meal as a gift. If they like they can throw in something cute that they found as well. The freezer meal can be homemade or store-bought. The exhausted parents wouldn’t care if it was leftovers if it means they don’t have to cook!
If the baby is here already then find out what kind of diapers mom likes and make this the theme of the party. GENIUS! All attendees bring 1 box or package of diapers of any size. Add in a cute baby toy that they like as well. But the diapers are helping the parents with a great expense over the years! And we all know how much it sucks to find out you are on the last diaper!!
Do you know how much cards cost these days? It is crazy! Instead of spending that much money on a sweet card, how about doing a book theme instead? Find a book you want to gift to mom and baby and write your message on the first page of the book. This will encourage cuddling and allow mom those times to just slow down for a minute and read a book with her little one. Flipping to see that lovely message on the first page can be just what she needs to read on that day. Words of encouragement are always great things to read when you’re sleep deprived!
Share Your Recipe
Finding easy things to cook can be tough when you are exhausted and feeling overwhelmed. A simple baby shower theme can be to replace a congratulatory card with a recipe card. Share your favorite EASY and QUICK recipe with the new mom so that she always has ideas on hand. Have a little wood box that everyone can sign and put their recipe card in when they attend!
Gift Card Tree
I love combining this theme with the recipe card theme. Everyone brings 1 gift card to a place of their choice and puts it on the gift card tree that is up at the party location. This way amounts can be small or large, but everyone can contribute to helping mom out when she needs it. They can have their name on the gift card envelope or keep it blank. If the attendees want to give a little gift as well they are more than welcome but that little gift card goes a LONG WAY!
Instead of a gift card, you can also give an IOU. This would be a homemade card that said an IOU of $X.00 for the parents to put towards a baby or parenting service of their choice. I know of a new mom who had a random woman contact her from a baby sleep service. One of her lovely friends had paid for it as a gift! I thought this was brilliant and incredibly thoughtful. You never know when the mom might be struggling and this is the perfect way to support her in any way needed. Whether she needs lactation support, sleep support, parenting classes, a breastfeeding education class, bringing baby home seminar, prenatal class, sleep information seminar, or infant/child CPR, this is a great idea!!
Of course, you can come up with your own unique theme based on the mama you’re throwing the shower for. But these baby shower themes are a great start if you’re looking for inspiration. It is wonderful getting gifts from loved ones, but the best gifts are always something that you can use!