Everyone loves a baby shower. There is nothing more exciting than watching a first-time mom who is glowing with love and gratitude because her closest friends are “showering” her. But what happens when she has her second child? Until about 10 years ago, most women didn’t have a shower for subsequent babies. But more recently, people are holding “sprinkles” for second, third and even fourth children.
If you have never planned or heard of a sprinkle, don’t worry. They are similar to baby showers, just usually done on a smaller scale.Etsy and other online invitation shops have sprinkle-themed invitations and party printables that make throwing this type of shower very easy. At a traditional first-time-mom baby shower, the guests are generally baby-focused. The party is all about the tiny clothes, and talking about when the baby will arrive and what the baby will look like. At a sprinkle, the focus shifts a bit and lands more on the mom. Since she has experienced childbirth, the talk turns to experiences, advice, how to prepare for life with two, etc. Plus, the guests know the expectant mom is probably exhausted from chasing one child while being 9 months pregnant. The sprinkle is a nice afternoon off from the normal routine with a chance to pamper the mom a little.
While a first shower usually includes co-workers, friends, family and friends of the grand mothers-to-be, a sprinkle is usually held for the mom’s closest friends and family. A sprinkle is less about the gifts and more about being together and spending time with the second- (or third, or fourth…) time mom. At large showers it can be very difficult to speak to each guest, but at intimate sprinkles, it is much more personal. A small seated lunch can bring the whole group together for some laughs and reminiscing. This kind of atmosphere is just not possible when your home is filled with guests. (Check out the full party from the pink and orange sprinkle pictured above. This is the perfect example of really personalizing the sprinkle for the mom-to-be!) A sprinkle is also a good time to include a first child and get him or her acclimated to the idea of the new sibling. The child can help open presents, be the focus of games (if games are even played – this is usually a first shower tradition), and be encouraged to get excited about his or her new role as the big sister or brother.
Often, a sprinkle will have a theme for gifts in lieu of purchasing off a registry. The host might ask guests to bring diapers or wipes that can get the family through the first few months. Another great idea is to ask for books to help build a library. Most likely the mom will already have a stroller, crib and all the big ticket items usually gifted at first-time showers. This is the chance for the hostess to get creative. She may work directly with the mother to determine if there are specific things she feels she needs, or she may take it upon herself to guide the guests. But sprinkles are really not about the gifts. Something that is often discussed at sprinkles is meal planning. The mom and dad will have their hands full when the new little one arrives, so friends and family will sign up to bring them meals. Because sprinkle guests tend to be the people most treasured in her life, it is the perfect time to create this plan for the expectant mom.
A sprinkle is just another way to celebrate the beauty of childbirth and the journey the family is about to embark on (now with multiple children). Because there are not many “rules” for them, the hostess if free to plan it as she sees fit. One thing is certain, the mother will feel loved and the sprinkle will be a memory she will always cherish.