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  • Baby Shower Etiquette

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Baby Shower Etiquette

     

    Baby Shower Etiquette has changed a bit over the years but there are some things that have stayed the same. Today on the Charming Chick blog we will address some of the most commonly asked Baby Shower Etiquette questions -- but first we'll examine a little bit of the history and the purpose of a baby shower.

     

    Baby showers actually date back to ancient times. Of course they weren't really anything that we think of today. They were a lot less of a "party" and more or a "ritual"  -- or right of passage. Sometimes it involved going to a temple to dispose of the after birth, or to witness a baby naming ceremony. Through the years these rituals evolved into other rituals where mothers could share their experience and perhaps items that their children had outgrown, with the new mothers. Today we typically throw baby showers before the baby is born, but long ago it was customary to wait until after the infants birth -- sometimes a month or more. Today baby showers are generally filled with food, fun and games. Mothers-to-Be and their little bundles are "showered" with gifts from loving friends and family!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Though etiquette has become a little more relaxed over the years but some people hold tight to the old traditions. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked baby shower etiquette questions.

     

    Q. Who should host a baby shower.

     

    A. Baby showers are usually given by close friends of the mother-to-be. A long standing rule of baby shower etiquette is that it looks "greedy" if the soon-to-be grandmother or other close family member hosts the shower. Some folks still hold firm to this rule, however, etiquette rules have relaxed a bit and mothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, etc. have been known to host baby showers. The mother-to-be should not host her own shower however.

     

    Q. Who pays for the costs associated with the baby shower?

     

    A. Baby shower etiquette typically states that the person hosting the baby shower pays for everything needed for the party. However, there is nothing wrong with a group of friends getting together to host and share the responsibility and the cost.

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    Q. When should the baby shower be held?

     

    A. Baby showers are usually held about 2-3 months before the estimated due date but they can honestly be held anytime. If the parents-to-be are finding out the gender and will be sharing the news with others, it's fun to wait until that announcement so guests can purchase gifts related to that gender -- but it's certainly not necessary.

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    Q. If this isn't a first child (i.e. 2nd, 3rd, 4th), should a baby shower still be given?

     

    A. The general rule of etiquette is...no, if it's not a first child there should not be another shower given. However, baby shower etiquette rules have relaxed a bit in recent years and it is not uncommon for people to have a celebration for each child. They are sometimes called "Sprinkles" or "Diaper Showers" These are intended to give the mother-to-be items that she may not have left over from her previous children. Also, if there is a big gap (5 years or more) between children, it's a child in a new relationship, you have moved and have a new set of friends, then it is common to have another baby shower.

     

    Be sure to visit our Baby Shower Planning Ideas board on Pinterest for LOTS of great inspiration!!

     

  • Parenting Tips ~ 7 Reasons Your Baby will Cry


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you are a new parent,  you are probably learning that babies cry for a variety of reasons and at first it can really be difficult to decode the message they are trying to send you. Since babies can’t say "Hey! Mom and dad I'm hungry!" Their crying lets you know that they need something. No parent wants to hear their child cry. It can be heartbreaking to listen to, so time is of the essence when it comes to figuring out the issue and addressing it. Of course, you want your baby to be happy and comfortable once more. Here are some of the most common reasons your baby might be crying and what you can do to soothe them.

     

    Hungry – This is one of the most common cries and probably the one you will get to know quickly. Time can get away from new parents, especially if you haven't had an opportunity to establish a schedule. So, even though it seems like you just fed your baby, it may have been awhile. If they are crying and show hunger signs like; smacking their lips, sucking on their fists or rooting it’s probably time for a feeding.

     

    Diaper's Full – Some babies are not bothered at all by a wet or soiled diaper -- but others can’t stand being even the tiniest bit wet. When you baby is crying this should be one of the first things you check -- it’s a pretty easy fix.

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sleepy Baby and/or Over Stimulated – Babies will cry if they are tired or overstimulated. If you have tried feeding them, checked their diaper and all is well in those areas, it may be time for a nap. Babies need a lot of sleep so it is not unusual that those cries may be coming from a tired little one. Also, if you have been out visiting and your baby has been in a new place being passed round from person to person they may just be a bit overstimulated and need to rest. Try swaddling or move to a quite location where baby isn’t being inundated with lights noise and people.

     

     

    Too Hot or Too Cold – A crying baby could be trying to tell you that they are too hot or too cold. Most newborns like to be warm and snuggled -- but if they are snuggled up and crying, it could signal they are a bit too warm. Often babies will cry when you are changing their clothes or getting them into a bath because they simply feel too cold.

     

     

    Tummy Trouble – Sometimes babies simply need to burp or have a gas bubble. They can also have colic or have other tummy issues. Sometimes trying to burp or gently stretching baby’s legs out and in will help release the pressure. If they cry a lot after feedings, talk to their doctor.

     

    Getting new Chompers – If your baby is a few months old they could be teething. Even before the first tooth breaks through, teeth can be shifting and moving under the gums and causing discomfort. Giving them a teething toy to chew on can help soothe the pain. You can also try using a teething gel or teething tablets

     

    A Little Under the Weather – Your baby could be crying because they don’t feel well. Check to see if your baby has a fever or seems like they are coming down with something. If they are lethargic or show any other signs that make you concerned, call their pediatrician.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Baby Showers ~ Preparing for Baby

     

    Pink and Green Argyle Burp Cloth Baby Gift Set
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $28.99

     

    If you are about to become a parent for the first time, you are probably finding that it can be difficult to know exactly what you will need for your new baby. Luckily, you probably have plenty of friends and family who already have children and can give you helpful tips about the items you may need. Baby showers are a great time for those who love you most to shower gifts upon your new little one. Most will know just what to get you to help you care for your little sweet pea. If you are starting to put together your baby registry, or compile a list of items you think you might need, we have a short list of some things you'll want to include. If you are someone who is attending a baby shower in the future or just looking for a unique and thoughtful baby gift, you will find that we have a great selection here at Charming Chick.

     

     

     

    My Little Night Owl Snuggle Sack and Cap
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $36.99

     

    Things You May Need for Baby:

    These items are not listed in any particular order and you certainly don't need to have all of them. We have listed  just some of the most popular items that new parents find they use most within the first year. Also, many of these items can be purchased later on. You probably won't need many of them until after your baby is home.

     

    1. Bottles

    2. Burp Cloths

    3. Diapers (in varying sizes)

    4.  Crib

    5.  Tight fitting crib sheets

     

     

    A Star is Born Personalized Baby Blanket and Hat Set
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $29.99

     

    5. Baby blankets

    6. Pack and Play

    7.  Baby Swing

    8. Stroller

    9. Wipes Warmer

    10. Baby clothes (one piece outfits are great)

     

     

     

    Animal Cracker for Messy Snackers Bibs
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $14.99

     

    11. Bibs

    12. Airtight diaper pail

    15. Baby carrier

    16. Infant CAR SEAT (they won't let you leave the hospital without one)

    17. First Aid Supplies: thermometer, boogie sucker, petroleum jelly, alcohol wipes, etc.

    18. Nail clippers

    19. Wash cloths

    20. Diaper Bag

     

    Expedition Daddy Diaper Bag
    Every Day Low Price ~ ONLY $64.99 

     

     

     

     

  • Baby Shower for the Dad-to-Be ~ By Guys for Guys!

     

    Oh yes -- you did read that right! Expectant dads deserve to have baby showers too! No, you don't have to sit around with your buds, munching on tiny triangular cucumber sandwiches. You don't have to spend your time playing games such as finish the baby rhyme, pass the dirty diaper, or name the baby food (unless of course you really want to). 

    No, the Father's Shower is not put together by wives, mothers -- or friends of your wife or mother. We are talking about a party for guys -- hosted by guys. Think bachelor party -- baby edition. A much tamer version of an old favorite.

    Invitations can include a note  --  requesting each guest to bring a favorite children's book and a card, which includes parenting advice for the Dad-to-be. Let guests know that if they bring these items they will be treated to some FREE beer -- if not, they should just BYOB or be left out in the cold! Trust me when I say, they will bring the items. Also, if a guest is coming who isn't a father himself yet, he is still asked to provide parenting advice. This usually gives those who are already dads, a nice chuckle!

    It's always great to have a little extra fun with the dad-to-be. Perhaps making him wear a neon green, yellow, blue or pink shirt that declares "Dads are Rad" can be entertaining. It also makes for some memorable photos. You never know, he may like it so much that he'll wear it to the hospital when the baby is born.

    As we stated earlier, you don't have to play the traditional baby shower games -- unless you want to. Instead, have a fierce jam session playing Rock Band or Guitar Hero. Now that's fun! If you - or one of the other guests - has a Wii, there are tons great games you all can play. For added fun you can place bets or hand out prizes to the winners such as; a free round of golf, a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, or a six-pack of exotic beer.

    Oh, and we can't forget the food! Skip the petit fours and order some spicy buffalo wings, deep dish pizza and anything fried. This is a special occasion after all. Throw caution - and your diet - to the wind, and enjoy!!! Put together a Superbowl spread and your guest of honor, will be mighty impressed!

    So what do you buy for the expectant dad? At Charming Chick we have several new and very masculine diaper bags that would make the perfect gift! Gag gifts can be hilarious and fun. You could also put together a "Daddy survival kit" which could include anything YOU think a dad should have on hand at all times -- extra wipes, diapers, pacifiers, burp clothes, ear plugs...wait! Did that say ear plugs? You bet it did! Have fun with it but include some really useful items in there as well. He'll be thanking you every time he has to reach for one of the items you included.

    Most of all have FUN!!!

  • Father's Day Gifts ~ Daddy Diaper Bags

    If you are looking for a wonderful and useful Father's Day gift - for a new Dad or Daddy-to-be - then you are going to love the new Daddy Diaper Bags  we just received. Everyone knows that most Moms love to stylish diaper bags, but they aren't always a style that Dad's feel comfortable carrying -- especially if he is out alone with baby. Dads, worry no more! At Charming Chick we now carry diaper bags that are masculine and stylish.

     

     

    This messenger bag is great for any Daddy on the go. It looks very handsome and is quite comfortable to carry. This canvas diaper bag closes easily, with metal latches -- and features one side pocket is designed to hold a baby bottle. One of the coolest things about this Father's Day Gift, is that  the large flap is decorated with a logo that reads: DADDY ACTIVE DUTY, DEPLOYMENT BAG, 1ST NEWBORN DIVISION. Then the background words include: Courage, integrity, strength, perseverance, service above self and dedication.

     

    It's amazing how much stuff one baby needs! Seriously, if you aren't a parent yet you are going to be shocked and surprised -- which is why you need to get the Daddy in your life this Expedition Diaper Bag, for Father's Day. This awesome diaper bag backpack can hold a lot of baby gear. This great bag is crafted of cotton and features leather straps with buckles, to close the pockets of this diaper bag. One side pocket is designed for a baby bottle. The top flap is decorated with a logo that reads: FATHERHOOD: The Expedition of a Lifetime. Background words next to the logo include: shelter, guide, daddy's base camp, teach and protect.

    The last diaper bag that we will feature today, is this Military Camouflage Daddy Diaper Bag. This is certainly a much more masculine alternative, to the traditional diaper bags we see. Zippers are used to close the pockets of this bag, which is designed to be carried over the shoulder. This great Father's Day Gift features a side pocket, which is designed for a baby bottle. The lower pocket is accented with a round logo that reads: DADDY, Always Ready, Always There. A rectangular logo near the top of the bag reads: FATHER'S CREED: I am a father. I have answered my child's call. I will not quit. I will not fail.

    Order soon! Father's Day is June 19th ~ it'll be here before we know it!

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