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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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Happy Father's Day 2012!!!

     

     

    From all of us at Charming Chick -- we would like to wish all the Dads, Step-Dads, Grandads, Papas, Uncles and any other man who spends quality time teaching and enriching the life of a child -- a VERY Happy Father's Day!!!!!

     

     

    In honor of Father's Day here are some quotes you can add to any cards you plan on giving...

     

     

     

    Blessed indeed is the man who hears
    many gentle voices call him father!

    ~Lydia M. Child

    The greatest gift I ever had
    Came from God; I call him Dad!
    ~Author Unknown

    A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed,
    and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
    ~ Billy Graham

    My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived,
    and let me watch him do it.
    ~ Clarence Budington Kelland

    By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right,
    he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
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    Charles Wadsworth

    I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong
    as the need for a father's protection.
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    Sigmund Freud

    If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
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    Bill Cosby

     

     


  • 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 

     

     

     

     

  • Happy Father's Day!!!!!

    In honor of all of the WONDERFUL father's, daddys-to-be, grandfathers, step-dads, and all the other father figures who work so hard to nurture, love and support their children -- we will share some Father's Day trivia and quotes with you. Enjoy!

    Father's Day Facts 

     FACT: Moms got their special day before the Dad's did. Mother's Day was proclaimed a holiday in 1914 and became nationally recognized in 1924 but Father's Day didn't become an "official" holiday until 1972! However, Sonora Smart Dobson first proposed the idea of Father's Day in 1909. She came up with the concept of Father's Day in honor of her own Father - a civil war vet - who raised six children on his own. Sonora is also known as the "mother of Father's Day."

    FACT: The rose is designated as the official flower of Father's Day. You can wear a red rise to honor your dad -- but wear a white rose in memory of a father who has passed on.

    FACT: The Romans used to honor their Father's every February.

    FACT: An estimated 40% of Dads say they would take a pay cut if it meant they could spend more time with their children.

      

    Father's Day Quotes 

    "Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development." ~David Gottsman

    "To her the name of father, was another name for love." ~Fanny Fern

    "If the new American Father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right." ~Bill Cosby

    "A father is a man who expects his children to be a good as he meant to be."  ~Carol Coats

    "The most important thing a father can do for his children, is to love their mother." ~Henry Ward Beecher

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