Baby Shower Activitites

Welcoming a new little one into the world is always cause for a celebration.  Here are a few ideas of activities you could do at a baby shower that are not only fun, but functional.

Onesie Decorating

Onesie

This is such a fun idea, however, not everyone is artistically inclined and can wield a bottle of puff paint into a wearable masterpiece.  I happen to be that mom that feels guilt if I don’t use or dress my child in something someone gives me, with that said I personally had a hard time trying to make a lovely onesie for a petite that she could wear out in public when fabric markers and puff paint were my only option.  I still love the idea of decorating onesies, just maybe a different version.  Another reason this is such a cute shower activity, is because it’s an incredibly cute decoration to hang on a string with small clothes pins holding up the onesies before they are decorated and after.

What you will need:

  • printer
  • copier
  • Iron on Adhesive, like this one, or if you happen to be near a fabric store I am sure they have lots of options
  • Iron
  • Fabric Fat Quarters (with smaller patterns or designs)
  • scissors
  • onesies

You can choose just about any image that you would like to use and print it our and blow it up to the size you want.  Then just have the images cut out and ready to go at the party, I would say one for each guest and maybe a few extra images.  Here are some examples of images that might be helpful or fun.

Butterfly Cat Crab Dog Fish Lobster Shark

Iron on For Onesies1. Print  images on heavy cardstock and cut out.

2. Iron fabric square onto adhesive paper following directions on packaging

You can pre-cut the fabric to match the sizes of the images or let guests do it

3. Outline image on the transfer paper side

4. & 5. Cut out the images

6. Iron it onto the onesie

Ta-da, a lovely onesie for the petite.

If you are thinking your guests, might prefer to just iron on pre-made cuteness, then you’re in luck, check here and here for already put together packages.

Hair Clip Making

Baby Shower Hair Clip Activity

A good friend and I made a huge box full of hair clips for a little petite a few years ago and in the process decided it was so much fun that we ended up making some for our petites too.  This is a quick and easy fun activity.  If you can cut and glue you’re on your way to cute hair clips.

What you will need:

  • ribbon (Target dollar bins have cute little rolls of ribbon for scrapbooking that could be used to make these clips)
  • felt and buttons
  • hair clips, I like these, these and these
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

Pretty minimal if you ask me.  What is so much fun is seeing all of the creations people can come up with, little bow and flowers, or just plain wrap around designs.  The options are endless, you can make them as frilly or classic as you like.

BowBow Clip Tutorial

1. fold ribbon into a circle and glue together

2. cut off excess ribbon

3. with glued area in the middle pinch ribbon to form a bow shape

4. fold extra piece of ribbon in half and wrap around the center of the first folded ribbon, glue it down once you get the look you’re going for

5. glue it to the clip **make sure the clip is open before you glue**

6. put glue on the clip and press the bow down onto it

 

I like these two activities because the end products are cute and functional, but more so because everyone no matter their level craftiness will be able to participate in making the new petite something special.

Happy celebrations!

Erin

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Baby Shower Gifts: What to get the expecting mommies and daddies

Best Baby Shower Gifts

Recently a great many of my girlfriends have had babies…some their first and some second and thirds.  I wanted to take a minute to share my favorite and most used gifts that I have been given.  It can certainly be overwhelming when you look at baby registries and think of all of the items that are listed, what might be the most useful and the most fun to buy.  The items that I have chosen are ones that my friends use regularly, I use regularly and ones that people have said were great gifts.

Aiden & Anais Swaddle Blankets – these are my favorite blankets; because they are thin and lightweight.  They are long enough to tightly secure even the most efficient Houdini.  My babes tend to sleep hot and these don’t make that situation worse.  They are great!  They can be found just about everywhere, there are tons of different patterns to choose from which makes them all the more lovable.

Sophie the Giraffe – this natural teether has been around for over 50 years, proving it’s usefulness among the petites.  This teether is well worth the cost of what seemingly looks like a dogs chew toy.  I have no idea what is so special but both my girls love Sophie, the worst part is if you happen to leave her behind somewhere.

Diapers – for the more practical gift givers and moms alike.  Getting diapers is amazing…it may not seem fun, but you can always purchase these super cute Honest Company diapers to make it a little more personalized and cute.  The reason I think giving and getting diapers make sense is that a baby goes through an immense amount of diapers in their first year.  I read this article and just about fell over when I saw it written out like this.  Size 1 – 840, Size 2 – 560, Size 3 – 1512 this is true, an insane amount of diapers…I can vouch for it too, I bought lots of diapers for my little one in advance in all sizes and these amounts are spot on.

Toys – there are so many different ones to choose from, I really like this caterpillar.  It has lots of fun crunchy sounds, little bits to chew on, and tags to pull on.  Of course it pairs really well with the Eric Carle Very Hungry Caterpillar book.  Both my girls love it, we have given it as a gift many times as well.

Oobie (my daughter calls breasts “oobies”) Things – this I would say is a great gift.  I have given oobie things to many of my friends, remember you need all those diapers because of all of those feedings.  🙂  The Madela Hydro Gel pads are so amazing when you first start nursing and really help to soothe sore oobies in-between feedings.  The Tender Care Lanolin is great, it is thin enough to cover, and also doesn’t need to be washed off before nursing which is a huge pain if you ask me.  Finally nursing pads, you can go through quite a few of these during those first weeks of nursing.

Books – there is no way you can wrong with books.  “Ugh, I hate books, especially children’s books” ~ said no one ever.  There are so many incredibly cute books out there for babies that you really have no limits of what you can buy.  These Babylit books are a personal favorite of mine.  The illustrations are fabulous and they cover the classics, really what’s not to love.

Soothing Sounds Sleep Sheep – this is one of those things that I thought, really do I need this?  I had my screaming daughter in a store and she was a hot mess and we saw this (well, the bear version) and we jokingly laughed and turned it on thinking yeah right it will calm her down.  Well, the magical powers of the sleep sheep/bear are still used to this day in our house.  It’s also great for babes who are fussy in the car.  Great use of white noise.

Of course, as things always go, I want to add other things that are my favorite gifts to give, so maybe this will be a series of best baby gifts ever.

Erin