Everything you ever wanted to know about planning a baby sprinkle

hosting a baby sprinkle party

First babies are incredibly special, but so are second, third and fourth ones too. A cute alternative to the traditional baby shower is a baby sprinkle.

Maybe there has been a long gap in between children, or perhaps this baby was a surprise? The second and subsequent babies don’t seem to get as much fanfare as firsts, so a baby sprinkle is a great excuse to celebrate your pregnancy with family and friends.

Here’s a run-down on how you can organise a baby sprinkle of your own.

Baby sprinkle versus baby shower

Mum's grapevine presents Elise Swallow & Andrew Swallow's baby shower for #babyswallow

Your first baby shower might have been a rather lavish affair with lots of gifts, a gender reveal and stacks of presents. Usually, co-workers are invited and it’s an event where you are showered with gifts, love and advice.

While still an occasion where you are showered with love, a baby sprinkle is more low-key. It’s a great way for close friends and family to gather, and give mum-to-be a sprinkle of essential items. Think of it also as a day where your nearest and dearest can give you a rest and care for the child you already have.

Venue ideas

Baby shower sprinkle table inspiration

A barbecue at a park or a picnic at the beach are brilliant venue options if you have older children who like to run around. If going out isn’t your thing, having a baby sprinkle at your house will give you peace of mind know it’s a safe environment for the little ones in your life.

The theme

Baby shower sprinkle table confetti and wooden cutlery

When it comes to a baby sprinkle theme, it’s one of the easiest to put together. Think sprinkles of colour, confetti, lollies, glitter – Easy! Fairy bread or cupcakes with sprinkles? Yes, please!

You can go as crazy or as simple as you like with the decorations. Just keep in mind your exhaustion levels and don’t forget to ask for help if you need it.

Best gifts for a second or third-time mum

Pregnant second time around

The second or third time around most mums have the baby equipment and gadgets sorted. However, there are some handy items that never go astray. These include:

  • Nappies in all sizes
  • Face washers
  • Nappy rash cream
  • Change mat covers
  • Baby wipes
  • ‘Going home’ outfit
  • Monogrammed muslin wrap
  • Homemade meals for the freezer
  • A voucher towards the extra car seat
  • Socks, just because…

Bonus gift: Make a second or third child feel special by buying a book and writing a special inscription in it.

Don’t forget the sibling

Big brother helping at baby sprinkle

Depending on the age of the soon-to-be sister or brother, the baby sprinkle might be a lovely way to get big brothers and sister involved. They can help make the invitations, pass around food or even take part in a gender reveal.

Giving them a little gift is also a nice way of acknowledging their feelings so they don’t feel left out. Say it’s from the baby in your tummy! (via Glory Rose Photography)

 


 

Now that your thinking of having a baby sprinkle, it’s time to hang out and share ideas with other second-time mums planning their sprinkle too!

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