Congratulations! You’re having a baby! Whether it’s your first baby or you’ve got a whole little crew running around, I believe that every baby should be celebrated. Each child is a special and unique and deserves to be recognised and honoured.
And really is there a better reason for a party than a new baby?
In the last few years there has been a rise in the baby celebrations and to be honest, things are getting a little confusing for people. When should we celebrate? Who hosts these parties? Is it okay to have a party for baby #2 (or 3… or 4)?
Over the past 2 years, I’ve had the chance to host several types of parties and they are all quite different and unique. Here is my complete guide to the various types of baby celebrations, the latest trends and their etiquette.
For: Any baby!
Hosts: The Parents-to-Be
When to Celebrate: After your anatomy scan, usually around the 20th week of pregnancy.
Purpose: To find out and share whether the baby is a boy or girl.
Details: A popular party to throw, a gender reveal party usually involves an element of surprise. Whether it’s cutting into a special cake with a coloured centre or opening a box full of balloons, there is a moment when everyone finds out the sex of the baby. It’s common to have guests make a guess before the big reveal. It’s not really a gift-giving event, but more of a chance to gather together, eat and celebrate with friends and family.
New Trends: People are using the gender reveal party as a chance to announce the name they’ve chosen for their child. Of course, this means you have to be ready with both a boy and girl name.
For: A first baby or in the case when there as has been a significant gap between children (5 years +)
Hosts: Anyone but the Parents-to-Be. Etiquette usually suggests that a family member or close friend host and organise the party.
When to Celebrate: The best time for a baby shower is usually around the 7th or 8th month or pregnancy.
Purpose: To celebrate the new parents and to help stock up on the baby supplies they will need
Details: These are the most common and well-known of the baby celebrations. A baby shower often includes a variety of games, a selection of food and big gift opening. A baby shower is a time to shower the future parents with gifts that usually include the bigger ticket items like a crib, stroller and car seat.
It’s usually thrown before the baby arrives during the 7th or 8th month of pregnancy. This means mom definitely has a nice round belly but isn’t so big and tired that she can’t really enjoy the party. It also gives the parents time to open everything, wash the clothes and put everything away. They have the chance to exchange any double gifts (you always get at least one double) and spend those gift cards on the few things they will still need.
New Trends: Traditionally, these are women-only events but times are changing. Co-Ed baby showers are gaining popularity. It’s not all about mom anymore, as more and more dads are stepping up and taking a bigger part in the baby rearing. It’s a chance to celebrate both parents and all their friends, male and female.
Sprinkle Party (also known as a Baby Sprinkle)
For: Second or subsequential babies
Hosts: Anyone but the Parents-to-Be.
When to Celebrate: Before the baby is born, around the 7th or 8th month.
Purpose: to sprinkle the new parents with a few, well-chosen gifts and much-needed baby supplies.
Details: It’s called a sprinkle party because the experienced parents already have most of the big-ticket baby items. So it’s a chance to sprinkle the parents with a few little extras and essentials. A sprinkle party is very similar to a baby shower in that it’s hosted by someone other than the parents and it’s a chance to help the new parents stock up on baby essentials, like diapers and wipes. There are often food, games and a fun theme. Gifts might follow a suggested theme like diapers and wipes, new clothes if the baby is a different sex, or perhaps books. Diaper raffles are super popular. Guests are encouraged to bring a pack of diapers or wipes in various sizes in exchange for a ballot in a draw.
New Trends: A newer party, sprinkle parties are becoming more popular. A fun new trend in sprinkle parties is to add a creative element and activity to the party. Headband and bow making or onesie decorating stations are fun. Or consider having guests decorate wood letters to hang on the wall.
Sip and See
For: Any baby but it’s most common with second or subsequential babies
Hosts: The New Parents
When to Celebrate: After the baby is born, usually within the first 2 months
Purpose: To invite family and friends to come and meet the baby!
Details: This party is thrown after the baby is born. It’s a chance for everyone to meet your new bundle of joy, but it’s on the new parents’ schedule and terms. It’s also a popular choice for parents who already have a few kids and don’t really need any more baby supplies. A relaxed BBQ or brunch is the perfect setting for this type of party. It’s all about having a chance to meet the baby and celebrate with friends and family. While gift-giving is not the focus, be prepared to receive a few little presents for the new bundle of joy!
New Trends: The Sip and See is the newest party on our list! Throwing one is a trend-setting move in itself!
I hope that this helps with some of the confusion and makes it easier decide which party is right for you and your baby. Which of these awesome parties did you or are planning to have for your little one?