There is no doubt that the expected arrival of a new sibling is a time of both excitement and concern for existing children in a family. The younger a child is, the more they may not understand why all of the fuss. Toddlers and preschool age children may have a more difficult time with the attention that is being diverted from them and being paid to the arrival of the “new” baby. Hosting baby showers for the existing children in the family is a good way to help them feel important and not pushed aside and to help them understand they have a role in the upcoming arrival of their new brother or sister.
What is a baby showers for existing children in a family?
Baby showers are an event where people come together and enjoy a celebration of new beginnings and hope. The same is true of a baby showers hosted for the already born children in a family. Baby showers for them are a way to celebrate they are going to have a new sibling to play with and to help mommy and daddy teach. Planning “I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers” is like planning a birthday party. Sending an “I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers” invitation to the party is the first place to begin. Children love getting mail and like to see party invitations stuck to the fridge with magnets. Planning “I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers” games and activities can be as easy as having the older children in the family ice cookies, play tag or color special baby related pictures.
What foods to serve at “I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers”?
The foods served at ” I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers” should be healthy and fun. Some ideas might be to have the children make their own individual pizzas by flattening refrigerated rolls, putting a teaspoon of pizza sauce on them and adding other ingredients they like such as cheese, sausage, pepperoni etc. Another idea is to serve a fruit punch made with 100% fruit juices and apples and all natural peanut butter wedges.
What baby shower favors to give at “I Am Going to be a Big Brother or Big Sister Baby Showers”?
Party favors are a way of saying thank you to your baby showers guests. Children love to play in the bath and making homemade bath salts is a simple and inexpensive way to thank your children for coming to the baby showers. Homemade bath salts can be customized by color and scent. Add dried flower petals or herbs to make it more unique. This is a recipe for four 8 oz. jars of Mandarin Lavender Bath Salt.
3 cups Epsom Salt
1 cup Sea Salt
1 cup Baking Soda
Orange Essential Oil (or your preferred scent)
Orange Food Coloring (or your preferred color)
Dried Lavender Petals
4 (8 oz. jars) plastic baby bottles
In a large bowl mix three cups of Epson Salt, one cup of Sea Salt and one cup of baking soda.
Add about 20 drops of preferred food coloring and mix thoroughly.
Add fifteen drops of preferred essential oil to start and stir. Add more oil to get the preferred level of scent.
Add about a half cup to one cup of dried lavender petals and mix. Add more if you desire.
Spoon the salts into each jar until the baby bottles are full.
Screw the lid on firmly.
Planning baby showers for the younger children in a family is a fun way to help them be part of the exctiting event and to feel special in the process. Baby showers for expecting children can be about opening gifts for their new brother or sister, opening gifts that will help them be good big brothers and sisters or opening a gift for themselves and their expectant sibling.
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