Should Baby #2 Get a Shower?

baby showerThis conversation comes up quite a bit. In this Momania blog post, a soon-to-be mother of two writes about her desire that both children be treated equally. Here’s an excerpt:

“I was recently informed by my mother that ‘you only get a shower for your first child’.  And while I certainly agree that we are in a much more prepared state then we were two years ago, especially since we’re having another girl, I always viewed showers as a chance to celebrate a new life with family and friends. I have personally hosted baby showers for two different friends for their second children and another shower for a friend for their third child, and have always held to the belief that each child deserves to be celebrated.”

What do you think? Should each child be celebrated?

Once all the “big items” are acquired during the first round of baby showers, it seems reasonable that a baby shower for a second child could be limited to essentials – clothing items, bottles, pacifiers, diapers, etc. Or what about a shower just for mom – an event where she is the recipient of the gifts?

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  1. I totally agree. Each baby is an individual. Family and friends should gather to celebrate this joyous event, even if the parents have everything they need from the first baby.

    If the parents don’t need any baby gear then plan a baby shower where the guests give a gift that will help the parents get through the first few tiring weeks with their newborn.

    Guests could bring a meal that can be frozen and reheated later, or offer a service such as a night of baby sitting or house cleaning assitance. These types of gifts would be greatly appreciated by the parents and be a great help.