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baby showers (the best of the best…)

discover the many modern ways to shower mom-to-be and baby

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There are so many ways to shower moms or dads, and the imminent arrivals or delivered births of a child these days.  From gender reveal parties and push presents to pregnant belly casts and highly elaborate pregnancy announcements, you can (baby) shower six ways to Sunday. But how do you decide which type of shower to throw?  At aden + anais, we’ve narrowed it down to three favorite ways you can celebrate parents and baby. Read on for the ‘recipes’ and a close look at our top three baby, dad, or mom shower styles; the classic, the sprinkle, and the sip and see.

the classic baby shower

You might wonder what a baby shower is or where it came from. While the idea of celebrating new babies has been around for centuries, the aptly-named baby boom era drove the popularity of the classic baby shower. It was here that the tradition was born of ‘showering’ mom and soon-to-arrive baby with the functional household necessities for raising a child. It also ushered in the baby shower game practice which is still in full-force today. Here’s how to throw a classic baby shower:

Six weeks Before

  • Decide on a theme and location

One month to six weeks before

  • Book caterer and photographer, if desired

One month before

  • Mail invitations. If the expectant parents have a baby registry be sure to include it here

Two to three weeks before

  • Place orders (for flowers, cake, chairs)
  • Plan the menu and shop for decorations
  • Prepare the games and designate a games helper

One week before

  • Follow up with any invitees who haven’t responded
  • Assemble guest gift bags
  • Shop for groceries or confirm with caterer

Two days before

  • Finish food prep and clean location

One day before

  • Set up party space

Day of

  • Pick up flowers, cake, balloons
  • Recruit a gift recorder
  • Pamper the new mom-to-be

inspired by the boho baby shower

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gift to give

classic swaddles

The classic baby shower is the perfect opportunity to gift the absolute necessities to a first-time parent. And swaddles are an easy gift that make a huge impact. With endless uses, they are truly essential to life with baby. Make sure to include  our step-by-step swaddling guide with your swaddle gift.

the sprinkle

Baby showers have traditionally been a first-child-only affair, but parents today seem open to any excuse for a celebration. So for the second child (and beyond), many are opting for a small-scale shower or sprinkle to welcome their new addition. What is a sprinkle baby shower, you ask? Well, a sprinkle party is a more casual gathering where the mom-to-be is ‘sprinkled’ with smaller baby basics or pampering gifts just for her, since the big ticket items were likely already received at the first baby shower. A sprinkle is especially handy for new additions of a different gender. Follow this timeline and learn how to throw a sprinkle baby shower:

Six weeks Before

  • Decide on a location. An open house is a great option for a sprinkle which is typically shorter than a classic shower

One month before

  • Send online invitations

Two to three weeks before

  • Plan a light menu. A sundae bar with sprinkles is always fun for dessert.

One week before

  • Follow up with any invitees who haven’t responded
  • Purchase small thank-you tokens for guests
  • Shop for groceries

Two days before

  • Start food prep and clean location

One day before

  • Set up party space and decorate

Day of

  • Ask guests to write welcome notes for the new baby and their best advice for siblings in keepsake books
  • Recruit a gift recorder
  • Pamper the new mom-to-be and older sibling(s)

inspired by the high tea sprinkle

high tea sprinkle

gift to give

dream blankets

Sleep is a hot commodity for all parents, but especially for parents who have young children AND a new baby. Encourage sweet dreams by gifting an aden + anais plush dream blanket to the soon-to-be new addition at the Sprinkle. Featuring four layers of 100% cotton muslin, this snuggly addition will be orchestrating those precious zzz’s at home, restaurants, the park and everywhere in between.

the sip-n-see

A Southern tradition, the sip and see differs from the classic shower and the sprinkle in that this one happens after-the-fact. It’s a way of welcoming baby after they have made their arrival into the world. The sip and see is great for those who wanted to wait to reveal the gender until birth but didn’t want only gender-neutral gifts, or for the parents who wanted to make sure mom and baby were healthy before celebrating. The sip and see typically happens about two months post-birth, once mom has recovered from childbirth but the baby is still a newborn. It is also a party that parents can throw for themselves. Without the traditional formalities of its sister parties, the sip and see can serve as a casual cocktail party. Here’s our easy-to-follow sip and see instructions:

Before baby arrives

  • Decide on a location and menu. Don’t forget bubbles (non-alcoholic and otherwise) to toast the new baby

Two to three weeks before

  • Send online invitations

One week before

  • Shop for groceries or have them delivered

Two days before

  • Start food prep and clean location

One day before

  • Set up party space. A few vases of fresh flowers are plenty of decoration

Day of

  • Ask guests to write welcome notes for the new baby
  • Recruit a gift recorder
  • Shower the newest addition with hugs and love

inspired by the woodland chic sip-n-see

woodland chic sip-n-see

gift to give

At the sip and see, as the name implies, you’ll be visiting with the new baby – not just the new parents. You’ll know a name, a gender and maybe even the aesthetics of their nursery, so you can hand-select gifts that fit mom and baby’s collective personalities. Explore aden + anais’ full selections of blanketsswaddles, diapers, or bibs and find the perfect sip and see gift.