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Unique themes for your baby shower

Baby showers are often thrown to celebrate the pending birth or recent birth of a baby. Traditionally they were only for the first child in a family and were women only events. Today they are a great excuse to shower mothers-to-be with love, well-wishes and gifts for both her and her baby. If you are throwing a baby shower for a family member or close friend, here are four unique themes that will make the baby shower a day to remember.

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Bun in the oven tea party

We often refer to pregnant ladies as having a ‘bun in the oven’, so why not go for a baking themed baby shower? If you know the mum-to-be loves to bake, this will be something she truly enjoys. You could either get everyone to bake together, or you could pre-bake the cakes and set up cake decorating stations. After you have made your sweet treats, set up a table that everyone can sit around and throw a traditional tea party. The little details can make the biggest difference so be sure to pick a pretty table cloth, hang coloured bunting and present your cakes on vintage style cake stands. If you are unsure of the baby’s gender, opt for a neutral, yet pretty colour like mint green.

Ready to pop party

Mums-to-be always describe themselves as being ‘ready to pop’ so why not make this the theme of your baby shower? Think of everything that pops like soda pop, champagne, balloons, bubbles, cake pops and popcorn. This is a baby shower theme that you can certainly have a lot of fun with! You could even choose colours that pop against each other to keep consistent with your theme.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar baby shower

We absolutely love the idea of throwing a baby shower based on the famous baby book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. For the decorations you could use prints from the book and choose colours which are inspired by the caterpillar transforming into the beautiful butterfly at the end of the story. You could also make butterfly mobiles which will add a special touch to your party decorations. Food wise, why not pick out some of the food mentioned in the baby book? The caterpillar chomps through so many different foods including strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake, pickles, Swiss cheese, salami, cherry pie, sausage and cupcakes!

You could try a Safari theme
You could try a Safari theme

Twinkle Twinkle baby shower

Lullabies and nursery rhymes are often associated with children, so why not throw a baby shower based on these themes? We love the idea of throwing a ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ baby shower. For the decorations you could hang moons and stars from the ceiling and feature lyrics from the nursery rhyme on your invitations. You could even make prints to hang on the wall which could go in the baby’s nursery after the shower. In terms of food, think about creating star shaped cakes and biscuits, decorating them with edible glitter to make them twinkle!

Conclusion

When it comes to planning a baby shower there are so many different themes you can choose from. Whilst some baby shower themes have been done over and over again, the themes featured in this article are all relatively unique and will make your baby shower stand out from the rest. Putting thought into the baby shower and planning a special theme is sure to be well received by the mum-to-be who will love that you have taken care into making sure her day is a day to remember!

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How to Make Your Electronics Baby Friendly

baby friendly electronicsAs a parent one of the things you have to learn is how to protect what you don’t want your baby to touch while she’s exploring the world. It’s only a matter of time before the blanket buddies and the rattles simply don’t capture baby’s attention anymore, and they are putting their hands on everything else. How, in that case, do you keep her away from the most expensive things that you own, your electronics? The solution is to get down at eye level with your child and have a look at anything interesting. This of course, means covering the wall sockets and dangling cords, and the machines themselves. In addition, you want to move anything you want to keep out of reach. Once everything is out of the way, covered, or wrapped up tight, you can focus on keeping sticky fingers and roaming hands off your devices like your cell phone or iPad. Here are some tips for keeping small hands safe and your hard earned devices clean.

Cover or close off any and all open wall sockets and surge protectors.

Wall sockets are a definite hazard to little creatures that can actually fit their fingers in them, and of course, babies have no idea that their toys are NOT supposed to be jammed in there. Companies that make baby proofing items provide plastic shields that insert into empty sockets and even covers for surge protectors. They are inexpensive and extremely valuable. If you find that you could not afford them, a free solution is to block off access to the wall sockets and to hang the surge protector on the wall or keep it out of reach in some other manner.

Contain any dangling cords.

You can’t keep your eyes on your baby all the time, it’s just not possible. We want, however, the best for our children and desire to keep them safe. Dangling cords are responsible for about six hundred strangulation deaths a year, (1) and should be paid particular attention to. Wrap them up as much as you can, or gather them together and use a zip tie to contain several of them together and tack them to the wall. Again, baby proofing companies make it easy on parents and provide products that allow you to safely cover your hanging cords, but it is essentially a parent’s choice to baby proof as they see fit.

Move anything you don’t want ruined out of the way.

This is the easiest step you can take to keep your things safe. Little hands love pulling DVD player trays out and snapping them off, or worse, they are likely to shove snacks and food into slots that don’t require it. Note: VCR’s will NOT play a peanut butter sandwich. Invest in some shelving with doors and locks, or keep your equipment out of reach. In addition, a distraction is often helpful with this point in baby proofing – if you find that you can’t move anything any farther away from the pretty blinking lights of your stereo, perhaps it is time to find a toy that mimics what they seem to be so fascinated with.

Saving your cell phones and iPads.

Charging your phone, or even talking on it can be difficult with an infant around. They love the noise and the buttons, and toy companies have yet to come up with an imitation cell phone that is better than mom or dad’s. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try. Keep your mobile phone safe by keeping it out of reach, or investing in protective covers. In addition, look into getting a “baby app” for your cell phone or iPad and download it. These apps are designed for touch screens and look just like your regular dialing screen, except you can’t call anyone, and you can’t use any of the features of your phone unless you press a certain key sequence. If you feel squeamish about even handing over your cell phone, consider the plastic covers or keep it completely out of reach.

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