A baby shower with a difference

Baby showers are becoming more and more popular, and like most things, they have become over commercialised. Many of the presents given are left unused once baby arrives, and a lot of mums are crying out for more practical presents. So I wanted to give some ideas for a slightly different kind of baby shower. (Feel free to add your own suggestions in a comment below)

Gift ideas:

  • Vouchers for Natal Hypnotherapy workshops or pregnancy relaxation sessions
  • Vouchers for a doula from South Wales Doulas (could be for the birth or for postnatal)
  • Birthing jar full of affirmations
  • Cloth nappy samples for mum to try out
  • Voucher for a sling or an individual appointment with a sling consultant to help mum learn how to use a sling which will soothe her baby, and free up her hands to do other things.
  • A meal that has been cooked and frozen
  • A framed poem (see below for some ideas)
  • Vouchers for help once baby arrives - cooking/cleaning/babysitting etc
  • Books which encourage mum to trust her natural instincts, and explain the normal behaviour of a newborn:
The Gentle Sleep Book: For calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers
BabyCalm: A Guide for Calmer Babies and Happier Parents
Wonder Weeks
  • Books which empower the mum-to-be about childbirth, and dispel myths and fears:
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Childbirth without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth
Spiritual Midwifery
  • Books which give really helpful advice about breastfeeding, and the natural feeding behaviours of a newborn:
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding
Baby-led Breastfeeding: How to make breastfeeding work - with your baby's help
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Activities:
Bump paintings or imprints
Henna bump decorating
Bump photograph session

Poems/Quotes:
“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.” - Kristen Proby

"The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow
But children grow up as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep." - Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

"Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever
Passing through these powerful gates - in her own way - remembering all the generations of women who walk with her....She is never alone." - Suzanne Arms


"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." - Rajneesh

"There is power that comes to women when they give birth. They don't ask for it, it simply invades them. Accumulates like clouds on the horizon and passes through, carrying the child with it." - Sheryl Fiedman

"When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change."  - Marie Mongan

Music:
'Baby love' The Supremes
'Count on Me' Bruno Mars
'Haven't Met you Yet' Michael Buble
'Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World' by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
'Hey Ho' The Lumineers
'I'm Yours' Jason Mraz
'Baby, Now That I've Found You' The Foundations
'Be My Baby' The Ronettes
'Can't take my eyes of you' Frankie Vallie
'Isn't She Lovely' Stevie Wonder
'Just the two of us' Will Smith
'Yellow' Coldplay
'Sweet Child O Mine' Guns & Roses

Venues:
Funky Little Chickens
The yurt at Milgi's