Gift Ideas for a Baby Sprinkle

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A baby sprinkle is a type of baby shower given to parents who already have at least one child. The idea is instead of showering the parents with gifts, you sprinkle them instead, since second-time parents do not need as much for the new baby. Knowing a few gift ideas that are appropriate for second-time parents helps you choose the perfect gift for the parents-to-be.

Diapers and Wipes

  • Regardless of whether the expected baby is a first, third or seventh child, the parents need diapers. When choosing diapers, ask the parents-to-be what brand they prefer. Some parents only want to use a specific brand while others are happy to use whatever they have on hand. Since most babies only wear the newborn size for a few weeks, purchasing larger sizes helps ensure the baby does not outgrow the diapers before they are used. The same is true for wipes.

Gender-Specific Supplies

  • Often, sprinkles are thrown because the parents are having a child of a different sex than the first. If they already have a daughter and a son is expected this time, purchase clothes, bibs, blankets or bath towels with boy themes. Alternatively, if they are having a girl after already having a boy, tights, bows or diaper covers to wear under dresses are appropriate.

Parent Gifts

  • Since the parents-to-be most likely have most of what they need already from the first child, consider a special gift for the parents. One idea is gift certificate for dinner and a movie. Alternatively, offer to babysit the other children to give the parents some alone time before the baby arrives. Pajamas for the mother-to-be to wear at the hospital or a prenatal massage are other ideas.

Sibling Gifts

  • A lot of jealousy arises when the baby of the family is no longer the baby and becomes the big sibling. Purchasing big sister a new doll shows her she is special or a truck for big brother lets the child know that he is not forgotten. Choose a gift that is fun for that child. Ask the parents what the child's favorite thing is. Make it personal to help her not feel lost in the new-baby excitement.

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