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.
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.
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.
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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