I’m not sure what we’re going to do when Missy arrives, probably moan at the lack of sleep we’re both getting and being like zombie’s as we move slowly around the house, trying not to wake her whilst she sleeps and try to feed ourselves without causing any racket in the kitchen. Some say that having a mini party is the way forward but we’ve already had a baby shower for her back in August. Seeing as I’d love to breastfeed, the option of anything alcoholic is pretty much a no no, so the idea of cracking open a bottle of champagne is probably a daft idea.
Whilst we have a think about what we want to do, we do ask our friends and family to give us a few days to wrap our heads around the idea of having a little one with us. We’re looking forward to family and friends joining in on our celebrations and we’re sure she’ll be inundated with lots of treats and gifts in her first few months.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking or prepare for little one’s arrival:
Normally put in place a few months or weeks before your little one shows face, but you can wait till after your baby’s arrival to have a party for yourself and your little one if you feel up to it. You can have it as lavish or as simple as you like, it’s your day. Country Living, The Bump, Martha Stewart and Emma’s Diary have some great ideas to get you in the mood for your celebratory day.
My friend did my baby shower back in August in my hometown of Isleworth. As I’ve moved to Ramsgate, I didn’t want to be trying to make the journey up to my hometown when I’m heavier as the journey no doubt will make me tired and let’s face it, none of them will come down here for a baby shower as I am 85 miles away from London. If you’re on a budget, you can have a look around at different shops that offer some great accessories to help you in your quest for the perfect baby shower tools. Or if organising isn’t your thing, ask a family member or friend who can help you with your preparation.
‘Sip and See’ party
You may not have heard of it as it’s a very Americanised term, but the trend is slowly creeping up into the UK like the baby shower craze. It’s an easy way for family and close friends of the new parents to come and meet your newborn on the mother’s terms. Which means it’s all done how you want, when you want, with no fuss, no over-the-top games, decorations, fancy food or whatever, it’s how you want it, your way, no one else’s. If you want it to last 30 minutes or 4 hours, it’s totally up to you.
Get a bump cast
Bump casts are the latest craze that anyone who’s anyone want to get in on. If you’re looking for something that’s a little different and will keep the memory of your bump alive for many years to come, getting a bump cast could be just want you’re looking for. Bump equipment can cost as little as £10 from most online retailers or from eBay.
‘Birth’ day cake
If like me you’re a fan of baking, you’ll love the idea of a ‘Birth’ day cake to celebrate the arrival of your little one. There are plenty of great bakeries to choose from and local supermarkets can make some cakes but nothing in comparison to local bakeries. If you’re stuck for ideas, use your social media channels to the best of your advantage, ask your friends and family online.
These are just some of the sweetest ways to celebrate your baby’s arrival. Here are my top celebration customs from around the world:
Maternity Packages – Finland
For over 75 years, Finland’s expectant mums have been given a maternity package by the state that includes a kit of clothes, sheets and toys, the whole package itself can even be used as a bed, yes you read that right, a bed. Consider it a starter kit to prepare your newborn for their first few weeks. It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930’s that help all mothers, no matter what their backgrounds may be, to all receive the same start in life. Expectant mothers can choose between the box or a cash grant. [Source:BBC].
Giving Red Dyed Eggs – China
According to Chinese custom, when a baby turns one month old, they hold a ceremony to celebrate their first full month of life. This is a very important event for the newborn child. Friends and family gather to give their blessings on the baby’s 30th day. Blessings include presents, and most are eggs dyed red which is popular in their culture as eggs are a symbol of the changing of process of life. Their round shape is the symbol of a harmonious and happy life, while the red color is a sign of happiness. It’s basically a baby shower but a month late. [Source: Baby Center].
Putting Money in the Baby’s Hand – Trinidad & Tobago
When friends and family visit a newborn and their family, money is usually put into the baby’s hand. It is meant to bring prosperity and good blessings to the newborn. Another common custom is visitors are warned not to visit new parents at their house after 6pm, since it is believed the evening dew will make a baby sick. [Source: Disney Baby].
On the 7th day, a Sieve is Used – Egypt
In Egypt, survival and the number seven are inextricably linked. During a ceremony known as Sebooh, the seventh day is the day that a child’s existence is formally acknowledged to the world. The tradition sees the mother place the baby -dressed in a white robe- in a large sieve and gently shakes it to help the newborn become accustomed to the vagaries of life. Then, the baby is laid on a blanket on the floor with a knife placed along his chest to ward off evil spirits, whilst the guest scatter various grains, gold and gifts around him to wish the child good for the future. The mother side-steps seven times over the baby’s body, again to ward off evil spirits while incantations are chanted by the attendants for the child to listen to what his mother says and always obey her. A procession of lights and incense follows, with the new mother leading the the way. Singing children and guests follow bearing candles and incense to bless the house and its occupants.
In Sebooh, the child’s name can be chosen by lighting several candles, each of which is assigned a different name for the baby, at the onset of the ceremony. The candle which burns the longest will indicate the child’s name. [Source: NPR].
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