How many baby showers have you been to? One? A handful? More than you can count? My own baby shower with Lil’ J was one of the first ones I had been to. I’ve helped plan a few and many to many more since then, and today I wanted to share some special keepsake ideas for those of you who may be planning a shower of your own.
You know me, and I love any excuse to make memories last, and a baby shower is a special day worth remembering. Here are 10 fabulous keepsake ideas to incorporate into a baby shower. I picked up all of these supplies at Target.
1. Wishes for baby- advice box
I love looking back at the heartfelt letters I got at my baby shower. Words of advice from moms as well as encouraging words from moms-to-be. They’re still fun to go back and read occasionally.
2. Letter Wall
Ask each guest to bring a letter decorated to put in the baby’s nursery. If you have enough guests you can do an alphabet wall, or spell out the baby’s name. You can find paint and craft items to decorate wooden letters at Target.
3. Time capsule for baby
Have each guest write down a memory or moment from the birth year and put in a can to be sealed then reopened on his/ her 18th birthday.
4. Late-night diaper box
Give mom something to smile about during those exhausting middle-of-the-night changes by writing humorous messages on the diaper for mom to read later.
5. Decorate Baby Bibs
Let guests decorate plain baby bibs with fabric paper .
6. New mommy survival kit jar
Fill a jar with small items for mom: gum, hand lotion, chocolate, Advil, sanitizer, Mother’s Milk Tea, etc. When the items are gone the jar can be re-used as a memory jar for mom to fill with baby’s firsts and keepsakes from the hospital or birth day.
7. Colored-pencils/ alphabet book
Let your friends show off their artistic side (or lack thereof) by decorating a page for an alphabet book.
8. Signed children’s books
In lieu of a card, request that guests bring a signed children’s book for baby. Small ones run about the same price as a card would anyway.
9. Photo Book
The easiest way to document a party is probably by using a photo book. Take photos of all the guests then slip them in a ready-made photo book that mom can look back and enjoy for years to come.
10. Loving wishes and advice for mommy
Guests can write well wishes and advise for the mom-to-be and stick them in a box or jar for mom to keep and read later, or whenever she needs a pick-me-up.
One important thing every new mom needs is support. No matter what her parenting style might be, she’ll need friends she can count on to have her back. Here’s a video that pretty much sums up my feelings in a hilarious few minutes.
Did you get any keepsake gifts at your shower? Share your thoughts or ideas in the comments and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card to Target. I’ll draw a winner at random on January 31st. Good luck!
Ramdom.org #23 winner: Stephanie M.
*Giveaway sponsored by Target in partnership with BabyCenter