The arrival of baby number two (or three or four) is an exciting time for you and your family. While you may feel more prepared than you did the first time around, it’s still natural to want to share the excitement and celebrate your news with family and friends. What better way to do that than to throw a smaller “sprinkle” shower instead of a full-blown baby shower?
But planning a sprinkle shower can be overwhelming: the expecting parents may already have their hands full with their other little ones, and friends and family may not know what’s expected of them. So don’t fret if you’re not sure where to start. Find out how to plan the perfect sprinkle shower here.
Baby Sprinkle vs. Baby Shower
While most people are familiar with baby showers, baby sprinkles (or baby sprinkle showers) are not as well-known yet. But as the name seems to suggest, a sprinkle shower is a gathering, typically a lower-key one, to celebrate the birth of baby number two (or three or four).
Sprinkle showers can, of course, be as extravagant and as large as the repeat-mom would like. But the guestlist for these gatherings tends to be a bit more selective, although often co-ed, and the venue slightly more casual, than for a first-time-mom-to-be’s shower.
And since the parents are not first-time parents, they will likely still have many of the necessities they’ll need to welcome that new baby into the family. So gifts are generally on the smaller side: clothing, diapers and other newborn baby basics.
What To Do For A Sprinkle Shower
Sprinkle showers tend to be low-key. A nice brunch at a local restaurant with close friends and family, a backyard BBQ, a picnic in the park or hors d’oeuvres and mocktails by the pool: these are great ways to celebrate without the stress of planning an elaborate celebration. This year, your sprinkle shower might look like a virtual celebration rather than an in-person one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You could also plan an outdoor, social distanced sprinkle with a small group of guests wearing masks. Whatever you do, just make sure it’s safe for everyone in attendance.
That said, sprinkles (whether virtual or not) do still require some planning.
The theme for invitations and decorations can be as simple or as funky as you’d like. Simple pink, blue or gender-neutral colors like yellow can guide your planning. You could also do a play on the name (sprinkle shower) and use rain showers and droplets as your theme. Or to use another interpretation, you could go all-in on the idea of sweet and colorful candy sprinkles.
And don’t forget to include a few baby games! There are the classics, like guessing the mother’s waist measurements and the delivery date and time, as well as charades or baby sprinkle bingo. The options are endless, and many of these games can be easily adapted to a virtual celebration, so don’t limit yourself!
Sprinkle Shower Gift Ideas
Expectant moms probably still have most of the larger ticket items, such as the crib, changing table and so on. So if you’re attending a sprinkle and looking for gift ideas, focus on the necessities and personalized gifts. (A note for the expectant parents: a registry is especially helpful for sprinkle showers, as you likely know exactly what you need and would like to have. If your sprinkle will be held virtually, make sure your guests know which address to send gifts to so you will have them all on hand to open on-camera during the shower, if you choose to do so.)
Here are a few gifts any mom would love to have on hand when their newborn finally arrives:
- Diapers and wipes. Parents of a newborn can never have too many of these! But remember that, just like clothes, diapers come in different sizes, and a baby might skip the newborn size altogether. Therefore, you may want to opt for the next size up (usually size 1) or consider a sampler or variety pack with both sizes.
- Car seat and stroller. Be sure to check with the parents about these larger items, as they likely will have done a lot of research the first time around and may have specific preferences.
- Gender-specific clothing. This is particularly helpful if the new baby is a different sex than his or her brother or sister or will make his or her first appearance during a different season. For a variety of adorable and super soft newborn clothing options, check out our extensive collection of baby boy and girl outfits.
- A special, non-baby gift just for the parents. A gift card to a local restaurant or an IOU to babysit one evening so that the parents can have date-night make for perfect sprinkle gifts. Other non-baby gift ideas include gift certificates to a local spa, for meal kits or for a cleaning service.
- Don’t forget a gift or two for the big brother or sister. Some siblings are super excited for their little brother or sister to arrive. Some are less enthused at first. Either way, it’s important to make sure they feel special and included in the fun. So getting something just for them would be a wonderful gift idea. This big brother slub tee or most amazing sister jersey tee are perfect gifts. For more inspiration, check out our selection of toys for boys and girls.
Whether it’s the second child or the latest addition to a larger family, a sprinkle shower is a lovely way to make the birth of a new child special. Plus, it’ll give parents a chance to stock up on any extra clothes and toys they may need.