According to etiquette gurus (including Emily Post), it is never truly improper to celebrate the impending arrival of a new baby with a shower even if it is a second, third or fourth child. With each new baby comes excitement and friends and family close to the parents usually enjoy celebrating life’s newest blessing. However, there are definitely mixed feelings on the topic and people who will show outright disdain for the idea if you even mention it. People argue that second-time parents have all of the supplies necessary for bringing a second child into the home, even if that child is of another gender, and that a hosting a subsequent shower is greedy and excessive. On the softer side, one can argue that each baby is a blessing and deserves his or her own celebration.
Recently an invitation came across my desk that tickled me pink (pun intended, as it was a darling cherry blossom-toned piece of stationery). A pink baby carriage was nestled in the center surrounded by curvy font—a baby shower? Not at all. A baby “sprinkle.”
We know that baby showers are appropriately named as the recipient is showered with gifts. On the flip side, what do we do when we want to celebrate the birth of a second, third or fourth child in a tactful manner? We sprinkle the mother. How ingenious!
Now, I’m loving the idea of the baby sprinkle. The emphasis is not so much on the gifting as it is on the celebration, which is the essence of a party of this nature. Encore mothers (as I like to call them) need fresh burp clothes, onesies, diapers, etc. and the sprinkle gives friends and family the opportunity to offer a small gift to help the parents get ready for the next child. More importantly, it gives the mother an opportunity to gather, socially, with the people who love her most before her life is once again turned upside down by baby.
The bottom line here is that less is more and to me– that is what is so endearing about a baby sprinkle.