Baby shower for a third child.

Lucy - posted on 05/23/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My friend is pregnant with her third child and I am hosting her a baby shower. I would like ideas on what type of theme is appropriate for a third shower.

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Mommy - posted on 05/27/2011

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Instead of people bringin gifts, because I think it's a little tacky to ask for big items for your third child, you can try something my sister did for ym daughter's first birthday. She painted a giant ceramic piggy bank and had people "feed the piggy." Another great thing to do is to buy everyone onsies and have them decorate them for the new baby. Also, make it a "baby's library" theme. And everyone can bring in books for the baby to read. I think asking people to bring something small and to really just go to celebrate the new birth is the best thing.

Jennifer - posted on 05/31/2011

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For my friend's second child, we had a "Sprinkling". The invitations had a little saying on them about "a shower for the first, a sprinkling for the second." I know it's a third child, but I'm sure you could come up with something clever to go along with the "sprinkle" idea - good luck! :)

Catherine - posted on 05/31/2011

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Another idea would be frozen homemade meals so the family doesn't have to cook for a while after baby comes home. Just heat and add some veggies.

Karen - posted on 05/23/2011

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That's really nice of you. A lot of people don't get a babyshower after the 1st of 2nd baby. It's heartbreaking for some when that happens because it feels like no one cares anymore. Anyway, it depends on what she has. If she has all the clothes and all the big stuff already for what she is having you could throw a diaper party. Where everyone brings a pack of diapers of different sizes, or toys. An even better idea would be for everyone to bring pampering things for her for after the baby gets here. Or maybe gift certificates to a restraunt so she can go out for a hot meal (which after 3 kids is impossible to get otherwise lol).

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Brittany - posted on 08/07/2013

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I am expecting my third, first girl! My cousins are throwing me a shower and inviting lots of family (probably 30+). I am a little embarrassed at having another shower....as I was with my first shower as well. My family has encouraged me to fill out registries, so people will know what to buy. I have always felt as if by doing so I am saying, "You can buy me this, and this....etc". I am trying to just get over that...but it's hard.

Brandee - posted on 05/31/2011

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Most people in my area do a diapee and wipee shower after the first baby, unless it is a different gender. Maybe just find a polite way to ask for only gift cards that can be used on baby stuff or anything the family needs (like Walmart or Target). Or if they don't need any baby stuff, just get a group of women together for a mani/pedi or make up party.

Sabrina - posted on 05/27/2011

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I'm pregnant with my second child and there was a lot of debate over wether or not to have a second baby shower, even though I am now having a boy. My first was a girl. Someone suggested we have a welcome baby shower instead. That way baby is here and everyone can enjoy him and we'll know more of what we need by then. I do like the consumable shower idea a lot though.

Katie - posted on 05/26/2011

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I'd also like to say, good for you! My mom plans on having another baby shower for me-due with baby #2 and my mother-in-law almost seemed borderline offended by this! We have a little boy and will be having a girl, so it will help us with clothing and such a lot! We decided that instead of calling it a baby shower, we'll call it a "welcoming party". :) I know that some people have "diaper showers", which I know the other gals mentioned. Have fun!

Amber - posted on 05/25/2011

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Wow that is really nice of you to do that for your friend, I am pregnant with my third and my youngest is 5 so we literally have nothing but a bathtub and some clothes, luckily they're all boys.... but I only had a baby shower for the first. I really like the ocean theme, it seems to be popular and it works for boys and girls. Good luck:)

Carol - posted on 05/25/2011

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Anything goes.. if she knows what she is having maybe choose a theme by gender.. if not, how about a ZOO.. as with 3 little ones, life may resemble one soon! I can vouch as I had 4.. there are some cute ideas in here: http://www.celebrationideasonline.com/br... an instruction article on how to make a diaper cake.. if you used the zoo theme, you could decorate with all little animals! Good luck

Rachel - posted on 05/24/2011

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I like the idea of having a party with diapers, wipes, etc. Those are ALWAYS needed!

Jennifer - posted on 05/24/2011

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My friend held a "Baby Sprinkle" for my second child. Even though I've always believed that you shouldn't have a shower after the first, it was so nice to celebrate the birth of my second with a small, intimate celebration with my closest friends. Instead of traditional shower games, all the guest scrapbooked pages for my son scrapbook. It was such a special day and is so nice to look back at those pages and remember special friendships!

Kerrie - posted on 05/24/2011

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I think your friends are very lucky to hold your friendship you definatly are amazing its not heard of normally for a second or 3rd, diaper/consumable parties are amazing, I have 2 girls i didnt have a shower for my first my family helped out ALOT! when i met my husband we desided that when we have a baby we didnt want a normal shower as we wanted the fun/hassle of buying the compulsary items, our families desided that we would have a diaper/consumable party. I finally had to start adding wetwipes and nappies to my shopping list 3 months ago (my baby is 17 months old now) lol xxx

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The diaper thing was a God send with our daughter. We got enough to last us 4 months! My family is more of the here you go type. Clothes, toys, large items, are all passed around (save cribs). Even car seats (that aren't expired).

Sometime people feel better giving what they have and aren't going to use, then buy new things.

Tara - posted on 05/24/2011

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Just had to post that I think it's awesome that you are throwing her a shower. We are pregnant with our 3rd and just had a shower this last weekend. Ours was thrown because it has been 5 and a half years since we've had a baby and have nothing for this little guy, but there were still people who didn't understand why our friends threw us one...my mother included. To be honest, my mom decided to not show up to our baby shower, but to, instead, go to another one. Her reasoning was that this was their first baby (twins actually I guess) and this was our 3rd..so apparently that one was more important than her own daughter's (her grandchild's) shower *shrug*.

Anyway, I just wanted to say I think what you are doing is a wonderful thing!

Lucy - posted on 05/23/2011

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I know its so sad. I have people around me that believe you should only have one shower no matter how many children you have. Thank you so much for the ideas. I really like the diaper party idea. I, myself try to just give the necessities as a shower gift anyway. Everyone brings clothes hardly anyone brings diapers.

Liz - posted on 05/23/2011

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I agree with the previous post. If she already has all the "permanent" items needed for a baby, you could do a "consumable shower" where people bring things like wipes, diapers, baby food, etc. When I had my 3rd son a friend of mine hosted a consumable shower for me and it was great!

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