Need some ideas for Baby Shower Game Gifts? Here are plenty of precious baby shower game prizes that will fit any baby shower theme.
You’ve got your baby shower checklist and you’ve checked off decorations, favors, food, the cake, and even the games. But what to give for prizes?
You want something that everyone will love and want to win. I’m here to give you some ideas of things that women will LOVE!
Keeping with your theme is a great idea, but you don’t have to adhere to it religiously. A few of the gifts can reflect the theme and then as long as you keep with the colors of the shower, you’ll be fine.
If you’re hosting the shower and you’re on a budget, you need to find ideas that will not break the bank. Check out your local Dollar stores for some cheap ideas on gifts.
Online shopping is an easy way to get unique gifts if you don’t live in a big city. Shop Beau-Coup for Unique Baby Shower Favors & Gifts or check out these cute Baby Shower Favors.
Homemade Baby Shower Game Gifts
Homemade gifts are a nice touch at any event if you have the time and patience for making them. Handmade gifts are not always the cheapest route though. Count all the costs before embarking on any homemade gift ideas.
Here are some ideas for you to brainstorm…
Homemade baby shaped soaps
Homemade candles in baby shapes or baby shower colors
Suckers in the shape of baby items
Homemade cookies wrapped in pretty bag with ribbon
Homemade cupcakes wrapped up in cellophane and ribbon
Small bags made out of material (fill with candy or potpourri)
Make tiny Christmas stockings from old sweaters and embellish with ribbon and old brooches (for Christmas baby showers)
Pin cushions out of material scraps and batting
Sachets out of lace, material, or doilies
Small loaves of homemade bread wrapped in brown paper and tied with raffia
Homemade candy in cellophane bags
Fudge wrapped in brown paper and tied with ribbon
For a Christmas shower, make homemade ornaments
Faux cupcakes in baby colors
Homemade bracelets or necklaces
Make your own seed packets
Crochet scarfs and mittens for a Winter shower theme
More Ideas For Baby Shower Game Gifts
Don’t stress too much on this area of the shower. It should all be about the Mom and baby to be.
It really makes it easy on a baby shower hostess. Simply print out as many copies as you need. You can check the games off of your things to do! Now isn’t that a relief?
Trying to keep costs down? Here’s a free animal baby game idea. Supply pen and paper to all the guests. Have them write as many baby names of animals as they can think of and see who can come up with the most.
This will require that you do a little studying. Have a list ready of animal names so that you are familiar with them and know if the answers are right or wrong. I’ve included some here to get you started.
You can use stickers to embellish your games or just leave them plain.
“Owl” bet you’ll just love these Owl baby shower ideas! What an adorable baby shower theme idea that is perfect for a boy or a girl. You’ll find ideas for Owl shower invitations, decorations, centerpieces, favors, cakes, and more.
Owls are so cute with their big eyes and wise ways that they are the perfect baby shower theme idea.
Owl Baby Shower Invitations
You can make homemade owl shower invitations, find free printable owl baby shower invitations, purchase from a local store, or order your owl invitations online.
If you are making your own, there are several ways you can achieve this. It can be as simple as folding card stock in half and adding an owl sticker on the front. Add your information in your own handwriting.
If you know your way around a computer, you can use a graphic program and create your own. There are plenty of free owl graphics that you can find. Add your info and print off. You can embellish with ribbon, buttons, ect.
Ordering owl invitations online is simple and easy as well. Everyone is different, so pick the solution that is easiest for you and your schedule.
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Owl Baby Shower Decorations and Centerpieces
For your Owl baby shower you want to create a woodsy feeling. Bring the outdoors in. Think about what it feels like in the forest and then recreate that same feeling in the venue of the baby shower.
Fake trees and plants are a great way to do this. You can also purchase fake moss (real moss is sooooo messy) and lay it on your table and around the house. Nests are a great decorating accent for this theme too. You can make them yourself or purchase them.
If you don’t have access to fake trees, you can do a one-dimensional tree on the wall with brown paper. Make owls with scrapbook paper and stick on the branches. You could do this behind the party table. Then purchase (or go in the woods and gather them yourself) tree branches. Place them in containers of your choice and place on the table. It will give your tree on the wall a two-dimensional look.
Punch a hole in the owls that you have made and string wire or ribbon through the hole. Hang them on the tree branches.
If you’re not very crafty or you don’t have time to create your own cute little owls, then purchase owl scrapbook paper and cut the owls out of that. So simple and easy!
Owl figurines and garden statues are a great way to bring in your theme. You can give the owls away at the end of the shower as gifts.
An owl bunting is a cute idea and can be made with scrapbook paper or fabric.
Tissue pom-pom balls are all the rage right now in the party world. You can make your own or purchase a kit. Hang these all around the party area or just above the table.
You can also hang a grapevine wreath around the chandelier over the party table and add little nests and owls to it.
Your colors for this shower can vary. It all depends on the owls that you choose to go with. Pick your owl baby shower supplies and then choose two or three colors from your supplies. Keep with that color scheme through out the shower decor.
If you use the owl graphics that I have provided, the color schemes would be…
Owl Baby Shower Games
Mommy the Multi-Tasker
You’ll need clothes line, laundry basket with owl themed baby clothes, phone, baby doll, and clothes pins.
Hang the clothes line up in the party area. You can hang baby clothes from it for your decorations and then it will be ready for the game. The player has 1 minute. She has to talk on the phone and hang up clothes while holding a baby on her hip. This is a great game. The single girls don’t have a clue. See who can hang up the most clothes in the time limit.
Place the Pacifier in the Baby Owl’s Mouth
For this baby shower game you’ll need a poster size baby owl’s face, blind folds, and pacifier stickers. Find a picture of a cute cartoon baby owl and draw it on a large poster board. You can use an overhead projector if you are not great at free hand drawing. Or ask a friend to do the drawing for you.
Blind fold the player and twirl her around. Give her the pacifier sticker and see how close she can get to the baby owl’s mouth. The closest pacifier to the baby owl’s mouth wins the prize!
Don’t Say “Owl”
String plastic pacifiers (can be found at a craft or hobby store) on a long piece of matching ribbon. As each guest arrives, hang a pacifier around her neck and instruct her that she can’t say the word “owl.” This will be difficult since there will be owls everywhere in the shower area! If she does, someone can “steal” her pacifier. Keep this game going the whole shower. The player with the most pacifiers at the end of the shower, wins.
Printable Baby Shower Games
Printable games make the shower planning a breeze. You can get games like Baby Shower Bingo, Mad Libs, Word Scramble, Name That Baby, and many more. Makes life just a little bit easier! Print instantly.
Owl Baby Shower Cupcakes or Cakes
If you decide on cupcakes, here is a really easy and cute idea…
Purchase or bake cupcakes and frost them with chocolate frosting. Pull Oreos apart and place one on each side of the cupcake with the white cream pointing up. Add brown M&M;’s or Reese’s Pieces for the eye pupils. For the beak you simply use a candy corn. I told you this was super simple! Of course you can always keep going with it and make it as detailed as you like. Fondant is a great way to cover cupcakes as well and can be used to make owl cupcakes.
Cupcake picks are a great way to bring in the owl theme as well. Cut out circles and add an owl sticker. Glue two circles back to back onto a toothpick. Place one pick in each cupcake.
Display your cupcakes in a cupcake stand or stacked cake plates.
If you are wanting a cake, there are several things you can do…
1. You can purchase the cake from your favorite bakery.
2. Bake a cake and decorate it yourself. For a very simple owl cake, bake a round cake and frost it either blue or pink. Add two rice cakes for the eyes. Add Reese’s Pieces for the pupils (or black fondant). Then use orange fondant (or orange candy) for the beak. This is very simple but actually looks enough like an owl.
Owl Baby Shower Food and Drink Ideas
Decorate the food table with moss, greenery, nests, and owls.
Here are a few ideas for food…
Salads are green and would tie into this theme nicely
Any foods that match your color scheme
Veggie trays are always a hit
Owl shaped cookies
Candies that match your color scheme (place in pretty clear jars)
Owl shaped sandwiches
Blue owl punch for a boy (see below for recipe)
Pink owl soda for a girl (any strawberry soda ~ add a personalized owl label)
Blue Owl Punch Recipe
1 (0.13 ounce) package blue, berry flavored unsweetened drink mix
1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite or 7-up
1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white cranberry juice
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup white sugar, or to taste (you can also use stevia which is a natural sweetner)
In a large punch bowl, stir together the drink mix, soda, and white cranberry juice. Taste, and stir in sugar to your liking. Float scoops of ice cream on the top if you want.
Owl Baby Shower Favors
For your owl favors you can purchase the favors or make your own. If you decide on doing homemade favors, here is a great way to package them.
Purchase little brown gift bags and then decorate with scrapbook paper and supplies. Fill with your homemade favor and then put white tissue paper in the top. Add a sweet bow to match your color scheme and you’re good to go.
Some great ideas for homemade favors are…
Homemade owl shaped soaps
Homemade candles in owl shapes
Homemade owl shaped cookies wrapped in pretty bag with ribbon
Homemade owl cupcakes wrapped up in cellophane and ribbon
Small bags made out of owl material (fill with candy or potpourri)
Pin cushions out of owl material and batting
Sachets out of lace, material, or doilies with owl buttons
Small loaves of homemade bread wrapped in brown paper and sealed with an owl sticker
Homemade owl shaped candy in cellophane bags
Fudge wrapped in brown paper with an owl sticker
Homemade owl bracelets or necklaces
Homemade birds nests with wrapped candies in them
Crochet owl scarfs and mittens for a Winter owl shower theme
Yee Haw! Simply the cutest Cowboy baby shower theme ideas. Ideas for favors, games, cakes, decor, and so more. Find all the tips you’ll need to host a fabulous Little Cowboy Shower.
A western theme is a great theme for any little cowpoke. Have some down home fun and host the best shower this side of Texas with these rip roaring good time Cowboy Baby Shower Theme ideas.
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Invitation Ideas
Deciding on your baby shower invitations can sometimes be overwhelming, but here are a few simple and easy ways to invite your friends to the event…
Make your own invites.
Use brown card stock for your homemade cowboy baby shower invitations. Print off your info (or hand write) onto brown cardstock. Cut the invite to the desired size. I always use a paper cutter to ensure straight lines.
Cut a piece of burlap a little larger than the invite. Now cut another piece of brown cardstock a little big bigger. Place the invite onto the larger piece of cardstock and punch two holes in the top.
Then put the larger piece and the burlap together and make holes in the burlap using the end of your scissors.
Now layer the pieces together. The larger piece of brown card stock, then the burlap, and then the piece of cardstock with all of the info on it.
Tie a piece of twine or red ribbon at the top to secure all the pieces together. Then add a cowboy detail to the invite (a horse, hat, horseshoe, boot, ect). I’ve used a button cover that I found, but you could use stickers, draw your own detail, or print a free graphic off the web.
Purchase ready made Little Cowboy Western Baby Shower Invitations
Place your cowboy baby shower theme info on a tag and attach to a western item (hat, boot, badge, horseshoe, ect. Hand deliver the invites if you need to, to save money on the shipping.
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Supplies
You can use solid color plates and napkins for this theme and bring in the western feel in all of your other decor or use themed supplies. Whenever I am doing a shower, I like to bring in the theme anyway I can, so if there are plates and napkins in the theme that I am doing, I always purchase them. Sometimes you just can’t find supplies that you love and that’s ok. Red plates would look great for this theme.
A really cute idea for napkins is to use red bandanas. They are about $1 a piece and will add some really great color to your food table.
Add style and flair to your western-themed baby shower with these cute, little cowboy hats. The 2 1/2″ hats are cowpoke place card holders, and if you turn them upside-down, they’re neat favor holders!
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Decoration and Centerpiece Ideas
Your color scheme for this shower is going to be red, white, brown, tan, and black. Bring in red bandanas and cow print too if you wish.
Start your Cowboy baby shower theme decorating off with a Little Cowboy – Personalized Baby Shower Garland Banner. You can place it outside or above the food table.
This is such a fun theme to do. You’ll want to bring in lots of burlap, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, and other country elements. Mason jars are great for this theme as well.
Set hay bales around the party area. If the party is inside, you need to put down plastic first so you don’t have a huge mess to clean up after the shower. Hay is very messy. You can use the hay as decor only, or use it as your seating.
For seating, you’ll want to add blankets, material, or sheets over the hay as it’s pretty scratchy.
Use white tablecloths (ruffled ones would be adorable). For a cheap tablecloth idea, you can use sheets, blankets, quilts, bedspreads, or material. It doesn’t have to be perfect because this theme is all about the country and a little shabbiness will fit right in.
Then make runners from burlap or linen. I love burlap, but it can be messy and some people are allergic to it. Linen gives a similar look without all the fuzzies.
For your centerpieces, you can use these pre-made centerpieces…
Or create your own. Here are several Cowboy baby shower centerpiece ideas…
Cowboy hats with red bandanas.
Use cowboy boots as vases for flowers. Spray paint them white, red, or leave natural.
Use small saddles (can find at flea markets for around $50 or so). You can leave them as is, or spray paint them red or white.
Mason jars are a great centerpiece for this theme. Fill with your favorite flower or place red votive candles down in them.
Galvanized buckets filled with baby boy items.
Baskets filled with flowers or baby boy items.
Mini hay bales (you can buy them in the Fall).
Milk jars with flowers.
Small rocking horse.
Use any of these ideas or mix and match them for a fuller centerpiece on your tables.
Make the party area feel like a barn or use a real barn as your venue. Bring in red bandanas, gingham, and cow print. Hang lanterns everywhere for a cosy feeling.
You can make a baby bunting with scrapbook paper or fabric. Just cut triangles out of pretty paper or material and then attach to a long piece of twine with clothes pins (you can also hang baby overalls on the twine). Add letters on top of the triangles. You can buy pre cut letters or cut out your own. Spell out “Baby Shower” or “It’s a Boy” or anything else that you wish.
Purchase large metal stars and paint them red to match your theme. Or you can also make stars from cardboard and spray paint gold, white, red, black, or brown.
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Game Ideas
Bag of Baby Items
Prior to the shower, place baby boy items in a burlap or cotton bag. The players get to feel in the bag for about 15 to 20 seconds. Then everyone writes what they think is in the bag. The player with the most correct answers gets the prize.
Candy in a Milk Bottle
You’ll need a large milk bottle and red candies for this baby shower game. Fill the bottle with the red candies and let everyone guess how many candies are in the bottle. The player that guesses the closest to the amount wins.
Name The Baby Farm Animal
The players must write as many farm animals and their baby’s names as they can think of. Some examples would include, dogs-puppies, cats-kittens, cow-calf, horse-foal, ect.
Printable Baby Shower Games
Printable games make the shower planning a breeze. You can get games like Baby Shower Bingo, Mad Libs, Word Scramble, Name That Baby, and many more. Makes life just a little bit easier! And don’t we all need that:) Print instantly.
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Food and Drinks Ideas
Place mini hay bales on the food table and put your food dishes on them. You can also add in other cowboy elements to your food table as well. For example, hats, boots, rope, ect.
Turn a cowboy hat upside down and place a bowl in it. Then place your food in the bowl (chips, veggies, snack mix, ect).
Some food ideas for the Cowboy Shower theme are…
Chicken salad sandwiches
Beans and cornbread
Stew and cornbread
Any kind of salad
Corn on the cob
Little Cowboy Baby Shower Cookies
And here are some drink ideas…
Chocolate or plain milk (serve in milk bottle with red striped paper straw).
Fresh lemonade (serve in mason jars)
Flavored ice tea (serve in mason jars)
Hot Cowpoke Punch
2/3 cup brown sugar 2 short cinnamon sticks 3/4 tsp. cloves 1/2 tsp. salt 1 (48 oz.) can unsweetened pineapple juice 1 qt. cranberry juice 2 1/4 cup water Place in coffee basket (don’t use electric coffee maker) the brown sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and salt. Place in coffeepot the pineapple juice, cranberry juice and water. Use a 20 cup or more coffee pot. Perk like you would coffee. Makes 20 cups.
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Cake Ideas
Purchase a Cowboy cake from your local bakery or make your own simple cowboy cake.
Bake a sheet cake in any flavor. While the cake is cooling, make a template of a boot out of paper or cardboard. Look in a book or online for inspiration.
When the cake is cool, lay the template down on your cake and cut the boot out. Then frost your cake white or brown and add any details you want.
You can also make cake pops or cupcakes. Here are a couple of things that will bring your cupcakes to life…
Cowboy Baby Shower Theme Favor Ideas
There are so many things you can do for favors for this theme. Add your own favor to Little Cowboy – Classic Personalized Baby Shower Favor Boxes for a simple and easy idea.
Here are some other super cute ideas…
Mason jars filled with red candy
Mason jars filled with cookie mix with a red bandana on top (cut in a circle and secure with twine)
Boot shaped cookies wrapped in cellophane and tied with a red ribbon
Hat shaped cookies wrapped in cellophane
Homemade strawberry jelly
Homemade bread wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine
Brown paper bags filled with goodies (fold over and punch two holes in the top, add a red ribbon and tie into a knot)
Here’s FREE printable baby shower favors that can be used for any baby shower theme because you pick the paper and the embellishments. That way you are in charge of the end product. I’ve shown a few to give you some ideas, but this is all about your creativity and what you can do.
There are two templates. One is plain with no fold lines. This is so you can open it up in a program on your computer and add any graphic to it to make it unique.
The other one has fold lines. This is for you to print off and use as a guide. Or, if you are just going to add your embellishments on the outside of the favor with stickers, stamps, or free hand drawing, then you can just use this template.These are not boring box favors, they are simply adorable favors that are really a piece of cake to put together.
There are several ways you can print this off. You can right click on the image and click Save Image As or Save Picture As. Be sure and notice where it’s saving it because you will have to find it again. I usually put stuff in my document file so I know where it is. Then you will just open it in any paint program. Add anything you want to the front of the favor. Make sure the template fits the page and print off. I use Paint Shop Pro and it works great.
If you are using Firefox as your browser, you can right click on the image and click View Image. This will take you to the full image. Now go up to the left hand corner of your computer and click on File. Then click Print Preview. On the Scale button, scale the image to fit the page. Now all you do is hit Print.
If you use Internet Explorer as your browser, you right click on the image and click Print Picture. It will ask you what printer and and how many copies. Then you just click Print.
You can make these free printable baby shower favors any size you please. The favor template should be around 6 inches wide. You really don’t want it to be much smaller than that.
Below you will find the exact instructions on how to put these free printable baby shower favors together. Have fun!
I would suggest that you print these favors onto cardstock paper. Regular paper is just not strong enough for these free printable baby shower favors. You can purchase cardstock paper in a lot of stores in the craft section. There are some absolutely adorable baby prints to pick from. Once you have the favor printed out with some best quotes, cut out the favor all around the outside edge. Look at the template above with the dotted lines and follow that to know where to fold the favor.
It might take a few trys, but you’ll get the hang of where to fold it. So now you have it all folded, it’s time to start putting your favor together.
Fold up the two small flaps and the side flap. Put glue on the bottoms of the two small flaps. Fold the favor together so that one of the large flaps cover the two small ones.
Now you need to put glue on the bottom and side flap. Make sure the side flap is put on the inside of the favor. Hold together for a bit while the glue dries a bit.
Punch out the holes with a hole punch. Pinch a crease in the middle of the sides. This allows the favor to come together more. Fill with your favorite candy.
Now you need to cut a piece of ribbon and run through the holes. Tie in a bow or a knot. In this picture I’ve shown the finished project. I used a wide ribbon for this one, but you can also use a skinny ribbon. This favor would be perfect for a Garden themed baby shower.
The sky is the limit. Embellish the favor anyway you like to match your baby shower.
Ideas For Free Printable Baby Shower Favors
Here are some of the favors that I have made with this fun printable baby shower favor template. I’ve used a variety of papers. On some of them I have used stickers. On the owl favor, I used a stamp. You can add dimensional blocks to make your front embellishment stand out a bit.
Any kind of ribbon can be used. It just depends on what look you are going for. Don’t feel like you have to cut the ruffled edges on the favor just the way it’s printed. Sometimes I just cut the the top of the favor in a semi-circle. You can also use decorative scissors so that you are not having to cut so much. The great part of this favor is you can do it anyway you wish to come up with your own twist.
When working from home, it is often a struggle to balance being a business person with being a parent. Children often prefer regular 15 minute spots of quality time than the occasional day with you.Here are a few ideas of how you can spend quality time with your children during the day.
Go for a walk – around the block, to school or daycare, even to the shops. A walk will give you and your children exercise as well as a fantastic opportunity to spend together.
Read a book – kids love having stories read to them. Take a few minutes to stop what you are doing and read your kids a book. If your child is a baby, they don’t mind if you read them a business book!!
Toys – get down on the floor and play with your kids. Make a train track, a cubby house, help with a puzzle. Your kids will love this special time with you, and it will give your kids an activity they can continue when you continue your work.
Activities – set aside a day a week where you take your kids on an activity. This could be playgroup, swimming lessons, gymbaroo, dancing, or anything else your kids enjoy. The activity could last half an hour, or half a day, it’s up to you, but your kids will enjoy this time together.
Business tasks – if your kids are anything like mine, they would love to help you out. Let them help you with small tasks, such as putting stamps on letters, or sorting the mail, depending on their age.
Spending quality time with your children will also help your business by giving you regular breaks, so you come back to your tasks fresh & ready to work.
I am often asked whether or not young children should attend the home births of their siblings, and if so, what kind of preparation should be done to support them? While I think preparation can be good if you feel your child is of an age and comprehension stage to benefit from it, it really highlights how far we have removed birth from our everyday lives. I’m not suggesting we refrain from preparing but I think we owe ourselves, and our children, some time to think about why we feel it’s necessary. To me, it underscores how birth is no longer just a part of the lifecycle for most of us.
When our greatgrandmothers were having babies, which happened at home as a matter of course and was just called “birth”, did people prepare children? I doubt it. Everyone would have heard birthing women as a matter of course. When we took birth out of our homes and put it in a medical setting, we made it an extraordinary event requiring supervision by professionals. The need to prepare wouldn’t exist if we lived alongside birth and it was a part of our normal lives.
Given that few of us live in communities where birth is normal, what can we do to prepare our children to be present? There are many books, dvds, websites and even a downloadable colouring book on the net! I still hesitate though to say we must throw ourselves into preparation for this somehow extraordinary event. The rest of life is just as good as anything for helping children learn about birth since birth is just a part of life. Some things in life are scary for children and I don’t necessarily see that as bad. It’s how we support them to deal with those emotions that matters, I think. My son is freaked out by the washing machine jiggling it’s way across our tiny laundry and I’ve never thought to have a day of videos and books to help him fathom it. When it happens, as it does from time to time, we hold him close, and talk about how sometimes the machine doesn’t work very well and it makes those LOUD noises and I understand that he finds that scary.
My labour was very long and hard and yet being at home also helped both of us as I was able to still be present for him in some ways until things were really intense. He was distressed by some of it at times but he was supported to work through it as he is with other challenging events. I think it’s healthy for him to see that life contains things which can overwhelm or frighten us but we can recover and still flourish. He’s storing up experiences of resilience. I’d like to think that we can see birth as a part of life and yet still see more birth around us. Perhaps it will take a while but it’s a good dream.
With so much to do and so much to learn, many new parents find that taking care of their new baby can seem overwhelming. Here are a few safety tips to help guide you through the “do’s and don’ts” of bottle feeding your baby.
Never leave baby unattended while feeding. Besides the possibility of accidents, you’ll want to be there to observe your baby’s feeding habits, changes in preferences – and just enjoy this especially close time.
Never feed baby while he or she is sleeping or lying down. Until the child can sit up and hold his or her own bottle, hold baby semi-upright. This way you can make sure that the liquid flows directly down the throat, not into nose (which can cause ear infections) or into the lungs, making baby choke.
Use a clean bottle every time. Bottles and nipples should be washed and rinsed thoroughly before the first use, following the manufacturer’s instructions. After that, wash and dry bottles after each use – again, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Always check the temperature of a bottle’s contents before giving it to baby. In most cases, it needs only to be at room temperature – that is, it should feel slightly warm (not hot!) on your skin.
Always discard anything left in a bottle after a feeding. Then clean the bottle before the next use, even if it only contained water. This will help ensure a safe and germ-free feeding.This information is provided to help answer some questions you may have about baby bottles. Always check with your pediatrician if you have any questions about the health and welfare of your baby.
Is it necessary to sterilize bottles?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, sterilization is no longer necessary as long as your water comes from a municipal water supply (as opposed to a well) and you use a dishwasher. Some formula manufacturers do continue to recommend that you boil water for about a minute before mixing it with powder and concentrate, especially for younger babies. You should check with your pediatrician to get specific information on preparing formula for your baby.
What’s the best way to warm a bottle? Is it necessary?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the best way to warm formula is to place the filled bottle in a bowl or pan of hot water and let it stand for a few minutes. If you hear your baby starting to stir, you can take a prepared bottle out of the refrigerator and start to warm it. Then, by the time you are ready to feed your baby, the milk is ready. Shake the bottle after warming it to distribute the warmed milk evenly. Then turn it upside down and allow a drop or two of the formula to fall on your hand. It should feel comfortable, barely warm. However, there’s no health reason to feed a baby warmed milk or formula (though your baby may prefer it). Indeed, if your baby is accustomed to drinking bottles at room temperature or slightly cold, you save yourself the time and hassle of preheating bottles, especially when the baby is crying to be fed right away. You should not use a microwave to heat a bottle of breast milk or formula. Microwave ovens can heat unevenly, and create “hot spots” that can burn your baby.
Which bottles are better for my baby, glass or plastic?
Plastic or glass, colored or clear, washable or disposable liner – it’s really up to you. Of course, the bottle that is the best is the one your baby prefers. In the first few weeks of bottle use, be prepared to try a variety of shapes and materials to find one that is suitable. In a few months, be prepared to switch again when your child is old enough to hold the bottle.
There really is no “best” bottle overall. Take note, however, that once your baby gets older, he or she may tip, drop or throw the bottle – so plastic may be a better choice. Additionally, you may hear stories that glass bottles get too hot or plastic bottles leak dangerous amounts of harmful chemicals into the formula. Rest assured, there are no facts to support these claims.
Will using a bottle damage my child’s dental health?
So-called “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” can develop if your child’s teeth and gums are in prolonged contact with almost any liquid other than water. This can happen from putting your baby or child to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, juice, soft drinks, sugar water, sugared drinks, etc. Allowing your baby to suck on a bottle for longer than a mealtime, either when awake or asleep, can also cause Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. This is a costly condition to treat and, if left untreated, can quickly destroy the teeth involved. It can also lead to pain, infection, early loss of baby teeth, and an increased risk of decay in permanent teeth. If your child occasionally needs to be soothed orally, provide a small bottle with plain water or a sucking aid such as a pacifier.
How long can I bottle feed my baby?
Your baby’s readiness to be weaned from his or her bottle will be signaled by:
1.Looking around while nursing or taking the bottle 2.Mouthing the nipple without sucking 3.Trying to slide off your lap before the feeding is finished
This usually occurs before the first birthday. Once your baby is feeding him/herself more often, it’s a natural time to introduce drinking from a cup. Remember that even under the best of circumstances, weaning from the bottle will not take place overnight. Six months may pass before your baby is willing to take all liquid from a cup. One major disadvantage to prolonged bottle-feeding is that the bottle can become a security object. To avoid this, don’t let him or her carry or drink from a bottle while playing. Restrict the use of a bottle to feedings when sitting down or being held. At all other times, offer a cup. If you never allow your child to take the bottle while moving around, he or she won’t realize that bringing it along is even an option.
Answers to your questions were provided by Loraine Stern, MD, Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrician, Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Department of Pediatrics
This information is provided to help answer some questions you may have about baby bottles. Always check with your pediatrician if you have any questions about the health and welfare of your baby.
Natural, or normal physiological, birth occurs when no drugs or interventions are employed while a woman labours to birth her baby vaginally. Some common interventions are induction, rupturing the membranes, inhaling nitrous oxide, pain relief such as pethidine or epidurals, and caesarean birth. For some women, considered use of some interventions is necessary and essential to their health and that of their baby. In Australia, the rate of interventions in birth is much higher than that recommended by the World Health Organisation and this has serious implications for babies and women. When we interfere needlessly in labour and birth we can upset the balance which evolution has developed to keep us safe. One intervention commonly leads to another in what has been called the “cascade of interventions” and often then leads to caesarean birth and its attendant risks.
How can women achieve natural birth?
Many women plan to achieve a natural birth for their babies. While birth, like life, has no guarantees, there are some ways we can increase the likelihood of achieving a natural birth. Here are some suggestions:
Choosing a carer
Wherever you choose to give birth, your opportunity to birth naturally depends on the skill, beliefs and history of your carers. Most hospitals and birth centres in Australia have rates of 25-35% caesarean. This means that you have a 1 in 4 or 1 in 3 chance of experiencing caesarean birth. Private hospitals and obstetricians usually have higher rates of caesarean birth. You can ask a hospital or private practitioner to provide you with their annual data. Many hospitals have this on their web sites nowadays.
Choosing a private midwife means that you will have a carer who has a very low rate of caesarean birth and even lower rates of any interventions. You can ask a midwife to provide you with their personal statistics as you would any other carer. It is common to find that midwives also have much higher rates of HBAC (Homebirth After Caesarean) or VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean) than most hospitals or obstetricians.
If you have no choice but to give birth in a hospital or birth centre, make yourself very familiar with their protocols and with as many of the staff as possible. Planning to labour mostly at home can mean you spend less time in a hospital with less potential for interventions. A midwife can support you in this.
Choosing the midwifery model of care
The World Health Organisation recommends that midwifery care is the most suitable for most women. The midwifery model is evidence-based, not protocol-based, and views pregnancy and birth as normal physiological states not medical emergencies. One to one care through pregnancy and birth gives women greater safety and confidence as they are cared for by someone who comes to know them well not someone who only meets them for one shift. While a private obstetrician can provide one to one care, it is rarely the kind of attention a midwife gives. Obstetricians are not usually present for most of labour and do not have to invest as much time getting to know their clients. Women often spend up to an hour a month at their appointments with a midwife who also visits them at home in the week after a birth. Many midwives can also provide breastfeeding support.
Understanding pregnancy and birth
While there are many books available on birth, many do not encourage a healthy consumer-type approach to choosing our health care. Many are more concerned with how to make labour pain go away than understanding its function in a healthy labour. Many also do not encourage women to be in control of their own care but to uncritically hand responsibility to medical personnel.
Professional journals, books by midwives, videos of natural births and birth stories by women are all invaluable tools for learning about labour. The more information you have, the more informed choices you can make. You are the expert on your body!
It is appropriate to question your care givers and expect straightforward answers. Ask what research an opinion is based on and let the person know you will check it out. Evidence-based practice should support you in your quest for information. A caregiver who is threatened by your need for information is probably not the best carer to support your natural birth.
There is little in our society which supports us in viewing birth as a normal and natural part of life. To help us achieve natural birth it can aid us to be around others who feel it is normal and desirable to want to birth without drugs or interventions.
When you are actually in labour, it is the kind of support you receive, and how comfortable you are in your environment, that will make your pain manageable. You can learn ways to help you manage strong labour and help those around you to be the best support possible as well.
Be aware of the approach of your carer
Hospitals support a hierarchical approach to health care. Doctors and obstetricians are the top of the power structure with women as “patients” rather than clients or consumers. Protocols are developed in hospitals to standardise care regardless of an individual’s opinion. This means that your care is governed by rules but like any workplace, it can depend who is on duty as to how sensitively those protocols are managed. The midwifery model of care is not employed in hospitals and not generally employed in birth centres either. This means that your pregnancy and birth will not be viewed as normal events but as medical events requiring constant management with drugs and interventions. Midwives view pain in labour as normal and healthy, showing the body working at its optimal level to safely bring a baby into the world. Labour is not the time to sort out issues you have with your caregivers so choosing wisely can help avoid this happening to you. Listen to your gut instinct and avoid carers who don’t meet your expectations.
After you give birth
Every birth is life changing, no matter how peaceful and empowering. It is important to spend time discussing your birth experience after your baby arrives. If your birth is a brilliantly fulfilling experience you may live on the high from it for months or years. It could also suddenly throw previous birth experiences that were not good into sharp relief. If you have planned a natural birth and then experienced interventions which have utterly changed your plans, you will need to debrief. If you experience an unwanted caesarean you may need quite a lot of support to see you through the emotional distress this can cause. Your alternative practitioners can help you with this too. You may need to see a counsellor who specialises in birth trauma to regain a sense of wellbeing. Your birth support group can put you in touch with some.
The arrival of a newborn baby is the beginning of a new chapter not only to the parents but also the close family friends. Children are a blessing and a source of joy. They need to be loved, appreciated and congratulated for the safe arrival into the new world.
It is essential to congratulate a newborn baby as it shows the parents that you care and love the young one. Coming up with the appropriate gift to express the joy you have, can be a little challenging especially if you lack any experience in the baby field. Taking time to plan for that special congratulating gift gives you ample time to give the young one a worth it congratulation gift.
Let us explore some of the ways of congratulating a newborn baby girl:
1. Building up a nursery.
Nurseries are very important for babies. It is the first room she will sleep in; therefore it needs to be unique and extra beautiful. Establishing a baby nursery may be a very challenging task for the parent. Coming up with the whole idea of how it should be, is very easy, but the real deal is implementing those ideas. As a family friend or family member dedicating your time in establishing the room can be a unique way of congratulating the baby girl.
Help in buying the necessary
materials needed, assist in arranging the items required in the room,
support the parents in painting. You can even go an extra mile and
contribute some small funds to buy the crib or anything essential needed
in the room.
2. Buying jewelry.
People may wonder if babies do put on jewelry, the answer is yes, newborn girls do put on jewelry especially bracelets. It is not a must to shower to the little one with gold and diamonds jewelry, a simple bracelet can be more than enough, add a special touch by printing the name of the baby girl on the bracelet to make it even more eye-catching.
3. Buy a photo album.
Capturing every memory of the young one is very important. Surprising the new parents with a baby album can be heart-warming, It will allow them to record each happy memory they shared with the newborn girl, recording memories of the first time the parents saw the baby smile from the moment she learned how to sit by herself is special.
4. Baby congratulation card.
Words can be breathtaking and unforgettable too. Baby congratulation cards are a way of putting the joy you feel about the arrival of the baby girl into words. Take time, pick a beautiful pink card, compose a poem or some quotes and write on the card. If you are too anxious, go to baby smile quotessite, check out some quotes, select two or three that will appropriately deliver your message and write on the card.
she can not read, someday she will see the card and read it, and that
will ignite happiness in her life, also it will make her know that there
is someone somewhere who appreciates her presence.
5. Baby clothes.
Buying baby clothes may seem to be a standard way of congratulating the newborn girl, but make it special by crocheting the clothes. Clothes like socks, sweaters and hand gloves are simple to make. These handmade clothes are unique, add some crocheted flowers on the shirts to give it that feminine touch and make it more beautiful.
are special beings. Their presence in our lives is a sign of blessings
and happiness, and It is essential to appreciate this bundle of joy in
any means possible. Later in life, these things will remind her of the
impact you made in her life when she first opened her eyes for the