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Baby Shower Themes For You To Choose From

Baby Shower Themes For You To Choose From

If you are a parent-to-be and want to throw a baby shower to celebrate the arrival of a new member of your family, you certainly want that day to be perfect. You want your baby shower to be remembered as one of the most amazing ones ever and your friends to have as much fun as possible.

You need to think about the food and drinks you are going to serve, and maybe some activities to keep the people entertained. Nothing is really complete without some fun and games, right? You can also consider having some prizes for the game-winners.

When you are trying to hold every little idea about how to make your baby shower special in your mind, it can be hugely helpful and inspiring to think about a baby shower theme that will tie everything together. You can find inspiration in the following list of themes, which we made just for you. Choose the one that will make the whole celebration a wonderful experience.

1. It’s a Girl!
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    If you are expecting a baby girl, the perfect theme for your baby shower would be to simply make everything pink and white, starting with decorations, which can include little pink bows, pink paper flowers and triangle banners. You can have pink and white candy, and maybe add some chocolate candy as well. You can make a chocolate cake with a white teddy bear on top of it. It would be interesting if you could make invitations in the form of a baby bib and use some of them as decorations as well.

    2. Sunny Theme

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      You could have a yellow and white theme, which would perfectly describe your little baby sunshine. You can add sunflowers, as well as other white and yellow flowers, and put yellow and white bows on some yellow cookies. Add white and yellow candy and maybe make some paper banners with your baby’s name on them. White and yellow cupcakes will also make the shower look more interesting.

      3. Glam Up

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        If you want your baby shower to be more sophisticated, you can think about gold and white decorations, such as white roses with some gold glitter on them and gold bows around the vases. You can add decorative glasses with gold sandy glitter inside and put white and gold cookies on top of them. It will certainly make the baby shower look glamorous and you will welcome your baby to the world with style.

        4. Elephant Baby Shower Theme

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          You could make little signs featuring baby elephants and put them on top of blue cupcakes and on white and blue paper banners. Other ideas for this theme include: having a a cake with white and blue icing and a cute little baby elephant of top of it, having lots of blue candy in large glass containers, as well as some blue lollipops with white beads around them. All of these things will make your baby shower the cutest ever.

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          5. Animal Baby Shower Themes

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            If you want to make your baby shower more interesting and memorable, you can choose to have an animal theme. The cake could incorporate decorations featuring different animals sitting under some trees, and you could put lots of cupcakes around the cake, each with animal toppings. Make the shower even more complete by putting animal figures, and decorative trees and leaves everywhere.

            6. Welcome to the World

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              You could celebrate your baby’s arrival by incorporating cupcakes with world destination toppings and a big cake with a plane on it. Other ideas for this theme include: adding decorations in the form of cars and planes, plane-shaped cookies, and using some interesting world-themed gift boxes for the game prizes. You could put all kinds of candy around the cupcakes and think about using a large world map with paper banners on it saying “Welcome to the world!”

              7. Roaring Baby Shower Theme

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                Choose a memorable theme from The Lion King and put decorations of Simba everywhere. Make some cupcakes with the pictures of the little lion and his friends on top of them and arrange decorations in the form of lianas all around. You can even add some actual plants as decorations to make the setting more lively and authentic. You can be sure that everyone will love it!

                8. Dreamy Fairytale

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                  ‘Fairytale’ is one of the most appropriate themes when it comes to children, so you can consider choosing it for your perfect baby shower. From cupcakes and cookies of every color, to a pumpkin-shaped cake posing as Cinderella’s carriage, you can incorporate pretty much anything from a fairytale you can think of. You could add decorations featuring glass slippers and frogs, and maybe some little castles to fit the theme perfectly.

                  9. When the Stories Come Alive

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                    If books are your passion, you can add them to your baby shower. Make a stack-of-books cake which will really pop amidst the setting. You can make cookies with the names of your favorite books written on them in icing of all kinds of colors. Add some bows and maybe put some fruit decorations on the table. Consider adding some figurines of book characters and put some actual books anywhere you see fit– this will help you to make the stories come alive. There are more than a few book related gifts available to buy that can really make the theme come together nicely.

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                    10. Tea Party

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                      If your friends prefer tea over drinks, you can think about throwing a tea party baby shower. You can have all kinds of tea cookies with some bowls containing different kinds of jam. You can add some chocolate cake with vanilla filling and put white pearls as decorations everywhere. You can also add some white and pale pink flowers to make the setting more delicate. Apart from the tea sets that will be used for serving, you can think about using some extra sets to serve as a beautiful decorations.
                      Your baby shower should be entertaining, interesting, and fun and it should be as memorable as possible. You want to welcome your little bundle of joy to the world in the most beautiful and amazing way. Your baby shower is the event you will remember for the rest of your life, so you need it to be original. Therefore, choose the theme from this list you feel most excited about and make your baby shower special.

                      Featured photo credit: Linell’s Baby Shower / daisy.r via flickr.com

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                      Published on December 14, 2018

                      14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

                      14 Helpful Tips for Single Parents: How to Stay Sane While Doing it All

                      According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 27% of children under the age of 18 are living with a single parent.[1] That’s over 1/4th of the U.S. population.There is a common misconception that children who grow up in single parent homes are not as successful as children living in two-parent homes.

                      One crucial detail that was often left out of studies when comparing single and two-parent homes was the stability of the household. There is a correlation between family structure and family stability, but this study shows that children who grow up in stable single-parent homes do as well as those in married households in terms of academic abilities and behavior.

                      But providing stability is easier said than done. With only one adult to act as a parent, some tasks are inherently more challenging. However, there are a few helpful things you can do to make the parenting journey a little easier for yourself and stay sane while doing it.

                      1. Don’t Neglect Self-Care

                      Before anything else can be done, you must be caring for your own needs adequately. Only when you are feeling well-rested and healthy can you be at your best for your children.

                      Many parents tend to put their kids’ needs first and their owns last, but that will result in a never-ending cycle of exhaustion and feelings of inadequacy. Make time to eat regularly and healthfully, get plenty of rest, and squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Even a short walk around the neighborhood will help your body get much-needed movement and fresh air.

                      Your children depend on you, and it’s up to you to make sure that you are well-equipped and ready to take on that responsibility.

                      2. Join Forces with Other Single Parents

                      At times, it may seem like you’re the only person who knows what it’s like to be a single parent. However, the statistics say that there are many others who know exactly what you’re going through.

                      Find single parents locally, through your kid’s school, extracurricular activities, or even an app. There are also numerous online communities that can offer support and advice, through Facebook or sites like Single Mom Nation.

                      Although single moms make up the majority of single parents, there are more than 2.6 million single dads in the U.S. A great way to connect is through Meetup. Other single parents will more than happy to arrange babysitting swaps, playdates, and carpools.

                      Join forces in order to form mutually beneficial relationships.

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                      3. Build a Community

                      In addition to finding support with other single parents, also build a community comprised of families of all different types. Rather than focus solely on the single parent aspect of your identity, look for parents and kids who share other things in common.

                      Join a playgroup, get plugged in at a church, or get to know the parents of the kids involved in the same extracurricular activities. Having a community of a variety of people and families will bring diversity and excitement into your and your kids’ lives.

                      4. Accept Help

                      Don’t try to be a superhero and do it all yourself. There are probably people in your life who care about you and your kids and want to help you. Let them know what types of things would be most appreciated, whether it’s bringing meals once a week, helping with rides to school, or giving you time to yourself.

                      There is no shame in asking for help and accepting assistance from loved ones. You will not be perceived as weak or incompetent. You are being a good parent by being resourceful and allowing others to give you a much-needed break.

                      5. Get Creative with Childcare

                      Raising a child on a single income is a challenge, with the high cost of daycares, nannies, and other conventional childcare services. More affordable options are possible if you go a less traditional route.

                      If you have space and live in a college town, offer a college student housing in exchange for regular childcare. Or swap kids with other single parents so that your kids have friends to play with while the parents get time to themselves.

                      When I was younger, my parents had a group of five family friends, and all of the children would rotate to a different house each day of the week, during the summer months. The kids would have a great time playing with each other, and the parents’ job becomes a lot easier. That’s what you would call a win-win situation.

                      6. Plan Ahead for Emergencies

                      As a single parent, a backup plan or two is a must in emergency situations. Make a list of people you know you can call in a moment’s notice. There will be times in which you need help, and it’s important to know ahead of time who you can rely on.

                      Look into whether or not your area offers emergency babysitting services or a drop-in daycare. Knowing who will be able to care for your child in the event of an emergency can relieve one potential source of anxiety in stressful situations.

                      7. Create a Routine

                      Routines are crucial for young children because knowing what to expect gives them a semblance of control. This is even more important when in a single parent home.

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                      If the child travels between homes or has multiple caretakers, life can seem extremely chaotic and unpredictable. Establish a routine and schedule for your child as much as possible. This can include bedtime, before/after school, chores, meal times, and even a weekend routine.

                      Having a routine does not mean things cannot change. It is merely a default schedule to fall back on when no additional events or activities are going on. When your children know what to expect, they will be less resistant because they know what to expect, and days will run much more smoothly.

                      8. Be Consistent with Rules and Discipline

                      If your child has multiple caretakers, such as another parent, grandparent, or babysitter, communicate clearly on how discipline will be handled. Talk to your ex, if you are sharing custody, as well as any other caretakers about the rules and the agreed-upon approach to discipline.

                      When a child realizes that certain rules can be bent with certain people, he/she will use it to their advantage, causing additional issues with limits, behavior, and discipline down the road.

                      This article may help you to discipline your child better:

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                      9. Stay Positive

                      Everyone has heard the saying, “Mind over matter.” But there really is so much power behind your mentality. It can change your perspective and make a difficult situation so much better.

                      Your kids will be able to detect even the smallest shift in your attitude. When the responsibilities of motherhood are overwhelming, stay focused on the positive things in your life, such as your friends and family. This will produce a much more stable home environment.

                      Maintain your sense of humor and don’t be afraid to be silly. Look towards the future and the great things that are still to come for you and your family. Rediscover and redefine your family values.

                      10. Move Past the Guilt

                      In a single parent home, it is impossible to act as both parents, regardless of how hard you try. Let go of the things that you cannot do as a single parent, and instead, think of the great things you ARE able to provide for your children.

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                      Leave behind the notion that life would be easier or better with two parents. This is simply not true. There is a multitude of pros and cons to all family dynamics, and the one you are providing for your kids now is the one that they need.

                      Don’t get bogged down by guilt or regret. Take control of your life and be the best parent you can by being present and engaged with them on a daily basis.

                      11. Answer Questions Honestly

                      Your kids may have questions about why their home situation is different from many of their friends. When asked, don’t sugarcoat the situation or give them an answer that is not accurate.

                      Depending on their age, take this opportunity to explain the truth of what happened and how the current circumstances came about. Not all families have two parents, whether that is due to divorce, death, or whatever else life brings.

                      Don’t give more detail than necessary or talk badly about the other parent. But strive to be truthful and honest. Your children will benefit more from your candor than a made-up story.

                      12. Treat Kids Like Kids

                      In the absence of a partner, it can be tempting to rely on your children for comfort, companionship, or sympathy. But your kids are not equipped to play this role for you.

                      There are many details within an adult relationship that children are not able to understand or process, and it will only cause confusion and resentment.

                      Do not take out your anger on your kids. Separate your emotional needs from your role as a mother. If you find yourself depending on your kids too much, look for adult friends or family members that you can talk to about your issues.

                      13. Find Role Models

                      Find positive role models of the opposite sex for your child. It’s crucial that your child does not form negative associations with an entire gender of people.

                      Find close friends or family members that would be willing to spend one-on-one time with your kids. Encourage them to form meaningful relationships with people that you trust and that they can look up to.

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                      Role models can make a huge difference in the path that a child decides to take, so be intentional about the ones that you put in your kids’ lives.

                      14. Be Affectionate and Give Praise

                      Your children need your affection and praise on a daily basis. Engage with your kids as often as possible by playing with them, going on outings, and encouraging open dialogue.

                      Affirm them in the things that they are doing well, no matter how small. Praise their efforts, rather than their achievements. This will inspire them to continue to put forth hard work and not give up when success is not achieved.

                      Rather than spending money on gifts, spend time and effort in making lasting memories.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Being a single parent is a challenging responsibility to take on. Without the help of a partner to fall back on, single parents have a lot more to take on.

                      However, studies show that growing up in a single parent home does not have a negative effect on achievement in school. As long as the family is a stable and safe environment, kids are able to excel and do well in life.

                      Use these tips in order to be a reliable and capable parent for your kids, while maintaining your own well-being and sanity.

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