Top 3 Baby Shower Themes for Girls

Planning a baby shower can be fun, exciting and hard work all at the same time. The first thing you need to decide before you can start moving forward with your planning is which baby shower theme you will be centering your shower around. The following are the top three baby shower themes for girls:

  1. Often when the parents to be find out they are having a little girl they think of their impending bundle of joy as their little princess immediately. For this reason, one of the most popular baby shower themes for girls is a princess party. You can easily find princess theme shower invites and paper goods online. However, to ice the cake on this shower theme consider having your guest each bring a princess theme book along with their shower gift.
  2. Another one of the common baby shower themes for baby girls is angels. Similar to the princess theme, this theme is centered around parents viewing their little girl as an angel. You can really have some fun decorating a shower with an angel theme. You can hang cut out angels from the ceiling, get a cake with an angel decor and give an angel theme shower favor.
  3. By leaps and bounds the most popular of all the baby shower themes for girls is centered around the color pink. You can have a “pretty in pink shower” where all the guest are instructed to wear something pink and bring a pink outfit for the baby, or you just do a generally pink themed shower. The possibilities are endless with this theme.

As a closing note, if you are planning a baby shower for a friend or family member it’s important to consult with the expectant mother. She may have her own preferences when it comes to the shower theme. In addition to this, she may already have chosen a theme for her child’s nursery. If this is the case you may want to consider infusing the nursery theme she has chosen into your baby shower plans. If the shower is a surprise these are decisions you will have to make on your own, but if the expectant mother is aware a shower is being planned you may want to ask her if she has any preferences when it comes to her shower theme.  You can find some additional ideas by visiting our diaper cakes for baby girls page.  You can check it out for more theme ideas and as centerpiece ideas for your table decor.

March 2009 Diaper Cake of the Month

This month Noah’s Ark is taking center stage.  I really like this cake – its simple lines, soft colors, and the fact the characters on the Noah’s Ark ribbon matches! I saw the bank about six months ago and knew I wanted to use it on a diaper cake.

First, I thought it was a great theme to use this month since everyone is talking about savings, our kids future, etc so a bank is classic way to start collecting change for new baby. In my house we have a community bank where all the change from the laundry goes, change from the couch, etc. The community jar is dumped once a year at vacation time. I split it among the four kids and it becomes there spending money. (Ok, they are teenagers and it isn’t as much as it once was – but what is these days?).

Here are the product details for the Noah’s Ark 3 Tier Diaper Cake.

I hope you enjoy the longer days and the warmer days (PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE make them warmer).  It feels good when you can appreciate the simple and sweet things life has to offer.  I wish all my existing customers and new visitors the best this month.

3 Great Ideas for Baby Shower Centerpieces

There are many things you can use for a baby shower centerpiece. Here’s 3 great ideas to get you started on your way to planning the perfect baby shower.

Balloons
If your shower has a festive theme, you can use balloons! I mean after all, what’s a celebration without balloons? Here’s all you need to do. Tie a stack of colorful balloons to a weight and place them on your table. Sprinkle some confetti around them or other decorations that you can find at your local discount party store and you have a simple, inexpensive solution. If you are working on a limited budget, then balloons are a great idea. You can even anchor the balloons on each table with any presents you may have received in advance of the baby shower. The great thing about this idea is your gifts will be wrapped with beautiful baby themed paper that can be perfect for creating an inviting focal point on each table.

Flowers
You can place a selection of your favorite flowers and arrange them in a beautiful basket. You can find these baskets at your local craft store. If you have a theme color you can incorporate it to the décor of your flower arrangement. Flower arrangements can add a fresh colorful touch to your table. You can add baby things such as toys, socks, washcloths, and baby bottles to make your centerpiece more festive and to match the theme of your shower. Don’t worry if you’re not creative. You can always buy these floral centerpieces ready-made online. Usually, you can find a wide variety of colors and themes that fit most popular themes.

Diaper Cake

Another centerpiece that is popular in baby showers is a newborn diaper cake. It’s our personal favorite. (psst, is that any surprise?…lol) Now, understand that a baby diaper cake is actually not an edible cake. It is a set of diapers arranged to resemble a traditional tiered real cake. The cake is then decorated with plush toys, baby newborn care items, and of course ribbons and bows. When it comes to diaper cakes the sky is the limit in terms of styles and choices. Plus the great thing about the diaper cake is that the diapers can then be used by the mom after the shower. This creates a very practical choice for the centerpiece as virtually nothing goes to waste.

The occasion of a baby shower is a happy occasion for a new mother and the baby on board. These 3 ideas can help move your decision process forward in planning a memorable baby shower. Get creative and have fun selecting your baby shower centerpiece using these tips.

Why Am I Having Mood Swings in my Last Trimester?

mood_swing_pregnantYour final trimester of pregnancy can bring about stressful emotions and mood swings. These occur for various reasons. The first is that you are at your heaviest weight and likely uncomfortable. This can bring even the happiest of pregnant women down, especially if it is affecting your sleeping habits.

Another reason for being emotional is the flood of hormones that are being released into your system. Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their highest in the third trimester and can easily affect your mood.

Many women report that outside stressful situations affect the final weeks of pregnancy as well. Good hearted family members that just want to be involved may be causing more irritation than help, and last minute preparations can cause anxiety as well.

Keep in mind that these are all normal things that almost every pregnant woman deals with in her final weeks of pregnancy. The most important thing you can do is to take care of yourself.

If you are feeling very heavy and uncomfortable, talk to your doctor about what types of exercises may be appropriate. Typically, short walks and light yoga can help to ease discomfort and improve your mood. This may also help to prepare your body for the strain of delivery.

Difficulty in sleeping may not be an easy fix, however if you feel tired you should rest even if you can’t sleep. Short naps or even putting your feet up and watching a favorite movie can do wonders for mood and relaxation.

Remember that the hormones that may be wreaking havoc on your mood are simply doing their job in preparing your body for delivery. Doing some research on what’s happening to your body can help women to understand and feel more in control. However, if you feel that your emotions are out of control, you may wan to speak with your doctor.

Your family and friends should be supporting you in any mood you experience. If family members begin to get your irritated or anxious, you have every right to ask them to give you space. If they really want to help, ask them to make meals ahead for you, run errands or help you do housework.

The emotional roller coaster of the last trimester can be difficult, so remember to take care of yourself, eat right, exercise if approved by your doctor and practice relaxation techniques. Above all, do what you need to do to feel healthy, happy and enjoy your last weeks of pregnancy.

Why Do I Have So Much Discomfort in My Last Trimester?

Discomfort During Pregnancy

The third trimester of pregnancy can be the most exciting as your baby rapidly develops and your body continues to change in preparation for delivery. Your baby’s movements will likely become more and more obvious as you experience kicking, shifting and other sensations.

As exciting as this is, it can also mean additional and increasing discomfort on your body. Here are some common symptoms of late pregnancy and how to deal with them to help you understand what to expect and hopefully decrease your discomfort.

Why Do I have Backaches?

Backaches are a very typical symptom that will affect most women in the third trimester. Back pain is caused by the changes in your body. Strain coming from weight gain is the most obvious cause. Also, pregnancy hormones will begin to relax the joints between the bones in your pelvic area, which can cause aches in the back and hips.

Backache Relief Idea:

Try to avoid prolonged standing as this may cause strain, and when you sit choose a chair with proper back support. Putting your feet up on an ottoman or stool may also help to relieve discomfort. Massages can also be helpful, either from a professional or from your partner.

Why Do I have Swelling?

Swelling is an almost unavoidable issue during the third trimester. Your expanding uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from your lower extremities, causing swelling in your feet and ankles. Also, fluid retention and dilated blood vessels may cause some puffiness in your face.

Swelling Relief Idea:

To reduce the symptoms of swelling, use a cold compress on the areas that are affected. Lying down to rest and elevating your feet can help with foot and ankle swelling. Some women experience relief by a light swim or simply relaxing in a pool – as long as it’s approved by your doctor.

Why Do I have Heartburn?

Heartburn during late pregnancy is caused by your uterus pushing your stomach and shifting it out of its normal position.

Heartburn Relief Idea:

Eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of three regular meals may help to ease heartburn. Drinking plenty of fluids may help as well. Talk to your doctor if symptoms persist or are severe.

Stretch marks and Frequency urination

Stretch marks are common in the third trimester as your abdomen and other areas continue to expand. Pink, red or purple streaks can also appear along your breasts, buttocks and thighs. Though stretch marks can’t be prevented, moisturizers can help and they will eventually fade.

Frequent urination is a late pregnancy symptom caused by pressure on your bladder as your baby moves deeper into your pelvis. This pressure may also cause you to leak urine during a laugh, cough or sneeze. This is totally normal, however you should watch for signs of a urinary track infection which include burning during urination, fever, and abdominal or back pain.

With so many changes happening to your baby and your body, it’s no wonder that the third trimester can be exciting as well as uncomfortable. Remember to eat healthy, stay positive and if you have symptoms that seem severe, persistent or unusual, ask your doctor.