Finding Baby Shower Ideas Using Community Based Sites

One of the best things about planning a baby shower in this day and age is the access we have to information on the Internet. No longer do we need to rack our brains coming up with fun and interesting baby shower ideas because all that we need to know can be found online. I have done other blog posts about sites that offer baby shower information so I thought this time I would focus more on community based sites.  Blogs, forums and social networking sites are the perfect example of this.  With this in mind I am providing you with five community like sites where you can find baby shower ideas.

Babyshower101.com
This site has an excellent section with community forums and bulletin boards. Both have a regular stream of activity and they are filled with useful baby shower ideas that are contributed by other Internet users. Forums are an excellent way to interact with people from all over the world. Plus, it is great if you have a question and can’t find the answer because you can post and wait for a response.

Hubpages.com
This is a site that has hundreds and hundreds of pages on plenty of topics of interest for those planning a baby shower.  Just go to the home page and use the search feature and you will find tons of information.  You may have to do some pruning along the way as some of the pages are hit and miss but nonetheless there is plenty to pick from.

Squidoo.com
Here’s another excellent resource for people who are planning a baby shower. I recommend you search the term baby shower from the home page you will get a huge list of lenses that you can read and contribute to. The lenses cover everything from food to free clip art. What’s nice about Squidoo is you can get plenty of different perspectives on virtually an unlimited amount of topics.

Ehow.com
This is a great site if you are looking for a place where you can find baby shower ideas and ask questions. In the Parties and Entertaining section of their site they have an entire folder of how to articles for baby showers. You can read the articles and comment on them. Plus, you can even sign up for an account and write your own articles to share your knowledge and make a little extra cash.

Cafemom.com
This is a very well established site and is a great resource for moms and expectant moms. I think it is definitely one of the fastest growing social networking site for moms online. You can use this site to connect with other moms, share ideas, advice and support. It is a great resource for getting baby shower ideas and beyond. It is essentially Myspace for moms.

Well there you have it.  Granted it’s certainly not a complete list but it’s a start on some pretty solid ones.  Maybe you know some other sites.  Feel free to add your comments or other suggestions.

3 Nursery Decorating Ideas for Girls

Mod Ladybug Nursery Bedding by Kids Line
Mod Ladybug Nursery by Kids Line

A few days ago I put together a post featuring 3 nursery decorating ideas for boys. I also mentioned the biological instinct called nesting that causes us to start preparing for the little one’s arrival. Getting the new baby’s nursery decorated is certainly one of those nesting instincts. Today, I am offering a complementary post to cover baby girls. So, if you are expecting a precious little girl I hope you can use these ideas.

Bug Theme
I know. It sounds a bit out there but believe it or not it’s one of the most popular nursery decorating ideas for girls. At first mention you would think that would be more of a boy’s nursery theme, but the bug theme generally focuses on “girly bugs”. Decorating ideas for this nursery theme would include ladybugs, dragonflies, bumblebees and butterflies. There are many different bedding sets sold in this theme so finding a cute set should be quite easy to do. A wonderful finishing touch for this theme would be to get a nice matching border, or to do bug and flower stencils around the room.

Patchwork or Plaid Print Theme
Many people choose to go very traditional when it comes to decorating their baby girl’s nursery. That is why patchwork or plaid prints are recommended for people looking for traditional nursery decorating ideas for girls. These prints are beautiful, classic and feminine. Bedding and coordinates for decorating a nursery can be found at almost every store that sells baby goods. What great about this theme is that it can transition nicely to a toddler, and even older child’s room.

Cartoon Character Theme
Many people looking for nursery decorating ideas for girls have a particular cartoon character in mind. There are many fabulous cartoon character themes that work well for a baby girl’s nursery. One that stands out would be a Beatrix Potter theme. You could do a general theme with all of the characters from her books, or you could stick with a Peter Rabbit theme. Many people also love the Hello Kitty theme for baby girls because it is bright and cheery. There are a few more cartoon character themes for decorating a baby girl’s nursery that are great including Winnie the Pooh, Precious Moments, and Sesame Street.

Naturally, there are many other nursery decorating ideas for girls that you can choose for your little girl. It is important to consider your own personal preferences and whether or not you want the theme to carry your daughter past infancy. Another source of ideas is the diaper cakes for girls page on our website. Here, you can find some inspiration for other themes that may work for you.

3 Nursery Decorating Ideas for Boys

Home Run Nursery Idea from Kids Line
Home Run Nursery from Kids Line

One of the most exciting things about being pregnant is buying all the new baby items. I remember going out and getting little clothes, hats, booties and bibs to prepare for the arrival of each of my boys. In fact, I learned preparing for a baby by cleaning and decorating the nursery is biological.  Pregnant women have a “nesting” instinct which guides us to prepare and get everything ready for baby’s arrival. With these thoughts in mind, I thought to offer up the following nursery decorating ideas for boys.  I hope you can use these ideas to get your little guy’s room in tip top shape before his arrival.

Jungle Theme
One of the cutest nursery decorating ideas for boys is a jungle theme. There are tons of items you can buy to decorate a boy’s nursery with a jungle theme. Plush jungle animals and baby toys are sold in almost every baby store. Plus, you can easily find bedding and decor items for this theme. A spin on this theme would be safari animals or barnyard animals. What you choose depends on whether you want to go with a monkey and parrot theme or lion and tiger theme.

Transportation Theme
Another adorable nursery decorating idea for boys is a transportation theme. Think cars, trucks, fire engines, boats, planes, bulldozers, school buses and even bicycles. Little boys love things that go, so this is a perfect theme if you are looking for something that can transition to a toddler room. Plus, the bright primary colors that you can decorate with when you choose this theme will be so visually stimulating for your baby. You can even hang traffic signs about the room for a decorative touch. There is an adorable road map rug you can buy that looks great plus it’s functional when your son starts to play with cars.

Sports Theme
When it comes to nursery decorating ideas for boys, sports theme are the most popular. Like the transportation theme, the sports theme can grow with your baby. Some people choose a general sports theme using a combination of different sports like basketball, football, soccer and baseball. Others go more direct and choose one single sport that they love and want to share with their child like the NASCAR theme baby bedding or surfing theme baby bedding. There are even cartoon character sports themes that you can decorate a boy’s nursery with like sports theme baby Snoopy and vintage Mickey Mouse sports theme.

I hope these ideas can help get you started on a nursery theme for your baby boy.  You can also browse our diaper cakes for boys section on our main website for more ideas.

I’ll be including a corresponding post for girls in a couple of days.

June 2009 Diaper Cake of the Month

3 Lil Pigs Diaper Cake
3 Lil Pigs Diaper Cake

It’s June already! This month I created a 3 Lil’ Pigs diaper cake. There is alot behind why I wanted to make this cake. First, the stuffed lil pigs are so soft and their curly tails put a smile on my face. Second, I like the little silver piggy bank on top. I remember my kids getting piggy banks when they were born (now I wish there was more in them since teens require more pocket change).  Finally, my last thought – our family vacation is the first week of July and I still feel like I may be one of the little piggy’s on the beach in my suit :-). I hope the beginning of this summer season starts off with warm days, ice cream cones, and BBQ’s with friends and family. School is out in 10 days – wow!  I hope you like this cake and the story behind the design.

3 Baby Shower Favors to Delight Your Guests

Candy makes a great baby shower favorThere are many details that you need to consider when you are planning a baby shower and naturally the smaller details are important. One of the smaller details are the baby shower favors. The favor is a keepsake not only for the guest but a keepsake for the mother to be as well. With this in mind I put together 3 favor ideas you can use that are sure to delight the new mom and her guests.

Candy Favors
When it comes to baby shower favors many people enjoy something with candy. This can range from mints wrapped in coordinating tulle to jelly beans and of course the old standby chocolate. For the do it yourselfer,  you could make chocolate lollipops that are shaped like baby items. Molds to make lollipops can be purchased online or at a craft supply store. You can decorate them in colors to match the baby shower theme. The great thing about candy favors is they serve as both a keepsake for the expectant mom, as she will probably want to save one to remember the day, and a treat for all the guests.

Personalized Keepsake
Another great idea for baby shower favors is to give a personalized keepsake that can your guests can use after the baby shower. Some ideas along this line include something generic such as a small blue or pink candle in a jar or tin, or you can buy small tea or coffee bags. Regardless of what you select, most can be personalized with a label to commemorate the special day.

Picture Frame
One of the best ideas when it comes to baby shower favors is to do something with a frame. You can give a frame that already has a picture of the ultrasound in it or you can give a blank frame with a note card that says: “Coming Soon”. If you choose the later, the mother to be can send a picture of the baby when he or she is born along with her thank you cards for the shower. There are obviously many styles of frames you can choose from such as magnet frames, keychain frames, standard frames, or a combination of all three.  As with the candy favors and personalized keepsake suggestions, you can decorate or buy the frames to match the theme of the baby shower.

As you can imagine there are many online places to buy baby shower favors.  Two suggestions are Beau-Coup and Corner Stork.