Plan Your Winter Wonderland Baby Shower With These 4 Steps

Every new mom loves to be pampered and spend time with loved ones just before the new addition to the family. A baby shower is mom’s chance to shine and get loaded with gifts. Traditionally warmer weather baby showers have been held outdoors, but what about those moms who are due in the middle of winter when it’s cold and snow is piled up?

Baby showers can be fun anytime of the year with a bit of creative thinking! Here are the a few tips and baby shower ideas to make your baby shower memorable even in the midst of a cold, snowy weather.

1. Decorations

Background décor can be a simple design or as elegant as walking into a winter wonderland. Try using snowflakes and a cool color scheme, like white and blue to suit the winter season. Cut table cloths to resemble icicles and napkins into snowflakes. Use a light dusting of confetti on the tables to accent the sparkles of snow. Use snow globes as a centerpiece for each table, and allow one of the guests sitting at the table to take it home as a prize.  Or if you prefer, consider our Holiday Snow Boy or Snow Girl Diaper Cake as the focal point for your table decorations.  Make use of the space you are holding the shower in. If you are holding it in your living room cover your furniture with baby blankets and decorate your lampshade with snowflakes or snowmen.

2. Food

Serve mugs of hot chocolate with whipped cream or marshmallows. For edibles any type of traditional food can be served but Stuffed peppers, Pot Roast or Ham are easy to prepare and will go a long way feeding hungry guests. For the non-meat eaters in attendance a hearty potato soup with a salad on the side will warm them up! A potluck is always a safe bet as, have friends and family bring a dish to share and have the mom-to-be sample everything. Make cookies in the shape of snowflakes and snowmen. Instead of the traditional “watermelon buggy” try making one from pumpernickel bread with spinach dip in the middle! Whether you decide on a sit down meal or a buffet make sure to have plenty of finger foods on hand. Guests will want to walk around and talk while they snack.

3. Keepsakes

Print out snowmen and have guests write personal messages and well wishes or mom and baby. Bind the snowmen together with yarn or staples to make a book for mom.

4. Games

Don’t say “Baby”! Play a game where guests start with one pin with a small bed on it, through the course of the shower if anyone says “baby” the first person to hear it gets a bead from their pin. The person with the most beads at the end of the shower wins! Another fun game to play is the “How Big is mom’s belly?” game. Each guest takes a guess on how big mom’s belly is, but instead of inches have party goers guess how many diapers it would take to go around mom’s belly. Make sure to have cloth or disposable diapers on hand to measure mom and determine a winner! This game’s sure to bring more than a few chuckles from both mommy-to-be and the guests!

The fantastic baby shower ideas outlined above are sure to make your winter baby shower an absolute hit! Above all, just make sure everyone has a blast amidst the chilly winter frost and celebrates the coming of that bundle of joy with lots of laughter and joy!

Did You Know These Facts About December Born Babies?

December Baby
Photo by Rapheal Goetter

December is a traditionally special and romantic month, and obviously includes Christmas. Although a month renowned for high levels of expenditure, December is also one of the most celebratory and enjoyable for both children and adults alike. Quite aside from its spiritual and religious implications, December also sees the ritual of present exchange at Christmas and the end of one year before the beginning of another. There are numerous facts associated with birth and children born in the month of December, from popular names for newly born babies to the number of children conceived through its duration.

Here’s six for you to share with anyone you know that is having or had a December baby:

  1. The birth flower for December is Holly, and as a festive symbol of Christmas this is one of the most popular names given to female children born in this month. There is a strong festive influence in the names given to both girls and boys each December, as names are sourced through their religious and Chrsitmas fable connotations. Aside from Holly, Mary and Tasha are popular for girls born during this period, whereas Noel and Christopher stand out with regards to boys names.
  2. There are two signs of the Zodiac that occur during December. Sagittarius and Capricorn are the two specific birth signs, and are symbolized by a centaur and a goat respectively. The traditional birthstone for children born during the month of December is Turquoise, and represents prosperity and success in the face of adversity. These birth signs and their teachings are used by many to determine aspects of their life and even influence decision making processes.
  3. Typically, fewer children are born in December than during the months of the summer and early autumn. December forms part of a four month cycle between November and February where the birth rate worldwide drops, and this large decrease is influenced by couples who plan their pregnancies keen to avoid giving birth during the already financially tough festive period. Though this trend is occasionally modified it is often reflective of family planning concepts and ideals.
  4. Although many family units plan the births of their children so that they do not coincide with Christmas, this means that more children are conceived during the months of November and December than any other. In order for couples to have a baby in August or September, they must be created during the winter months and this fact ensures that December remains one of the most romantic months of the calendar year.
  5. On average, there are 220,000 thousand children born in the USA every day. On Christmas day, the average number of births recorded is 172,000, and this reflects the reduced level of births through December and the festive period in particular. Christmas babies are considered to be rare and special, especially amongst Christian groups and faith, as children born on December 25 share their birthday with Jesus Christ.
  6. In terms of the US, a majority 51 percent of all babies born annually are boys. This trend is reflected in worldwide statistics too, where 55 percent of all children born are male. This trend fluctuates month on month, and December sees that approximately 52 percent of children that are born are boys, and just 48 percent are girls. This figure has varied over the last 40 years, as in 1960 the statistics showed that the split was 50 percent each worldwide and through the month of December.

Happy Holidays from Lil’ Baby Cakes and congratulations to all parents blessed with a December born baby.

Top 9 Holiday Survival Tips for Pregnant Mothers

Tips while Pregnant During the Holidays

Having a little human being living and growing inside you can eat up lots of your energy and enthusiasm – in fact, it can totally drain any pregnant mommy of her vigor at times when it’s least expected. If you’re one of those pregnant women this year, you probably already know how even a short walk from the bedroom to the kitchen can flush all the wind out of you. It’s harder during the holidays, even if you’re one of the most balanced and even-keeled pregnant women ever. Add in a few dozen pregnancy hormones playing up to the mixture, and we’re headed for big trouble. With Christmas and New Years on its way, we thought it would be the perfect time to share our top holiday survival tips with the pregnant girls out there! These will make it much easier to get through the chaos and madness that comes with the holiday season.

  1. Chill, cut down, and relax! This should be the first and foremost on your thing at the moment. Cut your ‘to-do’ list into a quarter. All your cookies don’t need to be homemade from scratch. While you’re running from one store to another and popping into a dozen friends’ homes, do not forget to just sit down and catch your breath. Amongst the millions of holiday chores on your mind, take out some time to ‘chill,’ even if it’s just lying back in the car for a few seconds.
  2. Eat frequently and eat healthy. While hopping from one holiday party to the next, try nibbling on some crackers to keep away that morning sickness, which you must have realized by now, does not happen exclusively in the morning. Eat mini meals at regular intervals throughout your day, instead of scarfing down a heavy holiday dinner meal. You will thank us for this tip when that heartburn stays away next morning. Heartburn can be very bad during pregnancy.
  3. Be nice to yourself. This holiday is a fantastic opportunity to adopt some proper self-care routines. You’ve got time on your hands. Make use of it and set some health boundaries. Healthy Mom= Healthy Family. Furthermore, you will want to show your children the best way to take care of their health and body.
  4. Be selective when choosing which celebration parties to attend. Try to only accept that invitation that really matters to you. This will allow you to fully enjoy the occasion and prevent you from ending up burnt out. For the invites that you do give a nod to, keep your activities at bay and don’t overexert yourself. For example, rather than being worried about whether you’ll hurt your hosts’ emotions by taking your leave a few hours earlier than expected, remind yourself that your primary priority is to take care of you and your baby. In fact, even if the celebrations are being held at your own residence, feel free to put up your feet for a while. Instead of you waiting on the others, let them serve you.
  5. Say ‘yes’ to help. One of the most harmful assumptions of motherhood is the myth that ‘I need to be able to do everything by myself. It’ll show that I’m weak if I ask for help.” Believing in and acting according to this myth will build on your postpartum depression. Make it a habit to accept help. It’s good and healthy, and most definitely not any sign of weakness.
  6. Develop ‘temporary thick skin’ for your baby’s sake. Give your mind and body’s comfort precedence over what people think when it gets too tough. As you attend a number of holiday parties during this season, you will meet up with friends and relatives that might have not spoken to you in months or even years. It may be Great Aunt Edna who’s got an unbeatable habit of passing nasty comments. Simply ignore such comments, instead of getting worked up over it. The extra stress and tension is really something you can do without while pregnant.
  7. Gift Giving (with some extra thoughtfulness). A number of guests feel unusual walking into a holiday gathering without a gift. If you’re a member of that club, why don’t you bring in some sparkling juice to the party, rather than an alcoholic beverage you won’t be able to enjoy?
  8. Accept Support. With the holiday and hormones teamed up, your mood will shift gears from happy to depressed in seconds. Fight of this emotional rollercoaster by seeking and accepting the help you need – whether it’s personal or professional. Pay some visits to a certified therapist if you think they’ll be able to help you clear up the rough times you’re facing. Don’t be shy. If your ups and downs in mood are interfering with your regular activities, maybe the best choice to be made for both you and your baby’s sake is consultation with a health practitioner that you can place your trust in. It may be anxiety or pre-natal depression that you’re dealing with. Such conditions do require treatment although not always medicines. It could just be a concrete action plan to help you get back into your shoes again.
  9. Glamour up! Someday, you’ll again fit into that sexy formal glittery gown on New Year’s. For the time being, enjoy the pregnant glow no one else at the party’s got. Celebrate the growth (it means you’re well and healthy). Go out shopping and don’t be afraid to splurge on a dress that makes you feel beautiful and confident. Show off your gorgeous baby bump through a loose flowing or tight fitting top!

What’s your top holiday tip for pregnancy? What’s that one thing that gets you right through the holiday blues? Leave us a glimpse of your thought in the comment section below.