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!

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.

Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

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Can You Really Pick the Gender of Your Baby?

A popular trend among couples is gender selection.  The theory behind gender selection is that methods can be used to choosing sex of the baby before conception.  Can you really pick a gender before becoming pregnant?  Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis or “PGD” is a scientific method that half of the fertility clinics in America are using to allow couples to choose the sex of their baby.  The process is also used to screen for genetic defects among embryos. Banned in several countries including Canada and Britain the practice is causing a major debate among experts. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The American Society for Reproductive Medicine oppose using the method for gender selections.

Some of the Craziest Methods Employed

Old wives tales tell us there are many ways to choosing sex of the baby without the use of modern medicine and are certainly more fun.  Conflicting stories are rampant among the old wives tales while one might tell you to eat meat for a boy another tale might say to eat meat to conceive a girl during pregnancy.  There is no hard evidence whether any of these methods work, although the internet poll takers seem to agree that they work in about 50% of cases.  Some of the most popular ways to pick a gender without the use of PGD are quite fun and, some, even amusing. Check them out!

Diet

  • For a boy mom and dad should eat red meat, for a baby girl they should eat fish and veggies.
  • For a girl both partners should eat avocado peels before the attempt, for a baby boy avoid them.
  • For a boy the male partner should consume caffeine, for a girl he should avoid it.
  • For a girl both mom and dad should partake in sweets during pregnancy, for a boy they should salty foods.

Doing the Deed

  • If the male initiates sex it will be a boy, if the women initiates it, a girl.
  • For a girl the woman should be on top, for a boy the man.
  • If the male has an orgasm first the baby will be male, if the female orgasms first the baby will be female.
  • For a girl, the male’s testicles should be cool to produce cool sperm, for a boy they should be warm to produce warm sperm.
  • For a boy do the deed when there is a quarter of the moon, for a girl do the deed on the full moon.
  • For a girl have sex in the afternoon, for a boy at night.
  • For a boy have sex standing up, for a girl use the missionary position.
  • For a girl attempt conception on an even day of the month, for a boy go for an odd day.
  • For a boy do the deed with moms head facing south, for a girl moms head should be facing north.  Not sure about east or west.  One of each maybe?

What experiences do you have with gender selection?  Have you had success in choosing gender or have the old wives tales failed you?

Share your thoughts with others.