How To Select The Right Baby Shower Theme

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

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Are you planning a baby shower? Stuck on what to do? Not sure where to look?

The baby shower theme that you select will be determining for the decorations, activities and foods that you will have to purchase and organize. How can you pick the best theme, making everybody happy and letting guests have real fun?

When picking a theme, you can rely on your imagination. Your options are boundless. It can be something cute or related to having a baby. It can be the dad's favorite sport or the activities that the mom-to-be enjoys. Whatever you choose, make sure that you have the right reasoning and motivation for the decision.

To plan and run a successful baby shower you will need to select a theme that will please the parents to be. Firstly a baby shower is not just a party. It's for memories for many years to come; it's great sentimental value and should be planed with love and care.

You can begin your theme search by going to the major search engines like Google, Yahoo, MSN and AOL. Try searching for “baby shower themes,” “baby shower theme ideas,” and so forth. From the search results you might find a website with themes that you like. Some websites also offer free advice and tips on planing your baby shower so that's always a bonus.

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.

After you do your basic research you'll find themes that you like and make sure you book mark the websites for future references. If you're planning it for someone else you should always consult the parent to be for their opinion.

Ask the expecting mother these few questions to help her decide on an appropriate theme:

Are you expecting a boy or girl? Twins, Triplets, More?

Will you be inviting kids to the shower?

What is your budget roughly?

Do you know roughly how many people you want to invite?

Are any of your guests out of town or country?

What type of themes do you like?

Is there going to be a co-host?

Would you like to invite your husband and other guys to the shower?

To be even more creative you can ask the mom to be more questions. It will soon bring out exactly what she wants in her shower and hopefully a better idea on a theme.

When inviting the new father and his male friends to your party make sure you select a theme that suites them as well. For example a BBQ in the backyard with beers would go down nicely. And for indoors you can select a theme suited towards the mother and her female friends.

In conclusion when selecting the perfect theme, make sure you do all your research on all the possible themes and narrow them down based on the mother, male guest and things they people will like.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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