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The Real Benefit of a Baby Shower: You Are Child-Ready

A baby shower is for more than showering a mama-to-be with excitement about her impending arrival and gifting big ticket items; the celebration preps parents well in advance. It seems that it takes a village to plan for a first baby — the nursery is ready, the layette is washed, and the rattles have been rinsed months prior to the infant's debut — but waiting for a subsequent baby is much more lax. While expecting my son, I headed to Right Start on my due date with my daughter in tow to stock up on all the items I needed for her brother-to-be. One trip and I was ready. This time around, I am really pushing the limit.

Though my doctor told me the babe was birth-ready and in place a week ago, I still haven't purchased as much as a pack of newborn diapers, despite the constant jerking of my big belly. As the mom of two, I've been so preoccupied with work and my other kiddos going back to school that nine months has felt a bit more like nine minutes. That, and there are advantages to having been been a mother for nearly six years now . . . I know has overnight delivery. Were you more relaxed while prepping for your subsequent children?

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MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I moved away from all of my friends, so no baby shower here. We haven't purchased anything yet, it's still VERY early, but we are already more laid back. I'm not chomping at the bit to find out the gender and go on a shopping spree and plan and get everything ready. I probably won't until much later when nesting kicks in. I like to be prepared and have everything ready, but i just dont have the need to do it yesterday like last time.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
my husband and i are expecting in the next 2 months - and we're kind of caught in a gray area on the whole baby shower thing. religiously it's superstitious to have one before the baby comes, but we are having twins and to wait until after - well that's just not smart. we've set up a registry and provided information to friends in the hopes that we'll get SOMETHING that will be useful when the babies come.
meandtheo meandtheo 7 years
i just had my second 5 days ago...his room was ready about 10 days ago. I ordered everything from and had to send my husband to right start while i was in the hospital to get some more swaddle blankets, very laid back this time around.
masonsmama masonsmama 7 years
I'm due in 10 wks with my 2nd and while I'm much more laid back with this one in terms of prep, I do have a pack of diapers ready ;) also delivers and if you buy diapers and wipes, it's enough for free shipping, I think. Good luck!!!
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