Second baby shower

by Lindsey

I have an 19 month old daughter and I am due with another girl in 6 weeks. My mom and sister are dying to throw me another shower, but I'm afraid people will think it's tacky. We really don't need anything for our second child, but I do like the idea of celebrating this baby as well. How can the invitations be worded so that guests know that gifts aren't expected?

Our Answer:

Hi Lindsey,

Thanks for your etiquette question. I think a second baby shower is a perfect way to celebrate your new baby on the way. A baby sprinkle would probably be the best type of baby shower to use, since this is a second baby and you do not need much for supplies. No matter how you word the invitation, you probably will still receive some gifts at the baby shower just because it is hard to show up empty handed at a baby shower. :)

Here is a poem that would work great for a baby sprinkle. You can change the bottom line of it if the gender of the baby is known.

Pins, Diapers, Bottles Galore
(Mothers name) & (father) are having one more!
Big (sister/brother) has plenty to share
This is a "sprinkle" to show we care.
Please join us to celebrate the baby due
We still don't know if it's pink or blue!
© Grandma Chris

Congratulations on the baby on the way and good luck with the baby shower!

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by: Anonymous

Right it is begging for gifts. If there is a long space of time bettween kids then it would be fine. Within a couple of years then no. It shows a lack of good taste. It seems like the parents are to poor to provide for a new baby so they are begging for more stuff that they should have saved from the first kid.

Perfectly fine!
by: Nisha- Editor

Hi, You are perfectly within etiquette guidelines to throw your daughter in law a baby shower. Not only is it common practice to throw a baby shower for baby #2, this is your son's first child with her and there is a 4 year gap in between. It is up to you if you would like to invite her friends and family. I personally would. It is a fresh start in their 2 year marriage...a perfect time to celebrate a new baby!

New marriage, new baby
by: Brianna

Hi! My daughter-in-law is pregnant with her first child with my son, whom she has been married to for two years now. She has a four year old daughter from a previous relationship that we are all crazy about. My question is, would it be inappropriate to throw her a baby shower for the second child when the first one is so young? If I were to throw one, would it be inappropriate to invite her friends and family or should I keep it to our small family? Please help! Thank you!

2nd baby, opposite sex
by: Anonymous

My daughter is expecting a boy this time. I gave her a shower with her first and she had a girl. I think I will tweak the poem above to go with our party. Thanks!

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