Are Baby Sprinkles a Good Idea? We Vote Yes
Baby sprinkles are in and they're here to stay. If you're not familiar with the term “baby sprinkles,” they refer to a celebration for moms who have already had a baby (or two or three). So, instead of a baby shower, when a new mom-to-be will literally be showered with gifts for her baby, advice from the women who have come before her, and of course, plenty of love, a bit more experienced mom will be “sprinkled” with them instead.
For some reason, there has been some criticism over baby sprinkles, with some people thinking that they are self-indulgent or even selfish for a mom who already has a baby. But are baby sprinkles a good idea?
We're going to go with a big, resounding yes. And here's why.
Baby sprinkles are a way for a mom having another baby to not only get some of the necessary items that she may need for another baby–she might need another high chair, for instance, or a double stroller instead of a single, or um, diapers, because you can never have too many diapers–but also a way for that mom to feel loved and supported through the experience of having another baby.
Because I mean, think about it: sure, having your first baby is hard and life-changing in almost every single way and you can really use a relaxing afternoon of sniffing melted chocolate candy in diapers, but when you're having a second baby and taking care of a toddler? Or when you're adding #4 to your crew that's all under the age of 5 and you literally have no idea how you're going to make it through the day, let alone the next year of infanthood?
Yeah. That's the mom that definitely needs all the sprinkles she can get.
Sprinkles are becoming more popular, among moms down the road and in the celebrity circles as well. For instance, the actress Katy Mixon from the show American Housewife recently celebrated a baby sprinkle for her second baby–a daughter who was conceived only six months after her first son was born. Two babies in barely over a year? This is what we're talking about–those are the moms that need the sprinkles.
And moms who aren't celebrities are getting in on the sprinkle action. In fact, mom blogger Leah Outten knew the value of a baby sprinkle so much that she had no shame about throwing her second own sprinkle when she was pregnant with her fifth baby. By that time, mama knew that she needed a little extra love and help and she knew it was OK to ask for it — and that's a beautiful thing.
Outten's sprinkle was not about material items; with four kids already, she had the essentials that she needed. Instead, Outten's sprinkle was about surrounding herself with love and support to get through her home birth. “It was small, simple, and very casual but that’s exactly what I envisioned,” she wrote in an article about her experience. “I solely wanted to feel the support and excitement of a new baby coming, as every mom does regardless of their family size.”
If you're a second-time mama-to-be considering your own baby sprinkle, take a cue from Outten and don't be ashamed about getting the ball rolling for yourself. If you want to have a baby sprinkle, have a baby sprinkle! Or, if you have a friend or family member who you know you can trust, ask them to throw a baby sprinkle for you. It doesn't have to be an elaborate party with a baby registry, and you can definitely skip the cheesy baby shower games, but think of a baby sprinkle as an opportunity to get all of the things you wish you would have received the first time around.
I mean, now that you've been there and done that with a baby, think of everything you wish you would have actually gotten at your baby shower and ask for those things instead–maybe more diapers and wipes than you would have thought possible, Starbucks gift cards, and how about a massage? Hey, if you're going to sprinkle, sprinkle right.
In all seriousness, the point of a baby sprinkle isn't to get more stuff, but to simply surround yourself with support, love, and help from the people who care about you the most as you prepare to enter into motherhood again. It's sometimes hard for people to get excited about the second, third, or fourth babies and thus, it might be hard for you to feel as excited as you did the first time around.
But all you need is a little sprinkle to feel that spark of excitement again.