Do you know what it means when you receive a "baby sprinkle" invitation? If you aren't up to speed on this newer—and sometimes controversial—trend, we've got you covered.
What it is
While a baby shower is often held for a first-time mommy-to-be, a baby sprinkle is held to celebrate a second or later child.
Etiquette says that a baby shower should be given for the first baby only, and should be given by a non-family member. So, when a second baby comes along and a sprinkle invitation arrives, you might be a little put off at first. The family already has all the baby essentials. Sure, the pack-and-play may have a few teeth marks on it, and the high chair isn't brand new, but these items are still ready for the new baby brother or sister. So what's the point of throwing a new event?
Sometimes the baby sprinkle is a chance to prepare for a new gender. Say Mom got everything she needed for her first baby, a boy. All the blue clothes with trucks and planes on them won't work well if Baby No. 2 is a girl. Etiquette is constantly evolving, and our world is different than it was decades ago when the rules of etiquette were being laid down. Try to cut the mom some slack and realize that every baby is worth celebrating. A few cute new onesies can make the second pregnancy seem exciting and new. Plus, everyone needs diapers, and it's a fun way to welcome the new baby and wish the growing family well.
If a coworker or acquaintance has a baby sprinkle, you might not even know or be invited to it. The sprinkle tends to be a smaller version of the shower. Typically, only family members and close friends are invited, and there isn't a registry. But just because it's smaller, that doesn't mean you can't play games. Check out our free, downloadable Baby Shower Games.
The soon-to-be big brother or sister often has no real idea what's coming. The sprinkle is a wonderful way to get older children involved with planning and celebrating the new bundle of joy.