Is it Acceptable to Have a Baby Shower for the Second (or Third or Fourth) Child?

Second baby shower

Baby showers are a great way to celebrate the upcoming arrival of a new life. That much is clearly obvious. For what other reason would women get together and “shower” another woman with gifts (other than of course a bridal shower)? They have been a tradition for many years, and they serve as a very handy event for the new parents – they help in preparing for the  new baby. 

Is it Appropriate to Have a Second Baby Shower?

Some people will say no, and some will say yes. I say yes, absolutely, positively yes. However, I have some restrictions with my opinion. Here’s my take on the whole thing:

Having a child is not cheap. Heck, living is not cheap. Baby showers offer the new parents a head start in the financial strap down that children ultimately will incur. Before anyone gets upset with that last comment, take it for a grain of salt. I have 4 children myself and would never ever trade it for the world. But the fact remains…they break me financially on a daily basis. It is what it is. :)

When It IS Appropriate to Have a Second Baby Shower

  • If there is a large gap of many years spread between children – the last child born is old enough that there is currently no more baby equipment anywhere in the house.
  • When a mother is having twins. She may or may not have left over baby stuff from her first child, but she most likely doesn’t have two of anything.
  • If the baby is of the other gender.

When It Is NOT Appropriate to Have a Second Baby Shower

  • When you’re being selfish and only want one because…well you don’t have a real reason.
  • When it’s going to put unnecessary stress on your friends and family members. If you really want one, host it yourself!
  • When you literally just had a baby and you already have everything you need.

I realize that the above list isn’t inclusive and could be taken many different ways. There are times when a second shower is in order. I had a baby shower for my first baby, and then I had another baby 15 months after she was born. I didn’t have a shower for my second daughter. I already had everything I needed. It helped that I had 2 girls back to back. Then I got pregnant a few years later, when my youngest was 3 1/2. I went back and forth between whether or not I should have a second shower because

  • A – I was having a boy this time around
  • B – I still had some stuff from when the girls were babies that I could use

I ultimately ended up not having a second shower, and the reason for it was my own personal reasoning. I just didn’t want to go anywhere and be social. I had a very rough pregnancy and I didn’t feel like doing anything ever.

That was it. Plain and simple.

However…I COULD have had a second shower and it would have been completely acceptable.

If you’re hemmin and hawwin about whether or not you should have another baby shower for a child other than your first, hopefully this gave you some more things to hem and haw about. In a good way though. :) In the end, do what is right for you and your child and family. That’s all that matters.

Happy Baby Showering!

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