BUBBLES & CUDDLES – YOUR ALTERNATIVE BABY SHOWER!
Being pregnant during a global pandemic probably wasn’t what you planned. And it sucks. Missing out on so many of the fun parts of pregnancy like meeting new mummy friends at ante natal classes, browsing the nursery departments of shops and dreaming about bringing your baby home to meet family and friends. And of course a baby shower! All the fun games, the cake and laughter with friends and cute gifts for baby.
Amid lockdown sadly lots of you are missing these milestones and I want to help.
I’m here to share a fabulous idea with you, that’ll give you something to focus on and look forward to. Bubbles and Cuddles!
Bubbles and Cuddles…?!
You must be wondering what on earth is that? I did too when I first heard about them, traditionally named Sip and See in the states however I’m not keen on that name so I changed it 😉 This is your alternative baby shower, which you may have been planning and looking forward to. Its said that the Bubbles and Cuddles (Sip and See) comes from mums to be not wanting a baby shower as they can’t enjoy a glass of bubbly with their loved ones and best girl friends.
The idea is that in lieu of having a baby shower whilst pregnant the mum to be would wait until baby arrives. Usually planned with their mum, sister or bestie, they would decide a date after the birth where they feel recovered enough to have people over. Mostly they aim for around 3 weeks as they’re more mobile after the birth whether natural or a c-section. With this pandemic that is sweeping the country at the moment what better time to plan a Bubbles & Cuddles for yourself.
A magical milestone
I’ve not only complied a handy list to help you prepare but I’ve designed you some invites too!
The Invite List;
This list will be made up of both your mums, grannies, sisters, aunts, nieces, besties and work girls if you wish. Of course the gents can be present too however this could be your other halfs chance to go out and wet the babies head with the lads. Leaving the ladies to lavish you and baby with attention and get those oh so wonderful baby cuddles!
Win, win wouldn’t you say?!
This can be as detailed as you’d like or you can ask people to bring a plate, maybe specifying a certain item for each guest. My shopping list would have the following; bubbles, nibbles, bubbles and cake! I absolutely LOVE party food so any excuse to have that gets the vote from me!
I have designed two different invites, in each colour way, that you’re welcome to download and share with your family and friends. Whether that be via social media, whats app or good old fashioned snail mail, printing them out and posting. Remember to let your invitees know its a come and go and they’re not expected to stay the entire time, most will but sometimes its nice for those that can’t to know so they don’t feel guilty leaving.
Feel free to download these files to use, if you have any issues with them please let me know and I can email them to you instead!
On the day;
As hard as it will be as it’s been just you, your partner and baby for a while, relax! Yep, relax as much as you can and have fun! Chat with everyone, t will have been a while since you saw them in person so there will be lots to catch up on! Accept help being offered whether thats changing baby, feeding baby (unless exclusive breast feeding of course!),washing up or even folding laundry if you have some around drying!
Don’t be afraid to limit cuddles if thats your preference. Everyone will understand if baby is sleeping and you’d prefer to pop them in their cot so you can stick to your usual routine.
Although there may not be anything you need lots of family and friends will want to mark this occasion by giving you or baby a gift. So it’s a good idea to have a little list prepared should they ask if there’s anything you’d like. Gift vouchers towards a photoshoot for your baby, they are the perfect gift as they’re the only gift that’ll last a lifetime. For most of my friends I tend to bring home cooked meals when they have a baby as I know that was top of my wish list in the early days when I didn’t have the energy to cook!
If you would like some help or further ideas to plan your own Bubbles and Cuddles please feel free to pop me an email. I am always happy to help!
If you’d like to connect with other mums to be in the same situation as you at this present time. Please do join the Facebook group I have set up to support mums to be and new mums. You’ll find helpful info, places to shop, support, online classes and more. It’s a small friendly group with no selling nor advertising.
Stay safe, stay home and try to enjoy this new sense of calm before normality kicks in again!
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