One of the most exciting life events is getting ready to welcome a new baby. Whether you are the expectant mom, or friends or family members, there is such an anticipation for that new little life – and every life is worth celebrating!
I know as someone who has gone through this three times already (with one more little one on the way) that a baby shower can be such a wonderful time of blessing for the new mom – and it is even better if the blessings aren’t just material gifts. Baby showers can (and should) also be a time of encouragement for the new mom and baby.
Bible verses can be an inspiration for creating a Christian baby shower theme, but even without a theme you can incorporate things into the baby shower to make it special in a more eternal way. There are so many ways that we can come along our sisters in Christ and bless their hearts in a way that can last even after all the baby things have left the house, but it can take some deeper thinking and creativity! Not sure what I am talking about? Here are a few ideas for blessing a new Christian mom and her baby as you celebrate at her baby shower.
1. Give a meaningful gift.
If you are going to a Christian baby shower, consider adding something meaningful to your gift. Don’t neglect the practical items, because the new moms will still need all the necessities! But putting a little personal thought into the gift can make it something she will remember for years. Need some ideas?
-Baby’s first Bible. I received a “first Bible” from my aunt for my daughter – a sweet little white and gold volume, and it is definitely a keepsake. A friend told me someone gave her daughter a Bible with a removable cover that could be added to her bouquet when she gets married, which is also a special idea. Tommy Nelson has several that would make precious baby shower gifts, like this Really Woolly Bible and My Rainbow Promise Bible.
-Books. Books can be given for mom or baby. If you have any devotionals or encouraging books about motherhood that you have enjoyed, keep them in mind for your expecting mom friends (new books are great for those multiple late-night feedings). If you find a children’s book that you think would be a good fit for mom and baby, add that to your gift and write a note in the cover.
-Journals. Give the mom a journal that she can use to record her thoughts about motherhood and her little one – a friend mentioned how special the gift of a journal was to her, and I love the idea. A journal would also be great to give along with a devotional to encourage mom to keep up her walk with Jesus, even when the exhaustion of the newborn days sets in!
2. Offer prayers, blessings, or advice for the new family.
Words of wisdom can be treasured long after baby ruins all those cute outfits. There are a couple ways to include words of encouragement into the baby shower.
-Have guests write out a prayer or blessing for the new family, a favorite scripture, or a piece of advice (if the expectant mom is receptive). The simplest way to do this would be to have guests write their messages on notecards, and put them in an album, or have the guests write directly in a blank journal. These books can be a beautiful keepsake!
Looking for a creative way to incorporate this? One of my friends has hung the messages on a tree that was used as a nursery decoration, like a “blessings tree”. Another friend suggested writing encouraging messages on diapers, so the new parents can be encouraged throughout their day!
-Have a friend, family member, or mentor of the expectant mom pray for her at the shower. Having a short devotion and prayer time for the mom can be a great blessing to kick off (or close) the baby shower, and friends have told me how special this was to them when the devotion was given by someone they loved and respected.
3. Put together a time capsule.
This was another idea from a friend, and I thought it was such a great one! You know those souvenir books from different years in history that tell you what things were like the year you were born? You can create your own version by putting together a time capsule that the baby can open once they reach adulthood. This is not only just plain fun, but it can be a wonderful tool to encourage the child spiritually at a later point in their life.
What can you include?
-Things to represent current culture. Recent news articles, a list of the prices of common items, magazines, or a recording of some recent popular music can all be fun things to look back on.
-A video. Take a video of everyone at the shower. Guests can say something in the video to the baby, and it will be fun for them later to see what everyone looked like (including their mom) before they were born!
-Notes to the baby/future adult. Have guests write notes of encouragement, wisdom, and advice – similar to the idea mentioned above, but these notes are specifically for the baby as a future young adult! This is a great opportunity to speak into this child’s life at a future date, even if not every guest will be at their 18th birthday.
4. Help bear the new mom’s burdens.
I can tell you, as a new mom, cooking and cleaning feels like a burden! Not only has your world been turned upside down (in the best possible way), but I know personally, I would much rather be snuggling my newborn, or sneaking away for a nice shower, than tackle the stress of attempting to put my house in order. Smart new moms accept help when it is offered, and smart friends and family offer help!
-Offer to help her clean. When I was in the hospital after each of my kids, my mom stopped by and helped clean my house, and it was so nice to not have to worry about it the first few days after coming home.
-Offer to be “mommy’s helper” for part of the day. A friend told me that someone she knew brought her daughter over to watch my friend’s baby so she could get a few things done, and it was a huge blessing!
-Bring meals. It is so nice in the newborn days to not have to think about meals. Bring over your own family’s favorite. If you aren’t sure of any diet restrictions (or if you just don’t like to cook), give a gift card to a restaurant that is near the new family’s house.
How can you incorporate this into a baby shower? The baby shower is the perfect time to organize a meal schedule, pass around a sign-up sheet, or let the expecting mother know you want to help her! One note, if you do offer to help, be consistent and follow through – make the meal, show up to help clean, or remember to call the mom after baby comes to see what she needs most.
I hope these ideas will help you put together a shower that will not only be a “showering” of gifts, but will also be an encouragement to the expecting mother and a blessing for her baby. May you have a rich time together as sisters in Christ as you help launch your friend or family member into one of the most exciting, nerve-racking, and life changing events of her life – adding a new member to her family!