Showered with Mom-to-Be Merriment

Written by Anita Chaperon

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While you can, of course, get onrepparttar phone and simply call everyone, or even e-mailrepparttar 147217 invitations, it's probably best to mail out formal invitations. An attractive invitation may become a keepsake for those close torepparttar 147218 expectant mother.

While there are certainly a myriad number of local places to purchase pre-packaged greeting cards, such as Hallmark stores, Kmart, Wal-Mart andrepparttar 147219 like, it may be difficult to find cards consistent with any theme you've chosen forrepparttar 147220 baby shower.

If you or your helper is creative, however, you could write and designrepparttar 147221 invitations yourself. Plenty of low cost greeting card software is available. Greeting Card Factory, at $29.95, for example, provides 5000 ready-made cards, 25,000 graphics to create your own customized card, 3400 already-prepared sentimental messages and more than 300 fonts. You can search online for greeting card software or make a quick trip to Office Max, Staples or similar suppliers and browse their many options.

Your invitations should includerepparttar 147222 following:

[+] Whorepparttar 147223 party is for (and don't forget to name dad too). [+] Your name as host, and your phone number for directions. [+] Your address. [+] The day, date and time ofrepparttar 147224 baby shower. [+] The theme ofrepparttar 147225 party. [+] RSVP card with self-addressed stamped envelope. [+] Do give guidance on dress - just a simple, "formal attire," "casual attire," "pool party," or "costumes welcome." [+] You might even make gift suggestions. If, however, you have a theme, you could just suggest that theme-related gifts would be fun and let your guests use their imagination.

Don't forget to mail those invitations out early - at least six weeks ahead of time isrepparttar 147226 rule of thumb.

Anita Chaperon is the editor of My Free Baby Shower Games - a free website resource dedicated to providing information on tons of free baby shower party games, decorations, invitation, baby shower themes and much more.

When Your Wee One Goes Wee Wee Well

Written by Anita Chaperon

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A few key pointers are in order here, too.

Potty training must be attempted atrepparttar right time. Don't expect your child to be ready prior to 18 months old, and it could take until she or he is 2 1/2 years old. Don't rush it. Your child must be walking, and probably running, well, and able to communicate that he or she needs to go - now! Whetherrepparttar 147216 message is pee or poop or wee wee or whatever - your young 'un just needs to be able to getrepparttar 147217 message across. Some ofrepparttar 147218 ready-to-start-potty training signs are dry diapers, a child distressed by a messy diaper, and consistently firm stools.

You're going to need to help your child at first, so you don't want to missrepparttar 147219 signals that it's time to "go." The message may come inrepparttar 147220 form of dancing around with hands on genitals, or frantic tugs at his clothing.

A potty chair or potty seat is almost crucial. A little tyke may be afraid of that big noisy, "what if I fall in?" bowl. If sorepparttar 147221 potty chair isrepparttar 147222 way to go. It's a miniaturized toilet that's entirely separate from your own bowl. A potty seat, in contrast, fits right inside your own toilet but accommodatesrepparttar 147223 child's smaller body.

Potty training dolls today, $20-$40 each, come equipped with baby bottles and their very own potty seat. Two manufacturers are Gotz Aquini and Corolle. The Corolle dolls have their own diapers and are designed to hold water and wet on demand.

Anita Chaperon is the editor of Infant Potty Training Tips - a free website resource packed full of information about teaching your infant how to shed those dippers and start to use the toilet. We reviews bedwetting alarms, and other potty training products.

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