Showered with Mom-to-Be MerrimentWritten by Anita Chaperon
Your friend's having a baby. What an exciting time for her! You, best buddy, have a little work ahead, however. You need to gather together her friends and family for a baby shower. You need to determine who to invite, pick out some great invitations, choose location, date and time, decorations, refreshments and, of course, determine what you're going to do for fun while celebrating birth of your buds first wee one.
Generally, you don't need to go out and rent a hall for a baby shower. You probably have invited 10-20 of mother-to-be's closest friends and surely you, or someone else, can accommodate group in your home.
The step-by-step process for baby shower planning:
[+] At least two months prior to baby shower day make your list of whom you're going to invite. [+] Determine your party theme. [+] Buy or create and then mail out invitations. [+] Plan decorations, refreshments and games. [+] Enjoy your party.
There are no rights or wrongs in creating a baby shower theme. The idea is to bestow baby-to-be bounty on mom and to have fun. You might choose a theme around something that mom-to-be is especially interested in, such as tennis or classical music. Perhaps baby's room is already decorated in a Raggedy Ann and Andy motif. There is your theme!
Let's take aforementioned Raggedy Ann and Andy as an example. You could decorate with new or used Raggedy dolls. You could give miniature dolls as game prizes, provide Raggedy Ann and Andy cookies or cake as refreshments, and let balloons that look like these two beloved characters run rampant.
Wouldn't it be fun, too, if you costumed yourself to look like Raggedy Ann, and found a cohort to dress up as Raggedy Andy!
When Your Wee One Goes Wee Wee WellWritten by Anita Chaperon
After reading several books about potty training (my son was a little tyke pre-Internet) and having little success, I found some helpful information tucked way in back of a woman's magazine's classified section.
"Anatomically correct dolls - order yours today" it said. The ad explained that this was a great way to teach potty training to your young 'un. With doll came a little pamphlet on how to potty train.
Here is what I did, and did it work!
I ordered my son an anatomically correct boy doll. It arrived with a baby bottle as well. I explained to my going-on-two child that he had to feed his baby its bottle but that his baby would need to go potty soon afterwards. I showed him how to put potty chair in toilet bowl for dolly to pee, and how to empty it in toilet bowl and flush afterwards.
The first few baby doll feeding times resulted in wet surroundings as doll urinated before my son made his way, doll in hand, to toilet bowl. But then he got wise. I'd hear him talking to his baby. "Let's go wee wee," he'd say, and scurry to toilet, prop doll in front of potty, watch him urinate, empty potty and then flush.
One week later there was my very own toddler, standing in front of toilet bowl and urinating.
Success! And I'd hardly had to do anything at all.
Now I hear that this is method recommended by Dr. Phil. He suggests as well that when dolly goes potty successfully very first time you and your child should throw dolly a "potty party" with boisterous noise makers and anything else fun and rambunctious you can think of. Of course, when doll's potty success is followed by your child's potty success your little one would get a potty party too.