Grandma Baby Shower Ideas
Want a unique baby shower idea? Throw a baby shower for Grandma! Think about all the baby items Grandma could have at her house when her Grandchild came over. Bottles, diapers, wipes, pacifier, blankets, bibs, baby outfits, bath and grooming items, pack-n-play and so much more. Having essential baby items at Grandma's house makes the "over the mountains and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go" trip easier for the new Mom and Dad, and new Grandchild of course.
A Wish For Her Grandchild
When I heard you were on the way,
I smiled and wiped a tear away.
I cried the tear because I knew,
My heart had held a place for you.
As each day your Mommy grew,
I thought and thought and thought of you.
I wondered if you were a girl or a boy.
And what would be your favorite toy.
I wondered what games we'd play,
And how we would spend a day.
Would we talk or read or bake?
Oh, what special friends we'd make!
Would we dance or skip or sing?
What would be your favorite thing?
Would we cuddle, kiss and hug?
What would give my heart a tug?
When you were born, I held you close,
It's what I'd dreamed of most.
I touched your tiny fingers and toes,
I kissed your head, your cheek and nose.
Hello little grandchild, it is me,
My heart as happy as can be.
I wish for you the sun and moon,
I wish for you a happy tune.
Know that Grandma's always near,
I'd do anything, anything for you my dear.
When I heard you were on the way,
I smiled and wiped a tear away.
I cried the tear because I knew,
My heart would always belong to you.
- Teri Harrison
Grandma Baby Shower Invitations
Grandma Loves Me
Borrow a friends baby and gently press that child's feet onto an ink pad. Press the ink feet onto the front of a blank invitation. Finish filling out the baby shower invitation. Another idea is to borrow the ultrasound picture from the mother-to-be and copy that onto the front of the invitation.
Create an invitation in the form of a birth announcement. Grandma-to-be is going to take on a new role as soon as the baby is born so announce this great transformation for the baby shower invitation.
Have a caricature drawn of a Grandma in a rocking chair surrounded by baby toys, bottles, diapers, and everything baby.
On any invitation mention that this a "Grandmother-to-be" baby shower. Ask all of the guests to dress to look like a stereotypical Grandmother and ask them to bring words of wisdom for the honored guest. as she settles into her new role.
Grandma Baby Shower Games
Finish Grandma's Sentence
Write down what Grandma-to-be says for words of wisdom. Type out the beginning of the sentence with a line at the the end for guests can fill in the end of the sentence. Examples
An apple a day ____________.
No one ever leaves here _________.,
A watch pot _______.
Guess the Number of Jelly Beans in a Baby Bottle
Fill a baby bottle with jelly beans, counting them as you go. Write the number on a sheet of paper, fold it and tape it on the bottom of the bottle. Ask each guest to put their name and their guess of how many jelly beans there are. The winner kept the bottle or gave it to the guest-of-honor.
Guide to Being a Grandma
For Family Nurturing & Safety
When I read this excerpt
I was reminded how important the role of Grandma
is in the life of her Grandchild.
"The most exciting thing about being a grandparent is watching your own child become nurturing. The miracle of a new baby is overwhelming, but to watch your son or daughter becoming a parent is just as miraculous. We watch with awe, pride and, sometimes, trepidation as our sons and daughters do their best to raise strong and healthy offspring. We know how demanding a job that is. We want to help. We should help. And we do.
We want to keep our grandchildren safe and sound. We want to make our homes and theirs safe havens where nothing bad can happen to them. We want to share with our own children the lessons we learned-and learn a few new tips ourselves.
The contributions grandparents make to their families are extraordinary. Some, like baby-sitting or giving them safe cribs or strollers, are tangible. Others, like providing a role model for grandchildren, are intangible but just as powerful and real. We do know that virtually every study of child development shows that youngsters lucky enough to have loving grandparents are destined to be winners. All research on single parents shows that the future of the children is correlated with support from grandparents.
We also know that grandparents can make their children's job of parenting a lot easier. When you lend a sympathetic ear to an upset parent you provide a safe outlet for often difficult emotions. When you give your children a night off by baby-sitting, you give them and your grandchild a much-needed break from the inevitable strains of the nuclear family. When your children know that, in a pinch, there is someone to step in to love their children and keep them safe, you give them the most valuable kind of support.
More and more, we see grandparents providing reliable and dedicated child care. In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that about 1.3 million children are entrusted to their grandparents every day. That same 1994 study says another 2.4 million children live in households headed by a grandparent. It means that numbers of grandparents make it possible for the young ones to grow up in stable homes and communities.
But it's the daily acknowledgment that we get from our children and grandchildren that inspires us to develop and maintain those loving connections. What fun to watch their eyes widen and sparkle when you tell your grandchildren about how their mommy was as a small child! We know it's not always easy, that it takes thought, finesse and devotion. It requires us to be emotionally flexible and nurturing. We have to be vigilant and make our homes safe for children. We need to take our role modeling seriously-for our children and grandchildren."
Handcrafted Baby Gift Baskets for Grandma
Baby shower gift baskets for Grandma can be anything for the new Grandchild. With a little creativity you can design and create your own beautiful, and useful, baby gift basket.
The "basket" does not need to be an actual basket with a handle. Think about anything that a baby needs that can be filled with baby items: a diaper bag, bathtub, bassinet or even a wagon.Line the container with a thick, soft blanket, hooded bath towels or receiving blankets. A diaper bag can be lined with onesies, crib sheets or receiving blankets.Fill the basket with a variety of small items, trying to keep to a theme such as bath time, bedtime, laundry basket or getting ready to go out on the town or going for a wagon ride.
Below are some ideas for items to fill your themed gift basket:
Rubber Ducky (temperature thermometer style
Comb, brush, clipper
Hat or bonnet
Infant bug repel
Bug screen or mesh to put over wagon if buggy outside
Small baby gloves
Small hand sanitizer
Bassinet or Pack and Play
Sleeping bag sleeper
One of the best things I have at my house for my Grandchild is a horseshoe style pillow called the "Boppy" It is a feeding and infant support pillow that can be used as the Grandchild grows. Lay the baby on the Boppy for feeding, use it for propping the baby us slightly after feeding to reduce reflux, use it to help the Grandchild with tummy time and support the baby when learning to sit. This present will be helpful through many months of the Grandchild's young life and is a good present for Grandma.
I love to sing by Granddaughter to sleep but there were times when I, for whatever reason, could not sing. This is when a music box would be a great asset for Grandma's baby product arsenal. Here are music boxes that play familiar baby nursery rhymes and some of your favorite children songs.
The infant-to-toddler vibrating and musical chair was a life saver when the baby was a little fussy and needed to be put down. No one can carry the baby around all day, especially Grandma, and this chair pacified my Granddaughter. She could stretch out and play with the mobile overhead toys while I got things done around the house. I recommend this for any Grandma to have at their house when baby comes over.
Health and Grooming
Whenever there is an newborn, infant or toddler in the house it is important to have the bare essentials of health and grooming in the house. The child may get a fever, need its little nails trimmed or just need to have her hair combed. It is really nice to have these items at Grandmas house.
As the newborn grows there is a need to stimulate them, even at Grandmother's house. Having the toys at Grandmas house eliminates the need for the Mom and Dad to bring them over for each visit. They will appreciate how easy it is to visit when everything is at Grandma's house.
Grandma Could Not Be Without ___
Frames Make a Perfect Baby Shower Gift
Photos of babies are priceless and
Grandma will use these specialty frames to
show off the new addition to her family.
Cradle and Swing Your Grandchild
Cuddle and comfort your baby with the innovative swing that hugs him like you do. The ergonomic design of Lovin Hug swing's hammock-style seat mimics the curve of your arms, giving your baby a sense of security.
Video Tape The Moment
Proud Grandma is the Star
There are occasions in everyone's life when what is happening should be recorded. If the shower is a surprise imagine the laughter and reaction that would be forgotten if it were not video taped. A suggestion is to be the designated video recorder for the Grandma Baby shower and, at the end of the baby shower, give the Grandmother the video camera as a gift so she can record memories of her Grandchild. What a gift that would be.
Grandma's Love Blanket
Baby Shower For Grandma
Grandma's love for her Grandchild has no boundaries and this saying can be put on many types of merchandise. I found that the one thing a newborn loves is to be swaddled in a blanket. Here is a "Grandma Loves Me" blanket Grandma can keep at her house and wrap around her new
Books for Grandma to Keep At Her House
A great way for Grandma to spend quality time with her new Grandchild.
Grandma's active participation in the newborns life, and beyond, instills a sense of family that adds to the grandchild's feeling of belonging and security. A great way to magnify that is by sharing the family's history through story telling. Make a family history book for the Grandchild including what it was like when Grandma was young, stories of the Grandchild's Mom or Dad when they were young and what the family was doing when they found out that this Grandchild was going to become part of the family.
Your Comments Are Welcome
shannonperkins on August 20, 2014:
Brilliant ideas! I already have that theme called "Grandparents Baby Shower" last year. My mom arranged it for me because she intended it to the grandparents-to-be. I enjoyed the whole event so much, as well as my grandparents. It's such a wonderful theme for this kind of special celebration.
gin001 on March 25, 2013:
What a wonderful idea! I know several families where mom and dad both work and grandma does the baby seating. This would be perfect for that situation. Great lens... thanks for sharing.
maraga on June 15, 2012:
nice lens. it inspires me
sheezie77 on June 14, 2012:
Great and useful lens, thank you for sharing! Squidlike
ogrote on May 21, 2012:
This is a real sweet lens. Grannies play a vital part in the upbringing of their grandchildren in many cultures. Great idea.
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on February 21, 2012:
One of my friends is a recently-new grandmother and I don't mind telling you that I'm just a bit envious. What a great idea for a shower! Love that baby belly laugh, too!
Lee Hansen from Vermont on February 16, 2012:
What a wonderful and practical idea to hold a shower for grandma to be. I love the baby belly laugh video!
julieannbrady on February 02, 2012:
Ah, how thoughtful this is ... to give a baby shower for grandma! Don't forget the baby powder.
anonymous on January 28, 2012:
precious indeed, pinned it too!
Fay Favored from USA on November 27, 2011:
Had to come back and tell you that I loved this so much I put it on my lens.
Fay Favored from USA on November 27, 2011:
I absolutely love this lens and the video. I never heard of such a shower. What a great idea. I'm going to tell my sister about this.
bossypants on November 07, 2011:
What a clever idea! I had never heard of a Baby Shower for Grandma, but it's an excellent idea!
PacificTransfer on November 04, 2011:
If I may quote Zig Zigglar on being a grandparent: "If we knew how much fun the grandchildren will be, maybe we'd be nicer to their parents" :)
I guess every parent can't wait to be a Grand Parent. It's probably like doing it all over again only this time you know what you're doing! :)
Great post, thank you!
pajnhiaj on October 25, 2011:
i love this idea of a grandma baby shower, my mom would love this! thanks for the idea.
Jack-in-the-Box on October 25, 2011:
I love this idea!!! Being a new grandmother, I would have loved this party. Now I will pass it on to my friends as they become new grandmothers. Thanks for a great lens!!!!
marianne sequeira on October 16, 2011:
I love the idea of a grandma baby shower ... nice lens
Toni Grundstrom (author) from Minneapolis, MN on October 15, 2011:
@marigoldina: I was a complete surprise. I think they did it because it was my first grandchild and the "ring-leader" of the idea knew I did not have anything in my house for a baby. She is a Grandmother 6 times over and knew I needed some things. I will never forget how special that was.
Heather B on October 15, 2011:
A very sweet idea! How did your friends come up with the idea to hold a Grandma Baby Shower for you?
Virginia Allain from Central Florida on October 14, 2011:
What a fun idea! I have some friends who will soon be grandmothers. I bet they would love a baby shower.
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on October 14, 2011:
What great ideas for gifts for grandma. It's true, you need all that stuff, especially if you babysit a lot. How nice!