It should be noted that all moms deserve a baby shower for every child they have. Because it’s not just about “getting stuff” it’s about celebrating life and thoughtfully empowering the family through the transition of a new baby.
So forget the term baby “sprinkle” for subsequent kiddos.
We can still shower moms and growing families.
It’s about drenching the mom in love, kindness, and excitement. It’s even about celebrating and even empowering the other children who will be adjusting to new routines and having a new sibling.
Thoughtful baby shower gift ideas for moms of multiple kids
I do know very well that friends and family are typically less enthusiastic about chipping in to buy when it’s not your first rodeo with a baby. And apparently I should have all the things I need to raise, to nurture, and to keep my newest addition clothed.
But the reality is, I need a whole lot more than all those clothes I stashed away from the first two.
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Supplies for the older child(ren)
Remember, there are still needs at subsequent baby showers because a family’s first child or older children are still needing new things.
This is both disposable and real plates.
I am all about being green, in fact I love leading an eco-friendly lifestyle. But sometimes I sacrifice a bit when my sanity is at stake. So think about getting a huge package of sturdy paper plates so for 3 months during the “4th trimester” she doesn’t have to worry as much about doing the dishes. And even think about a gift card to get some Corelle or something.
…To replace all the ones the other two kids have broken over the years.
I mention this because not only is the set we got on our wedding registry long gone. Chipped. Broken. Cracked. And Orphaned. But our family has grown and our kids need plates too.
Every mom of multiple kids learns just how functional these things are. Even if they have what they need at home, it’s a great car addition for them.
The reality for me is, I just trip over the legs of regular ones and they’re not super functional, especially when you have multiple kids needing them.
All I really want is one that doesn’t take up space and clamps to the table because I have learned in 4 years that’s all we really need.
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We have been on about 4 in 4 years. This is unacceptable, I know.
We jumped on the opportunity to have my husband’s co-worker’s daughters watch our oldest and would gladly take help, even paid help every once in awhile, especially in the months of pregnancy leading up to a new baby.
Another Car Seat
Car seats expire. And if the family practices extended rear facing, they’re even more likely to need a new seat. And they’re not cheap.
Even if you and a few friends pitch in even just a little bit it can go a long way on a gift card labeled for a car seat.
Learn about the benefits of extended rear facing. It has nothing to do with height or weight and everything to do with spinal development!
Food (a.k.a. stock the pantry & freezer)
This is one of my very favorite baby shower ideas for larger families.
If everyone brings their favorite meal in a freezer-ready container, even if only 7 people show up, that’s a full week of dinners to bless the family with.
While many choose to do meal trains after the baby is born, this is a way to have things on hand say 2 months in when life gets crazy and the only option on a particular night would be to get take out.
Or maybe even splurge and get the mom and instant pot so she can dump food into it, spending only 5 minutes of her time, but have everything done in under an hour.
Read more about choosing an instant pot that’s perfect for a big family.
For food, for groceries, for supplies, for anything.
A Stroller that fits all …or most of the kids
I know I can’t be the only one ill-equipped in the stroller department. And I know so many mothers, like myself, that just forget or put off getting the things that are truly needed because life happens.
Because, yeah, I never got that second seat for my stroller because we made due. In fact, my oldest has been riding in the bottom bin at times when she’s too tired or “slow” to walk. I agree, it isn’t the safest. But I still never bought that second seat.
I think it’s time. And while we’re at it, I would love the ride-along board that attaches to the back. Because there are actually going to be three kids who won’t want to walk in the very near future.
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Someone to watch the big kids for a day.
So mom can nest before the baby comes or rest after.
Really, for me I just need to organize and get stuff done and every time I pull out a baby item it disappears into the toddler abyss.
Gift Certificate for a massage.
Now or after the baby is here. Personally, I don’t care and I doubt the mom you have in mind does either. I want to listen to unrealistic sounds of water flowing and birds chirping because my mind is just so tired from crying babies, frustrated toddlers, and the like.
And I am sure as a mother, you’re at least nodding your head in agreement that even if it’s unrealistic, it sounds amazing.
Those early days may feel way too daunting to get out to buy groceries with multiple kids or maybe they have a baby in the winter and it’s that much more cumbersome. It’s a thoughtful gift that will surely bless the whole family.
Museum passes & experience gifts.
Mom has got to get out some days and break the mundane and/or routine.
Help her do that by allowing her to take the kids to a local museum or with tickets to a fun event. Whether it’s just once or a year’s pass to use whenever, it will come in handy for entertaining the older kids when everyone needs out!
Learn more about how to help younger siblings shine.
Storage & organization boxes, or even just memory boxes for each child.
The reality is that with the second, third, fourth, or more kids, there is typically more that needs to be stored. From seasonal clothing and hand-me-downs to pictures and art projects.
An IOU for a day of help when the baby comes.
Because I know that at least weekly I will have laundry sky-high, a load of newborn cloth diapers to do, and a hungry family.
It doesn’t matter to me if you want to just watch my kids or help me actually get stuff done. I just know my sanity will hinge on someone’s help at some point. Actually many points in my future mothering journey.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!