Throwing a baby shower for a close friend or family member can be stressful and nerve wracking. It involves planning games, activities, food an gifts -all while keeping in mind the likes and dislikes of the mother-to-be. Somehow, The Family Center Early Support for Lifelong Support (ESLS) team was able to capture that same thoughtful and caring feeling for 10 families at our baby shower.
We organized the baby shower in hopes that it would be a great outreach opportunity and connect us to families in the community throughout New York City. That is exactly what happened! Women were referred by community agencies throughout the city. They came with their children, partners and friends. By the end of the event, it would have been difficult to figure out who came with whom, since all of our families quickly established rapport with each other.
The afternoon was filled with laughs and great conversation as we played common baby shower games such as, Price Is Right (baby essentials edition), The Diaper Game and Measure the Mommy. The prizes ranged from a bubble bath kit for a mom to a ride on toy for older sisters and brothers. The biggest prize, raffled off at the end, was a Fisher-Price infant rocker.
Each family left with two gift bags. The first one was a tote bag, donated by Susan G Komen for the Cure Greater NY Affiliate, and filled with infant pajamas, rattle and blankets, which Room to Grow in New York contributed. The second was an insulated bag filled with items such as baby toiletry, teething toys and receiving blankets. In the coming weeks the mothers will also receive a printout of the pictures they took on the picture wall.
The families were so grateful for the event, and they were sure to let us know with comments such as, “I didn’t think I would have a baby shower, and now I am.” and “You guys are so nice, people usually aren’t this nice to me.” Aside from the obvious success of the day, we have enrolled four families from the Baby Shower into the ESLS program since then. We remain in contact with many more. The Family Center’s ESLS team looks forward to hosting this event again!
-Florie St. Aime, Child Development Specialist