My coworker Allison just announced that she’s 14 weeks pregnant with her first child. And as soon as the news spread, came the inevitable advice on what she “needed to buy.” She and I are pretty similar in our mindset about not filling our houses with excessive stuff, and we made eye contact over the nurses’s station as she listened politely to all the enthusiastic advice.
Later, she and I got a moment of private conversation and she shared that two different friends had already offered to throw baby showers for her, which was giving her distress. Allison explained that the baby’s room is quite small, plus she and her husband only plan on having the single child. Add to this that they thoughtfully downsized from a traditional house into a small condo a few years ago, and you can see why keeping it simple is a priority for Allison. She wants to accept her friends’ generous offers, but she also doesn’t want to be saddled with enormous piles of unwanted stuff. (My words, not hers.)
I gave her the suggestion of having of choosing a book theme for one of the showers, where guests could bring baby books to line a bookshelf. Allison loved this idea, and I could see the relief in her eyes. She and I also agreed that this subject would make an excellent blog post.
What non-consumer baby shower ideas do you have Allison? Have you attended or planned any baby showers with clever themes that fit with a less stuff ideology? Also, what baby ideas do you have for Allison in general? Did you buy must-have baby items only to realize their uselessness afterwards, and conversely were there any specific things that saved the day on a daily basis?
Please share your ideas in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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