Let’s be honest here. Do you actually keep greeting cards? And look back on them fondly reading the notes that your loved ones have given to you over the years? I know I don’t. I usually keep them for a few weeks out of obligation and then eventually they make their way into the trash. And I hate buying cards for that reason too, it’s like $5 just thrown in the trash! So how about instead of having people waste their money on cards for your baby shower, you have them bring a book instead of a card.
You and your baby get something you will use and love for years to come, and your guests get to spend their money on something that won’t just be in the trash in a few weeks! Win-Win!
Why You Should Ask Your Guests to Bring a Book Instead of a Card
What is a Book Baby Shower?
A book baby shower is pretty much the same as a normal baby shower. But here’s what makes it better.
You ask all of your guests to bring a book instead of a card. And they get to write a message to baby inside the front cover. SO not only is it more personal, but they will be supplying your baby with a whole new world to explore.
Right from the moment that your baby is born, there are benefits of reading to her. And by having as many books as possible available to her, the benefits will be incredible.
When you read to your newborn, you will keep her close in your arms. She will be surrounded by your warmth and enjoy your voice as you read-aloud. Your scent and all the sounds she has grown so accustomed to hearing will let her know that she is safe.
Having other people you want your baby to be comfortable with, like dad or grandparents, read-aloud to baby is a wonderful way for them to bond as well. It will become a familiar feeling and they will know that they are safe and be able to relax.
Grab these great Five Minute Bedtime Stories to read-aloud.
Encourage Reading in the Future
By listening to your voice as you read-aloud to her, she will pick up on tone and sounds that will prepare her for reading independently later in life.
Even when we are very young, we are learning constantly. Our kids will retain far more than we could possibly imagine. So exposing them to reading early will help them to continue expanding their knowledge when they are able to do it on their own.
Having exposure to language at a young age has been proven to lead to better language skills throughout life. The more words that your baby hears the easier it will come to them when they are ready to talk, read, and write.
By allowing access to as many types of books as possible, you are giving your child an advantage in their education no matter what they choose to do as they grow up.
This simple Animal Fold-Out Book is great for words and sounds!
Supplies Visual Stimulation
Young children need simple visual stimulation to encourage healthy brain development. Pictures in baby books with simple patterns, shapes, numbers, letters, and colors, will interest your baby. And she will more easily identify them later because they are familiar.
Some great options for visual stimulation include:
Makes Reading Fun
There are many ways to present reading as a fun activity. just like playing a game. Interactive books with textures, mirrors, or sounds to involve your baby will encourage her to explore and grow her abilities.
There are also books that give kids instructions to do something or make a certain noise that will keep your baby entertained for hours.
Some options include:
How To Have a Book Baby Shower
There are a few different ways that you can throw a book baby shower or incorporate bring a book instead of a card.
1. Traditional Shower with a Twist
This would be planning your shower as you would otherwise but including a note with the invitations requesting your guests to bring a book instead of a card. Grab your free printable note from the Resource Library.
2. Virtual Book Baby Shower
If you have busy friends and family or a lot of out of town loved ones who won’t be able to attend an in-person shower, this is an amazing option.
You can have a Virtual book baby shower so people can buy books and have them sent to you. And you can open all you gifts on a video so that they can watch and still be involved. It is a great way to involve your loved ones who are out of town.
Don’t worry! There can still be some fun shower games even with people not physically present.
3. Traditional Shower + Online Books
This is an option that combines the 2 above to get the best of both worlds!
Have your traditional baby shower with usual baby gifts in person. But also have a virtual event for them to order books from. This is a great way to easily include both local and out-of town guests in all of the festivities. And it makes it really easy for them to bring a book instead of a card!
Want to Throw a Book Baby Shower?
I would love to help you plan your book baby shower. I can help you set up a virtual baby shower so that your loved ones can easily bring a book instead of a card.
Getting the most books that you can for your bun in the oven is my number one priority! Because having more children who grow up with a love for reading is a beautiful thing.
Just fill out the form below and I will be in touch with you to discuss the details. Can’t wait to hear from you!