The boys are super-excited for the arrival of their new little brother, but I'd be lying if I said there wasn't some struggle involved in getting ready to bring a new baby into the house. Everybody wants ALL the attention ALL the time, and regression is already hitting full-force as mama and dada have been a little preoccupied with preparations. So we decided to throw a “sibling party” to remind them of all the fun big boy stuff they get to do while baby spends his time pooping and peeing and sleeping and crying.
Best. Idea. Ever.
Luvs reached out to partner with us on a party with some pals to raise awareness about their new Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™. We decided it was the perfect opportunity to show the boys that baby fun can happen side-by-side with big boy fun. We don't really do baby showers anymore (slight overkill after four babies back-to-back!) but we're always down for an excuse to make our kids feel special.
The theme of our party was “What You Love,” showcasing all of the things that our big boys love! We kept it fairly low-key with a simple new puzzle, a photo booth and some cute new clothes. Since they recognize their hand-me-downs that get passed on whenever we have a new baby, the boys get really excited about new clothes as a sign of something special just for them.
I used Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ to make a mini diaper cake! They brands has made these diapers softer and more absorbent than before, with large refasten-able stretch tabs and a contoured shape for an easy fit, ultra-leakage overnight protection and a money-back guarantee. The stretchy tabs are my fave for my chunky little dudes – I hate it when I have to yank and yank to get the tabs around their hips! I'd actually never made a diaper cake before, but a friend showed me how easy it is when you configure the bottom tier around a paper towel roll with a cheesecake pan and the top with a tart pan. Who knew?
We made this diaper cake a mini one, using a single bag of newborn diapers (I sent some packages home with friends and I'm stashing a ton more in storage!) and topping with these easy tissue paper bows. I cut 5-inch strips of tissue paper and tied with a bow in the middle and then fastened to the top of the paper towel roll that served as the center of my diaper cake. I love how easy this was, and I'm totally going to recreate it for upcoming baby showers!
As far as what the boys love, well, they were pretty stoked about the balloons right off the bat. There were definitely some Bill-and-Hillary DNC moments happening in our living room.
I asked the boys what they wanted for lunch, and they were ALL about PB&J with sippy cups full of milk. Who doesn't love that, afterall?
They got to open their new outfits…
…and their excitement over pants made me realize I should probably buy new clothes more often. The middle kid hardly knew what to do with a non-hand-me-down pair!
The little dude got new shoes. If shoes sound like a silly thing for a kid to love, you clearly have not seen this child's shoe enthusiasm. “Shoe” was one of his very first words because he figured out from a young age that when we put shoes on, it's outdoor playtime! Like an over-eager dog with a leash, he started in as a little baby clapping his hands and exclaiming, “shoe!” anytime they came into view. He's saying it in this photo, over and over and over again. It's pretty much the cutest thing on the planet.
The photo booth was a huge hit, with all of us writing out things that we “luv” and snapping sticky-backed selfies to print out with our HP Sprocket (that thing is a must-have for birthday parties!).
The boys declared their love for Oma and Opa.
I'm pretty sure the feeling is mutual.
Finally, we wound down with puzzle time and stories with friends. Our easygoing afternoon party was a success, with the boys heading off into naptime dreaming about all of the things that they love.
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Would you ever host a “sibling party?”