It’s very common for friends and family to throw an expecting mom a baby shower but what exactly is a Blessingway? A traditional baby shower is focused on giving gifts to the parents that that baby will need; clothes, cloth diapers, furniture, baby carriers, strollers, car seats, and other baby essentials.
A Blessingway on the other hand is a way to honor the mom-to-be as she steps into motherhood. It’s thought that celebrating in this fashion began with the Native Americans hundreds of years ago as a way to bless the mother and provide her with emotional support before labor begins. Today, many parents in the natural parenting community are being honored in modern Blessingway ceremonies. A Blessingway may or may not be spiritual by nature but they always provide her with the support she needs to bring her new baby into this world.
Share poems, prayers, and blessings. This can be done by having attendees write a few words in a journal to give to the mother as a gift. Attendees could also bring their words pre-written on a gift for the mother.
Make a beaded necklace or bracelet. Have each of the attendees bring a special bead for the new mom. Combine the beads onto a cord to create a birthing necklace or bracelet that the mother can have with them during labor. It can be provide encouragement for the new mom by focusing on this piece during labor.
Quilt squares. Have each attendee bring a quilt square and put them all together to form a large quilt for mom and baby. She’ll have pieces of each of you to remember each time she looks at the quilt.
Flags. Have each attendee make a pennant or flag to hang during the Blessingway. The mom-to-be can hang the flags around the labor and delivery room to provide her with strength and energy. Perhaps you could get creative and make a cloth diaper pennant by having each mom bring one cloth diaper to give to the mom.
Belly casting or painting. This is a nice way to celebrate life as the mom and baby are still one. A belly cast can be painted and hung in the mom’s home as a reminder of how she looked while pregnant.
Freezer meals. Have each guest bring a frozen meal for the family. It will be a blessing to them not to have to worry about cooking for a while after the baby is born.
Just because a Blessingway focuses on the mother doesn’t mean you can’t get gifts for the family (similar to a baby shower) and baby. I’m sure she would appreciate the help building her stash of cloth diapers.
We’ve joined forces with several cloth diaper blogger friends to bring you a special Blessingway giveaway to help you build your newborn cloth diaper stash. We’re giving away 6 newborn cloth diapers, a pack of cloth wipes, and a wet bag (valued at $100). To enter complete the Rafflecopter application below. Then visit our blog friends and find out more tips for honoring both the mom and baby; as well as some newborn cloth diapering tips.
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We’re also having a Virtual Blessingway Giveaway on our Facebook Fan Page for Kelly’s Closet. If you are interested in winning a new mom & baby bundle visit us there to enter. Here’s a sneak peek at what the prize pack includes.