Give the perfect baby shower gift…


As soon as I read Sherri Duskey Rinker’s brand-new book, Silly Wonderful You, I knew that I had found the perfect baby shower gift.

My sister-in-law’s baby shower!

I love attending baby showers.  I love eating pastel-colored desserts while watching an unsuspecting woman open teeny-tiny articles of clothing or gigantic modern parenting marvels.  I love watching her politely thank the giver for her generosity while occasionally making comments revealing that she, the mother-to-be has no idea what is truly in store.  I love exchanging knowing glances with the other experienced mothers in the room.  I am part of their club.

I am surviving motherhood.  And none of it is anything like I imagined it would be.  It is even better that I dreamed it could be.

The tone of Silly Wonderful You perfect captures this sentiment.  Like her previous bestseller, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Rinker perfectly captures the seemingly boundless energy of early childhood.  Written as a heartfelt letter from a parent to her child, each individual page depicts an everyday mommy-and-child moment.  From a “bright-eyed alarm clock” waking her sleeping mommy to a child typhoon drenching the bathroom as her mother gives her a bath, this book is what it means to be a parent.

The epitome of everyday parenting, Silly Wonderful You by Sherri Duskey Rinker is the perfect baby shower gift.

Now, let’s take it to the next level.  Here is what you need to do:

Purchase a copy of Silly Wonderful You.  (I’m an Amazon Prime member and a loyal Sherri Duskey Rinker fan, so mine was preordered, of course.)

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Next, write a little note anywhere in the book about your own mommy-and-child moments.  Extra points for including a photo that captures that moment!  Make sure to sign your note for the mother-to-be.

Next, pass the book on to another baby shower invitee and, presumably, important person in the mother-to-be’s life.  Ask her to choose a different page and add her own mommy-and-child moment.  It is now her turn to pass the book on.  If a list of of the baby shower invitees can be obtained from the hostess, it should be included with the book as it is passed along.

These notes may be written as the book is passed from guest to guest at the actual shower, but the notes tend to be more heartfelt if the writer is given time to think and the opportunity to include a photograph.

I am certain that any mother-to-be would love this special gift.  For less than $20, you can give a biblio|parenting gift that she will treasure forever!

Do you have any wonderful biblio|parenting gift ideas?  I would love to hear from you!