A baby shower is one of the most memorable experiences of a Mother’s life.
Being granted the task of planning your loved one’s baby shower is an incredible honor. However, the process is no easy feat.
Fact: there is no shortage of stress when it comes to planning a baby shower. And as this milestone becomes less and less traditional, collecting money for a baby shower is becoming more common.
From organizing a baby cash fund to collecting money for your baby pool shower games- it’s going to be a lot of work making sure it all goes smoothly.
Using a money pool is the best approach to collecting money for a baby shower.
Braid Pools lightens your load to make planning a baby shower a seamless process. Here are the topics we’ll cover in this article:
- Collecting money for a baby shower diaper fund
- Organizing a baby cash fund
- Collecting money for a group baby shower gift
- Collecting money for your baby pool shower game
Ready to start collecting baby shower funds for free with Braid? Click here to get started.
Collecting money for a baby shower diaper fund
Did you know that a newborn baby goes through ten diapers a day on average? That’s about 300 diapers a month! So it goes without saying- if there’s one thing that new parents will surely be grateful for, it’s a diaper fund.
A diaper fund gives parents the flexibility to buy the right diapers when they need them, as their child grows.
What is a diaper fund?
A diaper fund is a way for people to gift you money that goes towards diapers. People send their contributions and gifts to one place.
A diaper fund does not have to only go towards diapers. Parents can choose to use the diaper fund for other baby essentials. What matters is that the money is coming to you in one place with ease.
How can a diaper fund help new parents?
It’s easy for family and friends to talk about how excited they are about the new baby. But at the end of the day, everything is coming out of the parents’ pockets. Having a diaper fund can come in handy.
A great thing about diaper funds is that you don’t have to spend all the money at once.
Diaper funds are also an easy way for new parents to separate baby money from money for other expenses like housing, bills, and groceries.
It takes a village to raise a child and that starts with the money that people contribute.
With diaper funds, people are free to donate whatever amount they can afford.
Think of a tip jar at your favorite restaurant. There isn’t a sign on the jar that gives you a minimum or maximum amount that can be contributed. All it is is an open opportunity for people to help out through kindness.
Setting up a diaper fund with Braid
Braid makes collecting money for your diaper fund seamless and stress-free.
All you have to do is share the link to your fund with guests, then watch the fund grow. Friends and family can contribute however much they want, whenever it’s convenient for them.
Ready to start collecting money for a diaper fund? Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to get started.
Organizing a baby cash fund
Cash gifts for baby showers are never a bad idea.
Parents appreciate a cash gift as it helps make for a smoother transition into parenthood.
It’s also difficult to know what the parents-to-be already have. In some cases, parents may already own supplies from a previous child. A monetary gift also avoids the awkward, “Oh, we already have one of these..” reactions.
A lot of new mothers and fathers would prefer monetary gifts as it gives them the option to save for an item with a higher price tag, like a stroller or crib. Cash gifts also help the family feel more prepared for the inevitable unexpected costs in their future.
How do I ask for money for a baby shower?
Although it is completely acceptable to ask for cash gifts for a baby shower, it can feel uncomfortable posing the question to guests.
And understandably so. It is a less traditional approach to a baby gift. However, if money is what the parents-to-be need, then it should be stated in the invitation.
Here are some pointers for asking guests for a monetary baby shower gift.
1. Be open and honest with the guests
Honesty really is the best policy when asking for a cash gift. Friends and family will surely understand if the parents-to-be are open and honest about preferring cash as a gift.
You could put something like this on the invite, “ First and foremost, your presence is enough of a gift for our baby shower. But if you insist on giving us something, we are kindly asking for contributions to our baby supply fund.”
2. Give them details on what the money will go toward
When people are hesitant to give money, it’s most likely because they don’t know what exactly the money will be used for. Explain to family and friends the things that the contributed funds will go towards.
This level of honesty makes it easier for people to trust you and give more than you probably even expected.
Here are some things monetary gifts can be used for:
- Child care
- Education fund
3. Be polite when asking for a baby cash fund
Be as polite as possible when asking for monetary gifts. The most polite thing you can do is leave the contribution amount open. Don’t ask the guests for a set amount each, as it will leave a bad taste in their mouths.
By leaving the contribution amount open, the guests will feel more comfortable giving what they see fit, without feeling the pressure.
How do you politely ask for money for a baby shower? Great question. Here are some ideas for what to put on the invite:
- “Cash gifts are welcomed and appreciated.”
- “Please be a blessing to my family with a cash gift.”
- “Feel free to send a cash gift to help with the expenses of our new bundle of joy.”
Collecting money for a group baby shower gift
When it comes to baby shower gift shopping, quality over quantity is a safe rule to follow. What do you think parents-to-be would appreciate more, a $300 car seat, or $300 worth of clothes that the baby will grow out of within the blink of an eye?
It’s not to say that less expensive gifts are not appreciated, but if you really want to have an impact, a group baby shower gift is the way to go.
How to give a group baby shower gift
Braid Pools make it possible to give a big-ticket gift without breaking the bank. Just follow these four simple steps to get started.
1. Choose a gift
Once you have your group together, it’s time to decide on a gift. As the baby shower coordinator, you should have a good idea of what the parents-to-be need. Here are some great group baby shower gift options:
- Mattress/ mattress pad
- Car seat
- Nursery furniture
- Video baby monitor
- Changing table
- High chair
- Baby swing
2. Set the contribution amount
Divide the total cost of the item by the number of guests in your group to come up with the contribution amount. However, it’s important to be understanding of everyone’s financial situation. It may not be feasible for everyone to contribute the same amount.
3. Collect money for your gift with Braid Pools
Collecting money is easy with Braid Pools. Simply create your Braid Pool then share the link with your group members. Anyone with the Pool Link can contribute with a debit or credit card. They don’t need a Braid account to contribute to the fund, either.
4. Buy the gift directly from your Braid Pool
Now that everyone’s contributed to the pool, it’s time to buy your gift. Forget about transferring the funds to your bank account. With the Braid debit card, you can purchase items directly from your Braid Pool.
The best part? There are zero fees associated with your card. You get to keep all of the money you collect.
Collecting money for your baby pool shower game
Now it’s time for the real fun to begin.
If you’re a stand-out baby shower planner (and you are) then you already have fun games planned. Why not take the games one step further with baby money pools?
What is a baby money pool?
So glad you asked!
Baby money pools are games that require your loved ones to make predictions about the newborn. Every time a guest makes a guess, they contribute to the pool.
Here are some examples of baby money pools:
- Birth weight
- Eye color
- The first letter of their name
- Date of birth
How can I receive money for baby money pools with Braid?
Setting up a baby money pool with Braid is simple.
Create a Braid Pool for each baby pool your guests can guess on. For example, you may have multiple Braid Pools, like the Baby’s Height, Baby’s Eye Color, and Baby’s Gender.
As friends and family make their guesses, they will contribute to the corresponding Braid Pool. All you have to do as the organizer is send them the Pool Link. Anyone with the Braid Pool Link can contribute. They don’t need a Braid account, either.
As the Braid Pool admin, you have access to all the funds and security for everything that comes in.
Let the baby money pool games begin! Click here to set up your baby money pool.
How do baby money pool winners get their prizes?
The person closest to the correct answer wins the prize. What the winner gets as a prize is up to you. One option is for the winner to get the total amount of money collected in the pool.
Another option is to give a percentage of the pool to the winner and let the parents-to-be have the rest.
Braid makes collecting baby shower funds easy
Whether you’re pooling together on a high-ticket gift, collecting money for a baby cash fund or diaper fund, or organizing a baby pool- Braid makes collecting money for a baby shower simple.