Today I am answering common questions about the etiquette of a Sip and See and sharing a beautiful Sip and See some sweet school friends hosted for Louise and me last fall. I loved every beautiful detail, especially the thoughtfulness of the classic books!
What is a Sip and See?
Unlike a shower or a sprinkle, a Sip and See occurs after the baby is born. With its origins in the South, a Sip and See is when guests are invited to drop by to “sip” on light refreshments and “see” the new baby.
Who Has a Sip and See?
A Sip and See is a popular option for someone that is not having a baby shower or sprinkle but whose friends still want to celebrate her new bundle of joy. Having a sip and see on the calendar assures friends that they will get to visit and meet her new baby. It is also a popular option when the mom no longer lives in her hometown but she and the grandmother want to introduce the new baby to lifelong family friends.
Who is Invited to A Sip and See?
If you are hosting, always ask the mother who she would like to invite. She might want to invite all her friends or just her closest ones – or perhaps just one circle of friends. But generally you do no invite someone to multiple events for the same baby (unless it is a close family member).
Do you bring gifts to a Sip and See?
Unlike a baby shower, where the baby registry may be listed on the invitation, gifts are not expected at a Sip and See. However, many guests will bring a gift, especially if they have not yet given the new baby a gift. But if you have already given the baby a gift, there is absolutely no need to buy another a gift! The mom should not expect one and, truly, it’s your presence that is appreciated.
Now if you feel awkward showing up to the party without something in hand, you can always bring something small. Perhaps a beautiful board book or two wrapped in beautiful ribbon, my favorite children’s book of poems, or a simple monogrammed bib.
Can I hold the new baby?
This depends on the mother so let her cues guide you. If she’s holding the baby tightly, and seems hesitant to pass the baby around, then respect that and don’t ask to hold her baby. Some moms will gladly pass their babies around, but always ask before scooping him up and always wash your hands beforehand and don’t touch the baby’s hands. (Why hands? Because babies put them in their mouths constantly!)
On that note: if you have a cold or cough refrain from attending the Sip and See. The hostesses and mothers will be so glad you were so thoughtful in not wanting to spread germs to a susceptible newborn!
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