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Baby products for the wishing well?

A new mom needs certain products to have a fully prepared nursery.  When a new baby comes home, the most immediate needs are diapers and wipes, though some parents may want unscented wipes or even cloth with water for a newborn’s sensitive skin.  Later on, products like Desitin for diaper rash and Infant Tylenol come in handy.  Note: Baby wash is not an immediate necessity as pediatrician’s recommend unscented Dove for newborns.    A wishing well at the shower filled with baby products from the guests is an easy way to meet the needs of the new mom.  We thought it would be fun to have each guest write their name on the product they donated so the parents could think of them when the product came in handy….”Aaaw, a rectal thermometer from Aunt Barbara.”  What could be sweeter?

Here is the request from a reader that was chosen as this week’s featured poem:


January 15, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Request for the baby products poem. I’m hoping this is the place you told me to send request for poem from you email dated 12/12/11.

Hi Dina, Here is a poem I wrote that can be used in the invitation:

Baby Product Poem

Please join us in welcoming the new little one

With good friends and food it’ll be lots of fun

If all brought a baby product it would be really swell

We’ll try to fill up the whole wishing well

Shampoo for her hair or Desitin is first rate

Lotions and soap would also be great

You can sign the item with a permanent pen

Each time it’s used, she’ll think of you again

They’ll be so excited, if this advice you do heed

When their little girl arrives, they’ll have all that they need

How great it will be to have their odds and ends

Contributed with love by all of their friends

Good times and laughter is what we will share

Mary will be thrilled to see you all there

In need of a special poem?  Ask jill the poem lady.  For customized  poems that can be framed for the guest of honor or the nursery, contact jill – the poem lady.

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Should the bride or mother-to-be be able to opt out of unwrapping gifts at the shower?

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How do I politely get out of opening gifts at the shower?

Occasionally I am asked to write a poem for the bridal shower or baby shower honoree who doesn’t want to open gifts in front of everyone at the shower.  After all, it is a lot of attention, and a whole lot of oohs and ahhs.  Depending on the number of guests in attendance, opening the gifts can consume a good amount of time and detract from the time the honoree has to socialize.  On the other hand, the guest may have gone through trouble agonizing over the perfect gift and is looking forward to having it “revealed”.  One solution that’s not only a time and money saver, but also contributes to saving the plant, is to have a “ribbon shower”.  At a ribbon shower, the guests are advised in advance to wrap their gifts in a ribbon or flower.  There are several ways to convey to the guests that the shower will be a ribbon shower.  Here is a poem I wrote that can be included in the invitation:

Ribbon Shower Poem

You know our girl she’s a little bit shy

Never wants to be the center of everyone’s eye

One little request that we hope you would grant

Whether you’re a friend, mother or aunt

We can’t wait to see you at the shower

But please don’t wrap gifts in more than a ribbon or flower

However simple or silly it may seem

Let’s make this day for her a perfect dream

Thank you all for your consideration

(Name of mom-to-be) is going to love our celebration

Keep in mind that the shower is supposed to be enjoyable for the honoree.  In need of a special poem?  Ask jill the poem lady.  For customized  poems that can be framed for the guest of honor or the nursery, contact jill – the poem lady.

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Writing the Perfect Baby Shower Poem

For a baby shower you can think of the parents-to-be and how they feel about the baby on the way.  What advice would you want to give them?  Try to include the names of the expecting parents and grandparents. If the baby already has siblings, try to include their names as well. Try to incorporate the date the baby is due (or at least the month). If they know the sex or have a name picked out, if they have a nick name for the baby in the womb like the bean or the peanut, you can try to include a line in the poem that references that as well.

I invite you to give it your best shot. Post your poem here. Use this data: Mom to be is Jane, Dad to be is John, they are having baby Mary on December 28th. Let your creativity shine.

Please post your sample poem in the comment section.

Here is the request from a reader that was chosen as last week’s featured poem:

December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Hey this is Amber i came across your website and i like your poems. I need help with a thank you card for coming to a baby shower. The parents names are Mike and Paula. The baby’s name is going to be Dakota Mackenzie Ryan she gonna be my little sis and I’m so excited! I want everything to be perfect but i cant find a poem for the thank you cards. Can You Help Me?

Hi Amber,

Let me know if this little poem works for you.

jill – the poem lady

Thank you for coming to Paula’s baby shower
You truly made her feel like woman of the hour
Dakota Mackenzie Ryan will be here real soon
And Mike and Paula are just over the moon
With all the goodies, she’s off to a great start
My little sis thanks you from the bottom of her heart

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What Rhymes with Orange?

If you are having trouble finding a word to rhyme with another word, you can either pick a different word (like choosing “great” instead of “good” or “sweet” instead of “nice”) or try going to
It is a great rhyming dictionary on-line that comes in handy for those tough to rhyme words.

Here is the request from a reader that was chosen as last week’s featured poem:

Jo geraci says:
November 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Just wondering if you might be able to come up with a catchy poem that I could use to help market my gLovies product. GLovies are multipurpose mitts used by kids up to age six.

Here is the poem I wrote in response:

Hi Jo,

Thank you for your submission to Ask jill the poem lady. I came up with the poem below to help market your product. Let me know if it is what you were looking for.

As a parent it’s our task to keep our kids healthy and germ free
With gLovies disposable hand-covers, it’s easy as can be
The year is filled with opportunities, in no uncertain terms
To keep kids free from dirty surfaces and from harmful germs
In January for the New Year, potty training is a must
When they hold onto the toilet seat, in gLovies you can trust
February brings Valentine’s Day and painting hearts on every card
Wearing gLovies keeps hands neat and dry, so clean-up isn’t hard
March is the heart of flu season and doctors have declared
To decrease exposure to swine flu, nothing should be spared
Easter eggs in April leave dye on their hands for all to see
Come prepared with gLovies and their fingers will be dye free
Mother’s Day in May, is time to plant a special flower
No dirt under the fingernails is gLovies’ magic power
When school is out in June, dog-walking is on their mind
gLovies can help retrieve presents, Fido leaves behind
Summer vacation in July always includes a car ride
gLovies are handy for rest stops where germs so often hide
August is travel season and whether airport, taxi or bus
Your tots will be touching everything, with gLovies there is no fuss
September for back to school means field trips and things anew
Hand-covers are great for kids who feed animals at the petting zoo
Pumpkin carving in October, everyone has a blast
Put them on when cleaning out the insides, and throw them away real fast
In November it’s time to give thanks and to help you out, they’ll be itchin’
Give them gLovies while they stuff the turkey, or help out in the kitchen
In December staying healthy for holidays seems like a work of art
Hedge your bets and let the kids wear them while sitting in the shopping cart
They’re easy to use and fun to wear and in case it wasn’t clear
gLovies can help keep your kids healthy, every month of the year

What would you have come up with? Post your ideas here.

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Welcome to Ask jill the poem lady

Welcome to Ask jill the poem lady.   Here you can learn how to write poems like a pro and even have the opportunity to have a poem written for you by jill the poem lady.   Are you trying to write poems for your bar or bat mitzvah candle lighting ceremony?  Have you been placed in charge of throwing a baby or bridal shower and are looking for a special way to pay tribute to the guest of honor?  Post your request here, and every day jill the poem lady will pick one request at random and write the poem and post it here.  You can learn to be a great writer and if you ever need help…ask jill the poem lady.  For more information or to place an order, go to

This Week’s Tip:

When writing poems for a candlelighting ceremony, get inspired.  Think about an anecdote or personal trait that makes the honoree special to you and write it down.

Example: For a bar mitzvah boy’s grandfather who passed away very recently.  The notes one could write about him are as follows:

He was Irish Catholic, not Jewish.  He was so proud of the man that David is becoming. He lived in Florida and he made David feel safe in Florida by telling him that his home was really David’s Florida home, so David was never homesick in Florida.  He was a baker, he used to make bread on the kitchen table without a bowl, he made a lake in the middle of the flour. There needs to be something about David remembering him making bread with the lake on the table.  The candle will be lit by Grandpa’s brother Uncle Frank and Aunt Marianne.  This is the first family get together without him.

With a little work you can turn it into this:

My grandfather who I love so dear

Passed away recently, but I know he is near

His was my second home in Florida, of this I know

He told me how proud he was as he watched me grow

Grandpa was a baker and bread he would always make

With flour on the table, in the center he made a lake

This candle is to honor him, that has been my plan

Please come up to light it with me, Uncle Frank & Aunt Marianne


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