How Are You Celebrating Your Baby's First Birthday?
Whether you are planning a big party with all your friends and family, or a quieter celebration at home, here are some wonderful ways to mark your baby’s first birthday – traditions that you can start now to enjoy in the years to come. No matter what you choose to do, take a minute to congratulate yourself on reaching this fantastic parenting milestone!
Get snap happy!
Who doesn’t like to look back and reminisce about special events – and few are more special than your baby’s first birthday. You could ask a friend or family member to be your photographer, then get smiling! “We arranged a photo session at home, where our friend acted as photographer, and we had shots taken of us with Jamie, then with his grandparents and godparents,” says Annalise, mom of 16-month-old Jamie. “We also made sure to get some funny, candid ones – like all of us wearing party hats, making faces, eating cake and lots of laughing. They are a treasure to look back on.”
Make some prints
Baby hand- and footprints are increasingly popular, but need not cost the earth if you want to do it yourself. “I bought a small canvas and some paint from a craft shop, then Leo and I got messy while I did hand- and foot-prints with him,” says Lisa, mom to 2-year-old Leo and six-month-old Stella. “When we were finished, I wrote the date on the bottom and it now hangs in his room.”
Now that your little one is possibly standing with help, the first birthday is an ideal time to make the first mark on their height chart. Don’t forget to put the date beside the mark, then watch in fascination as he grows in the coming months.
Have a smash cake
This has been an American first birthday tradition for some time, and has only recently become popular here. The idea is that, in addition to the real first birthday cake that is sliced and served, there is a smaller decorated cake put in front of the birthday child and they’re given free reign to make a grab for it, stick their hands (or faces!) in and make an almighty mess – this is a pure photo opportunity!
Write a letter
Find some time to sit and write a letter to your one-year-old. make a note of some of your favourite memories from the past year, and how you have felt as a parent – or even what you hope the next year will bring. There is no formula, just write from your heart. Then seal the letter and put it in a memory box for you little one to read when they are older.
How did you celebrate your baby’s first birthday? Leave a comment below and tell us your story!