It seems like only yesterday you found out you were expecting a baby – your pregnancy went by in a flash, giving birth is a distant memory and after a rollercoaster year, you’re now planning your baby’s first birthday!
Your child’s first birthday is a momentous milestone and it’s easy for parents to put large amounts of pressure on themselves and feel the need to throw a birthday party that reflects the importance of the occasion. A stunning venue, a photoshoot, decorations, outfits, perfectly planned activities… it can quickly become overwhelming. Sadly, if parents allow themselves to be influenced by this pressure or they feel like they need to match the standards set on social media, then neither they nor their little one will enjoy themselves. Thankfully, there are some simple ways you can make your baby’s first birthday extra special. Read on to find out more.
Don’t worry too much about gifts
Do you remember what you got for your first birthday? Unless it was a dusty family heirloom that’s been stuffed in a drawer somewhere, chances are you probably don’t. It’s for this reason you should focus on gifting your baby something that they’ll enjoy in the here and now. You’ll find a range of toys suitable for 1 year old girls here. Something to cuddle, something that will bring them comfort or something to help develop their cognitive or fine motor skills is ideal. You’ll have plenty of happy memories of the day as they enjoy exploring their new gift!
Candid photos are best
Depending on the current restrictions in your area, you may not be able to hire a professional photographer for the day. But, chances are you have a powerful camera in your pocket already! Candid shots always look more natural and you’re less likely to get stressed out by trying to get your baby to pose or smile on cue!
Do something special
Big family parties and trips to play zones and centres may not be available right now, so why not try something a little different? Planting a tree in your garden or some beautiful flowers for your baby is certainly a unique approach. It’s something everyone can enjoy year after year and it’s an everlasting gift that they’ll cherish too.
Celebrate with your partner!
Of course, it’s your baby’s big day, however, all this fuss isn’t always essential. It can be incredibly stressful for you and your baby, with all the noise, visitors and disruption to their daily routine, your baby might prefer something a little more low-key. If current restrictions mean you can’t have visitors in your home anyway, then consider celebrating the occasion with your partner instead. Cook a meal together, watch a movie or have a date night at home and enjoy some time together before your one-year-old wakes up in the night!
Remember to relax
As the parent of a one-year-old, you’ve already got your hands full! Try not to let the pressures of social media influence your little one’s celebration. That way, you’ll remember their first birthday for all the right reasons.