First birthdays are, understandably, a big deal. All the firsts are, aren’t they? But, this has got to come near the top of the list. It’s a celebration of your little one’s first year on this earth, and a chance to set the birthday tone for years to come. So, it makes sense that many parents like to go a overboard. We’re talking a house full of people and a pile of presents which hits the roof.
But, during these preparations, you might want to step back and ask yourself who you’re doing this for. After all, your kid won’t understand what’s happening. They probably won’t even remember in a few days. It begs the question, then, that most parents go all out on for their own piece of mind. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with that. But, it may also be worth thinking about how you can ensure this day is about your little one. If you’re worried it’s all about you as it stands, read on to find out how you can redirect the focus.
Invite other kids
First birthday celebrations often consist of a disproportionate amount of adults. Of course, you want the family to share in your special day. But, if we’re thinking what your one year old would want, a bunch of adults probably doesn’t cut it. Instead, make sure you invite plenty of kids. It’s unlikely your little one has any specific friends, so improvise. Invite kids from nursery, and ask friends to bring their little ones. You can be sure your child will have fun crawling around with others their age. Plus, events like these are where budding friendships start. That kid from nursery might hit it off with your bundle of joy. Then, to return the favor, his mom might invite you to his first birthday. Just like that, a friendship could start to emerge between your children.
Gifts that’ll mean something later
Often, we go all out with first birthday gifts. But, most of those presents won’t get a look in. They’ll just become more clutter in your home. You can be pretty sure your child won’t even remember them in later life. Instead, look out for a few gifts which are more likely to mean something later. Instead of heading to the local toy store, look out for companies like Makaboo, who have some great gift ideas with lasting power. Personalized mementos are sure to go down better here than cheap plastic creations.
Capture the day
It’s also worth noting that there’s no way your little one will remember these moments. As such, it’s down to you to capture the day. Whether you film it or take pictures, make a visible memory for your child to watch. Capture the moment they blow out their candles. You could even film a small clip from everyone who came. Then, you can give this to your child when they’re old enough to appreciate it and share in the joy of the day together.