Let’s face it, baby’s first birthday is just as much a celebration for you as it is for them. It’s a celebration you all made it through the first year! Your little one isn’t going to remember what happened on their first birthday, so technically you could do anything on the day. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make it special.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, below you’ll discover 10 awesome ways to celebrate baby’s first birthday.
1. Create A Baby’s 1st Birthday Collage
If you’re looking for something you can treasure and look back on in years to come, a baby’s 1st birthday collage is ideal. It’s basically a visual collection of the important milestones and your baby’s favorite things throughout the past year.
If you’re not confident in your creative abilities, you can always create one on the computer and then print it out. Whichever way you choose to do it, or what theme you go for, the top things to include in the collage could be baby’s current weight, their favorite toy, food, book or activity, the words they can say and their favorite songs. Then complete it by adding “Happy Birthday” with the date, either to the top or bottom of the collage.
This gives you something both you and your child can look back on and it’s a beautiful, sentimental gift.
2. Banner And Balloons – The Simplistic Option
If you’re not one to go over the top with disposable decorations, putting up a banner and balloons and having a mini family birthday celebration is a great idea. Why not opt for a banner and balloons you can use year after year too? That will save you money in the future and will actually start a little tradition too.
Everyone loves to have familiarity in their lives; especially during special occasions. So, doing this one simple thing will provide your child with something to look forward to each year. You can just tweak what you do to celebrate in addition to the banner and balloons as they get older. For now, simply enjoying a nice, small family meal or a special birthday playtime session will provide you with a memorable first birthday which fits in with your lifestyle.
3. Create Memories With A Family Photo Shoot
As your baby won’t remember their 1st birthday, why not create something they can look back on when they’re older? A family photo shoot is a perfect first birthday idea. It gives you and your partner a chance to dress up nice too which is a treat in itself!
Don’t have the money to pay for a professional shoot? Maybe you know a family member or friend who is particularly skilled at taking good photos? If not, you can still host your own photoshoot, even if you only have your smartphone to work with. Cell phones these days come with pretty impressive cameras so you don’t necessarily need a lot of money to do a photoshoot.
You can also be creative and choose your own fun theme. It’s an idea you can do anywhere too, whether it be in the comfort of your own home or a photoshoot at the beach; wherever you choose to have the photoshoot, it’s guaranteed to give you precious memories you can look back on in years to come.
4. Create A Memory Quilt
Babies outgrow their clothes pretty quickly. Instead of giving all of your baby’s onesies to friends, family and charity stores, why not keep some of your favorites and use them to create a memory quilt?
If you’re not great at sewing, there’s actually people out there who create memory quilts for a living. O, you could pay to have your baby’s old clothes turned into an everlasting, precious keepsake. It doesn’t have to be a quilt either. You can also choose to have old clothes transformed into teddy bears or cushions.
5. Finger And Foot Prints
Another keepsake idea that’s perfect for baby’s first birthday is a finger and foot print. You can buy specialized packs online which allow you to create long-lasting molds of your baby’s feet and hands. You can frame them and stick them on the wall or simply keep them safe ready to bring out when your little one is older.
If you’d prefer to avoid working with molds, you can also do this idea on a budget, opting to use baby-safe paint instead. All you’ll need is paper, paint and a frame.
6. Create A Memory Frame
Similar to the 1st birthday collage idea, you can also turn baby’s favorite things into a memory frame. You can put things like your baby’s first teddy bear, a scan picture you received from the hospital, a photo of you holding baby when they were first born and one of their first shoes.
This creates a beautiful collage of sentimental moments you’ve shared over the first year. It will look great on the wall, or stood on a side table.
7. Visit A Family Friendly Attraction
A lot of parents hold off visiting big attractions with their baby as they feel they’re too young to really appreciate it. However, a trip to the zoo for example, is an awesome outing for baby. They’ll be mesmerized by the different animals and sounds. You could even combine this with the photoshoot idea.
Just remember your baby has a limited attention span so don’t plan to be out all day. Also, factor in any nap and feeding times before you go.
8. Write A Letter
One of the more unusual ideas on the list, but also one of the most sentimental is to write your child a letter on their first birthday. This is a great additional present idea which you can give to your child when they’re older. You can even make it a tradition to write a letter on their birthday each year. That way, when they turn 18, you can give them the letters that you’ve written over the years, giving them memories they will treasure forever. Make it even more special by adding a photo to the letter each year too.
9. Give Them A Personalized Story Book
Babies love to read and when they reach the toddler stage, they’ll really appreciate having their own personalized books. Children can re-read books over and over again without getting bored. So, investing in a personalized book for baby’s first birthday will give them something they’ll enjoy for a few years.
You can easily order your own personalized baby books online, or if you’re a good storyteller, why not create your own?
10. Have A Partner Celebration
Some parents prefer to spend baby’s first birthday having their own celebration. As baby is too young to remember anything, it’s a great time to focus on just you and your partner. That isn’t to say you need to leave baby with a babysitter on their birthday, but after they’ve gone to bed you and your partner can then enjoy your own little celebration.
It’s so difficult to spend quality time with one another after baby arrives. So, taking the time to enjoy a nice meal together or a simple movie night, helps you to maintain the bond between you and reignite that all important spark.
So, there you have it, 10 ways to celebrate baby’s first birthday. The traditional way is to host a 1st birthday party, but as you can see above, there are so many other great ways you can mark this very special occasion.