Your baby’s first birthday is certainly something to celebrate. However, while you might want to throw a party and buy her a special present, don’t feel pressured into going over the top. Your baby won’t appreciate such extravagance and small is definitely beautiful at this age!
Who to invite
Baby’s First Birthday! At this closely-attached-to-mum stage, the best way you can make this a special day for your one-year-old is to give them lots of your undivided attention. Your 1-year-old may be fearful of strangers, and strange or new places. Despite liking other babies, they won’t understand how to play with them yet. Unless your’re sure your little one can handle a big crowd and spends time with other babies, you may want to invite a few along with their parents. If you are looking for just a few or a large amount of invites ask at your nearest Kids Emporium Store about our new Free service, where you can get First Birthday, Baby Shower or Birth Announcement Invites created. Enquire in store or Email email@example.com to see our Magical Moments Catalogue.
Getting the timing right
By one, your baby may be used to having a nap during the day. The worst time for the excitement of a party is when your baby is tired, so afternoon tea, after nap time, works well. If you are inviting other babies, check out their nap times with their parents. Once one starts wailing, they all will! Keep the party brief because an hour or so is quite long enough at this age.
Games and activities
Loud bangs from party poppers and bursting balloons may frighten your baby, and discarded poppers and balloons are serious choking hazards, so leave them until next year. Why not have some musical fun instead, such as dancing with your baby, or putting on a nursery rhyme CD in the background. They will appreciate a few simple games, such as Row the boat or Round and round the garden, with plenty of tickles, too. They will also enjoy peek-a-boo games, finding toys hidden in a box or under a cloth and, of course, helping you to open her presents. Do brace yourself for her being much more excited by the wrapping paper than the actual gifts!
Choosing a venue
Home is the place where your baby will feel most secure. She’ll appreciate a few colourful decorations or, if you want to go for something more adventurous, you could buy a baby ball pool.
What food to serve
Keep food simple because most of it will probably end up on the floor anyway! Finger foods are excellent for both babies and adults, as eating them won’t interrupt play or interaction. Parents may well have brought a bottle or feeder cup with the drink of choice for their baby, but have water, milk and diluted fruit juices at the ready. If you’re providing food for the adults, keep it simple and avoid peanuts and other foods which may present a choking hazard to little ones.
Planning party food for a 1 year olds can be tricky, besides fruits and veggies, you can do yogurt with strawberry dip, finger foods, cookies, puddings or may be kid size hamburgers. Fruit salads, breadsticks, pastas, ice-cream and chips are also easy to eat for 1 yr old kids. These foods are easy to eat, else they may choke, you can also serve lot of drinks easier for kids to have like fruit juices, shakes, jellies. Some babies will have quite a few teeth and be able to bite into food, while others may still be toothless, so cater for both extremes.
However, no party is complete without a birthday cake. You can either make one yourself or choose from a variety at a supermarket or bakery. Don’t let your baby near the candle as she will want to grab, not blow, it.
Choosing a theme
Party themes aren’t important to a one-year-old. You might want to aim for a colour-coordinated look, but it’s more for the benefit of the photographs than your baby at this stage. Keep your eyes open for our next blog for Party ideas, Themes, Decor and so on…
The party bags
Party Bags The one year olds could be pleased with anything that is bright and colorful. Squeeze toys, plush toys, teething biscuits, bibs, sippers, picture books, a CD of nursery rhymes, baby snacks, etc. are great options for them. Sometimes crayons, playdoh, mini notepads, etc. They aren’t for 1 year old. They are good for the ones who are above one year, probably two or more, provided you have invited some older toddlers.
By now, your baby will appreciate anything that makes a noise, lights up, or both are a good choice. It’s never too early to read, and textured board books are great fun for your tactile baby. A trolley, or push-along to aid walking skills will be popular, and new bath toys are always welcome. You may want to consider a big, lasting present, such as a baby swing for outdoors or a rocking horse. If you already have lots of toys, she won’t object if some people buy her clothes instead. Check out our other present ideas here: https://www.kidsemporiumonline.co.za/
Top tips for a successful party
Keep a very watchful eye on the party area for hazards, such as forks or small, easily swallowed objects, and clear them away quickly.
Make sure you have a willing volunteer to take plenty of photos or unobtrusively wield a camcorder because you’ll be too busy!
Babies will play alongside each other, not together, so keep a variety of toys available within a large, safe floor space.
It’s crawling, walking and climbing time, so stair gates and fireguards are essential.
Provide breastfeeding mums with somewhere quiet and private to feed if they wish.
Have somewhere clean, handy and well-equipped for nappy changing available.
Store away precious ornaments and breakables.
Keep pets well out of the way.
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