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5 Reasons Why is OK not to Throw a Big 1st Birthday Party

Posted by Belina Lizarzabal on

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by Belina Lizarzabal

When my son was turning 1, I asked myself this important question: is it wrong if I don't throw a huge first birthday party? We didn't make any big plans for Sebastian's first birthday party, but definitely wanted to do something special and keep the memories so that when he grew up older, he could see himself and talk about that important milestone. And for us, the parents, celebrating first birthday is also a big milestone because it is a celebration of our first year in the world of parenthood!

So, if you are considering a big celebration, keep these things in mind before you make the decision:

1. Your Baby Won’t Remember It

According to Baby Center, babies won’t start having long-lasting conscious memory of specific events until she/he is between 14 and 18 months old. And probably, your one-year-old will be sleeping his/her usual naps during that special day.

2. Crowds Overwhelm Babies

Many moms agree that 1-year-olds typically can’t handle big crowds. Big parties can be noisy and notoriously upsetting for the birthday baby, who may get tired as the party goes on or by being surrounded by many people. My son enjoyed just doing his normal, everyday routine and play with his new toys.

3. It isn't Really for the Baby

Let’s be honest, first birthday parties are more for adults than the kids. It’s really the parents, grandparents and friends who are celebrating, not the birthday baby. This is why we celebrated with a small gathering at our apartment and invited our closest friends and neighbors… there were only 2 other babies and it was perfect!

4. Better to Save the Money for Something Else

Birthday parties can be expensive and time consuming to plan. You could save that money towards planning a 2nd Birthday party, a family trip or a special baby photo session, to capture the milestone in a special way.

5. There Are Better Ways to Celebrate It!

I believe there are many good ways other than parties to celebrate the milestone of a baby's first birthday. This could be a perfect occasion to plan a family vacation to a nearby town.

Also, planning a special photoshoot for your baby is a terrific idea! Capturing them with a cute outfit, eating cake or playing with older siblings or pets, is a great way to preserve a memory of her special day for a photo album.

And because we love personalized gifts, this is a great celebration to put together a 1st Birthday Gift. Here are our favorite picks and designs:

DIY Valentine's Cupid Arrows

These arrows are so easy to make! They could be a great activity to do on Valentine's day with the kids! And you only need a few materials:MATERIALSpink or red paper straws (as many as you want)colored feathers (you'll need 2 for each arrow)paper hearts made out of cardstock (i used pink and red)hot glue [...]

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Refreshing Homemade Flavored Water

Water is essential for us to stay healthy and for our bodies to function properly, but sometimes, plain old water can be boring, especially for the little ones. One way I spice things a little bit is by making flavored water at home… it’s so refreshing and a fun way to drink your H2O without [...]

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Semi-Homemade Fruity Turkey Muffins

Thanksgiving is definitely one of the happiest times of the year to share with friends and family. But it is also loaded with lots of calories, so we found this easy-to-make idea for dessert, everyone will love and enjoy making, especially kids! Happy Healthy Wednesday!Semi-homemade Turkey MuffinsWhat you need: Pumpkin muffinsRed appleGreen appleSliver of carrotSqueezable icing—eyesDirections:From [...]

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Halloween Crafts for Preschoolers

Halloween is around the corner. Here are some awesome halloween crafts for kids to make! Find pumpkins, ghosts, bats, spiders, and more!Paper Plate PumpkinPaper Plate Spider WebPaint Chips Halloween FacesToilet Rolls Bat BuddiesPaper Plate DraculaPuffy Cotton GhostsQ-Tip SkeletonsPaper Candy CornsMonster CupsStyrofoam Spiders

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Tuesday Talk: A Solution for Picky Eaters?

As a mom of a picky eater, I used to get desperate and anxious when it was time to feed my son, especially when he was 2 years old. After trying different recipes, types of food, plates, and different places around my home to feed him, with barely any luck, I realized I needed to develop [...]

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Healthy Dessert of the Week: Banana Split Bites

Today for Healthy Wednesday we are featuring this delicious recipe we found via These Banana Split Bites are super healthy dessert, full of fruity flavor, and fun to make together with the kids!BANANA SPLIT BITESINGREDIENTS3 Bananas1/4 lb Cored Pineapple6 Strawberries1 cup Dipping Chocolate1/4 cup Chopped Peanuts12 Popsicle Sticks (or skewers)DIRECTIONSCut strawberries in half.For each strawberry [...]

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Summer Camp Essentials

Summer is almost here, and the kiddos will be getting involved in lots of fun activities in the sun! Here are our favorite picks for Summer Camp Essentials:1 - Personalized LabelsDesigned especially for kids heading to day camp! This combination pack of UV resistant, Spark & Spark's waterproof labels have everything needed to avoid mix-ups and [...]

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Healthy Wednesday: Kid-Friendly Memorial Day Recipes

Memorial day is coming, so here’s our favorite kid-friendly recipes to enjoy along with some much-needed fun in the sun!Chicken-Pineapple Skewers via Food NetworkMini Pork Cheeseburgers via Food NetworkFestive Patriotic Skittles Bark via Hello WonderfulMini Fruit Pizzas via Foodie FunStrawberry-Watermelon Popsicles via One Lovely Life

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Healthy Wednesday: Hydration & Toddlers

One question I’ve always had, especially when my son was younger, is how much water or fluids was he suppose to have per day. I always heard that the amount varies based on their age, but was never sure what was appropriate because my son was true picky eater.After lots of research and a lot [...]

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