How to Celebrate Baby’s First Valentine’s Day

How to Celebrate Baby’s First Valentine’s DayBaby’s first Valentine’s Day can be just about the most adorable experience in your baby’s first year. From precious outfits and clever crafts, to new traditions and surprising loved ones, you can make this special day one you and your baby will enjoy together spreading happiness and love, of course.

Celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day with big love and some of these fun ideas:

Dress it Up

It’s quite possibly an unspoken parenting rule that you must dress your little one in an adorable outfit on your baby’s first Valentine’s Day. And there are just so many to choose from. In fact, we shared ideas on this very topic yesterday on our blog so check them out and pick something super cute for your baby to wear on the big day.

Decorate your House

From a few touches of red accents here and there, to wall-to-wall decorations, you can get in the festive Valentine’s Day spirit by decorating your house with your baby. Be sure to leave out a few romantic touches for your partner and tidy up the bedroom. Valentine’s Day may not include the glamorous night on the town that it used to but you can bring romanticism into your home with small gestures of love.

Send E-Cards

Getting e-cards warms anyone’s heart but receiving one from a new little baby is the perfect way to show your family’s love. Snap a photo of your bundle of joy and upload it into a sweet Valentine’s Day e-card to send to family and friends.

Bake a Smash Cake

Baking with your baby can be a real blast. Help your little one pour ingredients into a mixing bowl and work together to stir your batter. By making your own cake, you can not only ensure it is healthy for your baby’s delicate body, but also super moist enough for her to smash with delight.

Make a Keepsake Craft

Handprints and footprints are the ideal tools for Valentine’s Day crafts. Make cute heart-prints using your baby’s very own paws on canvas, poster board, cardstock or paper. Your baby will love this sensory experience and you can get your own creative juices flowing with a keepsake craft you can use to decorate your home for years to come.

Surprise Someone with a Visit

Although we’re celebrating a big value – love – Valentine’s Day isn’t actually a day off for most. If you have the opportunity, you and your baby can surprise someone you love with a visit. Perhaps you can deliver chocolates to a neighbor, bake cookies for grandparents or take Daddy to lunch.

Do a Photo Shoot

The traditional holiday photo shoot season may have passed you by but Valentine’s Day is an awesome time for a photo session. What better way to celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day and your family’s love than with a professional or amateur photo shoot so you can make the memories last forever. Be sure to dress in your V-day best and feel free to bring props like oversized hearts, cupid arrows and lots of red lipstick for smooches.

We hope you have a wonderful time as you celebrate baby’s first Valentine’s Day!

Sources: Fit Pregnancy, Mom 365 and The Bump

6 Ways to Make Your Baby a Valentine

When you have a new baby, Valentine’s Day may feel a little different than years past.  You may not be headed out for a fancy, romantic dinner in your sexiest dress, but you can still have a fun Valentine’s Day by incorporating your baby.  Yes, your sweet, adorable, squishy, kissable baby can become a Valentine for you and your partner.  Here are 6 ways to make your baby a Valentine:

Dress your baby like a Valentine:  Your baby may be particular but she probably is not a diva about her wardrobe yet.  This opens the perfect opportunity for you to dress her as a Valentine.  There are many possibilities ranging from cupid costumes to hearts.  You can create a custom bodysuit with a special personal message to your love from you or your baby herself.  Newborn Baby Girl Wearing a "Love" HatOr you can use tootoos, bows, hats, headbands, ties, shirts with adorable sayings and bibs to dress your baby like a Valentine.  The sky’s the limit so have fun dressing up your cute baby Valentine.

Write a love note on your baby’s diaper:  You and your partner may be used to finding surprises in your baby’s diaper, but what about on it?  Write short love note on your baby’s diaper and then let your partner take care of the next diaper change.  He’ll be delighted to find a pleasant surprise along with any other gifts your baby may leave him.  This sweet way to deliver a message will surely have your hubby laughing and feeling quite loved by both of you.

Make a Valentine using your baby’s hand and footprints:  Artist or not, you can easily use your baby’s precious hands and feet to create a beautiful Valentine’s card or framed artwork for your love.  Dip your baby’s hands and/or feet into red paint and print them on paper, cardstock or canvas.  Get creative with your printing.  You can make a butterfly’s wings using hand and foot prints, a love tree or shape your baby’s fingers into a heart.  This keepsake Valentine will be treasured for years to come.

Do a Valentine’s photo shoot with your baby:  Valentine’s Day is an ideal time to take some professional or amateur baby photos.  Using fun props like hearts, a cupid’s bow, roses, balloons, teddy bears, baskets, banners and anything else you desire, you can create a fabulous backdrop for your baby photos.  If you are taking the photos yourself, solicit some help as setting up shots with an infant can be quite difficult, especially if you expect smiles.  Spend a few minutes surfing the internet for ideas that you can try to replicate.

Leave red kisses all over your baby’s body:  It’s not difficult to kiss your baby’s smooth, soft skin.  On Valentine’s Day, you can use your kisses to send a message to your love.  Apply bright red lipstick, preferably an all-natural hypo-allergenic brand.  Then kiss your baby leaving lip marks all over her sweet body.  You can leave her naked or dress her and let your husband discover all of the kisses you’ve left for him.  Be sure to take lots of photos and show your baby her kissy body in the mirror.  She won’t know it’s her but she will probably love seeing all the red lips on some other baby’s body.

Have your baby deliver personalized Valentines:  Giving a Valentine’s Day present is sweet, but having it delivered by your very own cupid is even better.  Strategically stage your baby with your gift – a bouquet of balloons, a box of chocolates, a jewelry box or whatever else you may have bought for your Valentine.  Get your husband’s attention and lure him to your baby to find the surprise you have waiting for him.  He’ll surely love the gift and the messenger even more.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Valentine’s Day with your Baby: Spreading the Love

Valentine’s Day with your Baby: Spreading the LoveIt’s officially February, the month of love!  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with the newest little love in your life, your baby.  You may not be ready for elaborate Valentine’s Day art projects, decking out your entire house with decorations or a bakery full of desserts, but you and your baby can get into the Valentine’s spirit with age-appropriate activities.

As you and your baby prepare for Valentine’s Day, stay focused on what matters most to your baby.  That includes spending precious time together, partaking in sensory experiences and having a blast by learning through play.  With these key elements in mind, there are endless ways that you and your tot can get in a lovingly festive mood.  Today we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your baby:

Heart Prints:  Using non-toxic paint, create adorable heart shapes with your baby’s hands or feet.  Dip baby’s hands or feet into the paint and use a paint brush to spread the paint evenly across her skin.  Then press her hands or feet onto a paper, poster board or canvas connecting the palms or heels to form a heart shape.  You can use these “heart prints” for a “Valentiny” for your partner, grandparents, care givers or other special people in your baby’s life.  After the printing is done, help your baby do a little finger painting of her own on scrap paper.

Just an Old-Fashioned Love Song:  Select one of your favorite loves songs and make up hands motions to it that you can help your baby do.  Some of our favorite kids’ classics include “You are My Sunshine” or “Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink,” or pick any love songs in your repertoire.  Perform the song in front of the mirror so your baby can delight in her own image, or have someone record the show and play it back for your baby.  She probably won’t understand that the baby is her but she’ll certainly recognize your smiling, singing face.

Hearty Baking:  Baking with your baby is easier than you may think if you are prepared.  Before beginning your loving baking experience, measure out all of the ingredients.  This prevents down time when your baby could get bored or start wreaking havoc in your kitchen.  Help your baby pour in the ingredients and stir them together.  Try making something that requires cutting out fun shapes such as cookies, breads or pancakes so you and your baby can use cookie cutters shaped like hearts, cupid’s arrow and other festive objects.

Lovely Books:  Around Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to read all of your favorite books about love.  We bet they won’t be hard to find because love is a common theme of many books.  Find stories that represent various types of love, including that between parents and babies, friendships, grandparents and grandchildren, mommies and daddies and even love of nature.

Body Kisses:  Babies love to be touched and it actually helps their development.  When you give your baby a body massage, you’re making her feel warm and secure, and stimulating various body parts and muscles.  After a soothing baby massage, put on some deep red natural lipstick and give your baby loving kisses all over her body or face.  Then sit your baby in front of a mirror so she can see all of the body kisses you’ve given her.  Take fun photos to share with family and friends, then wash off the kisses to avoid a gigantic red mess.

Lookin’ for Love:  Set up a heart shaped scavenger hunt for your little one using heart cut-outs or other heart-shaped objects.  Give your baby a bag or basket and let her crawl around to find the hearts and drop them in her basket.  Cheer her along as she finds each one.  Depending on your baby’s level, hide them in plain sight or make her have to look for them under pillows, toys or tables.  To challenge older crawlers, create an obstacle course that your baby must follow to collect the hearts.

Family Hugs:  Spending time together as a family may be the most loving activity of all.  You do it all year long and you should absolutely do it around Valentine’s Day too.  Set aside some special family cuddling time where you can pile up for a big squeeze.  Be sure to say the words “I love you” so your child is used to hearing and feeling your love.  And tell your baby, partner and other family members why you love them.  Expressing love is a learned behavior that your baby will eventually emulate as she grows.

Happy Valentine’s Day and Month!  We wish you a lovely February!