Celebrating Baby’s First Birthday

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Baby’s first birthday is such an exciting time for parents and one of the biggest celebrations during childhood. Today I’m partnering with Babies“R”Us to share about a baby’s first birthday celebration they are hosting in their stores this weekend.

I remember both of my boy’s first birthday celebrations. My oldest, Jacob’s, party was hosted in the community room at a firehouse which was big enough for all of our friends and family to join us. We had plenty of food, some catered and some homemade, and lots of toys throughout the room to keep the kids busy while the parents talked. The children even got to sit in the fire truck and meet some of the firefighters and the fire chief. Lucas’ party was more low-key, with just a small gathering of close friends and family at our home. We had some food and a cute “1″ shaped cake made by a friend. One thing both celebrations have in common is that they are happy memories we will always remember!

When planning your child’s first birthday party there are a few things you don’t want to forget to pick up. Here are three items that make my party must-have list:

1) A smash cake. Since nobody wants baby’s fingers in the cake they will eat, a smash cake (or even cupcake) is a must for baby. Think about all the adorable pictures you will get of your baby enjoying their special treat!

2) A birthday shirt or crown. Everyone knows who the birthday child is but it’s fun to have them in something that declares it! Babies”R”Us has a lot of choices in store and online. You can choose to get a first birthday shirt or just a general “it’s my birthday” shirt. There are also crowns and party hats you can get as well!

3) Decorations. Along with the typical decorations like streamers or balloons, consider adding in some personalized pieces. We displayed pictures of Jacob from every month of his first year in frames on a table.

Years ago Babies“R”Us helped make both of my boy’s celebrations special, from Jake’s birthday outfit to Luke’s birthday crown, and I’m happy to share they are still making baby’s first birthday something you’ll remember for years!  

This Saturday, August 27th, from 11am-12pm, all Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host a Baby’s First Birthday event to celebrate this special milestone and offer the best solutions parents need for the big celebration. Attendees will also experience fun activities such as story time, photo prop fun, decorate your own Geoffrey growth chart and receive giveaways such as a complimentary Geoffrey plush, a special baby’s first crown and balloon, plus meet other local families and babies also celebrating Baby’s First Birthday.

While you are at the event, make sure to check out everything you need to make Baby’s First Birthday special, such as first birthday-themed apparel. Personally, I love the birthday shirts they have for kids (I still dress my boys in “it’s my birthday!” shirts every year). How cute is the little outfit for girls above!?

They have other First Birthday products along with great gift ideas for baby, too. I’m loving this Precious Moments figurine! I think they make such sweet gifts for little ones.

If you haven’t yet, make sure to sign your little one up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club!  It’s free and the club makes birthday kids feel extra special with a birthday card & gift from Geoffrey, a Birthday Phone Call from Geoffrey, a birthday crown and balloon in store and special birthday in-store events where they can attend story time and take home their very own copy of the book, plus a Geoffrey plush toy. Children can participate in the birthday club until they are 10. My boys are 7 and 8 and love being members of this club. You can read more about Geoffrey’s Birthday Club and our experience with it here.

How do you love to celebrate first birthdays?

Baby’s First Easter (Babies”R”Us Events Nationwide)

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This is a sponsored post but all thoughts are my own.

The biggest joy a parent gets is seeing their child’s firsts. No matter if it is their favorite holiday or baby’s first steps. those are the most precious memories. With spring underway all thoughts turn to Easter and a Baby’s first Easter is a most wonderful time that will turn into a great tradition for years to come.

Easter is a special time for me on a personal level and as a parent. Since we had kids it has become even more so. Lots of great memories and smiles and lots more candy and toys and Easter egg hunts and happiness.

 

My kids favorite part about Easter by far are the Easter baskets because to them it’s treasure. Every year they are filled with something different. As they grow older they try to guess what the Easter bunny will bring them. Most recently we made ‘baskets’ with super hero stuff, Legos and cars. We also included some fun outdoor things like shovels for their sandbox and water guns. All of the things were in big planters so that the fun could continue after Easter when the kids helped plant flowers in them.

When they were younger their baskets were simpler. I remember when we made Jacob’s first Easter basket. We included things like board books, bubbles, crayons and small toys. The little guy was thrilled.

To make things easier for parents, Babies“R”Us is helping celebrate Baby’s First Easter in a big way at stores across the country.  Babies“R”Us stores are stocked with everything parents and gift-givers need to make this Easter special, such as Easter-themed apparel, My First Easter products, gift basket ideas and more.

This Saturday, March 28th from 10-11am, parents can bring their little bunnies – dressed in their Easter best – to Babies“R”Us stores nationwide for festive, interactive activities for the family. Attendees can experience a Bunny Hop around the store, photo opportunities and craft and story time, as well as receive Pampers giveaways (while supplies last), participate in raffles and meet other local families and babies.

What is your favorite memory with your little ones at Easter time?

Celebrate Baby’s First Christmas With Babies”R”Us

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(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Babies”R”Us.)

Exciting news! Once again, Babies“R”Us stores nationwide will host several Baby’s First Christmas events this November. On select Saturdays, new parents are encouraged to visit their local Babies“R”Us to celebrate their baby’s first Christmas, where they can meet and greet with other moms and dads whose little ones are the same age as well as take part of memorable activities, including storytime, adorable photo opps and a make-and-take craft. During the one-hour events, Parents can also enter in a raffle to win exciting prizes and receive exclusive holiday deals. The celebrations are geared toward babies of all stages in their first year, and below is a birthday outline to help parents plan:

  • November 8th (10-11am): Dec 2013/Jan/Feb/Mar 2014 Babies
  • November 15th (10-11am ): Apr/May/Jun/Jul 2014 Babies
  • November 22nd (10-11am): Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov 2014 Babies

Looking for more fun? Join the #BRUChristmas Twitter Party

On Tuesday, November 11th at 9pm EST, Babies”R”Us will be hosting a Twitter chat, sharing helpful tips about buying presents for Baby’s First Christmas and celebrating this important milestone. Join the chat by following @BabiesRUs and tweeting using the hashtag #FirstHoliday.