Baby’s first birthday is both exciting and sad for many parents. It is amazing how fast the first year of baby’s life goes by. At the same time, it is amazing to see just how much your baby has grown and the new skills he or she has acquired. Now that your baby has reached this exciting milestone, the one-year anniversary of their birth, it is time to think about planning a birthday party for your little one. But while you have given a lot of thought to the planning of your baby’s first birthday have you given much thought to their gift? Chances are you’ve been asked by relatives about birthday gift ideas for your baby. If you are in need of ideas I have a few suggestions for gifts perfect for your baby’s first birthday.
Mommy and Me Classes
This gift idea would be great to give a one year old on his/her birthday. Mommy and Me classes not only help Mom to get out of the house, they also give baby a way to interact with other babies. Teaching your baby how to interact socially early on can help them grow to be outgoing and confident children. One year old babies will delight in this birthday gift idea as they spend time having fun with Mom and other babies their age. Your one year old baby just may make a new friend and one for Mom as well.
The Gift of Education
The earlier you start saving for your baby’s education the more money you will have saved. There are many ways a parent can save money for their baby to use for college such as Savings Bonds, 529 plans, IRA’s, and more. Do a little research on each saving method to figure out which one you should choose. Your one year old baby may not thank you now but chances are they will thank you in the future.
Duplicate Toys for Grandma’s House
If your baby visits Grandma’s house on a regular basis it may be a good idea to buy duplicates of their favorite toys to leave at Grandma’s house. One year old babies are more likely to have developed preferences when it comes to toy choices. If you notice that your baby enjoys playing with certain toys more than others then duplicates of these toys would make great gifts for your one year old to keep at Grandma’s house. Purchasing duplicate toys can save yourself the hassle of toting your baby’s favorite toys back and forth to Grandma’s house. This birthday gift idea for your one year old would make a great gift from his/her Grandparents.
Front-Facing Car Seat
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics website babies who have reached one year in age and who weigh at least 20 pounds can begin to ride in a forward facing car seat. However the website does go on to say that babies should ride in rear facing car seats as long as possible. To read more about infant car seat safety you can visit their site. Whether baby is ready to ride in a front facing car seat at the age of one or not it can still be a great gift for a one year old baby for their birthday. Chances are that babies who are not ready at the age of one to ride in a forward facing car seat won’t have long before they will need one. This gift idea for baby’s first birthday is practical and will get a lot of use and makes a better alternative to flashy noisy baby toys.
All of the birthday gift ideas for your one year old listed above are practical. These birthday gifts will not add any more clutter to your home and make great alternatives to adding more toys to your baby’s play area at home. You and your baby are also bound to get more use out of these birthday gift ideas.