Your baby's first Valentine's Day is a very special occasion to celebrate and a perfect occasion to create some very special family memories!
Your baby may not remember it but the rest of the family will and you can create some gorgeous mementos and keep sakes that they will treasure.
Here are some adorable ideas that you can adapt to your own needs- it can be as low-key or as full-on as you want to make it. The important thing is that you make it a day full of love.
Baby's first Valentine's Day outfits
Your little one needs to look the part for all those Valentine's Day pics so an outfit needs to be top of your priority list. Actually, make that two outfits because babies have a habit of messing up their clothing outfit before you've taken the first pic!
Choose baby clothing that is comfortable and easy to put on and take off - those diaper changes don't stop just because it's Valentine's Day! Add cute accessories like hats, bandannas, hair bands, and booties.
Many new Moms love all-in-one clothing like romper suits made from soft and natural materials such as organic cotton. Search for some cute designs with a love heart or a cute phrase such as 'Be mine'.
Don't forget that your baby will still need naps on Valentine's Day so the outfit must be comfortable enough and safe enough to sleep in as well as super sweet. Don't forget that first Valentine's Day outfits make a great gift that babies and Moms will adore!
Valentine's Day cards from babies
Valentine's day is no longer just an adult occasion. Friends and family will love to get a Valentine's Day card from your baby. This is something that grandparents and aunties will treasure for years to come.
Of course, you can buy some gorgeous cards in a range of cute designs but when you give a card that your baby has made themselves, it will mean so much more. It shows that you have been willing to take the time to create something very personal.
Your little one is going to need a little help from Mom or Dad here but there are plenty of ideas for ways that a baby can get involved in crafting. Check them out online, especially on Pinterest. Perhaps the most popular is to use their little hand or feet prints to create a heart design and then add this to some plain card. You could add a little red glitter together to make the card even more perfect but make sure that your baby does not get hold of this!
Create a Valentine's Day book basket
It is never too early to encourage a love of books. By the time your baby reaches the first grade, they will have updated their book collection many times and will have plenty of books at home! A top tip is to organize them into themes so that you can rotate them and stop your child from getting bored and encouraging them to read.
Why not start this on Valentine's Day? Add books related to the theme of love (they are not hard to find) and then add further books to your collection every year. Children love to rediscover books that they loved when were younger. You could extend this idea and put together a collection to read on every holiday - Easter, Thanksgiving and so on.
Start off with some simple picture books with bright colors and shapes that fascinate babies. As they begin to read, you can add to the collection every year - you can add in more challenging books based on the Valentine theme.
Baby's first Valentine's day photo shoot
Every holiday is an opportunity for a photo shoot. A precious moment that you will be looking back on in years to come as you remember the special day. You don't have to spend a fortune on a professional photographer. If you have a camera phone, a baby and a few simple props, you can create a sweet photo. Even complete beginners can create a lovely pic.
Some of the best props that you could add are red petals, lipstick kisses all over that cute baby face, and a soft sheepskin rug to put your baby on. You can add in various types of flowers, soft toys and any heart-shaped accessories that you like in the baby photo. Other parents like to use bunting, hearts, cupid's bows and wings.
Valentine's Day Makes
Making adorable gifts and bakes is a lovely way to spend your baby's first Valentine's day. You could make a gift to give to loved one, edible treats such as cookies or items that you will treasure for years to come.
Valentine baby keepsakes
Keepsakes are a lovely way of making sure that you can look back on your baby's first Valentine's Day for years to come.
You could make a sweet keepsake yourself by knitting, crocheting, using paper or even driftwood, pebbles or sea glass that you can search for with your baby. A red and white theme always works best but any bright colors are fine.
An alternative adorable idea for the perfect keepsake is to create hand and feet prints in plaster. If you can't find the materials for this, you can use child-safe paints which are also very effective.
Holiday cookie baking, is one of the best activities that you can carry out with kids of all ages and young babies can join in the fun. After a quick search online, you will soon find plenty of easy recipes that the whole family will like.
Simple recipes are the best because you will end up with a sweet treat without Momma getting too stressed. Just about any sweet cookie recipe can get adapted to a Valentine's theme. Heart shaped cookies are one of the best options. If you don't have a heart shaped cutter to hand, you can cut them out free-hand using a blunt knife.
A younger baby will love the feel of the cookie dough and will enjoy taking in all the sights, sounds and aromas of a busy kitchen. If you have made too many cookies, you can always give them to friends and family as gifts.
Baby's First Valentine's Party
Why not celebrate Valentine's Day holiday with the best party. It can be as big or small as you want. Invite the whole neighborhood or just add a couple of baby friends to your invite list.
Try to make the day unique and add some items with a love theme. Red and white plates and napkins add atmosphere as do red and white balloons and streamers.
Add some love-songs and some heart-shaped snacks and you have the perfect get-together! Why not give each guest a little Valentine's gift as they leave?
The most important thing is that you don't get too up-tight about making everything perfect. With a baby in the house, it's best to just go with the flow and chill out. That's the best way to create unforgettable memories.
Last update on 2021-10-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API