February 14, 2018
You love to celebrate holidays and special occasions as a family, but don’t let your Valentine’s Day fun fizzle out just because your baby isn’t quite old enough yet to appreciate a dozen roses and a box of chocolates. What are some meaningful ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a baby?
Write a Love Letter to Your Child
Draw inspiration from the season of love, and write your baby a letter. Pour out the depth of your feeling for their precious self – the way they make you feel, the hopes and dreams you have for them. What a gift for their 16th or 18th birthday someday! They might be all “awww, mom, come on”, but inside they will be melting and feeling secure in your love for them.
Take a Special Photo
You don’t have to set up a fancy, expensive photo shoot with hair and makeup – (though if you want to, those are awesome!) you can take a meaningful and simple photo with your baby at home. Dress up in red, kiss a big lipstick print on your baby’s luscious cheek, and use a fun filter on your phone or have someone snap a photo of you with your baby. Print a copy to hang on the fridge or put in the baby book under “Baby’s 1st Valentine’s Day”!
Send Handprint Valentines to Grandma
Your baby can’t grasp their own crayon yet, but they can still send their doting relatives a Valentine this year with a little help from you. There are tons of cute Valentine’s themed blank cards at any gift shop, plus, many printable versions available online – and with an ink pad or a little nontoxic paint, you’re in business. Your relatives will squeal with delight over your infant’s precious hand and footprints stamped onto their Valentine.
Start a Keepsake Tradition
A keepsake tradition can be a beautiful way to observe holidays with your baby, and give them a special gift when they are old enough to appreciate it. Some parents choose to purchase a special piece of jewelry, or decorate a flag for a banner, for each Valentine’s Day. Every year, you can add a special new charm or color a new triangle to add to a bunting. Once your baby is old enough to be aware of the significance, they can join in on the fun of choosing and creating.
You’re Welcome, Future Spouse
This idea is definitely playing the long game, but oh, how special someday! Each Valentine’s Day, add a page to a baby book filled with the sweetest photos, memories, and cute things your baby says and does that year. Someday, when your baby grows up and finds “the one”, you can gift them one of the most precious things of all: long-past photos and memories of their special person.
Sure, go ahead and go to the parties, buy the pink outfits, and eat the chocolates this Valentine’s Day (and stock up on 70% off candy on the 15th, of course). But you will get so much more enjoyment out of your holiday by incorporating a special tradition for the newest member of your family!