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Toddler Birthday Bash...Or Birthday Bust?

The day after his son’s second birthday, a father described the party: “We had everything. Lots of children, balloons, piles of presents, party games and favors, a big cake and ice cream. Everyone had fun except Jason. He spent the whole time crying.” 

Probably “everything” was a bit too much for little Jason. He would probably have been more comfortable with a party on a smaller scale. Often a toddler’s parents plan a birthday party like the ones they remember from their own childhood, without realizing the parties they recall probably took place when they were seven or eight years old, not a mere two! When there is too much fuss, toddlers can feel overwhelmed and confused.

The best parties for young toddlers are small and simple. So keep these tips in mind when planning your toddler’s birthday “bash”: 

Stick with a kid-friendly guest-list and activities

To maximize fun and minimize distress, invite only a few children (three or four at most), schedule the party so it doesn’t coincide with nap time and avoid competitive party games. 

No presents please 

Realize that two-year-olds have no understanding of the concept “birthday” and will expect presents of their own if any are given to the birthday child. To avoid fuss and hurt feelings, you might ask the mothers of guests not to bring gifts. Or, have a small—identical—present for everyone to open at the same time. 

Keep toys out of sight 

Before guests arrive, put away any toys that you won't be using for party games. Since toddlers find it difficult to share, extra toys in view can lead to unnecessary upsets. Try to confine the party to one room and clear it of any objects that could be damaged, so you won’t have to worry.

It might be your first time entertaining a group of two-year-olds. If you’re looking for a toddler-friendly party agenda–consider this one: 

  • Welcome each guest and let the children play informally.
  • Don’t expect your two-year-old to be much of a host or hostess. 
  • After a while, read a story to those who want to listen. 
  • Serve refreshments. Toddlers rarely eat much cake, so try cupcakes or decorated cookies.
  • Sit in a circle on the floor for some group songs and games. 
  • Roll a large beach ball from one side to another. Play simple finger-games or a naming game such as “Can you blink your eyes? Who can clap hands?” 
  • Play music and have a parade through the house. 
  • Keep the party short. It should last no longer than an hour or two.
  • Make leaving easier and happier by handing out favors to toddler guests as they go.

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Top 10 Must Haves
for the Nursery

Mobile

Hang a safe, exciting mobile over the crib and keep the little one happy and content as she falls asleep. Try a black-and-white one during the first few months as she learns to follow high-contrast shapes and objects. Some mobiles even have clips where you can change out the cards or insert family photos.

Glider rocker

Whether it's a large, overstuffed chair or a simple rocker, a quiet, comfy spot is important for breastfeeding, bottle feeding or just rocking the little one to sleep. Pick a comfy one — you'll be spending a lot of time here.

Changing pad and diaper caddy

You don't need to invest in an expensive changing table or dresser with a top — just find a functional changing pad for diaper time. Most are waterproof, with removable covers that are easy to wash. And, you can use a simple wicker basket with a handle as a portable diaper caddy. That way you always have easy access to diapers and wipes.

White noise

Capitalizing on the fact that babies find white noise soothing, many companies make machines that produce sounds such as a rainstorm, a babbling brook — or even the sounds the baby heard inside the womb. Some look like small radios, while others are tucked inside cute stuffed animals. Be careful not to rely completely on these magic wonders, because some children become addicted to the noise and cannot sleep without it. Use only when needed, and you will understand why these are so popular.

Ceiling fan

Overhead fans have been promoted as helping to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) when installed in a nursery. You don't have to run it at full speed to keep a nice breeze moving throughout the room.

Trash can

Whether you choose the Diaper Genie or a simple receptacle with scented garbage bags, you will appreciate the proximity of this item to the changing table. When the trash cans nearby, it's easy to toss out diapers, wipes and other items to keep the nursery clean.

Temperature with control

Babies need to sleep at a different temperature than adults, and they're not able to regulate their own body temperatures. A thermostat just for the nursery helps you keep a handle on the situation and ensure that Baby has an optimally healthful environment in which to snooze.

Play mat or rug

Tummy time is very important for newborns. Buy a mat or rug on which your baby can lie in the beginning months while playing with family members. Later on, you can set his toys out on the rug, which the baby will learn is his special spot.

Books

No matter the age of the baby, the benefits of reading to her are incredible. Read often to the baby, and she will learn to cherish and look forward to this time with you. Knowing this, you can never have too many books (you probably received many as shower presents). Find an accessible space to store them, and in doing so, show her that books are an important part of her world.

Calming colors

While many parents want to go wild with bright green or fire-engine red in the nursery, such choices can keep a baby awake or make her anxious. Soft, calming colors are far better for a baby's sleeping area. Paint stores offer low-VOC paints that are almost odorless, are non-toxic and come in a variety of pastels and soothing colors.

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12 Exceptionally Memorable Moments of New Parenthood

You’ve read every baby book cover to cover, but these are the milestones you never saw coming—and you’ll never forget.

1. When you realize the baby in the hospital bassinet is going home…with you.

2. When you can finally distinguish the difference between a ‘hungry’ cry and a ‘poop’ cry.

3. When other moms ask you for advice.

4. When you get what all the fuss over that "new baby smell" is about.

5. When your baby notices himself in the mirror for the first time.

6. When you see yourself in baby for the first time.

7. When the baby squeals with delight as you change his diaper. Who cares if it’s because you were on the wrong end of a surprise spray?

8. When your baby’s cuteness stops a stranger in her tracks.

9. When you make your baby laugh so hard he gets hiccups.

10. When you discover daddy and junior napping together, in identical sleeping positions.

11. When you’re told that you’re a great mom.

12. When you actually believe it.

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