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Fun Ideas for Toddler Birthday Parties

We can’t all be Martha Stewart. Luckily, we can grab cool themes from party pros and look just as good.

Bug ’em. "We did a bug theme for my daughter’s third birthday party; she loves bugs," says Laura Northrop, a mom of one in Birmingham, Alabama. "We had a picture of her dressed as a bumble bee on the invitation and put plastic bugs on the cake and table. We decorated with bug balloons and handed out bug catchers with gummy worms inside as favors. The guests had a great time looking all over the house for the bug toys we hid!"

Down on the farm. Cover tables in red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Wrap utensils in bandannas and place in a tin bucket. Put out a few bales of hay and pass out straw hats (you can usually find them in dollar stores). Make or get a cake in the shape of a pig or cow. Let kids play "Duck, duck, goose!" and sing "Old MacDonald Had a Farm." Hide eggs and have kids go on a hunt.

Back to school. "My son’s birthday is in August, and when he turned 2 we did a back-to-school theme," says Colleen Peterman, a mom of three in Birmingham, Michigan. "I took pictures of each guest to place in a ‘yearbook’ that I had guests sign. The kids ate on trays, and I served milk in the little cartons. The cake was shaped like a school bus, and my son was dressed in a plaid outfit that looked like a school uniform. I had his name embroidered on his shirt as a special touch!"

Choo-choo cute. Try a train-themed party: Decorate an iced sheet cake with model train pieces on top. Pick up inexpensive conductor hats and whistles online. Decorate with red and blue balloons, and use red bandannas for napkins. Let kids play "Conductor Says" (same as Simon Says) in the backyard.

Go fish. Pick up an inexpensive fish bowl or two at the pet store and serve snacks inside (goldfish, anyone?). Fill a small tub or kiddie pool with dirt, plastic worms, and some little shovels—the kids can go digging for worms. Fill another pool with water and let children pretend to fish. Instead of a cake, decorate cupcakes with a pretzel pole and a candy fish. Bucket hats can be purchased from an online party store for about a dollar a piece and passed out as favors. Use nets and a tackle box as decorations.

Out of this world. "For my son’s most recentbirthday, we did a space theme," says Amy Berkheimer, mom of one, in Selah, Washington. "I cut a rocket out of cardboard and decorated it for the cake table. I made cupcakes with colored candies and space-themed stuff from the scrapbook section of the craft store. For an activity, we gave kids piles of cardboard boxes, egg cartons, paper towel tubes, pipe cleaners, and tape, and let them make their own robots. It was a huge hit!"

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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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