Congrats, mama! Your son has cracked his first grin, started teething, tried finger foods, and may have even said his first word and started sleeping through the night…in other words, you’ve made it through the first year! Time to celebrate everything you’ve helped your son accomplish so far, and to get excited for the next year’s big developments. Happy birthday to you both!
Tips for a Boy's First Birthday Party
Planning the Party
For the first birthday party, it's perfectly fine to skip an elaborate party in favor of a simple celebration. As Circle of Moms member Brandy S. wisely shared, "Try to remember that the first two or three birthdays are more for the parents and family." Since a child may quickly become over-stimulated, "try to keep the 'party' part brief."
Choosing a Theme
Animals, trains, favorite colors—choosing a theme can make it easier to plan a boy's first birthday party. Many moms suggest picking a favorite book, character or movie. "I did Cars (the movies) for my son’s 1st birthday," shared Hannah G. "He went bananas." Or, skip a theme and just decorate with bright colors!
Selecting a Location
Wondering where to hold your son's first birthday party? Kid-friendly ideas from Circle of Moms members include your backyard, a children's museum, a local park, or even a zoo.
Taking Photos and Creating Keepsakes
First birthday parties make for adorable snapshots, so have your camera ready. But photos aren’t the only potential keepsakes, as Amberlee F. shared: "For our little guy's first birthday I got a '1st birthday' shirt...I'm going to let him wear it and eat his cake, then have everyone from the party sign it, then frame it.
8 Great Gift Ideas for a One-Year-Old Boy
We've rounded up great ideas for age-appropriate toys for one-year-olds from Circle of Moms members, and included the list below. (And don't forget: if friends and family are asking what to gift, feel free to tell them what your son needs in the way of clothing or gear. At this age, your child won't care that he got new socks for his birthday.)
Easy to grab and fun to throw, balls can delight one-year-olds for hours. "My son is fascinated by wheels and balls," shared Natasha D. of her soon-to-be one-year-old. "They keep him occupied for ages."
As Mary Theresa G. shared, ball poppers are also very exciting: "The greatest gift someone bought my daughter was the Playskool Busy Basics Ball popper. She got it for her 1st birthday." Just be sure to request a model that you won't mind listening to!
Building and toppling towers is a total thrill at age one. Opt for large, soft blocks made of cardboard or foam.
Shape Sorters, Nesting Toys and Puzzles
As Cindy M. notes, toys with pieces that fit together make great gifts for one-year-olds: "Try wooden puzzles. For the first little while your baby might chuck the pieces everywhere…But before you know it they are putting the pieces together."
From mini-lawn mowers to grocery carts and vacuums, colorful push toys can help one-year-olds develop their gross motor skills. Australian mom Jessica A. especially recommends the Fisher-Price Stride-to-Ride Lion.
Fat, washable crayons are perfect for encouraging creativity without overwhelming a one-year-old. Worried about a mess? Try bath crayons and finger paints that easily wipe off surfaces.
"She loves her musical toys," shared Michelle W. From drums to xylophones to homemade shakers, musical toys are great entertainment at this age.
When in doubt, books are always a good gift for children. Over 50 Circle of Moms members have weighed in with recommendations for great books for babies and toddlers.
Looking Toward the 2nd Year
As you gear up for your son's 2nd year, Circle of Moms is ready with helpful resources on common challenges and milestones you may face:
- Potty Training 101
- What to do if Your Toddler is a Picky Eater
- How to Handle Toddler Hitting
- Introducing Cow's Milk
- Front-Facing Car Seats
- Fun iPhone apps for Kids
Here's to another great year!