Your Baby & Toddler - - ON THE COVER -

If there’s ever a cause for cel­e­bra­tion it’s surely your baby’s first birth­day. Your baby is one (!) and you have sur­vived and thrived that first year of par­ent­ing. So raise a glass of cham­pagne to your­selves. I do know so many par­ents who have thrown the most amaz­ing first birth­day par­ties and of course that’s en­tirely up to you and your bud­get. Your baby won’t be aware of what’s go­ing on but will love look­ing back on the pho­tos of them blow­ing their one can­dle out. Just re­mem­ber that it can all get a bit over­whelm­ing for such a small baby so you may find your­self spend­ing a lot of time away from the ac­tion try­ing to calm your tot down or get­ting them to nap.

My ad­vice to new par­ents is al­ways to keep it sim­ple. Get an amaz­ing cake and gather close friends and fam­ily for the photo op, but there’s no need to go over­board on ex­penses for a first birth­day party. Trust me, by the 3rd and 4th birth­day, your tod­dler will know ex­actly what they want and you may need that spare cash to fly out Queen Elsa from Aren­delle to make a per­son­alised ap­pear­ance.

I re­mem­ber one party where the birth­day boy (who hadn’t eaten sugar his whole first year) lit­er­ally dove head first into a bowl of smar­ties and pro­ceeded to throw up all over his spe­cial theme cake. It was funny in ret­ro­spect but hor­ri­fy­ing for that poor mama at the time.

We have themed this is­sue around cel­e­brat­ing this mile­stone. From gift ideas to fash­ion­able big day out­fits, have fun plan­ning the party and re­mem­ber to buy your­self a gift too!

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