So you’ve thrown baby’s first birthday party, but now your tot has turned two! And there’s still a bit of birthday cake left in the fridge. Where does the time go? Don’t ask us, we’re still trying to solve the secrets of eternal youth. It’s not going well.
Last year your little one was getting to grips with the world but this year they’re practically applying for a mortgage. However, before they grow up too fast, there’s still time to throw them a brilliant second birthday!
Much like we discussed in the First Birthday posts, you want to make your baby’s 2nd birthday fun and exciting for them, but it’s still worth remembering that they’re only little. Despite how it seems sometimes, they haven’t got the energy to go on and on, so it’s worth trying to find a nice balance between things they can get involved with, and things that can keep their day calm and relaxing.
So, here is our list of second birthday tips…
No doubt, your little party goers will have a favourite character – it might be from TV, books or even French Art House Cinema. So, if you’re artistically inclined, give them a thrill by drawing their favourite character – complete with birthday message – on a sheet of A1 and hanging it on the wall. Using magazines and print outs, you can create banners and bunting too. By the end of the day you won’t want to look Doc McStuffin in the face again.
Unlike last year, your little ones will have loads of teeth now, meaning they can chew their way through almost anything – although most of it will still end up squished between their chubby fingers. Even so, it’s probably best not to over face them. Soft items they can’t choke on are best – sandwiches, tasty savoury snacks like mini-pizzas, sausage rolls and pasta, plus bite-sized treats like fruit and cupcakes for afterwards.
You always want your tots to look their best, but be warned a ‘birthday suit’ is not formal wear. It’s more likely to result in a visit from the Social Services. To help spice up their wardrobe, we’ve had a look at our great range and we’ve found this two piece dress set from Welcome to the World – ideal for your party girl, and this stylish WTTW four piece blazer set, perfect for your dapper birthday chap.
Party games can really help to inject a bit of fun into any event and while we’re not going to recommend playing Spin the Baby Bottle, there are loads of possibilities for fun. Getting the whole family involved in singing, dancing, Simon Says and Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes are great for helping little ones learn to play with others. Then to finish off, why not try a story to calm them down again, ready for nap time.
If you feel that games are maybe too adventurous and want something a little quieter, then why not do some crafts? Just because it’s not rowdy, doesn’t mean it’s not fun – for a start there’s painting, play-dough and other art activities which are great for messy play (sorry)! Plus sandboxes, dressing up and puppet shows are all good at unleashing your child’s imagination.
We’ve a great selection of toys, books and gifts for 2 year olds over on our website, but our pick of the bunch are the Blossom and Cowboy rocking horses; beautifully designed – they’re the sort of presents that will stay in the family for years. Plus, once the kids are tired out, parents can use them to re-enact the Grand National in the back garden.