Your 49-Week-Old

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Your baby’s memory may surprise you.  For months now, he’s been cataloging information.  He knows that his toys are stashed in the toy box (most of the time!), that the remote makes the TV light up and that grandma gives him... Read more

Your Life

Have you started planning your baby’s first birthday party yet?  A first birthday is a big deal!  But that doesn’t mean you need to spring for cakes and clowns.  In fact, when it comes to first birthdays, low-key is the... Read more

Moms Like Me

1st birthday party tips: My only recommendation is to keep it simple. At 12 months they are easily overwhelmed by people and activity, and if there's too much going on you might run the risk of an unhappy baby. The first birthday celebration is more... Read more

Your 49-Week-Old: Your Baby

Your baby’s memory may surprise you.  For months now, he’s been cataloging information.  He knows that his toys are stashed in the toy box (most of the time!), that the remote makes the TV light up and that grandma gives him cookies. He may even know where grandma stashes the cookies.  So don’t be surprised if he smiles and holds out his hand when you visit grandma; past experience has taught him that she usually hands him a cookie!  If she’s slow on the draw, he may even make his way over to the cookie jar.

Of course, it still takes many repetitions for baby to fully understand something.  He didn’t learn that grandma = cookies overnight; it took many visits before your baby realized that grandma is the Cookie Lady!  That’s why you still have to tell him to stay away from the TV.  He’s heard it before, but he’ll need to hear it  -- and experience the consequence of being pulled away -- over and over again before he finally learns to leave the screen alone. 

Physically, your baby is on the verge of walking.  Don’t worry about his posture; it’s completely normal for new walkers to stick out their bellies and butts and waddle with a wide stance.  Right now, your baby is still working on his balance.  As he becomes more proficient, he’ll pull his feet in and walk a little straighter.

Push toys are among your baby’s favorites right now.  Push carts, doll strollers, ride-on toys with high backs – even kitchen chairs that glide across the floor – allow your baby to “walk” without letting go.  He might enjoy a big empty box as well.  Watch him fill it up with toys and push it across the living room floor!

Your baby’s speech is beginning to sound more like real language, complete with inflections and pauses.  Some babies can already say a few words (“mama” or “dada” are early favorites) but most will wait until some time after their first birthday.  
 

Your Life

Have you started planning your baby’s first birthday party yet?  A first birthday is a big deal!  But that doesn’t mean you need to spring for cakes and clowns.  In fact, when it comes to first birthdays, low-key is the way to go.

Your baby has absolutely no idea that it’s his birthday – which takes a lot of pressure off, if you think about it.  You don’t have to have a party on his birthday; you can have it a week early or a week late and he won’t know the difference.  Consider your baby’s schedule, though, when planning the party. After all, you want the guest of honor to be awake and alert, right? 

Smaller is better when it comes to first birthdays, so resist the urge to invite your extended family, friends and a ton of toddlers.  One-year-olds are still easily overwhelmed – and still struggling with stranger anxiety.  Whittle the guest list down to people your child knows well.  And don’t go overboard on entertainment.  Your baby will have plenty of fun shredding wrapping paper and smearing frosting on his face!

In all honesty, his first birthday is probably a bigger deal for you than it is for him.  You survived your first year as a parent – sleepless nights, crying jags and all!  If you really want to celebrate, plan a special date night with your partner.  Recall the moment of your baby’s birth.  Reminisce about his first smile, his first meal and the first time he touched sand.  Raise a toast – to each other, to your child and to the future.  The fun has just begun! 
 

Moms Like Me

1st birthday party tips: My only recommendation is to keep it simple. At 12 months they are easily overwhelmed by people and activity, and if there's too much going on you might run the risk of an unhappy baby. The first birthday celebration is more for mom and dad, anyway. :) For my DD we just had a simple brunch/finger food party, and I made the cakes, including a little carrot cake that was in the shape of a flower and decorated with colorful icing. She loved it, although it took her a little while to dig in. For DS, we'll do something similar - lunchtime party foods and a simple round cake that I'll go crazy decorating. I'm not fond of themes - I'd like them to look back and not be embarrassed by everything Elmo, Thomas the Train, or Dora. :) -tlrcwr 
 

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