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Tips for Taming Your Baby’s Tears at Their First Birthday Party

Reduce the likelihood of meltdowns on your child’s big day.

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The first birthday party for a baby is a nostalgic milestone, especially for new parents. You get excited for all those cute and messy cake photos and primped-up birthday baby shots, but parents are often caught off guard when their child wants nothing to do with any of the fun.

And who can blame them. There’s a crowd of people around. The birthday song is loud. And the color, size, and texture of the cake is perplexing, not to mention that the lit candle on top of it can feel scary to an infant.

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We forget that all the festivities, decorations, and crowds at a birthday party are unfamiliar, and often overstimulating, for a one-year-old who has no idea what the fuss is about.

Here are some tips to help you and your baby prepare for a fun first birthday (minus the tears).

Before the Big Day

On Party Day

With a little planning, you and your child can enjoy that once-in-a-lifetime first birthday party. Relax, have fun, and enjoy the day. You’ve earned it. By their second birthday, your child will begin to catch on and enjoy the festivities and traditions even more.

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