Time to celebrate your baby's first year! In addition to throwing a party, you may want to mark this important milestone in other ways. Check out these
ideas for creating meaningful traditions and lifelong memories.
Plant a tree. Like your baby, a tree will grow with each passing year, putting down roots and branching out into the world. Every year
you can take photos of your child by her special tree. It’s a wonderful way to record her life and to teach her about the connection we have to the earth
- Make a first-year quilt. This is a sweet way to save a piece of that adorable newborn garment or beloved blanket you can’t bear to
throw out. Assemble the items you'd like to use, cut them into squares, and sew them into a quilt that you'll appreciate for years to come — and eventually
give to your child when she’s older.
Record your baby’s story. Select your favorite photos from the past 12 months and put them in a scrapbook. Write a little story or
create a slideshow highlighting the special moments and milestones during her first year. Reading your baby's story or watching the slideshow together will
become a treasured ritual.
Make a footprint. Use a casting kit to make an impression of your child’s foot or hand. Place the impression in a double frame with the
cast on one side and a first-birthday picture on the other.
Create a time capsule. Collect items that capture the essence of your baby’s first year: a photo of your home, a swatch from his favorite blanket, the rattle he adored, and so
on. Seal them in a box to open on his 18th birthday.