As we embark on a holiday devoted to the power of love (and all things heart-shaped), we’ve rounded up 10 fun and creative ways to celebrate with your mini-Valentine on their first February 14th.
Choose an Outfit You'll Love
Buy a special outfit for the big day, like this heart-printed dress from LeoTudes. It comes in 12-month and 18-month sizes (as well as 2T-10), and you can choose the style (twirl dress, leotard, or leotard with tutu) as well as the type of bodice. This outfit is super sweet and Valentine's appropriate but, best of all, it can be worn long after the holiday.
Available at leotudes.com, $49-$65 (depending on style).
Count Down to the Big Day
Advent calendars aren't only for Christmas anymore! Build up excitement for Valentine's Day with this felt calendar that has pockets for the 14 days leading up to V Day. Fill each pocket with a love note or a small treat or toy. Available at Pottery Barn Kids, $49.
Get Some Playful Decor
Decorate with items baby will love to play with, like these wood blocks ($44) that spell out LOVE, HUGS, KISS and XOXO. These also make the perfect photo backgrounds to commemorate the day. Available at Etsy shop Timeless Notion.
Reading with your baby builds language comprehension and instills a love of books. Here are a few love-themed books to check out: My Little Lovebug, a personalized book featuring your child's face and name with lots of sweet sentiments and cute animal images ($19.99 for a soft-cover book; $29.99 for hard-cover). Kisses, Kisses, Up & Down ($6.99, paperback) is an interactive read that'll have you giving your baby kisses on their nose, toes, belly, chin and more. I Love You Stinky Face ($6.33, paperback) is a sweet story about the unconditional love a mother has for her child.
It's never too early to read to your baby. Here are our favorite tips and tricks for reading to a newborn.
Stage a Kissably Sweet Photo Shoot
Kiss your baby while wearing bright red or pink lipstick for an Instagram-winning photo. Kiley from the Under the Pear Tree blog used the app PicMonkey to add some artistic flair for a memorable photo for the photo album.
Eat Your Heart Out With Cupid Cupcakes
Indulge in a sweet treat with your favorite pint-size cupid. These red velvet cupcakes from Bakerella feature cupid arrows attached to a 6-inch lollipop stick. You'll find both the arrow printables and cupcake recipe on the Bakerella website.
Cuddle Up in Matching PJs
We won't blame you if you never want to change out of these organic cotton PJs from Etsy shop PJ Mamma. The mom-and-baby matching heart set ($74.82 for both) will become your new favorite winter jammies and are quite possibly the most perfect thing to wake up in on February 14.
Write Love Letters to Your Baby
Your child (and your future self) will thank you for celebrating this Valentine's Day by professing your love to your mini-sweetheart. The time capsule Letters to My Baby ($7.99) contains 12 fold-and-mail letters so you can continue on your tradition every Valentine's Day for years to come. When your child is old enough, read the letters together and remember those magical early years.
Create a Heartfelt Keepsake
Remember how tiny baby's hands are with a keepsake you can display for Valentine's Day or all year round. This sweet heart is from Mitts, Piggys and Paws. You send them an impression of your child's hand in PlayDoh and they'll create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Swaddle Your Baby in Love Birds
Hearts and love birds decorate these muslin swaddles ($49.95 for 4) from Aden & Anais. The breathable, versatile and soft fabric surrounds your little one in comfy goodness and makes everybody who sees your baby sile. They're also great to lay your baby on during tummy time or to cover part of the car seat on a sunny day for an afternoon snooze on the go.
—Aimee Della Bitta