Guest blogger Diana Landen: Throwing a fancy birthday party for a 1-year-old is like throwing your money down the toilet. The baby won't remember it, but that's a good thing because they aren't going to enjoy it, either.
Let me remind you of what a 1-year-old is like. They are learning to walk and talk. They are afraid of strangers. They don't like to separate from their parents. They couldn't care less about playing with other babies. Clowns scare them. They eat balloons and choke on them. They take two naps a day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
A momlogic blogger recently discussed throwing a party for her 1-year-old at the Waldorf-Astoria
. A three-hour party with lots of guests? Professional entertainers dressed as cartoon characters? A music class and singalong for 1-year-olds?
Assuming the kids aren't all in tears and clinging to their parents, what are they singing? "Mama, dada, milk, milk, milk?"
Let's face it: A toddler's idea of fun is finding an electric socket, not sitting in a circle for a music class. They want to explore, they want to play with Mom and they want to eat.
As for filling the room with toys, babies can still amuse themselves with a set of mixing bowls or some pots to bang on. Why spoil that? Babies don't need monogrammed labels on their food, either. It could give them a swelled head -- if they knew the letters of the alphabet.
What do babies need for their first-birthday party? Cake, ice cream, some relatives to sing "Happy Birthday" and a present or two. If parents want to do something more to celebrate, go ahead and have a huge party. Just do your baby a favor, and leave them at home with a sitter.