Celebrating Valentine's Day with Babies and Toddlers
Somehow, February is upon us, which means it's time to invite some more red and pink into your day!
If you have young children at home, Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show the people we love that we appreciate them. It's a great opportunity to talk with your children about how small gestures and acts of kindness can make someone else feel special and loved.
Here are a few ways you can make the most out of this red-hot holiday with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers:
Get in the Valentine spirit!
Valentine’s Day is a great reason to show your children what you appreciate and love about them. Tell them how helpful they are around the house and praise them for being a good listener. (Yes, you should to this all the time, but it’s a good reminder to reinforce good behavior often!)
Plan something special for the big day
Brainstorm with your kiddos what they can do to show daddy, sissy, or baby brother how much they love and appreciate them. Maybe have them draw a picture and leave it somewhere they know their family members will see it.
You can also make breakfast extra special (without a ton of extra meal prep!) with pink pancakes, strawberries, and maybe some red, pink, and white sprinkles as a fun treat.
Maybe take them somewhere they love to go... the park, a playdate with friends, and dare I mention it, Toys 'R' Us?!
Make Valentine cards together
February 14th used to be just another candy filled holiday... growing up, every year for Valentine's Day my mom would take us to the local candy shop and let us fill our bags with our favorite sweets!
It's a fun memory to look back on, but most parents these days aren't giving sweet treats to their young kids. Whether you're hitting up Target for pre-made valentines or going the DIY route... choose valentines that have stickers, cut-out masks, bubbles etc. and leave the chocolate hidden in the drawer.
If your kiddo loves to paint, draw, color, or use scissors and glue, making your own valentine cards can be so much fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated, some white and pink construction paper with red-inked heart stamps will go a long way.
While you’re making the cards, ask them to tell you who their BFF is and share why it’s important to treat our friends with kindness and respect.
Read Valentine books
We always have at least one holiday book to read for bedtime leading up to the big day. Check your library for a love-day based story, they’re sure to have favorites like Llama Llama, Pete the Cat, and Fancy Nancy.
Don’t forget to check and see if your local library is doing any Valentine’s Day themed events. Sometimes getting out of the house can be stressful with young kiddos but watching them have a morning of fun is worth it. Plus you might just meet your next mom bestie!
Dress up for the occasion
Wear all shades of reds, pinks, and purples . If you're into neutrals like me, you can incorporate color into your kiddo's accessories, like maybe a bow tie with pink stripes for your dapper boy or a pair of red shoes for your princess. Want to get fancy? Check out Janie and Jack for beautiful, classic options for both boys and girls.
My boys love to match their mama and think it’s so fun when we have the same color or sneakers on. Matching outfits is not just for mamas with daughters!
Love yourself, too, mama
Don’t forget to treat yourself to something special. As a mama we spend so much time taking care of our loved ones we often forget to treat ourselves.
You could spend an afternoon at your favorite cafe sipping a cappuccino, eating a pastry all while getting lost in a book, or your favorite magazine. If you want to do something for your body sign up for a barre or yoga class as a treat for yourself.
You could also plan to meet up with a mama friend for coffee on February 13th, Galentine’s Day and spend the afternoon catching up.
Valentine’s Day gets a bad rep as a silly holiday or a Hallmark holiday but really it’s a day where we can show our loved ones that we care and appreciate them. It’s never too soon to start teaching your kiddos the importance of showing love and appreciation for others.
How are you planning on celebrating? Let me know in the comments!
Next week, I'll be sharing a few date night ideas that don't require a babysitter, so be on the look out for that.