I love, love a good birthday party. Especially a first birthday party! What could be more special than celebrating a full year or wonderful memories made with your baby? Nothing! I always celebrate my daughters’ first birthdays because they’re so special to me. They are far to young to remember anything or even really care about what’s going on that day. Sure, they look back on their DVDs and pictures and are able to see all the fun things I did for them and our guests on that day. But that’s it. It doesn’t leave much of an impact on them besides wanting more. With Zaynab’s first birthday, I wanted to do something completely different. Instead of giving her memories of taking and wanting, I wanted her to have the inspiration to give!
Toddlers and messes go hand in hand, am I right? It seems that exploring and discovering for a toddler means exploding drawers and disorganizing cabinets. My Little Z wants to test the limits of gravity, physics, and mom’s pain tolerance stepping on Legos. Where ever Z goes, I’m sure to find a trail of toys, wipes, or milk leading right to her little wondering self. She gets into everything and I can’t help but actually enjoy her messes, or more appropriately, her discoveries. I wonder what she’s learned by completely removing the contents of her drawers? How much excitement rushes through her when she unravels the entire roll of toilet paper? How visually appealing is it to her developing brain to see all her favorite books sprawled out before her?
There are discoveries and developments to be made in each and every “mess” she creates. One day, her innocent explorations will end as she grows and matures. The cool sensation of the wet wipes coming out of the loud crinkly bag in what seems like a never ending game will no longer appeal to her as she moves on through life. These messes are what shape her toddler years. The may take just a few extra minutes to clean up after, but the memories will last forevermore.
One of my favorite things about shopping at Target is scoring awesome items that are exclusively made for Target. Brand new Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Winnie the Pooh baby gifts are now available exclusively in store at Target. Super plush blankets, cozy cuddler toys, and adorable feeder bibs can be found now. Click through to check out all the great new merchandise available at your local Target.
Parents-to-be are broadening their horizons and venturing into the use of maps as nursery decor. Utilizing maps is a great way to teach Baby about the great big world it’s entered into. They give your little one the chance to grow up globally aware and will hopefully ignite a passion for travel. Using maps in the nursery is also a fun way to show where Mom and Dad are from, whether it’s separate states or different countries. Incorporating maps into the nursery doesn’t simply have to mean hanging up a plain map. Check out all these awesome uses and projects that will take your little explorer on a trip around the world without ever having to leave the nursery.