Looking for ideas to start a tradition on child's birthday

Laurie - posted on 09/19/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Hi there! My baby is 8 months old and was born on January 4th. Since her birthday is so close to Christmas and New Years, I want to make her birthday special. I'm looking for some ideas to start a tradition on her birthday.

I'd like to give her a special gift every year and maybe do something as a tradition, too. Nothing that costs a lot. Just special.

I'd love to hear your ideas!

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Wendy - posted on 09/28/2009

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Every year on my daughter's birthday, I have taken a picture of her in my wedding dress. We started out just laying her on the dress as an infant, then she toddled around with it hanging from her shoulders, and now she is 6 and can actually "put it on". We also do a picture every year of my son sitting on his dad's fire engine. Same idea he started out as an infant just swaddled up on the bright red background. He's 10 now, and he looks forward to his special picture every year! I got this idea from an old Martha Stewart show, where a mom took a picture every year of her daughter in her mom's old-fashioned swimsuit from the 50's, and the pictures showed her growing up each year, growing into the swimsuit. It's a special idea that I have recommended to friends countless times!

Camille - posted on 09/25/2009

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The night before the birthday, blow up heaps of balloons (I do about 50 - 100) and while they are sleeping, throw them all into their bedroom. When they wake up on their birthday, they will wake up to a sea of balloons. I do this every year for my boys (who are now 12 and 13 yrs old) and they still LOVE it.

Pauline - posted on 09/20/2009

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My daughters birthday is the 11th January and I take hand prints of my daughter every year and put them on her wall along with a photo so she can see how much she's grown, she seems to be in a hurry to grow up! A charm bracelet or one with nice glass beads on it that you could add to every year is a good idea.

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I write a letter to my daughter and son on their birthday containing information and stories about them from the previous year. I plan to keep the letters a secret and give them to them on their 21st birthdays.

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Kelly - posted on 10/12/2012

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My grandfather bought me a set of coins for each year ( a penny, a nickel a quarter etc) I have all of these from when I was born and they came sealed in a see thru pack. Also, stamps would be interesting, especially if you move or travel somewhere that year

Becki - posted on 09/30/2009

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My dh and I wake our daughter up at the time of her birth @ 8:19 am. If it falls on a no school day. I always make her fav. breakfast - German puff pancakes. I also make a themed cake

Stacy - posted on 09/28/2009

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What bought a special birthday hat and take a picture every year with the hat on. You also see how they have grown.

Tanya - posted on 09/28/2009

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Oh I just thought of something... give her a chirstmas orniment for her birthday every year you could get the really nice ones for a good price during the after christmas clearences.. She would get an orniment to put on the christmas tree the following year along with all the ones she's gotten before, and when she is grown up and moves out and had her own christmas tree she'll have lots of orniments to put on it and remind her of her great parents... You could do the singing animals too so she could decorate her room with when she's younger and her house with when she is older... awwww now I wanna give my kids orniment for christmas :)

Tanya - posted on 09/28/2009

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I always bake my childrens cakes (from a box not from scratch) I take them to the store and let them choose what cake they want and what frosting, they love choosing there cake I buy some small toy they like and put it on top of the cake for a decortation it don't cost a lot at all and they feel very special...I even did this for there 1st birthdays I put two cakes in frount of them and asked which one? and they point at one and that's the one...lol...

Danielle - posted on 09/28/2009

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My son's b-day is Jan 1. I try to take him somewhere with fireworks for New Year's Eve and I sing Happy Birthday to him while they are going off. He'll be nine this year and loves to stay out to do something special!

Laurie - posted on 09/25/2009

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Thanks to everyone for the great ideas! Now I just have to decide what ones to do.



I'd still love to hear any other traditions that people have!

Lisa - posted on 09/21/2009

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How about making hand print molds to keep as a keepsake, for a tradition, you can do it until she graduates high school (even though she'll more than likely start resisting you can always just tell her to indulge you).

Carolyn - posted on 09/20/2009

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I had a friend who bought a small gem each birthday till her daughter was 21, then for her 21st she got a ring set with the 21 gems, I thought this was a great idea. I also keep the daily newspaper on my kids B'days so they can look back at what was happening each year since they were born.

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My birthday is the 3rd of january and I ahve constantly been forgotten.

Everybody says, "its too close to christmas to afford a presents, I will buy u one later in the year"... it never happens tho LOL, not that it bothers me all that much. I rarely had parties either... I kinda wish my family started something for me. But over everything, I would have valued and treasured things that reminded me of my life, photo albams, scrapbooking, letters and such things.

Kerri - posted on 09/20/2009

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mmmmmm, loving the stuffed animal idea..but can't think of anything else..gonna watch this post with interest .

Stina - posted on 09/19/2009

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In my family we make favorite meals and cake/icecream of the persons choice.



For my son's first birthday, it was homemade mac'n cheese with peas. His cake was strawberry shortcake. I made a pound cake, covered it in miracle whip and when we served it, everyone got a scoop of strawberries. He's turning 5 this year and we'll be having pizza, chocolate cake and chocolate icecream. He loves chocolate but I really limit him on his intake.



I get cheesecake, Dad gets german chocolate....



Last year I started making chocolate chip pancakes for birthdays. A stack of pancakes- one for each year- with the rare presence of chocolate chips.



I also keep the parties low key. Family and a few little friends. For my son, this means just a few guests outside of family because too many people overwhelm him. For my daughter, she's more outgoing so I know we can have a few more guests... but I do only one friend per year of age.



We also hang balloons. One has a dime for each year of age inside and at the end of the party, the kids pop them. This obviously isn't for a first b-day unless there are older siblings... but as they get older, it's pretty special to find the money filled ballon and get 6, 7, 8 etc dimes. And since they all get popped at once and then the bits cleaned up in one fell swoop, you don't have balloons all over for the next week.

Daniela - posted on 09/19/2009

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Hi just wanted to say these are great idea's! My daughter is 7 months my stepson nearly 5 & I too would like to have some family traditions/ rituals for things that we can all look forward too each year. Photos/ scrapbooking pages are a good idea too as I really love now looking at the pictures my mum still has! Laurie a simple gift is a photo of you & your daughter & husband at every birthday. I know it doesn't mean much when they are young but so lovely to look back on and share with your own family one day. I hope to do at least a few pages every yr for my daughter and will give it to her when she is 21.Thanks for the other great tips too.

Sharon - posted on 09/19/2009

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donating old toys



a new ornament as a gift for each year



taking one new thing for each year - brusselsprout, artichokes, recycling a new item, etc



a t-shirt or stuffed animal with the names of guests and family and the date who was there.

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2009

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Buy a paper so she can see what was happening on her birthday each year. I also suggest buying a dated Christmas ornament for her each year so she has christmas ornaments to start with when she moves out! I cherish my ornaments and looking at them brings back memories of family members whom are gone and good times.

Jocelyn - posted on 09/19/2009

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If I have a daughter, I want to get her one pearl every birthday, so eventually she can make a necklace :) or one charm a year...i haven't decide yet lol.

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You buy a charm bracelet & buy her a new charm each year. Possibly make it in reference to something special they have done during the year example: Baby steps(tiny foot), Preschool(apple), Cheerleading etc.
Another idea my mother-in-law started with me the year I got engaged to her son: She has bought us/our family a special ornament of my choice to represent our family. I've been collecting these special ornaments for the past 16 years & I wouldn't give anything for them.

Jodi - posted on 09/19/2009

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I once heard of someone who painted a special T-shirt each year with the birthday number on it :) (Not so sure they'll thank you for that when they are 40 though, LOL).

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Growing up my husband and hs family always did vanilla ice cream inbetween chocalate chip cookies that were huge. It influenced him growing up to the point were he wants me to make them still on his birthday.

Erin - posted on 09/19/2009

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A charm bracelet would be a special tradition. You could get a charm each year for what the child is interested in each year because they always seem to like something different.

Misty - posted on 09/19/2009

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My sons birthday is Christmas day so We always have his birthday on the Saturday 2 weeks before Christmas so his friends outside of family can come but what makes each special for him is we sit down in October & decide what his theme is going to be. I buy all the decorations but my husband & I make the cake ourselves & it's never just a normal cake 1 year we made a 3-D train then another year we made really cool dinosaur cake & last year I made the Pokemon ball that was hard. My son really enjoys all aspects of his party but his favorite part is the cake he doesn't get to see it until his party. It's something inexpensive & I always have fun making it & it makes him happy. I hope this gives you some kind of an idea.

Caitelyn - posted on 09/19/2009

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My famil has the tradition that to wish the person (whose birthday it was) well, after they have blown out the candles the other members of the party - from youngest through to the oldest- blow the candles out in order to send good wishes and love to the person. its lots of fun, and means that the person gets shown how much they are loved!

Marlene - posted on 09/19/2009

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We always got a theme cake that Mom made herself. She wasn't a professional by any means but we all looked forward to our cake with great anticipation. She got better over the years and certainly more creative. With 6 children, homemade cakes were a must and as we got older we got to help which was even cooler. There are shaped cake pans and books on cutting up a 9x13 cake that you can buy or just use your imagination. It's a gift of love that she'll know came from your heart.

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