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Celebrating whilst Social Distancing

by FAMILY talk

We have teamed up with the parenting experts at My1stYears.com who have put together a guide on celebrating special occasions during social distancing

Here they share tips on how to host the perfect birthday, celebrate your baby shower and new baby arrival

Celebrating a Birthday? – Host a Virtual Birthday Party

  • Play some games
  • Bake a birthday cake
  • Sing happy birthday
  • Arrange goody bags which can be sent in the post ahead of the party
  • Decorate the house with balloons, banners & bunting or even theme it
  • Invite your neighbours to join you outside to sing happy birthday. You could even leave cake for them all outside their homes.

Remember: This is unlike any birthday your child/family member may celebrate. It doesn’t have to be polished or perfect. Take their lead and just enjoy the day as a family.

New Baby Arrival

  • Virtual hello – Have a catch up with grandparents, family and friends on a video call. It’s a great way for them to meet the new arrival and for you to catch up with those closest to you.
  • Making memories – Remember to keep hold of little keepsakes like their hospital tag, first photos even gifts and cards to mark the new arrival.
  • Offer support – For friends and family, remember to offer new parents support. You can’t go and babysit for a few hours, but you can get in groceries, order them a takeaway or even prepare them a delicious home cooked meal which you can drop round.

Hosting a Virtual Baby Shower

  • Pick your platform – Choose the video call platform and send out personalised invites to all your guests.
  • Fun activities – Set up ‘guess the weight of the baby’ or ‘guess the due date’ . Why not ask guests to email photos of them as babies and run a ‘guess the baby’ competition?
  • Gift safely – For guests, head online to order a gorgeous present. There’s a huge range of goodies you can pick for the mum to be and baby. Think about what they really need for the new arrival.

A spokesperson for My1stYears.com said:
Celebrating in lockdown can be lots of fun. It’s certainly a unique way to enjoy some real life moments. Virtual parties are really popular as is encouraging neighbours to get involved and doing fun things like decorating up the house and even the garden. The important thing to remember though, is not to put unnecessary pressure on yourself. Do what feels right for you and your family and enjoy the day.

If you are looking for a gift why not take a look at our Crafting ideas for making the perfect gift.
And for other great ideas for connecting with the family see: Connecting with the family during lockdown.
Would you like some help and advice with your newborn? Have a look at our article: Help with your baby in the first 3 months

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