In the US, we celebrate birthdays in the grandest ways. We
spend countless amounts of money and time planning and
carrying out these special parties that last just hours.
When we give birth to a new bundle of joy we typically
spend the first year so crazed that it seems only right to
celebrate that special time with a big celebration of
family and friends.
Because a baby’s first birthday is usually a celebration of
friends and family, they tend to be a huge milestone. All
those people who watched mom grow and give birth, then see
how the baby grows throughout the first year now have a
reason to get together to celebrate again.
And because the baby doesn’t remember their first birthday,
it really makes it about the parents.
One important thing that the birthday boy or girl does get
to do is celebrate with their own piece of cake, or even
their own small cake.
Typically they are left to their own accord with it and
with a little encouragement, the child digs in with hands
and face to enjoy their first birthday treat. It is
understood that they will make a mess and pictures will be
taken. But that is all part of the fun.
Like with all birthdays, gifts are given to the birthday
child. Mostly toys and clothes since they spend their first
few years outgrowing everything they have.
And since most kids first birthdays are so overwhelming,
they tend to fall asleep leaving the parents, family and
friends to enjoy the rest of the day with good food and