Valentine's Day gets mixed reviews. Growing up, the morning of February 14 I would go downstairs to find a special gift from my mom. It was usually just some pajamas, candy, and a card. In the teen years, whether I had a boyfriend or not, a small celebration of love from my mom helped me realize that the day can be about all types of love, not just romantic. I have found it important to show my daughter now, every February 14, that she is so incredibly loved.
So without further ado, let's talk about some simple and fun ways you can make your little one feel the love this Valentine's Day!
Starting in January, I pull out all the cute Valentine's Day books. Here are some of our favorites:
Valentine Themed Meals
Pink pancakes with sprinkles, heart shaped PB sandwiches... the list goes on! I'm not the perfect Pinterest mom - but recommend Pinterest for this one. I did, however, buy these sandwich/cookie cutters in preparation for all meal items I can make heart-shaped.
Make Valentines and Deliver to Loved Ones
So excited about this! Frankie goes to daycare and I actually just bought cute hamster Valentines that have stickers included for the littles. I will have her "sign" them with a cute scribble. We will also deliver them to grandparents, cousins, and neighbor babes. With older kiddos (or if you just have more time and creativity) this could be a great crafting activity.
I saw this on Pinterest and while my daughter is too tiny for them, I can't wait to incorporate in the future! I think we will try a small version of Love Posters by just talking about all the people we love this year.
Loving Your Partner
It's important for me and my husband to show (appropriate) affection to one another in front of our daughter. I want to be the healthiest example of a relationship for my daughter. On Valentine's Day I hope she sees us taking the extra time to show we love each other.
And of course, there are all the fun Valentine's gifts you can snag for your tiniest Valentines. I listed what I collected for Frankie (15 months) this year below. It's a lot, and probably - no, definitely unnecessary - but ya know.....