Document your love for your little one with fun and easy ideas for Valentine’s Day. These keepsakes can be used over and over, too. You don't need a lot of experience to do any of them either. Just a little time and creativity is all you need.
A cute way to dress up a nice pair of leggings and onsie is with a homemade tutu. All you need is some white, pink and red tulle fabric. You can possibly find it in small rolls at your local craft supply store like JoAnn’s. While you’re there, get a roll of ribbon, too. Cut strips of tulle that when folded over will be the length you want for the tutu. You’ll need a lot of strips. Cut a long piece of ribbon, too. Long enough to have some left over at the end to tie a bow with. Then start tying the tulle strips at the middle of the strip onto the ribbon of your choice. Keep doing this until you have enough that will go around your child’s waist. You can make the tutu short to show off the leggings, too. Once you’re done, you simply wrap the tutu around Baby’s waist and tie into a bow. Speaking of leggings. Doodle Pants has a super cute new style, Red Heart Legging (doodlepants.com; $24.99). These cozy and soft leggings add a special touch to your child’s Valentine’s Day outfit. The way they are made gives baby plenty of room without stretching the leggings so much. Available in sizes 3 - 12 months, 12 - 18 months and 18 - 24 months. Plus, a percentage of every purchase goes to support children in need.
Let your creative side go wild with fun ideas for capturing your baby’s footprints and handprints. Hobby Lobby usually has packs of canvas pretty affordable. All you need is one of those, non-toxic paints, paint brush and a sharpie in the color of your choice. This craft is better if Baby is asleep, of very young, so you don’t have a wiggle worm on your hands. Paint your baby’s foot with the paint and gently press to the canvas. Do one foot at a time and have baby wipes on hand to quickly wipe it away. Allow prints to dry before you write anything on the rest of the canvas. You can even do this on a white plate! Pitter Patter Print is an Etsy shop where you can submit your baby’s footprints to be used in a work of art. There are a variety to choose from, too. Check out the Valentine’s Day Gift for New Dad (etsy.com/shop/PitterPatterPrint; $20 - $32). It’s an 8x10-inch unframed print on paper. It’s $32 if you use your baby’s custom prints, but you can also use stock footprints for $20.
You don’t have to go all out on the outfit if you don’t want to. Simple accessories could be just what you need. You can find cute baby bibs or even pacifiers to do the trick. Carter’s has a new set of 3-Pack Bandana Teething Bibs (carters.com; $14.40) that are super cute! And, because they’re black and white, you can pretty much match it with anything! The three-layer lining also keeps him dry from all the drooling going on during the day. There’s also the Mini Pacifier Clip from Peas In A Pod Boutique CA (etsy.com/shop/PeasinapodboutiqueCA; $9.94). It’s a stylish clip made with circle and heart shaped food grade silicone beads. Simple and cute.
Capture the Moment
With all the love you’ve put into sharing this special day with your little one, be sure to capture it! Create a mini photo session right in your living room floor! Cut out some hearts from felt and lay them about. Lie your little one down on the floor and snap away! While you’re in the picture taking mood, consider using photo cards to say what the photo is all about. Milestone’s new Baby’s First Celebrations Booklet (milestone-world.com; $8) comes with a set of cards for Baby’s first celebrations like Valentine’s Day, My First Super Bowl, My First Mother’s/Father’s Day and more. All you have to do is tear it out of the booklet, set it with Baby to snap a picture with.