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When I had my first baby it was easy to document and celebrate every milestone. I had the time and I used it well. Without fail, Maddie had a monthly professional picture taken for the first two years of her life, aka, till her sister was born… and then life got a bit more crazy (in a good way). With that new baby added into the mix there wasn’t time to celebrate those monthly milestones like there was with just one child. That didn’t stop me from still celebrating, but just not on the same grand level.
Today I’m sharing my “Tips For Celebrating Milestones For Non-First Babies”.
Years later and the arrival of our third daughter made milestone celebration seem completely out of the picture, or so we thought. But we soon realized that wasn’t the case at all… with just a little extra planning and some help from our older children, celebrating baby Emmy’s milestones was something we really looked forward to and celebrated like crazy!
Here are some tips for celebrating milestones for non-first babies:
- Have the sibling(s) get involved. This was the turning point for us. Having our older two as excited as we were and wanting to help celebrate was awesome. From Emmy learning to crawl, to her learning how to use a straw… it was her big sisters that really planned how we were going to document and celebrate. Maddie was the photographer and videographer and Ashley was the party planner. Yes, we really did have little parties for each milestone. We had some of our best memories during those little celebrations.
- Don’t worry about getting expensive professional photographs taken at each milestone. Instead pick a few that mean the most to you and have them taken then. The rest of the milestones can be photographed by you, or their older siblings (if they are old enough). The goal isn’t perfect pictures… it’s capturing memories!
- Enjoy each milestone. It is harder to celebrate all the milestones with more than one child, and that’s okay. Just remember to enjoy them. Mark the moment in your mind and add it to the memories in your heart. I promise your child will remember how happy you made them feel in that moment way more than how you celebrated each time.
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Tip- Take pictures of your baby’s tooth as soon as it starts to poke through and then take a new one each day till it’s all the way in. It’s a fun series of pictures to look back on… or make a “flip book with them”!
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Did you do anything different to celebrate non-first born baby milestones?
I think it’s so important to enjoy each milestone. Time goes extremely fast when you have kids, its crazy!
Aww it’s important to mark milestones no matter where the child falls in the lineup 😛 We have done that with all three children!
The baby books are our crowning glories. I noted everything in those. 🙂
Such a wonderful reminder too! I could apply this when I get kids.
These are some great tips for sure as most of us are all about celebrating such milestones only of the first baby in our life. Your kids look cute & I am sure it is a great excitement to celebrate every milestone they go through.
Awww, your daughter is so cute. I remember the days of losing teeth with my older two kids. My youngest is 4 and losing teeth is a milestone that he will soon be at.
I agree that with each new child, it’s harder to make a big deal out of those milestones because things are busier. Good tips on making those times memorable!
Excellent post, because I know from experience of raising four kids that it seems like these special times for each child after the first one get celebrated less – which isn’t fair for the kids!
I’ve been trying to keep my camera closer to always have it ready for all the new milestones of my new baby. So far so good. No, I don’t take as many pictures, but I try!
I really love this post and I will apply this on my kids as well.
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