Celebrations – Baby

Celebrations - babySpecial days offer great opportunities to help create the sense of belonging that’s crucial to healthy social and emotional development.

Whatever your culture, religion or family circumstances celebrations and special events like birthdays, Christmas or New Year are the perfect time to start your own unique, simple family traditions and lifelong memories.

Did you know?

Babies love the noise, colour and excitement of celebrations but can easily become over stimulated and overwhelmed. It can be helpful to keep celebrations simple and plan ways of giving your baby quiet breaks.

Add language

Watching your baby and providing words that go with what they are looking at, hearing or reacting to promotes language development. Try pausing and give them a chance to respond – your baby may look, point or make a noise. Then you could take your turn and keep the conversation going.

Singing encourages language development and the special songs that go with celebrations are a fun way to engage with your baby while fostering these skills.

Other development

Involving your baby in the music and dancing associated with celebrations is a fun way to develop their body awareness.


Always supervise your baby (Celebrations may involve extra objects that can be safety hazards for babies e.g. candles, sparklers, easily reached small items).

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how celebrations can be fun for toddlers, children and playgroups.


Activities listed under “baby” are suitable for children under 12 months. This age is largely about babies exploring their own bodies and the world around them from the safety of a close relationship with their caregiver.