As a family, we were invited to celebrate a child’s first birthday, and I was so glad to be able to attend. The party was a wonderful Hungry Caterpillar themed party, and it was just an all around great group of people. I was concerned before we headed out the door though that my sweet child might turn into a screaming banshee just from the over-stimulation of so many new people, but I am pleased to report he did well. There are 3 main reasons that I think he was able to do so well.
1. He was worn by one or both of his parents
We were able to wear him at the beginning of the party while he slept/acclimated to the surroundings. I think this was vastly important for us, because he was close to us. He could hear, see, and smell the familiar scents of home.
2. He was able to eat in a calm environment.
I was able to take him away from the activity in order to eat, which gave him a few moments to calm down and come back to the party refreshed. I felt super lucky to be able to disappear into the birthday boys room to help Sweet Baby J.
3. He was able to get his usual morning nap.
We were able to do this on the ride down to the party, and I think that it helped tremendously. Sweet Baby J’s nap times vary right now based on when he gets up and how many hours he slept, but he still needs several daily naps. I’ve noticed a huge difference in when he is able to rest until completion of his nap versus being awoken in the middle of it.
I highly recommend figuring out what works for your baby. I wasn’t really surprised at how well Sweet Baby J adjusted to his first birthday party, but I was pleased to be able to help him since over-stimulation had certainly bothered him prior to this. First birthdays are such a huge milestone for the birthday boy and his family so having my baby be calmer as he attended his first party helped me to feel better and more able to enjoy the party as well.
What do you do with your child in over-stimulating situations?