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HOW TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS WITH A TODDLER

New Year's Eve can be an exciting and festive time for adults, but it can also be overwhelming and confusing for toddlers. If you have a young child at home, you may be wondering how to celebrate the holiday in a way that is enjoyable and age-appropriate for your little one. Here are some ideas for ways to spend New Year's Eve with a toddler:

1. Host a New Year's Eve party at home: Invite a few of your toddler's friends and their families over for a fun and low-key celebration. Set up a craft station for the kids to make their own party hats or noisemakers, and have some simple snacks and beverages available. You can also play some kid-friendly games or watch a movie together.

2. Go to a family-friendly event: Many cities and towns offer events specifically designed for families with young children. Look for things like concerts, parades, or fireworks displays that are scheduled at a toddler-friendly time, such as early in the evening.

3. Have a pajama party: If you prefer to stay home, you can still have a fun and relaxed celebration with your toddler. Have a dance party in the living room, make some popcorn and watch a family-friendly movie, or read a bedtime story together. You can even set up a makeshift "campout" in the living room with blankets and pillows.

4. Create a sensory-friendly New Year's Eve: Some toddlers may be sensitive to loud noises or bright lights, which can make traditional New Year's Eve celebrations overwhelming. To create a sensory-friendly celebration, consider setting up a quiet, calming space in your home where your toddler can retreat to if they get overwhelmed. You can also provide earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones to help block out loud noises.

5. Celebrate the New Year at an earlier time: If your toddler goes to bed early, you can still celebrate the New Year as a family by following your toddler's bedtime routine and celebrating the New Year at an earlier time. You can even set up a countdown and "midnight" celebration with sparkling juice and noisemakers at a time that works for your family.

Remember that it's okay to celebrate New Year's Eve in a way that works for your family, even if it's different from how other people may be celebrating. The most important thing is to have fun and create lasting memories with your toddler.