Fun Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day With Your Baby or Toddler

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I was one of those fortunate kids who had present and doting parents in each phase of my life growing up. And even though my parents divorced when I was in elementary school, they always went above and beyond to co-parent peacefully and ensure I felt loved and valued after the transition. There are a million different ways they successfully did this, like listening to my problems, establishing regular one-on-one bonding time, and creating traditions I always looked forward to. While no parent is perfect, they always tried their best—and that’s truly more than enough.

OK, I didn’t mean for this to become a love letter to my parents, but every time V-Day comes around, I’m reminded of my dad’s Valentine’s gift tradition. He celebrated with me every year, and it was never anything crazy–usually a card and stuffed animal or my fave chocolate bar—but it meant the world to little me. Valentine’s Day has a special place in my heart because of him, and it’s a tradition I always knew I’d continue with my own kids. However, my LO’s are in the baby and toddler stages, and since they can’t read or eat a full chocolate bar, I’ve had to come up with some age-appropriate ways to partake in Valentine’s festivities.

Without further ado, here are five fun ways to celebrate the day of love with your littlest love!


1. Give some sweets to your sweetie

Treats are probably my favorite part of V-Day, but unless I want my 9-month-old and 2.5-year-old to start running up the walls, I don’t offer them candy. However, we’ve discovered the tastiest new smoothie concoction from Little Spoon that has both a creamy chocolate flavor and all-organic ingredients like Muraski sweet potatoes! And it comes with a delish treat from L.A.-based chocolate brand Compartés for us parents too 😉

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2. Share the love through reading

Valentine’s Day can get a lot of flak for its focus on showering loved ones with presents just one day a year, but we can also use this day as an opportunity to show our kids the importance of expressing emotions. 

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One Good Night 'Til Valentine's Day

Learn about familial traditions and get into the holiday spirit with this adorable board book by Frank J. Berrios.

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

One of my 2.5-year-old's fave reads by author Jo Witek and illustrator Christine Roussey, and a great way to discuss feelings. We read it all year long, not just on Valentine's Day.


3. Wear your heart on your sleeves

There’s just something extra sweet about waking up on a holiday morning in matching jammies.

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Little Sleepies

Gray Sweet Valentine Women's PJ Top

This Little Sleepies pajama top is available in sizes XS-3XL.

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Little Sleepies

Gray Sweet Valentine Two-Piece PJ Set

Available in sizes 12-18 months to 16.

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Little Sleepies

Gray Sweet Valentine Zippy

Available in sizes preemie to 3T.


4. Show your love through gift-giving

Babies and toddlers are easy to please when it comes to presents, so here are a couple ideas if that’s how you prefer to celebrate! 

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First Valentine's Baby Toy

Customizable with baby's name, this is such a cute way to celebrate your tiny love's first Valentine's Day.

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Valentine's Play Dough Kit

Sensory kits are a great way to promote fine motor development while having fun! This custom Valentine's dino-themed activity kit will wow your toddler.


5. Write (or scribble) love letters 

Your toddler doesn’t need perfect writing skills to enjoy this activity. Scribbling their sentiments to an abuela or auntie is a special way to promote the holiday and encourage them share their love with others from a young age.

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Target | Sadie & Sam

Valentine's Day Exchange Cards

A cheeky junk food-inspired Valentine's card set that'll give any toddler the giggles.

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Paw Patrol Valentine's Day Exchange Cards

Paw Patrol-obsessed littles will freak over these! Even if they're not in daycare or preschool yet, you could still talk about which friends they'd like to give a Valentine to.


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