Happy birthday 1st month -
It may seem hard to believe, but your little one is turning 1 this month — Happy Birthday! — and in the process is graduating from baby to toddler. Where did the time go, you ask? Join the club of moms and dads everywhere who feel the same way!
Sure your little one will always be your “baby,” but the first birthday is a milestone — one that brings with it all the joys (and "oys") of toddlerhood.
But try not to get too emotional or nostalgic, because your brand new toddler is still really a baby at heart and still has a long way to go before those not-so-terrible 2s ... and 3s ... and 4s. And you have so much more fun and so many more adventures awaiting you in the months (and years!) ahead.
Here's what's coming up in month 12 as you and your baby entire the wild world of toddlerhood.
Your 12-month-old baby's development
At a Glance
At this age, babies typically sleep about 11 hours at night (many straight through) and generally still take two daily naps that add up to three to four hours, though this month they may drop down to only one longer afternoon nap.
You can still offer up to 24 ounces of breast milk or formula a day, but you should start weaning from the bottle around now unless your doctor says otherwise. And either way, your little one has a solid diet of solids and can start drinking cow's milk now.
Did you know?
At 12 months, your baby's brain has doubled in size. Isn't he smart?
Is your new toddler toddling on twos? Most 12-monthers are cruising — walking while holding on to something or someone. Plenty are standing on their own without holding on to anything. And a few are even walking already.
But a sizeable number of 12-month-old tots are taking their sweet time before taking those first steps, preferring to stay on all fours for now. In fact, the majority of young toddlers don’t walk well until at least 13 or 14 months, if not later.
No matter how your little one gets around these days, he’s still certainly getting around, and his independent mobility is providing plenty of the independence he’s craving — that is, when he’s craving it (and he won’t always).
Truth is, he’ll declare his independence one day — as when he heads off on his own to check out the new toy with the flashing lights — then tighten his human Velcro grip on you the next day. Expect this inner struggle between dependence and independence to continue on and off throughout his childhood.
Help your new toddler tackle new challenges, hone new skills and master new firsts by creating opportunities to take risks — carefully supervised risks, but risks nonetheless.
To stop and touch a leaf on a bush, to peek behind a mailbox, to see where a path leads or to check out what the dog is sniffing. To clamber up stairs, to scale a pile of couch cushions, to slide down a slide.
You’ll need to be ever-alert and pull out all the childproofing stops, but definitely don’t keep your tiny explorer fenced in.
Help cultivate those fine motor skills by offering a crayon or sidewalk chalk to scribble with, blocks to stack, board books to flip through.
Give your little one plenty of opportunities to manipulate toys that twist, spin, turn, crank, dump and fill, and toys that can be banged, clanged, pushed and pulled.
On the communication front, you’ll notice how much your 1-year-old can get across without speaking more than one to five recognizable words.
Think of your child as a resourceful little caveman, pulling you into the kitchen when he wants a drink, pointing to the toy he wants on the shelf, grunting or nodding in response to your questions, pushing your legs toward the door when he wants to play outside.
As long as your new tot is actively trying to communicate with you, relish in his conversation ingenuity — even if his pronunciation leaves much to be desired.
Of course, while your 12-month-old’s skills have advanced by leaps and bounds, his attention span definitely hasn’t kept pace.
Recognize his age-appropriate limitations and know that your little one probably won't want to sit still for long when working on a puzzle or listening to a story. And definitely don’t push your 1-year-old. As your baby grows, so too will his ability to stay interested for longer periods of time.
Your 12-month-old baby's growth
The average 12-month-old boy weighs 21 pounds, with a height of 30 inches. The average girl at a year is 29½ inches tall with a weight of just shy of 20 pounds. Your tot may weigh in at more or less than these averages, and that’s perfectly normal.
You and your doctor have been tracking your child's progress on those growth charts, and if the pediatrician says your tot is on the right curve, you don’t have to think twice about where he falls out.
While you’re watching those charts, keep in mind that once the first birthday passes, your tot’s growth will slow down slightly.
Something else that should be slowing down now that your little one has turned a year old? Bottle-feeding. Breastfeeding can continue as long as you’re both on board, but weaning from a bottle should come soon after the first birthday, preferably by or before the 18-month mark unless your pediatrician tells you otherwise.
And here’s something to moo about: cow’s milk, which should replace formula at a year and be introduced even if you’re breastfeeding — the extra vitamin D is something your growing tot needs.
So reach into the dairy case at the grocery store and pull out the whole milk — 1-year-olds need the extra fat to boost brain development. Reduced-fat (2 percent) milk may be recommended instead for children at this age if obesity runs in the family or is a concern.
Your 12-month-old baby's health
It's time for baby's 1-year checkup — can you believe it?
While your little one rolls up sleeve for another round of vaccinations, take advantage of this time to ask the doctor how to wean baby from the bottle (if you haven't started already) or from the breast (if you're still nursing and plan to stop soon).
There’s plenty to do at this month’s well-baby visit. Your pediatrician will probably do a full physical examination and do a quick finger prick to test for anemia and lead. Now’s also a good time to bring up any concerns you may have — including those trying moments that result from your child’s growing sense of independence. Read More
The MMR vaccine protects against three contagious illnesses: measles, mumps and rubella (also known as German measles). Your child gets the first dose between 12 and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years old. Read More
Starting at 12 to 23 months, babies should get their first dose of the hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a contagious liver infection that, over time, can lead to liver failure. The second dose should be given at least 6 months later. Read More
Before the varicella vaccine became available, chickenpox (which is caused by the varicella virus) used to be one of the most common diseases in childhood. Now, babies get their first of two doses of the vaccine starting at 12 to 15 months and a second dose between 4 and 6 years of age. Read More
Pools can be a lot of fun, but because they can also be dangerous for little ones, it’s a good idea to set up some safety rules. Number one on the list: Never leave your child alone near a pool. Other smart strategies include enrolling your baby in swimming lessons as early as age 1 and making sure the pool is surrounded by an appropriately high fence. Read More
Postpartum & new baby tips
Soothing sore arms
Arms hurt from picking up baby? Many new parents note pain in the inner part of their wrists (thumb side), which gets worse when picking up a baby under the arms.
It's not carpal tunnel (which you may have experienced during pregnancy), but a condition called DeQuervain's tenosynovitis — a fancy name for an inflamed thumb tendon.
It's caused by the excessive use of the wrist, such as when picking up the baby, because the wrist and thumb are shouldering most of the weight. Fluid retention also contributes to the inflammation.
If you're suffering, try resting your wrists as much as possible. If you must pick your baby up under the arms, keep your wrists perfectly straight without letting them dip down.
Your doctor might also fit you with a wrist splint, and if the condition persists, may recommend a cortisone injection (not to worry — it's safe for breastfeeding) or, for last-ditch relief, surgery.
For everyday aches, tame the pain — or prevent it — with these strategies:
Work out with weights to strengthen your arms and shoulders, use arm rests or pillows when nursing, switch arms often when carrying the baby and the gear, use a baby carrier or sling to transfer your baby's weight from your arms to your back, and soothe sore muscles with a heating pad.
Playing with food
To the high-chair set, mealtime is just as much about experiencing food as it is about eating it.
Squishing those sweet potatoes between his fingers is a fascinating science experiment, smearing them on the tray is an art project, swiping them onto the ground is a lesson in cause and effect, and eating them ... well, that's just gravy.
If you want less discovery and more eating during mealtime, try offering only a couple of finger foods at a time and keep the portions pint-size. Too many choices and too-big portions can overwhelm a little eater.
Don’t make a huge deal about it if he chooses to play with his food, but do set limits on the scope of the mealtime mayhem (squishing as he nibbles, fine — flinging instead of eating, not so fine).
Leave pressure off the menu — let him eat as much or as little as he wants — and avoid the kind of overreactions that are sure to inspire a second serving of antics.
If there is one thing that little ones love more than playing with their food, it's getting your attention for playing with their food.
It can be stressful to bathe a squirmy baby in the tub. For someone who’s just discovering his mobility, it’s no fun taking life sitting down … even in the bath.
Luckily, older babies may be stubbornly squirmy but still easily distracted. So keep the distractions coming.
In the tub, sing a special, silly bathtime song, blow bubbles for him to pop, make a splash (if he’s game, of course), fill and empty cups, float and sink ships or dunk the dolly.
And try to work fast — unless your little one’s really grimy, a few quick swipes with a washcloth should get the job done with a minimum of wriggling.
The less attention paid to the wriggling, by the way, the better — smiles or scolding will both reinforce the behavior you’re trying to discourage.
Create a diaper-changing station on each level of your home so you don't have to traipse up and down steps for every change, and keep a few changes of clothes handy in each spot as well.
In your little one's closet, install a low-hanging rod and presto: You'll have double the amount of hanging space. If there's room for shelves, even better — use them for extra diapers, out-of-season clothes (stored in clear plastic bins) and the like.
As your baby grows and becomes more interested in toys and books, keep a bin or basket with a few cool choices in all the rooms you spend lots of time in together.
But consider making one room (maybe the living room, master bedroom or your office) a baby-free zone — the one place you can go to escape primary colors!
Give him every opportunity to stand (and move) on his own two legs.
Push-toys are terrific for fine-tuning locomotion, but find other opportunities to help him master mobility.
For example, let him push a pint-sized stroller, or entice your soon-to-be toddler to toddle over by sitting a few steps away and holding a favorite toy.
Does your tot love pulling your hair? Keep those tiny fingers busy with finger games and songs, with rounds of patty-cake and by giving him a pulling option ... one without nerve endings (e.g. a long-haired stuffed animal — which you can let him rub without the ouch).
Also tickle his sense of touch with a variety of fabrics — soft, silky, furry, fuzzy — and when he goes for your hair, pull out that faux-fur pillow for him to stroke instead.
Buying stuffed toys
Trying to buy some stuffed animals for your little softy? Take note of these guidelines when shopping for your older baby:
1. Steer clear of features made of buttons, beads or other small objects that could fall (or be chewed) off. The same goes for clothing, accessories and any other decorations. The bottom line: Any items that are glued or sewn on have a good chance of ending up in a baby's mouth.
2. Check ears, paws, tails (and everywhere else) to ensure the toy is wire-free. Even if the wire is covered with "fur," there's a chance it could poke through and injure your little one.
3. Anything that's stringy (for example, hair, ribbons or leashes longer than 6 inches) should be avoided or removed if at all possible.
From the What to Expect editorial team and Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting. What to Expect follows strict reporting guidelines and uses only credible sources, such as peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions and highly respected health organizations. Learn how we keep our content accurate and up-to-date by reading our medical review and editorial policy.
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30 “My Niece's First Birthday" Wishes That Will Make Her Happy
Birthdays are the right moment to show appreciation for others. It's also a time to celebrate and show care and affection for loved ones. And today is extra special as you make a toast to your niece. Share my niece's first birthday wishes with her to express your heartfelt admiration.
You've been the princess of our hearts since the day you were born.
I wish you happiness and lots of love for becoming a one-year-old.
Your presence brings happiness into the life of people around you. Happy birthday.
We wish you receive we could return the love and affection you bring when you're around. Happy Birthday.
You've brought grace into our lives. Love you and happy birthday.
You're the sweetest and most loveable one-year-old niece.
Today's the day for you to relax and enjoy it to the fullest. Happy birthday. May you receive happiness in your life.
Happy birthday to my adorable little niece who's now a one-year-old.
Enjoy! There are gifts to unwrap, candles to blow out, and the list goes on.
I want you to live every day of your life to the fullest. Happy birthday.
You're a wonderful niece and you will always be my special queen.
Whatever you do, my little niece, it makes us fall in love with you.
I've waited a year for this day to share your first birthday cake with you.
Get ready for an adventurous life as you're growing with grace.
Happy birthday to my niece, who has completed her 1st year in this world.
Although the cake is sweet, it can't beat the sweetness you bring into my life.
Always remember that you're the sweetest girl I've ever seen in my life.
I pray that you always experience the same happiness you bring into our lives.
May you always be happy like today on your birthday.
I thank God that he has gifted me with such a beautiful little niece. I know I'm the luckiest one.
Remember that God will always be with you.
I pray that this birthday is one of the best in your life.
You're growing with grace.
You deserve many kisses on your first birthday. Happy, lovely birthday.
We are happy to see you growing up so fast. We thank God for that.
While blowing the candles, pray that you enjoy every moment ahead of you.
As you grow older, may you lose count of celebrations you have on your birthdays.
My little niece, you deserve a life of love, and happiness.
I wish you a life full of fun and freedom.
You grow beautiful by the minute, my cute little niece.
1st month baby wishes
Birthdays are special occasions that call for a celebration, and first birthdays are all the more special to parents. Your baby may not remember the celebrations, but they can surely read all the wishes you have written for them after they grow up. So, shower as many birthday wishes as you can on the little one.
Whether you want to pen those wishes on a birthday card or have them on a banner, MomJunction is here to help you in the task. Here is a list of beautiful, heart-melting, and even funny 1st birthday wishes you could use.
1st Birthday Wishes For Daughter
Having a baby changes your perspective on life. It brings little joys and sweet moments every day, such as being kissed by your baby or waking up next to a cooing or gurgling baby girl. Here are some first birthday wishes your daughter will cherish after she grows up to understand their value:
2. “Our first year with you has been the most special year of our lives. We continue to love you more and more every day.”
3. “Well, little princess, your reign over the kingdom of our hearts has reached a full year.”
4. “Pink lips, bright eyes and beautiful hair, you already look like a doll! My pretty one, you are going to grow up into a star. Happy 1st birthday!”
5. ”Baby girl, we could never give you a gift as great as the one you have given us. We are blessed to have a beautiful daughter.”
6. “You may not remember the flavor of your first birthday cake, but you will always feel the warmth and love that your parents put into making it a special one. Happy birthday!”
8. “You have graced our lives for a full year now. Thank you for all that you have given to us. Happy birthday!”
9. “You give us a gift every day. One year with you has meant 365 special gifts for us. Each day with you in our lives is an irreplaceable and priceless present.”
10. “Happy birthday to the sweetest one-year-old little girl we have ever known.”
11. “It’s been a whole year since we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl. We count those blessings every day.”
12. “Enjoy your special day. You deserve a lifetime of happiness.”
14. “This is just the first of many “happy birthdays” for you. Have a deliciously fun 1st birthday, little cutie!”
15. Watching you grow day by day is in itself is a pretty sight. I’m sure you’ll grow up into a wonderful person just like your parents. Happy first birthday, my child.”
16. “With your unlimited cuteness, you have the power to make anyone do whatever you want. Happy first birthday to the most powerful person in the family right now.”
17. “When you blow out your candle today, make a wish for time to stop passing by so quickly.”
18. “Our lil princess, you are one year old already? Where did the days fly? We hope to celebrate many more birthdays. Happy birthday, darling.”
20. “Roses are red, violets are blue, today you are one, next year you’ll be two! Happy birthday!”
21. “Your first year has flown by so quickly, baby girl. Please try not to grow up too fast!”
22. “May your first year be the first of many more filled with just as much love and happiness.”
23. “Happy birthday my sugar plum! May your special day and every other day bring you as much happiness as you bring to all of us!”
24. “We pray that your life continues to be a blessing to your family and that your family continues to be a blessing to you. With lots of love, Happy first birthday!”
26. “The warmest birthday greetings to my cute little princess! May this carefree happiness and joy of your first birthday continue for many years to come!”
27. “Life will have its twists and turns, ups and downs, but your innocent smile will always wipe off our frowns……happy first birthday!”
28. “My little darling, may every year of your life be as happy-go-lucky as your first one. Happy first birthday!”
29. “I want to give you a big hug, my precious little bug. Happy birthday to an incredibly great-looking one-year-old (considering your genes).”
30. “Hoping you have a great start in life, my precious, little darling. May it begin with your first birthday!”
32. “You might not be able to blow out the candles on your cake. But your love is like the light of a million candles that brightens up our lives in a way that no one can explain. Happy birthday my dear girl.”
33. “Your angelic smile and your innocent eyes support my belief that life is worth living despite all the troubles. Happy birthday, my daughter.”
34. “Whether you turn one, thirteen or eighteen, you will always be my life’s reigning queen. Happy first birthday.”
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1st Birthday Wishes For Son
Birthdays give parents a wonderful opportunity to express their love for their little boys. Here are some unique first birthday wishes for sons:
35. ”You may be just a toddler and may not really care, but we promise to celebrate your birthday with pomp and flair. Happy first birthday!”
37. “Hope you get spoiled on your first birthday. You are an awesome kid and deserve the best things in your life. Enjoy your first special day little prince!”
38. “Have an awesome day today! You might not remember it, but we all will because it is a special day – the first of many birthdays to come.”
39. “It is your big day today little boy! We wish you a very special birthday because you only turn one once.”
40. “You are one today, and this is a very special day. You might not know it yet, but you are loved by all. Have a great first birthday!”
41. “Happy first birthday! You are going to be a big boy, and we all look forward to seeing you continue to grow.”
43. “Hey kiddo, we wish you a great day and hope you receive some great presents.”
44. “Happy first birthday to you. Have a rocking day today, and enjoy your cake and ice-cream.”
45. “Are you ready to turn one? Ready or not, you are now one! All the best to you, we love you.”
46. “Nothing can explain how proud we are of you and how blessed we are to know you. Have a great birthday today.”
47. “Many great wishes to you on your first birthday. I wish you nothing but happiness today.”
49. ”In only twelve more years, you will become a rebellious teenager who will not like being given hugs and kisses. Until then, let me cuddle you to my heart’s content. Wish you a happy first birthday.”
50. “We can’t believe you are now one! Have a joyful day today and always. Bless you!”
51. “We have the best son in the world, and we love you very much. Enjoy your day today.”
52. “Happy first birthday to the best boy ever. You’re loved by everyone around you, and you are going to have an awesome day today.”
54. “Are you really one today? Wow, time has gone by fast. You are the best son anyone could have. Enjoy your first birthday.”
55. “Many great wishes to you on your first birthday ever. I want to wish you nothing but happiness today.”
56. “You are a great son, an awesome nephew and a great brother, and you are only one! We look forward to celebrating your birthday today.”
57. “You may only be turning one, but you have already made a huge impact in our world. Have a good birthday.”
58. “Dear birthday boy, when you came into this world, you made everyone around you happier. We all gratefully look forward to another year of joy as we watch you grow.”
60. “You have a natural ability to make people smile and laugh. You could probably do standup comedy, if only you could keep your balance better.”
61. “You’re not just one year old. You are 12 months old. That makes you sound a lot older. Happy first birthday anyway!”
62. “One year ago you came into our life and brought with you so much sunshine and joy! Happy birthday, little darling, let me give you a huge hug!”
63. “You are so little right now but you have brought unimaginably large amounts of happiness in our lives. Happy birthday son.”
64. “You seem to have miraculous powers, little one. You can’t walk or talk but the entire household functions as per your demands. Happy birthday.”
66. “Who knew that one tiny little ball of sweetness (YOU) could improve the lives of so many? Happy Birthday to our little miracle.”
67. “Don’t worry if you don’t understand what is happening around you. First birthdays are understood and enjoyed only in hindsight in the form of cute selfies taken by mommy and daddy. Happy birthday little one.”
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First Birthday Wishes For A Niece
Nieces hold a special place in the hearts of their aunts and uncles. They are pampered, spoilt and doted upon. Your niece’s first birthday gives you yet another opportunity to shower all your love and affection. Here are some first birthday wishes to show your love:
68. “Happy first birthday! Remember that there’s more to life than birthday cake, balloons, and presents. There’s also ice cream. Whether your mom likes it or not, you will always be spoilt by me. Happy birthday to my lovely niece.”
69. “Cuddle-coo, sweetie-shoo, pretty-poo – I want to wish you a happy first birthday, but I just can’t get over how cute you are!”
70. “Everyone says you have gone by my looks! Well, then you are definitely beautiful my little girl. Happy birthday my beautiful niece!”
72. “Happy first birthday to my favorite rolly-polly of love, my honey bunch of joy.”
73. “The cutest selfies ever, are the ones taken with you. Happy first birthday.”
74. “Turning one year old is AWESOME! You get to smash cake all over the place, spit it back out on your Mom, and if anyone gets mad at you, just cry a lot, and they’ll forgive you. Have a Happy Birthday, kiddo!”
75. “You have the sweetest laugh and the sweetest cry. I can’t stop loving you no matter how much I try. Happy birthday!”
76. “You are the family’s little wonder. Today is your day to steal the thunder. Happy first birthday!”
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First Birthday Wishes For A Nephew
The bond between nephews and uncles/aunts is momentous. They share those special moments and absolutely live in them without a care in the world. Here are some special first birthday wishes for your nephew:
78. “We are lucky to have you as a nephew, and we want to say happy birthday to you.”
79. ”I thank God you are my nephew, and you will have a blessed day today. Happy first birthday to you.”
80. ”Are you sure that you haven’t learned how to write yet? Because you carved your name all over my heart on the very day you were born. Happy first birthday.”
81. ”Happy first birthday to the cutest little scamp I’ve ever known!”
82. ”You are going to melt my heart and empty my pockets because I just can’t resist pampering you with gifts again and again. Happy birthday!”
84. “Happy birthday to a magical one-year-old who has me under his spell. It’s so much fun when you turn one. Happy first birthday, my little sweetheart! Enjoy every moment!”
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First Birthday Wishes From Guests
One-year-olds cannot read, so you should focus on choosing a message that the mom and dad can appreciate. You can choose birthday messages that describe how adorable the baby is, or you can induce some humor into your messages by making light fun of how the baby has turned their world upside down.
Here are some first birthday wishes that can give you the right amount of inspiration:
85. ”Finding the perfect gift for a baby, who has already received the wonderful gift of perfect genes, is not easy. Happy first birthday to the little one and best wishes to the proud mommy and daddy!”
86. ”Happy first birthday to a super-cute bundle of joy so full of energy. Lots and lots of energy from all of us!”
87. ”We want to be the first ones to wish “happy first birthday” to the first baby in the family and the proud parents.”
88. ”Happy first birthday! At your age, life gives full you so many opportunities…to throw food at grown-ups.”
90. ”One is more Onederful than you ever Onedered. Happy first birthday!”
91. ”Congratulations, your parents have managed to tolerate you, and you have managed to tolerate your parents for one whole year. Only about two more decades to go before you move out. Happy first birthday.”
92. “Happy first birthday to you! We love you like your parents do and hope you have many amazing presents that you enjoy playing with.”
93. “Your parents are lucky to have you, as you are to have them! Such a perfect family! Such a perfect family! Happy birthday little one.”
94. “Forget the latest iPhone. YOU are the latest obsession of the entire family. Happy 1st birthday.”
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Funny First Birthday Wishes
And what’s a birthday without a little bit of fun. In fact, birthdays mean fun, frolic, and food. Here are some funny first birthday wishes that can tickle your funny bones.
96. “First birthday is special because it‘s the only time when you can eat your birthday cake with your hands, face or feet! Happy bday!”
97. “Never underestimate the power that one-year-olds possess. From constant squeals to dirty nappies, they make everyone dance on their tiny fingers. Happy birthday.”
98. “On your first birthday, we want to celebrate the miracle of your birth and new life by stuffing our faces in front of you. Yum! Happy first Birthday!”
99. “Let’s toast to a year of sleepless nights and immeasurable joy! You turned one!”
100. “Wishing you a Onederful birthday, full of Oneder.”
102. “Turning one means never having to say you’re sorry. Just cry and only stop when your mom and dad have forgiven you. Enjoy the good times, while they last!”
103. “Hoping you shake, rattle and roll every second of your first birthday!”
104. “Unwrapping gifts, blowing candles, playing games, eating cake and having fun. There is so much work to do, and you are just one. Happy birthday!”
105. “Don’t be upset if you can’t blow all your candles in one go. It only means that you still have a lot to grow. Happy first birthday!”
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The best wishes are the ones that come from the heart. Use these wishes as they are or use them as an inspiration to write your own wishes. With these good wishes and more, we hope your baby has a wonderful first birthday. A very happy birthday to him/her and congratulations to you on surviving the first year successfully.
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Anniversary of the birth of a person (or an institution)
For other uses, see Birthday (disambiguation).
A birthday is the anniversary of the birth of a person, or figuratively of an institution. Birthdays of people are celebrated in numerous cultures, often with birthday gifts, birthday cards, a birthday party, or a rite of passage.
Many religions celebrate the birth of their founders or religious figures with special holidays (e.g. Christmas, Mawlid, Buddha's Birthday, and Krishna Janmashtami).
There is a distinction between birthday and birthdate: The former, other than February 29, occurs each year (e.g. January 15), while the latter is the exact date a person was born (e.g. January 15, 2001).
In most legal systems, one becomes designated as an adult on a particular birthday (usually between 12 and 21), and reaching age-specific milestones confers particular rights and responsibilities. At certain ages, one may become eligible to leave full-time education, become subject to military conscription or to enlist in the military, to consent to sexual intercourse, to marry with parental consent, to marry without parental consent, to vote, to run for elected office, to legally purchase (or consume) alcohol and tobacco products, to purchase lottery tickets, or to obtain a driver's licence. The age of majority is the age when minors cease to legally be considered children and assume control over their persons, actions, and decisions, thereby terminating the legal control and legal responsibilities of their parents or guardians over and for them. Most countries set the age of majority at 18, though it varies by jurisdiction.
Many cultures have one or more coming of age birthdays:
- In Canada and the United States, families often mark a girl's 16th birthday with a "sweet sixteen" celebration – often represented in popular culture.
- In some Hispanic countries, as well as in Portuguese-speaking Brazil, the quinceañera (Spanish) or festa de quinze anos (Portuguese) celebration traditionally marks a girl's 15th birthday.
- In Nepal and India, on a child's first birthday, their head is shaved while being held by a special fire. Removal of the hair is believed to cleanse the child of any evil in past lives, and symbolizes a renewal of the soul. Hindu male children of some castes, like Brahmins, have the 12th or 13th birthday replaced with a grand "thread ceremony". The child takes a blessed thread and wears it, symbolizing his coming of age. This is called the Upanayana.
- In the Philippines, a coming-of-age party called a debut is held for girls on their 18th birthday, and for boys on their 21st birthday.
- In some Asian countries that follow the zodiac calendar, there is a tradition of celebrating the 60th birthday.
- In Korea, many celebrate a traditional ceremony of Baek-il (Feast for the 100th day) and Doljanchi (child's first birthday).
- In Japan there is a Coming of Age Day, for all of those who have turned 20 years of age.
- In British Commonwealth nations cards from the Royal Family are sent to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter.
- In Ghana, on their birthday, children wake up to a special treat called "oto" which is a patty made from mashed sweet potato and eggs fried in palm oil. Later they have a birthday party where they usually eat stew and rice and a dish known as "kelewele", which is fried plantain chunks.
- Jewish boys have a bar mitzvah on their 13th birthday. Jewish girls have a bat mitzvah on their 12th birthday, or sometimes on their 13th birthday in Reform and Conservative Judaism. This marks the transition where they become obligated in commandments from which they were previously exempted and are counted as part of the community.
The birthdays of historically significant people, such as national heroes or founders, are often commemorated by an official holiday marking the anniversary of their birth.
- Catholic saints are remembered by a liturgical feast on the anniversary of their "birth" into heaven a.k.a. their day of death. The ancient Romans marked the anniversary of a temple dedication or other founding event as a dies natalis, a term still sometimes applied to the anniversary of an institution (such as a university).
An individual's Beddian birthday, named in tribute to firefighter Bobby Beddia, occurs during the year that their age matches the last two digits of the year they were born.
In many cultures and jurisdictions, if a person's real birthday is not known (for example, if they are an orphan), then their birthday may be adopted or assigned to a specific day of the year, such as January 1. The birthday of Jesus is celebrated at Christmas. Racehorses are reckoned to become one year old in the year following their birth on the first of January in the Northern Hemisphere and the first of August in the Southern Hemisphere.
In many parts of the world,[vague] an individual's birthday is celebrated by a party where a specially made cake, usually decorated with lettering and the person's age, is presented. The cake is traditionally studded with the same number of lit candles as the age of the individual, or a number candle representing their age. The celebrated individual will usually make a silent wish and attempt to blow out the candles in one breath; if successful, a tradition holds that the wish will be granted. In many cultures, the wish must be kept secret or it won't "come true". Presents are bestowed on the individual by the guests appropriate to their age. Other birthday activities may include entertainment (sometimes by a hired professional, i.e. a clown, magician, or musician), and a special toast or speech by the birthday celebrant. The last stanza of Patty Hill's and Mildred Hill's famous song, "Good Morning to You" (unofficially titled "Happy Birthday to You") is typically sung by the guests at some point in the proceedings. In some countries a piñata takes the place of a cake.
Main article: Name day
In some historically Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox countries,[a] it is common to have a 'name day', otherwise known as a 'Saint's day'. It is celebrated in much the same way as a birthday, but it is held on the official day of a saint with the same Christian name as the birthday person; the difference being that one may look up a person's name day in a calendar, or easily remember common name days (for example, John or Mary); however in pious traditions, the two were often made to concur by giving a newborn the name of a saint celebrated on its birthday, or possibly the name of a feast, for example, Noel or Pascal (French for Christmas and "of Easter"); as another example, Togliatti was given Palmiro as his first name because he was born on Palm Sunday.
Some notables, particularly monarchs, have an official birthday on a fixed day of the year, which may not necessarily match the day of their birth, but on which celebrations are held. Examples are:
- Jesus Christ's traditional birthday is celebrated as Christmas Eve or Christmas Day around the world, on December 24 or 25, respectively. As some Eastern churches use the Julian calendar, December 25 will fall on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. These dates are traditional and have no connection with the actual birthday date of Jesus, which is not recorded in the Gospels.
- Similarly, the birthdays of the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist are liturgically celebrated on September 8 and June 24, especially in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions (although for those Eastern Orthodox churches using the Julian calendar the corresponding Gregorian dates are September 21 and July 7 respectively). As with Christmas, the dates of these celebrations are traditional and probably have no connection with the actual birthdays of these individuals.
- The Queen's Official Birthday in Australia, Fiji, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
- The Grand Duke's Official Birthday in Luxembourg is typically celebrated on June 23. This is different from the monarch's actual date of birth, which is on April 16.
- Koninginnedag in the Kingdom of the Netherlands was typically celebrated on April 30. Queen Beatrix fixed it at the birthday of her mother, the previous queen, to avoid the winter weather associated with her own birthday in January. The present monarch's birthday is 27 April, and is also celebrated on that day and has replaced the 30th of April celebration of Koninginnedag.
- The previous Japanese Emperor Showa (Hirohito)'s birthday was April 29. After his death, the holiday was kept as "Showa no Hi", or "Showa Day". This holiday falls close to Golden Week, the week in late April and early May.
- Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il's birthdays are celebrated in North Korea as a national holiday.
- Washington's Birthday, commonly referred to as Presidents' Day, is a federal holiday in the United States that celebrates the birthday of George Washington. President Washington's birthday is observed on the third Monday of February each year. However, his actual birth date was either February 11 (Old Style), or February 22 (New Style).
- In India, every year October 2 which marks the Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, is declared as a holiday. All the liquor shops are closed across the country in honour of Gandhi not consuming liquor.
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15.
- Mawlid is the official birthday of Muhammad and is celebrated on the 12th or 17th day of Rabi' al-awwal by adherents of Sunni and Shia Islam respectively. These are the two most commonly accepted dates of birth of Muhammad.
Distribution through the year
Birthdays are fairly evenly distributed through the year, with some seasonal effects.
In the United States, there tend to be more births in September and October. This may be because there is a holiday season nine months before (the human gestation period is about nine months), or because the longest nights of the year also occur in the Northern Hemisphere nine months before. However, it appears the holidays have more of an effect on birth rates than the winter: New Zealand, a Southern Hemisphere country, has the same September and October peak with no corresponding peak in March and April. The least common birthdays tend to fall around public holidays, such as Christmas, New Year's Day and fixed-date holidays such as July 4 in the US.
In the United States between 1973 and 1999, September 16 is the most common birthday in the United States and December 25 the least common birthday (other than February 29, because of leap years). In 2011, October 5 and 6 were reported as the most frequently occurring birthdays.
In New Zealand, the most common birthday is September 29, and the least common birthday is December 25. The ten most common birthdays all fall within a thirteen-day period, between September 22 and October 4. The ten least common birthdays (other than February 29) are December 24–27, January 1–2, February 6, March 22, April 1 and April 25. This is based on all live births registered in New Zealand between 1980 and 2017.
Positive and negative associations with culturally significant dates may influence birth rates. The study shows a 5.3% decrease in spontaneous births and a 16.9% decrease in Caesarean births on Halloween, compared to dates occurring within one week before and one week after the October holiday. In contrast, on Valentine's Day there is a 3.6% increase in spontaneous births and a 12.1% increase in Caesarean births.
In Sweden 9.3% of the population is born in March and 7.3% in November when a uniform distribution would give 8.3%.
In the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365.
A person born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leaper". In common years, they usually celebrate their birthdays on February 28. In some situations, March 1 is used as the birthday in a non-leap year since it is the day following February 28.
Technically, a leapling will have fewer birthday anniversaries than their age in years. This phenomenon is exploited when a person claims to be only a quarter of their actual age, by counting their leap-year birthday anniversaries only. In Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic operaThe Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate apprentice discovers that he is bound to serve the pirates until his 21st birthday rather than until his 21st year. For legal purposes, legal birthdays depend on how local laws count time intervals.
Main article: Buddha's birthday
Many monasteries celebrate the anniversary of Buddha's birth, usually in a highly formal, ritualized manner. They treat Buddha's statue as if it was Buddha himself, as if he were alive; bathing, and "feeding" him.
Origen in his commentary "On Levites" writes that Christians should not only refrain from celebrating their birthdays, but should look on them with disgust.
Ordinary folk celebrated their saint's day (the saint they were named after), but nobility celebrated the anniversary of their birth. The "Squire's Tale", one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, opens as King Cambuskan proclaims a feast to celebrate his birthday.
While almost all Christians accept the practice today, Jehovah's Witnesses and some Sacred Name groups refrain from celebrating birthdays due to the custom's pagan origins, its connections to magic and superstitions. While Christmas is the celebration of Christ's Birth, some religious groups see it as being portrayed in a negative light.
Orthodox Christianity in addition to birthdays, also celebrate the name day of a person.
Hindus celebrate the birth anniversary day every year when the day that corresponds to lunar month or solar month (Sun Signs Nirayana System – Sourava Mana Masa) of birth and has the same asterism (Star/Nakshatra) as that of the date of birth. That age is reckoned whenever Janma Nakshatra of the same month passes.
Hindus regard death to be more auspicious than birth since the person is liberated from the bondages of material society. Also, traditionally, rituals & prayers for the departed are observed on 5th and 11th day with many relatives gathering.
Some Muslims especially from the Salafi school of thought oppose the celebration of a birthday as a sin, as it is considered an "innovation" of the faith, or bi'dah, while other clerics have issued statements saying that the celebration of a birthday is permissible.
Some Muslims migrating to the United States adopt the custom of celebrating birthdays, especially for children, but others resist.
There is also a great deal of controversy regarding celebrating Mawlid (the anniversary of the birth of Muhammad). While a section of Islam strongly favours it, others decry such celebrations, terming them as out of the scope of Islam.
In Judaism, the perspective on birthday celebrations is disputed by various rabbis, although today it is accepted practice by most of the faithful. In the Hebrew Bible, the one single mention of a celebration being held in commemoration of someone's day of birth is for the Egyptian Pharaoh which is recorded in Genesis 40:20.RabbiMoshe Feinstein always acknowledged birthdays. The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged people to celebrate their birthdays, by gathering friends, making positive resolutions, and through various religious observances. According to Rabbi Yissocher Frand, the anniversary of a person's birth is a special day for that person's prayers to be accepted.
The bar mitzvah of 13-year-old Jewish boys, or bat mitzvah for 12-year-old Jewish girls, is perhaps the only Jewish celebration undertaken in what is often perceived to be in coalition with a birthday. Despite modern celebrations where the secular "birthday" element often overshadows the essence of it as a religious rite, the essence of a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah celebration is entirely religious in origin (i.e. the attainment of religious maturity according to Jewish law), however, and not secular. With or without the birthday celebration, the child nevertheless becomes a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, and the celebration may be on that day or any date after it.
Sikhs celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak.
According to Herodotus (5th century BC), of all the days in the year, the one which the Persians celebrate most is their birthday. It was customary to have the board furnished on that day with an ampler supply than common: the richer people eat wholly baked cow, horse, camel, or donkey (Greek: ὄνον), while the poorer classes use instead the smaller kinds of cattle.
The Romans enthusiastically celebrated birthdays with hedonistic parties and generous presents.
See also: Chinese first birthday
Chinese birthday traditions reflect the culture's deep-seated focus on longevity and wordplay. From the homophony between 酒 ("rice wine") and 久 (meaning "long" in the sense of time passing), osmanthus and other rice wines are traditional gifts for birthdays in China. Longevity noodles are another traditional food consumed on the day, although western-style birthday cakes are increasingly common among urban Chinese.
The Japanese really started celebrating birthdays after WWII based on Western influences. Children's birthday parties are the most important, with a cake, candles, and singing. Adults will often just celebrate with their partner.
In North Korea, people do not celebrate birthdays on July 8 and December 17 because these were the dates of the deaths of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, respectively. More than 100,000 North Koreans celebrate displaced birthdays on July 9 and December 18 to avoid these dates. A person born on July 8 before 1994 may change their birthday, with official recognition. Kim Il-sung's birthday, Day of the Sun, is the most important public holiday of the country, and Kim Jong-il's birthday is celebrated as Day of the Shining Star.
See also: Korean birthday celebrations and Korean first birthday celebration
The beginning of life is heavily celebrated in South Korea. A child's first birthday is a momentous occasion. Also, an infant in South Korea is considered 1 year old. This is because January 1 is considered the birthday of every Korean person (see also East Asian age reckoning).
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