by Jovanna Acevedo Quesada
Since your child's been born they've been waiting for this momentous birthday!
Your running, climbing, chattering preschooler anticipates this birthday party. It's a first.
Happy birthday, leapling! Although nearly four years old, February 29 marks your child's first birthday.
About 187,000 people in the US and 4 million people in the world share a Leap Day birthday. Is your child one of them?
One family celebrates their leapling's birthday on a Saturday before or after the birthday. When their son turned nine, he realized that he didn't have a "birthday" that year, and finally figured out why his birthday always were on Saturday.
Another family chooses to celebrate "a day after." Mom says that leaplings were born the "day after" February 28. March 1 was usually the celebration but when the birthday actually fell on Leap Year they did whole "themed" parties and really got into it.
Give a baby's first birthday card and decorate the cake with the number one. Activities might include spinning for prizes (with the background labeled 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, Happy First Birthday) or make a "commemorative plate." You write the special date around the edge and the kids decorate the center.
Older kids might enjoy hosting a "sLEAP-over" with a Kermit theme. Focus games and activities around your frog theme. Shape the cake into a lily pad and top with a frog.
Most party planners recommend an even number of guests. Since leap day is outside the norm, one moms of a leapling made it a point to always invite an odd number.
And the years in between? Be 1 1/4 or 2 1/2, laugh at it and enjoy the joke.
All you leaplings out there, have a hoppin' good time!
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