How to Write First Birthday Messages

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How to Write First Birthday Messages
Try to write a message that expresses exactly how you feel. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Writing a birthday message to a 1-year-old may seem like an odd thing to do, but it can be a useful and rewarding exercise. While the child will not be reading the card, the parents will, and it is a great opportunity to express how you feel about their child in a direct and meaningful way. If either parent is the scrapbooking type, it's possible the child will read the message years after its writing. By then, the sentiments expressed will be fully understood and appreciated.

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    Think about what you want to say. Now is not a time to aim for Shakespearean wit and wisdom. You're expressing your thoughts and feelings about this child. Do you want to talk about the happiness he has brought into the world or the amazing and uncharted life he will lead? Begin by making notes about how you feel when you think about the bouncing bundle of joy.

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    Write directly to the birthday boy or girl. Because the child can't read yet, it's easy to write for the benefit of his mom and dad. If you direct your thoughts or feelings to the baby, the parents will understand what you're saying. Try to picture the child reading this card many years from now and make sure you'd still be happy with the message you've sent.

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    Tell the child how you have been affected by his arrival and first year on earth. Whether you're a parent, godfather, proud aunt or a family friend, you will have seen the changes that have occurred since the baby's birth. Express the happiness the child has brought to you and everyone around him. Feel free to use personal anecdotes and stories about the baby's first year as the basis for your message.

Tips and warnings

  • There are no hard-and-fast rules. It's just as possible to touch someone with a simple sentiment as it is with a well-crafted poem, so give yourself the time and space to explore different formats until you find one that feels right.

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