For the parents and caregivers of children who rely on non-tradition nutrition like tube feeds or TPN, birthdays can be stressful. Like so many events, milestones, and holidays, it seems like they traditionally revolve around food. But they don’t have to.
No matter whether your little one can eat a small amount of smooth or blended foods or nothing at all, there are options to make their birthday feel special. If your child is old enough, get their opinion on the matter. Ask what they would like to do for the big day (e.g., an activity or a game). If they’re too young or unable to tell you what they might want, consider this list of ways to celebrate birthdays without food.
Celebrate the day with a unique activity or a day-trip to somewhere engaging.
Go over the top with decorations. Consider turning the house or a room of the house into a special themed area while they sleep, so it feels like a magical transformation happened.
Music really does have the power to bring people together, and there are ways to use it during birthdays that will uplift and brighten the mood.
The act of giving really is a gift. You can try to teach your child about all the rewards of compassion.
Gus Gear Wishes You a Happy BirthdayDo you have any ideas or traditions for celebrating birthdays without cake or food as the focus? Please, share them with us on Facebook or Instagram. Remember, our products, including our Central Line Vest and G-Tube Wrap, were made to allow you and your family to enjoy the little (but important) things like birthdays safely and joyfully.