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5 Ideas for First Birthdays

Another set of babies is about to turn one this month!!  Time marches on…and as my mother-in-law so sweetly reminded me yesterday, it only seems to go faster as we get older.

Here are five ideas to help memorialize the occasion outside of the “smash cake” photos that are so popular now:

First Birthday Ideas - Sweet Pea Births Blog Peas, Pods and Papas
1. Make a print
Use a non-toxic ink or paint to make a handprint or footprint on acid-free paper.  Remember to date it, and also write some favorites on the page: color, song, food, toy, etc.  It’s okay if you forget to do it right on their birthday – there will be a lot going on that day!  The goal is to get a print sometime within a few weeks of their Big Day.

Otter's adorable feet ©2012 Maria Sauerbrei Photography2. Professional photo session
The digital age has ushered in a host of high-quality, affordable-cost professional options.  Many professional photographers have packages where session fee includes a disk of high-resolution images with a photo release.  An added benefit: they can come to you for a nominal fee!  We have found that we have a lot more success with the photo sessions that are in our home – the kiddos are comfortable and in a much better mood.  Children only turn one once.  It is such a treasure to look back at their one-year pictures.  See the end of this post for some photographers we like in the Phoenix area.  Even if you don’t hire a professional photographer, see our list of picture ideas listed below.

First Birthday Ideas - Sweet Pea Births Blog Peas, Pods and Papas3. Create a birthday book
Photobook technology has evolved alongside of digital photography.  Choose a reputable company and create a book that celebrates your child’s year.  You may not have it ready in time for their birthday party if you want to include those pictures, or some of their One-Year session images.  Imagine…if you keep it up, by the time they leave home, they will have a photo library of each year of their life in pictures and stories. 

Spread from Night Owl's 4. Food, Glorious Food
Is there a signature dish you want to serve at the birthday party?  Or maybe you are planning a special menu?  Record these on recipe cards and start recipe box you can keep adding to, to be given to your child as a “first-home” gift down the road.

First Birthday Ideas - Sweet Pea Births Blog Peas, Pods and Papas5. Write a letter
Take some time to write a letter to your child on the eve of their birthday.  What do you still remember about their Birth-Day?  What have you enjoyed about being their parent?  What are some of your favorite memories from the past year?  What have you learned from them?

I will leave you with this closing thought:
You want everything to be perfect for their Big Day, and Party Day if it does not coincide with their birthday.

Guess what?
Your baby is not going to remember “the day”.  They will be imprinted, as they always are, with the love you share with them *every day*.

Release the stress and celebrate your baby.  Whatever happens is going to happen.  Even if your planning is not executed to perfection, your baby is still turning one.  Your child is still sweet and adorable.  Your guests are there to celebrate your child, not the picture of perfection you are obsessing about.  (*guilty* Can you tell I speak from experience?) 

Set your plans into motion, call in for help, and then relax and enjoy your child’s first birthday – that day is never going to happen again and there are no “do-overs”.  Make the most of it!  Your baby loves to see your smile.

What are some birthday traditions in your family?
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Professional Photographers around Phoenix, Arizona
The photographers on this list are photographer we have used and/or are personally known by us. 

Brian Claybrook - BC Flix
Phone: (602) 909-4096  

Andrea Crawley Photography
Phone: (623) 329-7549

Erin Rudd Photography
Phone: (602) 909-4096

Maria Sauerbrei Photography
Phone: (480) 577-9968

Paula Scott - P.S. Photography
Phone: (928) 951-0175

PHOTO IDEAS we have used:
  • Favorite baby blanket
  • Favorite bow or hat that will be saved as a keepsake
  • Special birthday outfit that will be saved as a keepsake and handed down
  • Holding a sign that says the birthday year, “I turn 1 today”, “Today I am 1”, “1st Birthday”
  • Use a number “1” piñata as a prop (then re-use at their party!)
  • Walking hand in hand with parent(s)
  • To show growth over time:
*Next to a photo taken on their Birth-Day
*Next to their “coming home” outfit
*With a toy/favorite item that can be used for
  future birthdays
*Next to a piece of furniture that you plan on
  keeping in the family
*Next to a tree on your property

HERE is a link to some more keepsake ideas:

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3 Comments to 5 Ideas for First Birthdays:

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holistic treatment for fibromyalgia on Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:07 AM
I would prefer Professional photo session so as to keep memories with us.
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jennifer on Friday, March 1, 2013 5:16 PM
If you took any maternity pictures go back to the site with the baby
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Lillie on Monday, March 4, 2013 1:43 PM
In addition to the ever so popular cake smash, you could follow it up with a bath session. Cute ideas on Pinterest show babies after their cake smash in the yard with a hose and/or a tub with bubbles. The possibilities are many, especially if the weather is nice.
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