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Baby’s 1st Birthday Essentials

Celebrating your baby’s first birthday is such an exciting time! We’ve had the privilege of celebrating five first birthday’s – one for each of my boys. It’s always such a bitter sweet day. It’s exciting to see their growth and development over the past year, but also heartbreaking to look back and remember your tiny newborn baby who needed you for everything. With their first birthday, their whole world is filled with changes from walking and talking and even transitioning to more table food. Our little babies are growing up, and it’s a really big milestone we get to celebrate – it’s one worth making a big deal about!

I received a Babies”R”Us gift card for this post. All opinions are my own. 

Getting ready to celebrate baby's first birthday? You'll want these 1st bday party essentials ready including a smash cake and birthday girl or boy outfit!

5 Essentials for the Perfect 1st Birthday!

Birthday Outfit – I have to say, this is a splurge that’s totally worth it! It might be an outfit that they’ll only wear once or a handful of times, but it really helps them feel special all through the day. When you go out and about people will stop you and talk to your little one and wish them a happy birthday. Plus, of course, the outfit will look darling in their pictures which last a lifetime. We even had a birthday bib with my first son!


How absolutely adorable are these two birthday outfits? Babies”R”Us has a bunch of cute outfits to pick from to make their first birthday celebrations memorable.


Decorations – Pick out a theme or go with a color and decorate the space to get ready for party time. I’ve yet to meet a 1-year-old that isn’t obsessed with balloons so those are a must for your birthday celebration! If you pick a mylar balloon, you can save it when it has deflated and stash it away in their memory box as a nice keepsake.


Smash Cake – It’s all the rage now to make an individual cake just for your little one and let them go to town. Even if you don’t get them a large fancy cake to call their own, be sure you pile up their high chair tray with a big helping of cake and frosting and let them go to town! It will make for the best pictures you’ll treasure forever!


Take Lots and Lots of Photos – You’ll certainly be busy on at the birthday festivities, so assign a family member or friend to capture the day for you. You really can’t have too many pictures of their big day and having lots and different angles will let you go back later to save your favorites.


Keepsakes – Make sure you capture and preserve this memory the very best you can! That could be, scrapbook the pictures from the day, saving the mylar balloons from the party, stashing their birthday outfit in their keepsake box, or whatever you can think of. We got this really hilarious birthday boy hat for one of my boy’s 1st birthday. It was so funny on him and still cracks me up to this day to see it. It makes a really memorable keepsake of his birthday.

andy-1st-birthdayI adore this reusable chalkboard photo prop available at Babies”R”Us. You can fill in your little one’s stats and favorites and preserves that information in a custom picture you can take with your little one once a month. I love this because baby books can get lost but pictures get backed up and stored and protected the best ways we know how, so even if you lose the baby book you can look back and watch their grow as you flip through your albums.


Geoffrey’s Birthday Club

Bonus Essential: Join Birthday Clubs! There’s nothing more fun than getting surprises in the mail. Toys”R”Us offers a free-to-join Geoffrey’s Birthday Club! When you join you can get a birthday phone call from Geoffrey, the Toys”R”Us mascot! You’ll also get a birthday card in the mail for your child with a coupons and discounts until your child’s 10th birthday. Head into Toys”R”Us on their birthday day and they’ll be recognized with a birthday crown, Geoffrey balloon, and a personalized announcement broadcast across the store!

My boys have been on the Geoffrey’s Birthday Club since they were little. They’re always counting down and asking when their birthday card will arrive. Sometimes it’s been a $5 off any purchase of $5 or more coupon and other times it’s been a percent off. Either way, it’s been big savings and a fun way to let them head into the store and pick out a gift to call their own.


Baby’s First Birthday Event at Babies”R”Us

If you have a little one having their very first birthday soon, you won’t want to miss this exciting Baby’s First Birthday event coming to Babies”R”Us stores this Saturday, August 27th from 10am-11am. Head into your local store to celebrate this big milestone with activities and giveaways along with inspiration to help guide your party planning for the big day! There will be another event coming up in January if you are still a ways off from the big first year celebration.

You can shop Babies”R”Us all year long for the perfect accessories, apparel, gifts, and My First Birthday products. Whatever you’re planning for their big day, head to a Babies”R”Us near you to make the day special.

How do you plan to make your baby’s first birthday special?

Amy Desrosiers

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

I really LOVE that last sign that shows all the baby's favorite things. I wish these ideas were around when my kids were little.

Liz Mays

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

These are some good ideas for a first birthday. It's always fun to do something special for such a milestone.

Janis @MommyBlogExpert

Tuesday 30th of August 2016

First birthdays are always a big deal, but sometimes they can be a bit overwhelming. Thanks for putting together such a fun and comprehensive list of things to make the big day special.


Tuesday 30th of August 2016

Those outfits are so cute! I love planning birthday parties for my girls! Since Their older now, I let them choose the theme.


Monday 29th of August 2016

I love planning birthday parties! I go all out! So much fun to plan and look forward to.

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