20 Best Gifts For a Baby’s 1st Birthday

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The first birthday holds a special place in a child’s life and the hearts of parents. It signifies the incredible growth and progress the baby has made during their first year of life, from a tiny bundle of joy into a curious and spirited toddler.

From those initial wobbly steps to the first babbled words, every small achievement is a reason to celebrate. This is why the first birthday is often marked by a grand celebration, surrounded by loved ones. Their presence is a reminder that this journey is shared, and the memories we create together become woven into the fabric of our child’s story.

Choosing a gift for a 1-year-old is a delicate art, a chance to give a piece of our heart in a tangible form. It’s about more than just the object; it’s about the possibilities it holds. A set of building blocks becomes a tower of dreams, a picture book unfolds into a world of imagination, and a soft plush toy becomes a steadfast friend on this exciting journey.

As you choose presents that align with safety, developmental needs, and the creation of lasting memories, you contribute to the child’s growth and happiness. By considering the transition from baby to toddler and the joy of family gatherings, you can select gifts that are both engaging for the child and pleasing for the parents.

Things to Consider When Choosing Gifts:

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Child Safety: When selecting a gift for a 1-year-old, safety is paramount. Opt for toys made from non-toxic materials, without small parts that could be a choking hazard. Look for products with rounded edges and secure attachments to ensure a worry-free playtime experience.

  1. Soft Stacking Blocks: Crafted from plush, non-toxic materials, soft stacking blocks provide tactile stimulation, encourage sensory exploration, and allow for safe play even during those curious chewing stages.
  2. Nesting Cups: These stackable cups are free from small parts, making them an excellent choice for safety-conscious parents. They promote hand-eye coordination, motor skills, and a sense of spatial relationships.

Developmental Milestones: Select toys that stimulate the child’s senses, motor skills, and cognitive development.

  • Activity Centers offer a range of interactive activities that encourage fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and cognitive development.
  • Stacking Toys help improve hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills while offering endless entertainment.
  • Shape Sorters introduce shapes, colors, and spatial awareness while enhancing problem-solving abilities.
  • Sturdy push-and-pull toys support gross motor skills, balance, and coordination while fostering a sense of independence and exploration.

Multifunctional: Look for toys that offer various activities and engage the child’s imagination.

  • Convertible Play Furniture: Consider a play table with storage or a toy chest that doubles as seating. These items provide a space-saving solution while fostering creativity and organization.
  • Soft Play Mats with interactive elements provide a safe and comfortable play area while stimulating sensory exploration.
  • Ride-On Toys that also have storage compartments or interactive features, combine playtime with practicality.
  • Activity tables combine various activities, such as bead mazes, shape sorters, and spinning gears, ensuring hours of engaging entertainment and skill development

Long-Lasting Toys: Choose items that will remain enjoyable as the child grows and develops.

  • Wooden Building Blocks never go out of style and can be enjoyed for years, promoting creativity, motor skills, and imaginative play.
  • High-quality, durable musical toys allow for self-expression and sensory development fostering a lifelong love for music.

Pleasing for Parents: Consider gifts that are not excessively noisy, too large, or overwhelming in terms of colors or design.

  • Quiet Books– containing various activities (crinkly textures, peek-a-boo flaps, and vibrant illustrations) that engage little ones without creating excessive noise.
  • Foldable Play Tents provide a cozy, imaginative space for play and can be easily stored when not in use.
  • Non-toxic, washable crayons and markers, along with coloring books, keep kids entertained and allow parents to cherish their child’s artistic endeavors.
  • Compact and portable busy boards offer a variety of sensory activities making them ideal for on-the-go entertainment

Functional and Engaging: Seek toys that provide both entertainment and education, fostering the child’s curiosity and creativity.

  • Bathtime can be fun and educational with interactive water toys that enhance sensory experiences.
  • Sensory Balls engage multiple senses and encourage tactile exploration.
  • Chunky, easy-to-grasp puzzles introduce problem-solving skills and spatial awareness.
  • Shape and Color Recognition Toys challenge cognitive skills and fine motor abilities, laying the foundation for logical thinking.

The first birthday gifts are an acknowledgment of the extraordinary potential that lies within that tiny frame.

They’re a nudge toward growth, a gentle encouragement to explore, create, and dream without limits.


5 questions to ask when choosing a photographer for your Baby´s First Birthday

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When it comes to choosing a professional photographer to capture your little one’s special moments, there are a few key questions you should ask. Here are five tips to help you find the perfect photographer for your needs:

1. Does the photographer have experience working with children? Capturing the perfect shot of a child can be a challenge, and a photographer with experience in this area will know how to read the signs and keep your child calm, safe, and happy.

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2. Does the photographer understand baby behavior? Not only can photography sessions be stressful for kids, but also for their parents. A photographer who understands the signs of stress or tiredness will know when to take a break, how to soothe the baby, or simply end the session.

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3. Does the photographer have any “tricks” to get the baby’s attention during the photo session? Experienced photographers understand that babies don’t naturally look at the camera and “smile”. They may use sounds, treats, and motion to get that perfect smile or expression that you can’t help but adore.

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4. Does the photographer ask questions about your baby’s behavior and likes/dislikes? Photographing babies is much more involved than just setting up a scene and capturing photos. Does your baby have any fears (balloons)? Your photographer should be asking questions to help determine the best decorations and time for your photo session.

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5. Does the photographer genuinely enjoy working with babies? This may seem like an obvious question, but not all photographers are meant to work with kids. A photographer who loves working with babies will be able to capture the perfect shots that will make your heart melt.

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First Birthday Session Guide


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First Birthday photography can be incredibly challenging, but I work with other small business owners in order to offer my clients unique First Birthday sessions.
There’s some prep and planning involved to make the shoot more successful so I have compiled a list to help us get the most out of your Baby First Birthday session.

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I recommend to have the First Birthday sessions when the child is between 11- 14 months old. Also, based on my experience of working with hundreds of children and from my own experience as a mother, the best time to do the photoshoot is after the baby had the morning nap – she / he will then be relaxed and more willing to cooperate for the photo session.

I love to get parents involved in the process so, if you have any décor/special items you would like to incorporate in to session, please let me know. I have many backgrounds, props and outfits available at the studio and I am always adding more.

A well fed baby is a happy baby. My advice is to feed the baby right before our session but don´t forget to bring a bottle water/milk and have baby’s favourite snacks on hand.
I am also happy to take as many breaks as baby needs if he or she gets hungry during our shoot. The goal is to keep the baby in good mood and to capture great memories.

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About 30 minutes before your session, please loosen baby’s diaper and any clothing with waist bands that could leave those little imprint marks. Loosening them before gives them time to disappear.

Poop happens! Please don’t be upset or feel bad if baby decides it’s time to go potty when he/she is being photographed! This is totally natural and it’s just part of the job.
It would definitely be helpful if you had a stack of extra wipes available for when things get messy though.


You will be involved in the photo session and it can get messy! It is always a good idea to bring spare clothes 🙂

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If you’d like to see if I’m the right photographer for you, send me an email at info@carmen.photo to book a free consultation.

I am looking forward to meeting you and your baby at my studio in Zürich.

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Family Photo session Special Offer

All the events I was supposed to photograph and all my bookings in the studio are cancelled until at least mid April but I am confident that things will get back to normal soon.

Hopefully, after these difficult times we will re-discover the importance of being together with friends and family, sharing moments of joy and we will understand the importance of creating memories instead of having possessions.

My goal as photographer is to capture the personality of the people and pets through photography. For now, in order to protect us and our community we need to STAY at HOME but when we will get over this I would love to meet many of you in person!

I have a SPECIAL OFFER for my Family Portrait Sessions.

If you book and pay for a family photo shoot by the end of March 2020  I will offer for FREE a beautiful handcrafted Photo Album worth 350CHF.

The Photo sessions can take place from end of April until end of July 2020.

Family Portrait Sessions : 350CHF

This price is for my time, talent and knowledge, editing and also for:

·       Consultation prior the photo shoot to plan your session via phone or email

·       90 min. of Photography session – For 5 family Members (and family pets)

·       Mix of Portrait and Lifestyle Photography~ on location or your home (Zurich area)

·       As many outfit changes as you like!

·       Password-protected online gallery to choose 15 photos to be edited, Copyright Release

More printed packages and other photography products can be purchased separately.

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Hello Autumn!

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Autumn is my favourite season and I want to give you the opportunity to create some great memories.
The Autumn photo sessions are great for families, couples, engagements, seniors or pets.
Book your session now!

You are amazing.
Your photos should be too!