To me, the first birthday of a child is a big deal. The baby you spent countless hours trying to rock back to sleep and checking on every hour just to make sure they are ok is now becoming more and more like a toddler. Leaving behind only sweet memories. Although they will always remain your baby and soon fill your heart showing you all the new things they can do, you do think back to their first year and secretly wish they could stay that small just a little longer.
I love cake smash sessions! I think they are fun and parents love the images of their little one getting all dirty. We all look forward to our cake smash session and can already see our child digging into that cake and getting frosting everywhere. Truth be told, without proper preparation, your child might not want to dig in at all.
So here are a few pointers on how to make the cake smash session enjoyable for your child as well.
- No matter how curious or good of an eater your child is, practice with cup cakes days prior. If they have never seen a cake, they might be very hesitant especially with you standing behind a lady with a camera repeatedly telling them to dig in.
- Don't get stressed out if your child wants to walk or crawl to you instead of smashing the cake. Chances are they are unfamiliar with the situation and just want a few minutes of the comfort of your arms.
- Don't be afraid to pretend eat along with your child. Just try to stay out of the frame of the camera.
- Encourage and cheer them on when they are touching the cake. They will seek your approval!
- If you are planning a birthday party for your child, schedule your session a few days after the party so they are familiar not only with cake, but people staring at them while they are eating it.
- Wipes or a nice bath need to be in the child's near future after the smash.
- Keep calm, your child will do what is comfortable to them and not every session is picture perfect, although the resulting images are.
- Due to health reasons, it is the parent's responsibility to provide the cake.
- Clothes will get dirty, so have backup items handy.
- Make sure to schedule the session after they had a good night's rest or nap.
- Don't let your child go into the session on a empty stomach. It will only add irritation.
In the end, all my Moms and Dads have walked away with sweet images of their little birthday babies and so will you.
If you haven't scheduled your session yet, please contact me and don't hesitate to ask questions I have not answered in this short walk-through.
Best Regards and Happy Birthday to your little Big Baby!!