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The first milestones are often the most memorable in our lives, including birthdays.

I still remember my first birthday when my parents gave me a smocked dress with a cute princess pattern on the front. I was so happy and they wore it for me right away, then we took photos with our guests. And let me tell you, I definitely stood out in every picture. Not because I was beautiful (I was), but because the dress I wore that day made me shine.

My parents put a lot of effort into finding me such an amazing dress to surprise me and make my first birthday truly memorable. I asked them how they prepared for it, and I’ve gathered their tips and ideas in this article. If you don’t know how to dress your baby, try following my parents’ way?

Considerations before choosing the outfit

Taking photos on a birthday is something we often look back on, so before choosing an outfit, there are a few things to consider:

Comfort and practicality

Birthdays aren’t just about sitting down to eat cake and sing birthday songs, there are other activities involved. That’s why it’s important to make sure the outfit is comfortable for your child to wear and allows them to move around easily.

Two dresses my parents bought for me
Two dresses my parents bought for me

Fancy clothes can look really beautiful and eye-catching. However, they can also be restrictive or itchy. But don’t worry, there are other ways to wear fancy clothes and still have beautiful photos.

For example, my parents bought me two dresses – one fancy and princess-like dress for the memorable photos and another comfortable dress for other fun activities.

Theme or color coordination

You wouldn’t want a party with a mishmash of colors like blue, red, purple, yellow, black, and white, right? It looked more like chaos instead of a birthday party.

So, think about the overall theme or color scheme of the birthday celebration. You can choose the outfit for your babies that fits the theme or complements the colors used in decorations.

Weather and venue

Consider the weather and the location of the celebration.

  • If it’s a warm day like in the summer, choose breathable fabrics and lightweight clothing. Some cool and comfortable fabric options include cotton, silk, and linen.
  • For cooler weather like in winter, go for layered clothing or warmer materials. Some warm fabric options include wool and knitted fabric.

Also, think about whether the celebration will be indoors or outdoors and adjust the outfit accordingly.

Decide whether to hold the birthday party outside or indoors
Decide whether to hold the birthday party outside or indoors

Selecting the perfect outfit

Now comes the most headache-inducing part for parents: Selecting the appropriate outfit. This can be a time-consuming task, but it can also be fun and exciting! Here are some tips to help you find the perfect one:

Adorable options for girls and boys

There are plenty of cute outfit choices for both girls and boys. For example:

For girls, you can consider dresses, skirts, or even cute rompers. Smocked dresses are a popular choice for special occasions like this, and you can choose vibrant dresses with smock patterns that match your child’s interests, such as floral or princess-themed patterns.

Boys can rock stylish shirts, pants, or shorts. Look for outfits that suit your child’s personality and make them feel confident and happy.

Adorable options for baby girls and boys
Adorable options for baby girls and boys
And if you haven’t had any ideas for what clothes to give to your adorable babies, why not check out K-Embroidery’s collection of children’s clothing?

We have a wide range of collections made from 100% cotton, ensuring comfort and safety for your little ones. From collections based on children’s interests like the Cartoon Collection, Valentine, or Strawberry Collection, to seasonal collections like Spring, Summer, and Winter Collection. There’s still more. So, what are you waiting for? Take a tour of K-Embroidery’s collections now!

Factors to consider when choosing fabric and design

For young children, it’s best to go for soft and comfortable fabrics like cotton, linen, or gentle blends. They are both comfortable and lightweight, so why not choose them?

However, baby skin is often sensitive, so you need to check if the fabric may cause any irritation. Also, consider if the fabric is breathable and easy to clean.

Additionally, consider the design—whether it’s a pattern, characters, or a simple and elegant style. Solid-colored outfits are fine, but I recommend choosing ones with unique patterns to make the dress stand out.

Additional advice:

And when you have chosen the perfect outfits for your child, think about designing a suitable setting to complement the dress you have selected. For example, if you have purchased a dress from the Cartoon Collection by K-Embroidery, you can design a party atmosphere with cartoon characters to match the patterns on your child’s dress.

Designing a suitable setting with pink tone
Designing a suitable setting with pink tone

Personalizing the outfit with accessories

Parents can add some extra flair to the outfit by personalizing it with accessories.

  • For girls, you can choose cute bows, headbands, scrunchies, or colorful socks.
  • Boys can wear cool hats, suspenders, or stylish shoes.

Accessories can help make the outfit unique and reflect your child’s interests and style.

Remember that the most important thing is for your child to feel comfortable and happy in their outfit. Although it may come as a surprise, you should somehow find out about your child’s preferences to make it a special gift.

Tips for dressing your baby

When dressing your baby, there are a few tips to keep in mind to make it a comfortable experience:

  • Choose clothes that are easy to put on and take off, especially when it comes to diaper changes.
  • Look for outfits with snaps or buttons at the crotch for easy access.
  • Avoid outfits with too many complicated buttons or zippers that can be time-consuming and frustrating.
  • Consider the size and fit of the clothes to ensure they are comfortable for your baby and allow for easy movement.
Wear a dress with a zipper for easy changing
Wear a dress with a zipper for easy changing

How about your guests?

As mentioned earlier, you wouldn’t want your child’s party to look like a chaotic mix of colors, right? Therefore, it would be wonderful if you could contact the guests in advance and inform them about the dress code for the party.

For example, if your child’s party is held during the summer season and the dress you purchased is from the Summer Collection at K-Embroidery, you can choose a dress code color such as aqua blue or pink and white.

Don’t hesitate to request that guests adhere to the dress code. They won’t mind at all; instead, they will find it enjoyable and exciting.

Capturing the moment

Now that we have the gifts and the birthday space, how can we preserve those precious memories? By taking photos and recording videos.

Capture the special moment with your baby
Capture the special moment with your baby

Choosing a photoshoot theme or backdrop

Think about the theme or backdrop you want for your photos. It could be something simple like a beautiful natural setting or something more specific like a favorite hobby or a special occasion.

Props and decorations

Props and decorations can add a touch of creativity and personality to your photos. You can use things like balloons, flowers, toys, or even simple items from around your home. Choose items that are meaningful to you and your family. Just be careful not to overwhelm the photos with too many props. Keep it simple and let your child be the main focus.

Alternatively, to save time, parents can set up a pre-decorated corner or space that includes seating for everyone, the birthday cake, balloons, and flowers around. When it’s time for the party, you just need to bring your child and start capturing the memories.

Tips for capturing precious memories

Here are some tips to help you capture those precious moments:

First birthday with family
First birthday with family
  • Sometimes the best photos happen spontaneously, so be ready to capture those unexpected moments.

Some families are willing to hire a photographer or even a whole photography team to capture everything so that they can entirely enjoy their parties.

  • Kneel or sit on the ground to capture photos at eye level with your child. This can create a more intimate and engaging perspective.
  • Natural light can make your photos look beautiful and soft. If you’re hosting the party outdoors, try to schedule the photoshoot during the golden hour, which is the hour before sunset when the light is warm and gentle.
  • Some of the most precious moments are those when your child is not posing or aware of the camera. Let them play, explore, and be themselves, and capture those genuine expressions and interactions.
  • It’s important to be part of the memories you’re creating. Hand the camera to someone else or set up a tripod with a timer or remote control to include yourself in the photos.


By considering factors like comfort, style and practicality, parents can choose the perfect outfit that reflects your child’s personality and creates lasting memories. Turn your baby’s first birthday into a memorable milestone so the whole family can look back on memories later.


Why is a baby’s first birthday so important?

The first birthday is a special time for parents to look back on their journey and growth as parents. It’s a celebration of the child’s arrival and the progress the family has made together. Different cultures have their own unique ways of commemorating this important milestone.

What is the best dress code for birthdays?

The best dress code for a birthday can vary depending on the theme, venue, and personal preference. It’s important to choose attire that makes you feel comfortable and confident. If there is a specific dress code or theme mentioned for the birthday party, it’s a good idea to follow that. Otherwise, you can opt for smart casual or dress up a bit to match the celebratory atmosphere.

How do you celebrate a baby’s first birthday?

Plan a themed party, capture moments with photos, have a special cake, and invite loved ones to celebrate together. Keep it simple and age-appropriate.