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Pancake Smash! | Hudson Valley Newborn Photographer

I'm not even sure where to start with this...there is just so much to love about this as an alternative to a traditional 1st birthday cake smash.

Let's start with the cuteness factor - the simplicity here is right up my alley. No distracting background, just babe going to town on a pile of pancakes!

The messiness factor is very customizable. Want more mess? Add more whipped cream! On the other hand, some children truly do not like messy hands. If this upsets them - omit the whipped cream all together, or add a bit at a time and let them just explore.

It is also a healthier alternative to a cake smash. Some parents just aren't ready to introduce sugar to their little one by their first birthday. There are healthy cake alternatives out there as well, but this comfort food is likely one your little one is already familiar with and will dig right into.

And, did I mention yet how darn cute it is?! Oh, yes, I did...but worth mentioning again!

When it is time for your little one's 1st birthday, what will you choose? Cake smash, pancake smash or a lifestyle session? Or maybe you have another idea? I'd love to hear it!


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