50+ First Birthday Wishes, Poems, and Messages

Updated on September 27, 2019
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One-year-old babies may not be able to understand or appreciate your birthday wishes, but their parents certainly will. Adorable birthday messages to a baby may also be stored as a keepsake for the child to enjoy when they get older. Here are some cute example messages to inspire you to write a happy birthday card to a one-year-old child.

30 Rhyming First Birthday Wishes

  1. Unwrapping gifts, blowing candles, playing games, eating cake, and having fun. There is so much work to do, and you are just one—happy birthday!
  2. Don't be upset if you can't blow all your candles in one go. It only means that you still have a lot to grow—happy first birthday!
  3. I wish you grow up to be smart, tough, and wise, but I also hope that you always have the same innocence in your eyes. Happy first birthday!
  4. You are my little cutie pie. Without seeing you every day, I would die. Happy birthday to the most adorable one-year-old!
  5. You are the cutest baby in town because you look adorable even when you frown. Happy birthday, sweetie pie.
  6. You may still be tiny and small, but you have stolen the hearts of one and all. Happy birthday!
  7. Don't take a nap while your 1st birthday party is going on, or the most important birthday of your life will be gone. Happy birthday!
  8. Now we know why everyone wants to hold you in their arms. You know how to use your innocent charms. Have an awesome first birthday, little one.
  9. You are as light and fluffy as a bubble. Your smile frees my life of all trouble. May you get the best in life, I hope and pray—here's wishing the cutest one-year-old a happy birthday!
  10. You have the sweetest laugh and the sweetest cry. I can't stop loving you no matter how hard I try—happy birthday!

First birthday wish: I hope that you grow up to be smart, tough and wise. But I also hope that you always have the same innocence in your eyes. Happy first birthday.
First birthday wish: I hope that you grow up to be smart, tough and wise. But I also hope that you always have the same innocence in your eyes. Happy first birthday.
  1. Hurray! You are turning one! Let's cut the cake and have some fun. Happy first birthday.
  2. A year ago you weren't even here, and now you are a toddler who has no fear. Happy birthday!
  3. You are the family's little wonder. Today is your day to steal the thunder. Happy first birthday!
  4. Happy birthday to a one-year-old who's cute and sweet, may you grow up to have the world at your feet.
  5. Congratulations for living life for one whole year. To my heart and soul, you will always be near and dear. Happy birthday!
  6. Happy first birthday to the magician in our lives, the cute toddler who takes away all our worries with a single smile.
  7. The cutest baby I know is about to get many presents in a row. Happy first birthday!
  8. Let me give you a kiss and say I hope your life is all fun and play. May you grow up to pave your own way and have an awesome first birthday!
  9. May your one-year soul always remain pure. My addictive love for you knows no cure. Happy birthday to a super cute one-year-old!
  10. The stork that brought you home last year has given you this card that says, "Happy birthday, dear."

First birthday wish: You may still be tiny and small, but you have stolen the hearts of one and all. Happy first birthday.
First birthday wish: You may still be tiny and small, but you have stolen the hearts of one and all. Happy first birthday.
  1. You are surely the smartest one-year-old around, and that's because you know how to melt our hearts with a frown. Happy birthday, smarty!
  2. You are the one who I always want to hold. Without your warm little hands, the world seems bare and cold. Happy birthday to a beautiful one-year-old!
  3. Your warmth makes our lives glow—"I love you" is all that I want you to know. Happy first birthday!
  4. Your cuteness makes the world go around. Your family's love for you knows no bounds. Happy birthday!
  5. First birthdays come only once in a lifetime, so enjoy life while everyone entertains you with toys and chimes. Happy first birthday!
  6. The very first year of your life just passed—who knew you would grow up so fast? Happy first birthday!
  7. You are our bundle of happiness, love, and joy. On your first birthday, you deserve an awesome toy. Happy birthday!
  8. As you slowly learn how to speak, sleep, walk, and run, along the way don't forget to have some fun. Happy birthday!
  9. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. As you turn one and learn new things, don't forget to play with your toys. Happy first birthday!
  10. You light up our days with your sweet and innocent ways. Today, you are officially one—I wish you a happy birthday full of fun!

Happy First Birthday Messages From a Guest

It can be difficult to think of the sentiments you'd like to express when penning a birthday card to a one-year-old. Below, you'll find great examples of sweet, heartwarming, funny, and meaningful first birthday messages that can be used for inspiration by anyone writing a card for a one-year-old's birthday.

  1. May your baby steps towards your birthday cake become your journey towards the best times in your life. Happy birthday, little one.
  2. Happy first birthday to the magician in our lives, the cute toddler who takes away all our worries with a single smile.
  3. May the first birthday of your life mark the first of many good things to come. Happy birthday.
  4. You light up my world. Please keep being the shining star that you are—happy first birthday!

Funny First Birthday Wishes

When in doubt, write something funny! First birthday parties are fun and the atmosphere is light-hearted, so everyone will enjoy a good laugh. Here are some chortle-inducing ideas to write in a one-year-old's birthday card:

  1. Happy first birthday! Mom and Dad, I hope you're ready for the terrible twos.
  2. Booh bah loo whoo tee noo. In your language, wish you a happy first birthday.
  3. Your first birthday will be one of the few occasions when your mom will give you a gift that means nothing to you and your dad will show you off to the world. Enjoy, happy birthday!
  4. Have a ONE-derful birthday!
  5. I've known you since before you were born, so I probably know you better than you know yourself. Happy first birthday!

You are the reason your parents are smiling today. Happy first birthday!
You are the reason your parents are smiling today. Happy first birthday!

Inspirational Quotes for a First Birthday Card

If you're not sure what to write in a one-year-old's birthday card, you may just want to put a cute or inspirational quote for the parents (and the baby, when they grow up) to appreciate and enjoy:

  1. "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" —Dr. Seuss
  2. "You don’t get older, you get better." —Shirley Bassey
  3. "Don’t just count your years, make your years count." —George Meredith
  4. "With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come." —William Shakespeare
  5. "Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!" —Nicky Gumbel
  6. "Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer." —Robert Rivers

Happy First Birthday From Mom or Dad

The first year of parenthood is exhausting, beautiful, and eye-opening. Here are some messages you can put in a birthday card for your baby for them to cherish when they grow up:

  1. You are my darling one year old who is more precious than a box of gold. Happy birthday!
  2. You are so precious to me and your [mother/father]. We look forward to many more years of joy! Happy first birthday!
  3. Here's to 365 days of being your [mom/dad]. Happy birthday!
  4. Happy first birthday to my shining star! I love you to the moon and back.
  5. My darling, you are so sweet and chubby—you remind me of a cute little teddy. Happy first birthday to you.
  6. You are so sweet that if you were a cake I would have eaten you up. Happy birthday to my one-year-old honey bun.
  7. Happy first birthday! We can't wait to see what you accomplish in your life.

Birthday Messages for a One-Year-Old Girl

  1. Happy birthday to the sweetest one-year-old girl in the world!
  2. It's been one year of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Happy first birthday!
  3. Your laughter is like music to my ears. You are a sweet baby angel—please never grow up!
  4. Enjoy ruling over your kingdom, you beautiful one-year-old princess!
  5. Happy first birthday, sweetie pie!

Birthday Messages for a One-Year-Old Boy

  1. I can already tell you're going to be a heartbreaker. Happy first birthday!
  2. Happy first birthday to the sweetest baby boy in the whole entire world.
  3. You are the coolest one-year-old boy I know. Happy birthday!
  4. You are the one guy who can charm me from across the room with just one smile. Happy first birthday!
  5. You are our family's sweetest one and the world's best one-year-old son. Wish you a very happy birthday, my boy!

What's more adorable than a child giving their baby brother or sister a sweet handwritten card?
What's more adorable than a child giving their baby brother or sister a sweet handwritten card?

Birthday Messages From a Brother or Sister

It can be hard for kids to adjust to a new baby in the house. Depending on the older sibling's age, you may or may not want to consider helping them write a cute birthday card for their baby brother or sister. Here are some adorable, sweet, and funny ideas for a child to write in a first birthday card:

  1. Thanks for being my baby [brother/sister]! You are only one year old now, but soon we will play together every day. Happy birthday!
  2. At first, I was jealous of you because I was the baby before you arrived, but now I am so glad to have a baby [brother/sister]! Happy birthday!
  3. Happy first birthday to the best baby ever! I love being your big [brother/sister]!
  4. Happy birthday! I will always be there for you because I'm your big [brother/sister].
  5. Happy birthday! I'm still the favorite.


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      5 months ago

      Wonderful thoughts

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      Joie Fuentes 

      19 months ago

      When words are put together well, it's like magic. What's also magical is www.signedcards.com can make it more personal by replicating your handwriting on the card. Now those words mean even more to the recipient.

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      19 months ago

      Thank you i love it

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      Avinash Joshi 

      2 years ago

      Lovely quotes for lovely first birthdays! Well expressive..!

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      Korobaro Kabunare 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for your creative on this.

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      Vedrana Kajfes 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful thank you

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Nicely thought of quotes I will need to choose my favorite quote soon so I am bookmarking this one for sure. A meaningful way to show a one year old how much you care and love them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Lovely quotes for lovely first birthdays! All messages are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this beautiful hub!


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