Keeping a photographic record of your baby’s growth is invaluable, but can easily fall by the wayside in the early months. A lot of us take weekly or monthly photos of our pregnant bellies so that we can document the growth of our ever-expanding midsections and developing babies. Once baby is born, creativity often takes a backseat to diapers, burp cloths and 2am feedings. Here are some fun tips and ideas for documenting your baby’s growth that, with a little bit of planning, are fairly simple to do.
1. We love the idea of photographing your child in the exact same setting each month. By keeping the background constant in these photos, you can really see your child’s transformation from a baby into a toddler. Choose a setting that’s easy to recreate each month, the same chair or on the same rug. Then, pick an outfit that you can buy in multiple sizes, like a plain-colored onesie or t-shirt. Including a stuffed animal is a great way to add scale to the photo and it’s also something fun for your baby to hold while you take pictures.
2. Another unique idea we adore is using a Stendig wall calendar as a background for your photos. This 36×48 calendar is a stark, neutral background that dates your pictures while allowing your little one to shine.
3. Write your baby’s age on a small chalkboard or whiteboard and include it in your photos.
4. Use balloons to show your baby’s age. Adding a balloon each month makes for more and more adorable photos as the year goes on.
5. Spell out your child’s age with alphabet blocks (you can include his name and milestones too) on a white blanket or sheet. Lie or sit your baby next to them and take pictures quickly before she starts to play with your backdrop.
6. Monthly onesie stickers are really simple and easy to use and are a perfect way to document your baby’s first 12 months. There are so many designs and colors to choose from, simply stick these on a onesie and snap away.
For the best results, commit to a schedule (be realistic) and stick to it! Be consistent. Take many more photos than you think you’ll need. Enjoy the process, and have fun!
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