Especially in their first year, babies grow up pretty fast. You may not notice it if you’re with them every day, but take a look at pictures weeks and months apart and you’ll see just how much they’ve grown. There’s a little bit of nostalgia involved in seeing them grow fast and healthy, but there will also be some regret if you fail to capture their best moments.
Here are some things to do during your baby’s first month:
Have their Newborn Pictures Taken
Newborn photography is best done in the first two weeks after birth because, as photographers say, during this time your baby is still in their fetal position. This makes it easier to style them for those glorious baby photos you see on social media. When having their newborn pictures taken, don’t hesitate to include elements of yourself in the photographs. For instance, if you’re a firefighter, the baby could be posing asleep in your hat. Or they could be dressed in a smaller version of your uniform. Visit this website to get some ideas for your newborn’s photo shoot.
Prepare a Calendar Chronicling Their Growth
Your baby’s photo album should not skip any months. This is the best way to show just how much they have grown throughout their first year–and even beyond that. Start with pictures of them in the hospital, if you were able to take any, and include photos of them every month. You can even have photos of them every week for the first month. These photos don’t have to look glamorous every time. Feel free to capture them in their crib or doing random things, such as feeding or sleeping. Capture the moment as well as their growth.
Arrange for a Small Celebration
It’s a milestone to have gone through childbirth, for both the mother and the child. Remember the event one month later and invite your closest friends and family for a small gathering. The event is to thank everyone for their support during the busy time, and to show your appreciation of your little bundle of joy. Some people celebrate every month of the first year with a commemorative shot of the baby, which you can also include in the baby’s album.
Being a parent is an exciting time, even if it’s not the first time. Every little bundle of joy is a unique blessing. Show how much you appreciate and love your newborn through small tokens and gatherings, with memories you can show them when they get older.