If you’re a first time mom in recent years, you probably know a growing trend is to capture each one of your baby’s month “birthdays” by taking a cute photograph. There are so many ways to do this that are unique and truly show how quickly your little one is growing. While some months can be stressful (i.e. your subject is teething and therefore isn’t very photogenic!), no one will deny that at the end of your child’s first birthday, you can flip back through photographs and literally watch them grow before your very eyes. We’ve gathered some of the cutest and most adorable ways that you can photograph your baby through his first 12 months.
This mama chose a central location and used it for every photo, which is a great idea because you get a true form of perspective and can see how much more space they start to take up as the months go by. On top of that, she used balloons to signify the month birthday, which is an adorable addition to an already sweet photo.
Check out more at MomTog.com, a site dedicated to moms who love photography. You’ll walk away with tons of great ideas!
2. Mommy and Me
You just spent 9 months carrying your baby around, so what’s a few more for a great photo op? Take a photo each month holding your baby and watch as he starts to overtake the photo as he grows and grows! It’s also a great idea to capture some other special notes like his height, weight, favorites and what he’s learned that month.
IHeartPears.Blogspot.com has 14 other great ideas for monthly baby photos!
3. Themed Numbers
Sometimes all you need is a theme between your monthly photos to create a great collage of photos. Make your own glitter numbers like the ones above to tie your photo shoots together. Its simple and doesn’t require crazy photography skills!
Check out OhJoy.Blogs.com, a great site for design, fashion and food all coupled with motherhood.
4. Baby Clothes
Its no secret that your baby is going to outgrow clothes quickly. Use that to your advantage and photograph them in the same onesie every month. You will see just how big they are as you try and squeeze them into an outfit that had room to spare just a few months before.
EricasBloggityBlog.com has this idea and other great items through her Esty Shop!
5. Ruler & Chalkboard
This is a great idea to quite literally show how big your baby is getting! Lay them next to a yardstick and use a chalkboard to write out what month birthday they are celebrating. You can add other information using a simple photo editing app to document their height and weight.
Head over to AMommyInTheCity.com to see this idea and more tips on motherhood.
6. Monthly Stickers
If you aren’t fancy at all, like I wasn’t, then simply buy a pack of monthly stickers to stick to a plain white onesie every month. It was very exciting each month to see how small the sticker was getting against my daughter’s white onesie (see above, isn’t she cute!?). Once you’re done taking photos, you can remove the sticker and put it in a baby book next to the photo. Monthly stickers come in hundreds of designs and can be found on Etsy. You can also easily make your own!
You didn’t think we could miss an opportunity to use a chalkboard, right? Chalkboard arts, crafts and decor is very popular right now and it’s an easy way to document your child’s growth too. You can pose them in front of a chalkboard with monthly stats or even just photoshop them in!
LisaDabbles.blogspot.com has a great tutorial on making your own monthly chalkboard photos.
8. Favorite Animal
Perhaps one of the best ways to take monthly photos is to use a single stuffed animal or other item that is always in the picture. Every month your child will get bigger and you can see just how big by comparing them to the animal. Such a sweet sight!