Congratulations on having a baby! Parenting is no easy feat, but the rewards are truly fulfilling. You’re in for a roller coaster ride as you try to raise a baby in the ideal way possible. There will be a lot of highs and lows in your journey towards becoming the best parent you can be, especially during your baby’s first year so make sure to document your baby’s milestones starting from birth until his or her first year. If you try and search for any baby-themed website you can see many pictures of babies or toddlers either prepped up for an official pictorial or photographed in candid ways. It’s one of the most common ways parents record their baby’s milestones. Here are some tips on effectively documenting your baby’s first year:
- Get an imprint of your baby’s hands and feet – Take an imprint of his or her hands and feet every month. You could make a collage of the imprints and have them framed before your baby’s first birthday. This is a simple yet tangible way of reminding you how much your baby grows each month.
- Take a picture of your baby at least once a month – Think of a pictorial concept or theme for your baby and take his or her pictures every month starting from the first month until the first year. For example, you can dress your baby girl up as a flower every month and photograph her wearing different flower-themed outfits. Or you can buy a dozen baby headbands, embroider them with the words “first” to “twelfth,” and have them worn by your baby as you photograph her every month until she turns a year old. Be as creative as possible!
- Create milestones together and document them – Why not set a fitness goal for yourself and document both yours and your baby’s progress? For example, set a weight loss goal for yourself and then take a picture of you and your baby each month to show your individual health progress. You may even spice things up a bit by wearing special outfits, like baby props hats for your baby and workout clothes for yourself. For costume ideas for your little one, check out a baby apparel or baby merchandise website.
- Collect videos of your precious moments – There are bonding moments between parents and babies that are best documented through videos instead of photos, like the first time your baby says “Mommy” or “Daddy,” or the first time your baby smiles and laughs. Always have your video camera with you so you can capture as many of these moments as you could.
Many parents would attest that having a baby has monumentally changed their lives. If you have just become a parent, make sure to spend as much time as you can with your baby, and record those bonding moments too. If you’re looking for a website that shows baby props you can use for baby pictorials, check out Edge Photography. You can see different props Edgephotography offers in the inside pages.