It’s time to talk about how to ensure your baby is happy and cooperative once you are at your session.
Full Belly, Clean Diaper, Pacifier
- Make sure your baby is well fed before the session. Try to schedule the photos around feeding time if possible. If your baby has a full belly, that usually equals a happy baby.
- In addition to that, you should also be sure your baby has a fresh, clean diaper. No baby is cooperative sitting in a dirty diaper. This may seem like an obvious tip, but in the rush of everything, sometimes we forget the basics.
- I mentioned this before, but it is important, so I’m saying it again: bring a pacifier to your session if you are using one. They can be helpful to calm baby down in times of potential stress. If your baby starts to fuss and we cannot stop the crying by other means, this will typically help ease the baby’s nerves.
Warmth and White Noise
- Keep your baby warm. Newborns are used to being in a small, warm place. That’s where they’ve been the past nine months, and they are uncomfortable when they are cold. I like to keep the space warm on session days. If your session is at your house, I suggest bumping the heat up by 2-5 degrees as well. We will also have plenty of blankets handy for in between photos and I tend to keep your baby swaddled.
- I suggest playing your favorite music or white noise to create a soothing environment for your newborn. Also, be sure to keep the environment and atmosphere relaxed and soothing. We will take care of all the details together when I arrive.
- This is probably the most important thing to note: be OK being a part of the photos. If your baby is not cooperating with the session, the best way to soothe is to hold them and let them know everything is OK. Sometimes babies just need to be held. A lot of new moms are uncomfortable being in front of the camera. Especially during the first weeks after birth, and I completely understand. If you really do not want to be in photos, there are ways to work around it. We may need to borrow your arms and hands to keep baby comforted. You just have to make sure not to tense up when you get in front of the camera. Babies can feel your stress and will in turn, tense up as well.
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