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6 Ideas for Sentimental Newborn Props

Sentimental Newborn Props

At my beautiful Langley newborn studio, I have an enormous collection of props, accessories, and outfits for my little newborn clients. Even so, some parents like to bring in one or two small items from home, which is a great way to add a personal or sentimental touch to their photos.

Check out these great ideas for adding sentiment to your photos!

  • Blankets

Bringing small knit, crocheted, or quilted blankets with sentimental value is a great idea, especially if someone you love made the blanket!

  • Something from baby’s nursery

Popular items include a small name plaque, or stuffed animal, or a month blanket.

  • Memorial items 

This is a lovely touch, especially when a grandparent is no longer around or baby follows a loss. Sentimental jewelry, or even a picture can be used to include a loved one in baby’s newborn session.

  • Maternity photos

If you did a maternity session, you can do some similar poses with your baby and frame them side-by-side in your home or in an album. If you used an outfit or name blocks, ultrasound picture, etc., we can use those props again in these photos, too.

  • Occupations/Hobbies

If you or your spouse love your job and want to add something from it or one of your hobbies, this will help add a personal touch. Some examples: army dog tags, sports helmets, a baseball, guitar, football, stethoscope, sports jersey, or hat.

  • Wedding Rings

This is a classic shot for good reason. Baby feet are SO sweet – and placing the rings between their toes is adorable. Also a great idea? Mama’s wedding veil! Wedding dresses are not recommended as newborns can be unpredictably messy. 🙂

What items are you planning to bring to your newborn session?

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      A Newborn Photographer’s Tips for Newborn Baby Sleep

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      I’ve been a baby whisperer for 14 years now. As a Langley newborn photographer, I joke that my job is like putting a baby in a crib without waking them up – and then picking them up, changing their clothes and doing it all over again while keeping them asleep and taking photos! It’s not easy, but there are certain tips that I am always happy to share with new parents.

      Top Tips for Helping Your Newborn Go to Sleep

      1) You can’t force a baby to sleep. They are little people with needs too!
      Making sure their needs are met is the first step to sleepy-town.

      • Has baby been fed enough (i.e. baby decided to end the feed)?
      • Is it’s diaper clean and dry? Usually newborns need a change before and after a feeding.
      • Are they comfortable? This could be clothing, position, temperature. Mom tip: check toes and fingers for hairs or fabric fibers that can get wrapped around them.

      2) Have realistic expectations

      Babies are born with their day-and-night flipped. They are used to mom’s movement (= sleep) throughout the day, and stillness (= baby awake!) during the night. Out of mom’s tummy, that pattern can persist for a while. The tiny size of their tummy also means that they will need to eat often and wake up often. As they grow, the time they can go between feedings will change.


      3) Make their environment sleep-friendly.
      It’s unrealistic to expect your newborn to sleep through the night, but you can help them learn about sleep habits while they are little.

      • Keep things darker at night, brighter during the day.
      • Resist the urge to interact too much at night, leave playtime for awake daytime periods.
      • Try giving a warm bath in the evening.
      • Introduce the beginning of a bedtime routine. Reading to baby, listening to soft, soothing music, all of these things can be done regularly or occasionally (realistic expectations!)

      4) Be flexible and willing to try new things.
      Some babies respond well to swaddling. Some babies love to be held and rocked. Some love having their noses or eyebrows stroked. Some babies want to be “worn” in a baby carrier or sling. Some babies like to be walked up and down stairs – don’t do that – site holding baby on a bouncy exercise ball instead! Some babies want to be placed in a crib and left alone. Be open to trying new things – and realize that you are not failing if something doesn’t work. As you get to know your baby, you will start to learn their preferences. Every baby is different, just like we as adults are different in what we like at bedtime!

      Vancouver newborn photographer takes photo of smiling baby girl

      5) Don’t keep your house TOO quiet.
      It’s better for everyone that baby is able to sleep with some noise – otherwise it can be very difficult to be more social or travel when baby is older. You don’t need to blast loud music, but don’t tiptoe like a mouse. Newborns respond well to SHHHHHH noises – you can try an app, or even youtube videos!
      I highly recommend the use of white noise or better, a sound conditioner. I have multiple of these and use them in the studio as well as at home and when I travel:

      MARPAC DOHM sleep conditioner

      Read more tips from a valuable resource here: https://www.askdrsears.com/topics/health-concerns/sleep-problems/31-ways-get-your-baby-sleep-and-stay-asleep/

      Alexandra Hunt is a full-time newborn photographer near Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also the proud mother of 4 (including twins). Alexandra Hunt Photography specializes in creating beautiful newborn and maternity portraits for her clients and is always happy to share tips with new parents.

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          MATERNITY SESSIONS ARE
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          Alexandra Hunt Photography specializes in fine art maternity and newborn photography. Her Langley studio is welcoming and perfectly designed to offer timeless photography for modern fairytales.

           

          Alexandra Hunt offers a relaxing and fun experience for pregnant moms and new parents alike, and supplies hundreds of luxury props, accessories, and even outfits for the family! Her light and airy style is pure, clean, and elegant.

           

          She has won 3 national awards for imagery and customer service excellence, has been published internationally, as well as been voted one of Langley's Top 3 baby photographers.

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