Everyone loves those adorable photos of teeny tiny brand new squishy babies snuggled up and looking so angelic after they’re born. Those photos are the result of well thought out newborn photo-shoots (and parents who planned ahead to make those newborn shoots happen!).
If you are considering booking a newborn photography session, here’s what you need to know:
Book Early: Book your session while you are in your second trimester because good newborn photographers get booked fast. Don’t worry if baby doesn’t arrive on time, newborn photographers usually hold space for you around your due date, not on an actual date.
Limited Time Only: The adorable little sleeping poses you see in those photos can only happen within the first few weeks after a baby is born – the period of time when all your baby does is sleep. The ideal age of your baby for a newborn shoot is about 5-12 days.
How Long Does A Shoot Take: A typical photo shoot lasts a few hours. That may seem like a long time to take a few photos of your baby, but keep in mind that baby will need to be nursed or comforted frequently. Plus there is time to set up each shot.
Wardrobe: Don’t worry about putting baby in a cutesy outfit. Most newborn photos are taken in baby’s natural state.
Choosing Your Photographer: Research a few local photographers. Check out their galleries and previous work to see if their style matches the look you are going for.
Remember you only have a finite period of time to capture that itty bitty baby. So go for it! You’ll never regret the gorgeous photos you’ll have as a keepsake.
When I was pregnant, one of my favorite breakfasts, or snacks, was a smoothie.
Not only was this creamy, blended fruity beverage easy to suck down, but also it was a great alternative to ice cream sundaes, which are loaded with calories and lack nutritional benefits.
Smoothies can be kind of pricey when you buy them at a health club or specialty food shop, but they are so simple to make that you can easily mix one up at home for half the price. All you need is a blender, some fruit and a little creativity. Not only will you save money, you’ll save on calories and boost your nutrition too!
Here are a few tips for making your own smoothies:
- Start with a good base! Water, milk, Greek yogurt, kefir, coconut water, fresh juice, almond and soy milk all make great healthy starters to any smoothie. Skip sugary frozen yogurts and ice cream.
- What fruit suits your mood? Berries, cherries, bananas, melons, pumpkin, peaches – the possibilities are endless. Throw whatever fruit you crave, or in season, into your smoothie. You can’t go wrong. Here’s a tip – frozen fruit helps thicken the smoothie and keeps it cold. So keep some frozen fruit on hand. Don’t forget that smoothies can be green – kale, spinach and other veggies are welcome additions to any smoothie.
- Spice it up! Don’t forget to add flavor to your concoction. Vanilla, cinnamon, basil, cilantro and mint are wonderful ways to boost taste.
You certainly don’t need a recipe to blend up a smoothie, but in case you are looking for some inspiration, Mom365.com has seven pregnancy smoothies that are super healthy and full of nutrients for your growing baby!