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Monthly Photo Ideas to Capture Your Baby’s First Year


Your baby’s first year will pass by within a blink of an eye. One moment you’ll find yourself holding your baby for the very first time, and the next, you’ll be watching them take their first steps.

In moments like these, you’ll wish you could just freeze time and cherish that moment forever. Well, that’s what cameras are for!

Here are some adorable ideas to capture every month of your newborns the first year:


1st Month—Hearts: The first month is all about your endless love for your baby. On their first month, cut up a big heart out of chart paper and spell the word ONE with scrabble letters. Cover them up in a white cloth and place your baby in the middle of the heart.


2nd Month—Fruits: The second month will get fruity; your baby will begin to recognize your face and presence, and might never want you to leave your sight. Pick up some apples and place them in the number 2 shape. Dress your baby in a fruit-themed romper and let them pose near the apples.


3rd Month—Sports: If your partner is into sports, this can be a perfect theme for your baby’s third month. Place three balls, or rackets, or any similar sports equipment near your baby. For a fun addition, you can make a customized sports jersey with the number 3 on it.


4th Month—Toys: Pull out three stuffed toys and place them near your baby. You can get matching t-shirts for each of them, starting with the number 1 and your baby wearing the number 4.


5th Month—Butterflies: Children are bright and happy as butterflies. Cut up five colorful paper butterflies and place them in a vertical line near your baby.


6th Month—LightBox: If you’re looking for a less crafty idea, then a light shadow box will be a perfect way to announce your baby’s sixth month. Write the number 6 or a cute message like “I’m six months old” for a fun and memorable keepsake.

A rainbow themed cake smash photoshoot by Lilly Hayes Photography

7th Month—Pool: Now that your baby’s getting bigger, a pool themed picture will be fun. Blow up a mini pool ring and let your baby sit in it. You can use a blue cloth as a background to mimic the pool and write the word SEVEN on the front side of the float. Make them wear a pair of funky shades, and it’ll be a picture to remember.

8th Month—Doughnuts: Take two doughnuts and place them next to each other vertically to form the number 8. Make your baby pose near this, and for an exciting touch, add some doughnut crumbs on their clothes.

9th Month—Halloween: Take inspiration from the seasons for a fun theme. Nine pumpkins in a row will be a great idea for a photo shoot.

10th Month—Thanksgiving: Now that pumpkins are already used, you can use other thanksgiving ornaments such as plastic turkey toys. Write the number 0 with these toys and place your baby vertically to act as the 1 of the number 10.

11th Month Christmas: Eleven Christmas ornaments placed around the baby will make for a cute Christmas postcard picture.

Lily Hayes Photography can help you click pictures to treasure. For baby, maternity, wedding and engagement photography in Dallas, Texas, get in touch with us, and we’ll take care of the rest!


Documenting my own children's lives and they're organic way of being day after day, did I truly understand how PRICELESS photographs were. How much I wanted to spend every waking moment documenting their everyday life, before it too, became a faded memory. Soon after that it became an obsession to capture your very own life, and the life you love! :)


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