The birth of your sweet baby is one of those moments moms either want to relive over and over, or never think about it again. It’s true that labor and delivery are uncomfortable and trying on a woman, but the outcome and arrival of a sweet new baby always outweighs the pain of the process. Whether you hire a professional to capture this truly once in a lifetime moment, or you have a friend or family member using their iphone, I’ve put together a list of 1o must have newborn photos to get at the hospital for you to relive over and over.
Mommy and Baby’s First Connection – Skin to Skin
The first touch, the first look, the first kiss, all happens during that first connection of mom to baby on the outside world. Skin to skin is one of the most natural and healing moments a mother and her new baby can experience. There is actually scientific evidence that shows a baby with breathing difficulties, can be remedied by laying on the mother’s chest skin to skin. This is the first time your baby will get to hear what your heartbeat sounds like from the outside compared to the inside. They get to smell you, feel your warmth, and the bond starts immediately.
Mom and Baby Lounging
Take a step back from Mom and baby. Watch in amazement as they get to know one another. Mom has felt this beautiful child inside for nearly nine months. She has gotten to dream about this child and all they will do, look like, and become. The first of her dreams is becoming a reality. She gets to speak to her baby and know for sure she is being heard. Her hands no longer on her stomach but touching the sweet skin of a new baby. Step back to give them some space, but focus in with the camera on the bonding taking place.
Daddy and Baby’s First Connection
Equally as important is the first connection between baby and daddy. He’s likely been talking to the baby while in the womb too, so baby will recognize that voice. Dads often love to do skin to skin with a newborn too. It is a great opportunity to build a bond between them. However, the first connection is usually not skin to skin. Often times the nurses will need to take the baby to start running vitals and work on Mom. That’s a quick and great opportunity for Dad to hold his child and meet who he helped create. Seeing Dad’s emotional and physical reaction to meeting his child will just cue all the sappy music and summon all the tissues you can muster. It’s a beautiful moment not to be missed.
Baby being Weighed
Baby isn’t away from Mom for long, but one of the first and best things to happen after labor and delivery, is the baby being measured. Baby is weighed, measured in length, head circumference, and more. This is the time parents get all the awesome information to post on Facebook and send to family. Most parents even wait for this information. We are always so proud of their birth stats. Culturally this is one of the questions we want answered right away and expect for information when welcoming a baby to the world. This is also where baby tends to get cleaned up a bit.
Sweet baby and parents have had some time to relax now. The rushing around is done. Skin to skin continues to take place, and everyone takes turns holding the baby. At some point during the first 48 hours, you’ll want to capture that sweet profile. All cleaned up and ready to take on the world – or a nap – you get to photograph the very features parents have been dreaming about. From the amount of hair, to the ears, to whose nose baby will have… it’s all laid out in front of you in the sweetest little package.
Baby Sleeping in Bassinet
One of the quintessential baby poses. There is something so touching, unique, and refreshing about a traditional photo of baby in the clear bassinet. Baby is all swaddled up in hospital cloth and sound asleep – echoing the newness of life ahead. Peaceful and content, we can stand back in awe of all that has happened.
Baby with Crib Card
Take this photo with the card in focus and out of focus. Each card is laid out differently. It shows baby’s stats, parents’ names, and even sibling information. Especially for families with more than one child, this is a great photo to have so you can remember exactly what child this was – not that a mother could forget 😉
Pro tip: Always face baby towards the light or window. The glow on their face will be magnificent and you want to try to abstain from any artificial flashes.
All the Details
You’ll want to get all the detailed shots to make those adorable collages. Some detailed shots include: hair, eyes, nose, mouth, ear, fingers, toes, and belly button. Newborns change so quickly that you’ll be thankful to have the photos remembering exactly what they looked like upon entering this world.
There’s always that one special outfit or item brought to the hospital. Maybe it’s something a loved one made, or a special necklace of your grandmother’s… whatever it is, you’ve packed it. Now be sure to photograph baby with it.
With Siblings or Family
It’s been nine months of more than just the parents dreaming of this little one. Other family members, including siblings, have gotten to dream, talk to, and prepare for the arrival of your sweet baby. The hospital is just the place for special family and friends only to visit. It’s likely if you have allowed these people to come see you at the hospital, in one of your most vulnerable but precious of times, they mean a lot to you. Be sure that you or someone else captures those moments. You’ll want to show your baby as they grow who it is that was there to meet them.