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13 creative ideas for taking monthly baby photos

From belly stickers to newborns surrounded by floral numbers, milestone baby photography is all over social media. We have a bunch of adorable DIY ideas to document your baby's growth month-by-month.

By Jessica Spera

13 creative ideas for taking monthly baby photos

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13 creative ideas for taking monthly baby photos

Loved beyond measure

If you want to keep track of your baby’s measurement the good ol’ fashioned way, this all-in-one backdrop and card set has you covered. Go with a blanket that has a ruler printed right on it and you can watch your baby’s progress with the included monthly cards. Lulujo “Loved Beyond Measure” Baby’s First Year Blanket and Cards Set: $25, lulujo.ca

LULUJO BABY'S 1ST YEAR LOVED BEYOND MEASURE BLANKET & CARDS SETPhoto via lulujo.ca

By the letter

The letterboard idea is trendy, simple and to-the-point. Include your child’s name, age, and any other memorable details or milestones, then snap a pic. Letterboards are available at retailers like Michaels and on Etsy, but we love how @janettmarieee added her own personal touch to this one with some bright pink flowers. The Poet Oak: $65 USD, letterfolk.com

Baby girl smiling with a letterboard that reads Photo: Courtesy of @janettmarieee via Instagram

Sticky situation

Belly stickers like these are the go-to choice for plenty of parents. They’re affordable and easy to use. Bonus: if your baby’s a squirmer or learning to crawl, this keeps the photo shoot process quick and easy. Just peel and stick on your baby’s onesie each month, snap a photo and voilà! Pearhead First Year Foil Belly Stickers in Grey: $12, bedbathandbeyond.ca

Pearhead First Year Foil Belly Stickers in GreyPhotos via pearhead.com

Block by block

These wooden blocks do double duty as both a classic nursery decor item and as a milestone marker. They can be placed into the frame of your shot quickly without much prep, but older babies will still want to play with them (and chew on them). Pearhead Wooden Milestone Age Blocks: $30, well.ca

 
 

Pearhead Wooden Milestone Age BlocksPhoto via well.ca

Raid the toy bin

If this isn’t your first child, get your older kids involved in the monthly documentation project with something handy, like LEGO or Duplo blocks. It can even turn into a math lesson: Instagrammer @dayswithgrey had her older son measure his baby brother. “My baby brother is 12 Duplos long! 👶🏼 I am 26 Duplos long. 🙋🏼‍♂️” It’s such a sweet way to include siblings. LEGO Duplo Deluxe Box of Fun: $60, shop.lego.com

Baby measuring milestone with Lego blocksPhoto: Courtesy of @dayswithgrey via Instagram

Flower child

These floral wreaths have become quite the trend on Pinterest—we’re thinking they might be Beyoncé-inspired after her flowery twins announcement? We realize this might be tricky once baby starts to roll over and grasp at items, but if you can catch her while she’s napping, it’ll make a perfect photo! Also trending on Pinterest are floral number wreaths. You can make these wreaths yourself with supplies from Michaels, or buy them pre-made from sites like Etsy.

Baby girl sleeping inside a floral wreathPhoto: Courtesy of @janeane_marie_photography via Instagram

Climb every mountain

Here’s another milestone blanket and card set option for parents who want something that’s inexpensive and requires almost zero work. The multipurpose lightweight blanket can also be used as a swaddle, car seat canopy, nursing cover or stroller shade. Lulujo “I Will Move Mountains” Baby’s First Year Blanket and Cards Set: $25, lulujo.ca

13 creative ideas for taking monthly baby photos

Light bright

Light boxes are popping up all over Pinterest and nursery design blogs right now. This particular one by A Little Lovely Company comes with 85 pieces and three rows for your text, so you can customize it however you want. Once you’ve slid the letters in, just pose your babe in front of it (the lightbox can stand upright or hang on the wall) and switch it on! A Little Lovely Company Lightbox – A4 (Black): $60, westcoastkids.ca

A Little Lovely Company LightboxPhoto via westcoastkids.ca

Hot off the press

If you want something instant without having to leave the house (let’s be real—who has the time with a newborn?), then these printable milestone cards are the perfect option for you. Purchase online, then download and print. Instagrammer @lee_kristine keeps it easy (but super-cute) by using the same white chair as a consistent backdrop, which helps showcase her baby’s monthly outfits. She got her pink printables from Etsy seller kardzkouture. If you’re looking for something more gender-neutral, we love these black and white printables by ARRAcreative for $13.

Baby photographed each month from five months to eight, mom is creator of cozyandkin.comPhotos: Courtesy of @lee_kristine via Instagram

Best buds

Here’s a simple idea: take your baby’s photo next to the same favourite stuffie every time. In the early weeks, that stuffie will look huge next to your teeny-tiny newborn. But at the end of year one, you’ll be wowed by how big your baby has grown in comparison. We love this monochromatic shot from @ourlittlephotodiary’s Instagram page.

Baby lying beside his favourite stuffiePhotos: Courtesy of @ourlittlephotodiary via Instagram

Chalk it up

Nothing beats a classic chalkboard—it’s easy and reusable. If you want something other than your standard rectangular shape, opt for a heart or star. Uxcell Wood Festival Home Heart Shaped Blackboard: $5, amazon.ca

Heart shaped chalkboard with pink lace trim and stringPhoto via amazon.ca

Calendar girl

If an app on your phone has replaced your wall or fridge calendar lately, this idea will feel almost old-school: Buy an oversized wall calendar (the bigger the better), rip out the pages, and circle the date when you do your monthly photo session. Lay down a blanket or comforter as your backdrop, and place the calendar beside your little one. Tip: take a cue from @ourlittlephotodiary and add in some confetti for flare. We love this “All Things Wild” cute animal print wall calendar by Studio Oh!: $22, indigo.ca 

Baby photos from June to September with a calendar tracking milestonesPhotos: Courtesy of @ourlittlephotodiary via Instagram

Banner year

A garland or banner with empty spots for the monthly photo is a great visual reminder to make sure you capture a cute moment every month. (And it’s OK if you’re occasionally late by a few weeks—we’ve all been there!) These felt banners by Mud Pie are available in pink and blue. Mud Pie First Year Photo Banner in Pink: $20, buybuybaby.com

Mud Pie First Year Photo Banner in PinkPhoto via buybuybaby.com

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