How to prepare for your newborn session
Before you arrive to your newborn photography session it is important to follow the prep guide your photographer has provided to you. The prep guide helps ensure a successful newborn session with your precious new baby.
About 45 mins to an hour before you leave your house, try to keep baby awake and alert as best you can via stimulation & playtime (baths work great). Let your baby fall asleep in the car on the way to the studio. Should baby still be awake when you arrive then we will get you to give him/her a top-up should they need it. Ensure baby has a VERY full belly for the session. It is advised to try to feed baby about 20 – 30 mins before you leave the house so that we don’t have to spend time feeding when you arrive.
If you are bottle feeding, please bring extra bottles of formula and/or pumped breast milk to help fill up baby faster and get them into a sound sleep. If breast feeding, please try to avoid eating the following foods 24 hours prior to the session as it may upset baby’s tummy: Spicy or gassy food (such as broccoli, beans etc), heavy dairy, caffeine & chocolate. If your baby has a tendency to be gassy then please bring gripe water or oval drops with you as it will help settle their stomach especially for poses that require putting them on their tummies.
Dress baby in ONLY a button or zip up sleeper (no onesies underneath) so that it is easier to undress them without disturbing them from sleep. Avoid putting hats on them for the car ride as it can create creases on their forehead which can be hard to edit out.
It is advised to bring the following to your session: Extra bottles, wipes, 5 receiving blankets, gripe water/oval drops (if your baby is gassy) and a soother (very important). Even if your baby hasn’t taken a soother, it is still a good idea to bring one as this could make or break your session. The goal is to help keep baby happy and calm during your session and is only used if assistance is needed to capture certain poses and won’t create any habit forming behaviour.
We know this may be a lot to ask of you to do before the session but in order to ensure your baby stays asleep and calm during the session it is best to follow the prep guide as best you can. If you ever have any questions about how to prep your newborn don’t hesitate to reach out to your photographer.