How to Prepare for Your Newborn Session

Gilbert Newborn Photograher

Meet Kathryn, who goes by Rynn. She is the 5th Kathryn in her family and I’m honestly obsessed with the name being passed down! This girl was so soft, squishy, and most importantly sleepy. Have you ever wondered how to prepare for your newborn session? There are a lot of things you can do prior to your newborn session to help you prepare. But don’t forget, we work on their time! We can do all the things in the world, and sometimes they just won’t want to sleep.

Here are some tips for a successful newborn session with a sleepy baby:

  1. Timing is Key: Newborns tend to sleep more soundly during the first two weeks of life. Aim to schedule the session within this timeframe for the best chance of getting those adorable sleepy shots. When you’re ready to schedule yours, send us a message on our contact form here
  2. Keep the Baby Comfortable: Ensure the room is warm enough for the baby to be comfortable without clothes. This will help them stay relaxed and sleepy throughout the session. White noise machines help create a soothing atmosphere. You can buy the one we use on this link
  3. Feed the Baby: A well-fed baby is more likely to fall into a deep sleep. Encourage parents to feed the baby right before the session to increase the chances of them drifting off.
  4. Use Props Wisely: While it’s tempting to use a variety of props, we like to keep it simple, especially if the baby is already asleep. Soft blankets, wraps, and a few carefully chosen props can add to the charm without disturbing your baby’s slumber.
  5. Handle with Care: Be gentle when positioning the baby and avoid any sudden movements that might startle them awake. Patience is key, as it may take some time to get the perfect shot.
  6. Safety First: Always prioritize the safety of the baby. Never force them into uncomfortable positions, and always have a spotter nearby to ensure they are secure.
  7. Embrace awake times: Sometimes your little one will be awake. That is totally okay. We will embrace their awake time and let them burn that energy.
  8. Be Flexible: Babies can be unpredictable, so be prepared to adapt to their needs during the session. If the baby wakes up or becomes fussy, we take a break and try again later.

By following these tips and remaining patient and flexible, we increase the likelihood of capturing those precious moments of your sleepy newborn in all its adorable glory. With 13 years of experience under my belt, I’ll do everything I can to ensure your babe is sleepy and comfortable.

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