A newborn session can run quite long depending if your little one will get settled. Here are a few tips to make the session go a little smoother
1. For nursing Moms, be sure to be careful with what you eat for about a day leading up to the session. Any woman who has nursed a baby knows that any sort of spicy foods can make the baby uncomfortable or upset their tummy. And an upset tummy will always mean lots of tears and little sleep! So please avoid spicy foods, or any foods the baby may have allergies to, at all costs!
2. I recommend parents trying to keep their baby awake in the couple hours leading up to the session. If the baby has slept all morning and then arrives to my studio, they just might be ready for a long awake period, which makes the job of getting them sleepy all that much harder. So, “try” to play with baby, talk with baby, maybe even give the baby a bath before the session – whatever it takes to keep them alert for an hour or two. Then, when they arrive in my studio, they’ll be ready for a long nap!
3. Make sure your baby has a nice, full tummy before they leave the house to come to their session. This way, assuming their drive isn’t too long, the baby will still be full and has probably fallen asleep in the car. I can immediately get started on the session when they arrive and hopefully get an hour or two of photos done before baby needs a feeding break. In fact, having Mommy feed them as often as they can for about 10-12 hours before their session will ensure that baby is really full and will be more likely to have a long, sleepy stretch.
4. Here’s a really important one– DO NOT forget the pacifier!! If the baby takes a pacifier, you can trust me that you’ll want it there during the session!
5. Bring the baby in a button-up or zip-up sleeper. Preferably a loose fitting one. One of the worst things is when baby arrives sleepy in his/her carseat and then you have to remove shoes and socks, pants, and take a shirt off over their heads – which almost always wakes them up. Instead, it’s so, so simple to zip down and slip off pajamas while baby remains asleep! And if the pajamas are loose-fitting, then ideally there won’t be many lines left behind on the baby’s skin.
6. Newborn sessions do not require any outfits unless you have a special outfit you would like to include. Most of the pictures will be of them naked. If you do not like the naked look,bringing rompers or swaddle blankets are a good option too.
7. Please dress lightly. My studio is HOT to keep the baby comfortable. I can promise you will be sweating by the time you leave.
8. Please bring a laptop, a book to read, or something that may occupy your time during the long session