5 Creative ways to Document your Babys First Year

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Monthly Baby Picture Ideas // Different ways to document your growing baby within the first year!

5 Creative ways to document your babys first year

You’ve heard it a million times over, your baby grows in the blink of an eye and capturing them throughout the process has been one of my favorite things to do. I am very much a person who likes to talk through pictures and images really do tell a story. My husband is always saying that I need to enjoy moments instead of always trying to capture them with a camera, he’s totally right but it’s so hard for me to do that! When I first had Olivia I would do monthly posts on her growth and captured her in images. Here are a few examples: Olivia at 6 months // 8 months // 10 months. I also keep a little book where I record all of their biggest milestones. It’s been hard with baby #2 to keep up with everything, but I am trying my best!

Monthly Baby Picture Ideas // Different ways to document your growing baby within the first year!

Ellie is wearing a Carter’s bodysuit πŸ˜‰ 

Since I am also a photographer, I figured I would offer you all a few pointers when it comes to taking pictures of your little ones! πŸ™‚ 

5 tips & tricks to creating the best images of your baby

1.) Have a toy on hand // Always have a loud toy on hand that you can use above your head. Have your camera ready and shake the toy, your little one will look to see where the noise is coming from and you can snap away! Make sure to engage and smile and laugh a lot – it’ll give you the best shots!

2.) Neutral, comfortable clothing // I always try to dress my babies in neutral clothing that they are comfortable in. Ellie is wearing a basic white one piece bodysuit by Carters for these pictures and it allows you to focus on her adorable little face and her delicious rolls πŸ™‚ Carters has been around for years and it is certainly a brand that I truly trust and love putting my babies in. All of their pieces in their little basics collection are easy to put on and off and are durable even after several trips to the washer! Those darn blowouts! πŸ˜‰ These one piece bodysuits have quite a few other great functions as well. I use them under my girls’ pajamas in the winter for extra warmth and I also love using them as a layering piece during the day! Throw on that bodysuit underneath a pair of pants or shorts and then you can always throw on a jacket as needed. Carters is affordable and they are truly a brand that I have grown to love since having my babies. My mother was actually just saying the other day how she always had me in the one piece bodysuits! πŸ™‚

3.) Make sure baby is fed and has a new diaper // May seem obvious, but if baby is not comfortable, he/she will want nothing to do with your camera! 

4.) Neutral or Nature Back Drop // If you have a nice pretty neutral wall in your home then pose baby there or even take baby outside! The beach or park makes a perfect back drop!

5.) Get creative // There are so many different ways to capture your baby month by month! See all the inspiration through the links below!

Monthly Baby Picture Ideas // Different ways to document your growing baby within the first year! // 5 Creative ways to document your babys first year

Monthly Baby Picture Ideas // Different ways to document your growing baby within the first year! // 5 Creative ways to document your babys first year

5 Creative ways to document your babys first year

 1.) Photograph from belly to first year // Starting off with your growing bump and then exchanging your bump for baby as they grow month by month. Simply Rosie did a great job with this collage here!

2.) Use a neutral background and add in a little stuffed animal // Adding in the stuffed animal will give people an idea of how much your little one has grown over the months! Kristen Honeycutt did a beautiful job with these images here.

3.) Great creative with a chalkboard // Prepare your chalkboard and then place baby – this may get difficult as they start to move, but those images are so adorable too! Go check out these photo illustrations by Kara over at Life with Fingerprints!

4.) Simple Chair Pose with Animal // this is a great simple pose for your baby! 

5.) Black & White on a calendar // LOVE this one! Come see how Under the Sycamore created this beautiful black and white collage of her baby! 

Monthly Baby Picture Ideas // Different ways to document your growing baby within the first year! // 5 Creative ways to document your babys first year

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  1. Catherine A
    June 17, 2016 / 6:06 am

    I’m pregnant with my first (and crazy excited) and have been collecting ideas for documenting with photos. I’m hoping to settle on something that’s cute but not too time intensive or difficult. I want to make sure we enjoy the process so it doesn’t start to feel like a stressful obligation. Great ideas here!

  2. June 17, 2016 / 6:15 am

    I take photos every month of my little guy with the front page of the newspaper and sports page. I also do one with his Bryce Harper Nationals jersey which is size 12 mos. So every month it fits a little more as he grows into it!

  3. Praveen
    June 17, 2016 / 6:51 am

    So cute!! Love the black & white calendar idea.

  4. Nida javeed
    June 17, 2016 / 8:01 am

    Such a cute and useful post! Thank you for sharing your ideas πŸ™‚

  5. June 17, 2016 / 8:04 am

    I had a comparison object for all our boys. I love your photos though!

  6. Caitlin Fish
    June 17, 2016 / 8:13 am

    Your pictures are beautiful! I love using the same stuffed animal beside my baby boy as comparison month by month. Can’t wait till he’s more alert, smiling, and sitting up to take photos of in the future like outdoors and around the house! He’s just 6 weeks now.

  7. Emma Godfrey
    June 17, 2016 / 8:49 am

    I’m pretty basic. I just add text to note the month… but I still get them in!

  8. Kristin G
    June 17, 2016 / 9:33 am

    I have a baby scrapbook that I put pictures and add captions to it. I also document a lot on social media. I love seeing how my baby grows each month.

  9. Anneka
    June 17, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I take pictures of my daughter with the same bunny every month. And also on the afghan my grandma crocheted for her.

  10. June 17, 2016 / 10:37 am

    We use the Lucy Darling stickers and a chair that I salvaged from a garage sale…Eames style and bright yellow…I dreamed of these monthly photos and can’t believe we are already halfway through them!

  11. Sarah
    June 17, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I put my little guy in the same print honest diaper and lay him on a matching swaddle blanket. It’s turned out super cute!

  12. Stephanie Phelps
    June 17, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I am terrible about taking the month by month photos and tagging them on my phone but I never seem to get them in a journal!

  13. Van Nguyen
    June 17, 2016 / 11:48 am

    I’m still pregnant but I plan to take a newborn picture with a measuring tape (baby length), scale (weight), month calendar with date circled (September), and a clock (time). I’ll just get photos of everyday life as it happens.

  14. Colleen Boudreau
    June 17, 2016 / 12:19 pm

    I don’t have any children.

  15. Heather
    June 17, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    I started a journal when my first was born. I record milestones and little stories that I’m afraid to forget. I plan to hand them over when the kids get old enough.

  16. June 17, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I take a TON of pictures! I used to make Shutterfly books to add notes about important milestones, too, but haven’t in a while and need to start again.

  17. Ilona
    June 17, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Every month of her first year a photo was taken of my granddaughter with her teddy bear. This way it is easy to see how much she has grown. There are many other photos as well.

  18. Brandy Williams
    June 17, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    We use the milestone stickers

  19. Lauryn R
    June 17, 2016 / 2:32 pm

    For my first two children I just took pictures with my own homemade sign next them each month! πŸ™‚ For my youngest daughter I used milestone stickers on her onesies!

  20. LaTanya
    June 17, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    I do a digital scapbook- project life

  21. Angela Williams
    June 17, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I make a Shutterfly book with a pic of each month and personalize it.

  22. June 17, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    These pictures are perfect! I was so good about taking my first babes pictures monthly and I’ve already missed the first two months for my second ???? Second child problems… Aiming to start at three months old I guess!

  23. Hayley S
    June 17, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I have been terrible at documenting both of my kids monthly changes. I just take pictures of them whenever, and sometimes I will post them on social media.

  24. Ruth Griffeth
    June 17, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I am a grandma now so we do it differently now. We have pictures, and we will make a beautiful scrapbook for them to have when they get older.

  25. Janet W.
    June 17, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I documented my daughters’ month by month milestones in their baby books… but this was 30 years ago. More recently, my daughter keeps a private family blog where she keeps track of their month by month progress. She has a sidebar that shows my grandsons each month so you can compare both of them and see how they changed/developed during their first year.

  26. Chely f
    June 17, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    I take natural photos of my kids doing kid stuff. Eating apples, playing in the park, hugging their favorite toys, and being silly!

  27. Kelly D
    June 17, 2016 / 4:27 pm

    I keep a book for each of my children where I put pictures and notes about their milestones along with little mementos.

  28. Thomas Murphy
    June 17, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    I take lots of pictures and put them in a scrapbook.

  29. Will G
    June 17, 2016 / 5:02 pm

    I haven’t started documenting yet.

  30. June 17, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Every month since the day my bundle of joy was born I take her pictures & make her hand prints & her feet print. Every picture has been outdoors. We love nature.

  31. Reese Banks
    June 17, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    I take a picture of my daughter Milly by taking pictures in the same location with her dad’s childhood stuffed animal and monthly onesie.

  32. June 17, 2016 / 9:22 pm

    We had month onesies made for each month, and took our daughter’s picture on our bed. It worked out pretty well, but I wish we did some with us in the picture too πŸ™‚

  33. wendy browne
    June 17, 2016 / 9:39 pm

    I try to use our Boston terrier as scale when I take pics.

  34. Mary
    June 17, 2016 / 9:41 pm

    I think all the ways are seriously so cute! I really like the idea of somehow showing what month they are each month (a sign, or make the number out of something).

  35. Monica Young
    June 17, 2016 / 11:50 pm

    Most of my photos are all digital but I do occasionally use shutterfly and make some pretty cool things using their website.

  36. Candace Galan-Calderon
    June 18, 2016 / 12:26 am

    A scrapbook with signs next to them in their pictures with ages.

  37. latoya
    June 18, 2016 / 12:55 am

    I just scrapbook -each picture has the month date and year next to it.

  38. Mandy
    June 18, 2016 / 2:45 am

    I didn’t do a great job of this, but I do love all of the ideas!

  39. Jennifer W
    June 18, 2016 / 5:48 am

    I actually had a calendar with stickers that I used to document all of her milestones.

  40. Laura S.
    June 18, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I’ll use blocks or month cards.

  41. monique s
    June 18, 2016 / 8:50 am

    Yes, I am taking tons of pics and with everything digital being date stamped it is very easy to track things monthly

  42. June 18, 2016 / 9:12 am

    I only documented months like that with my 3rd baby. I just used a paper at the time, and tried to get him to sit still long enough to be photographed. Haha.

  43. Mami2jcn
    June 18, 2016 / 9:31 am

    I have monthly belly stickers that I put on my baby when I take her picture.

  44. Mary
    June 18, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I’m pregnant with twins so I’ll be documenting everything with photos & videos πŸ™‚ we are so excited!!!

  45. June 18, 2016 / 9:50 am

    I only took 3, 6, 9, 12 and 18 months professional photos. They are very beautiful

  46. deb smith
    June 18, 2016 / 10:37 am

    I’ve always just done the traditional pictures and baby book

  47. Lesley Boyer
    June 18, 2016 / 10:49 am

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  48. KJ Skib
    June 18, 2016 / 10:54 am

    My husband took 1 picture everyday for the entire first year of both of my daughters lives. We then put it into a rapid slideshow to watch how much the girls changed everyday. It was so cool!

  49. Nancy
    June 18, 2016 / 10:55 am

    When our children were small, we took weekly pictures with a card showing how many weeks old they were. Our son takes a daily photo of our grandchild.

  50. Angelica Dimeo
    June 18, 2016 / 11:59 am

    I take pictures and write in a baby book

  51. Rachel
    June 18, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    I document milestones and month to month pictures in a baby book I received at my shower for my son.

  52. Kimberly Singh
    June 18, 2016 / 1:17 pm

    I take lots of photos and put them in a scrapbook.

  53. Nancy Burgess
    June 18, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    We usually get a lot of phone shots of every day life.

  54. Dawn Keenan
    June 18, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    My daughter finds some way to find the number of months of the age of my grandbaby and takes photos with that.

  55. Tammy Catterton
    June 18, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Just I love taking photos of my son I try to keep up every month with a photo of him. They are great memories to treasure for the future

  56. sandra
    June 18, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    hand and foot prints with accompanying photos

  57. Ashley C
    June 18, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    I have a monthly sticker and I take the picture in the same spot each month πŸ™‚


  58. Lulu
    June 18, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I take so many photos) I just print some milestone pictures and keep them in a big album, and I male an old-fashioned note in the back of the pic)

  59. Margaret Rice
    June 18, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    I do my best to keep photos and comments in a baby book, sometimes it gets away from me though.

  60. Deja Jones
    June 18, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    lstarted taking pictures of my son in my rocking chair once he was big enough to hold his held up. I wished I had did him with the chalkboard with his milestone moments written on it every month instead. When ever I have my second child thats what im going to do.

  61. MaryAnn
    June 18, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    I never did that with my kids. I always felt like I was behind on everything when my kids were little. Looking back I wish I had but I did take a lot of photos of them though.

  62. Cynthia Gaarder
    June 18, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I writing a book about all th emilestones and funny things they say or do

  63. Rachel Flavin
    June 18, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I take pictures with a basic sign showing the month.

  64. Kalani
    June 18, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I tried to take a lot of pics in the same chair.

  65. June 19, 2016 / 1:15 am

    Well my friends baby she has been using the different sticker month package that she got from her babyshower and lays him on a blacket or something to prop him up. My son is 9 so I didn’t really get into that 9 years ago it wasn’t all about that but now it is. I wish I new about it later in 2007 it stinks lol

  66. Jan Hammersmith
    June 19, 2016 / 6:09 am

    I use the month by month stickers

  67. Shayna
    June 19, 2016 / 8:28 am


  68. Yasmeen Hantuli
    June 19, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Love the ideas! My baby is 3 weeks old and I plan on using the month by month stickers to document her growth and milestones.

  69. Noura A
    June 19, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I take plenty of pictures on my phone, then i edit it on my computer and write the milestones, and send it to all my family who enjoy reading them.

  70. Laurajj
    June 19, 2016 / 11:46 am

    Oh those are all such creative ideas! We usually use a chalkboard, but are not really creative with it. I have to use some of these ideas! I do print all our pictures and put in albums! We love to look through them and see the changes!

  71. Gina M
    June 19, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    I document by posting to Instagram. It’s like a continuous memory book!

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  72. Billy Lilley
    June 19, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    I have folders and USB sticks full of pictures. It is not very organized.

  73. Lisa Walker
    June 19, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    My husband and I take pictures of our daughter every Sunday so we can document how much she changes from week to week.

  74. Darlene Carbajal
    June 19, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I don’t have any babies!

  75. June 19, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I am always taking photos, but rarely print them off because it gets so expensive. So I store the photos in folders on my computer as well as having them backed up on a photo storage site and an external hard drive, as well as CD’s. I’ve been in the situation before where our computer crashed and I lost loads of photos, such a sad thing to experience. But when I can get them printed out, I be sure to do so, and then I put them in albums <3

  76. Pat
    June 19, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    We take photos each month.

  77. Ashley Perez
    June 19, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I take lots of pictures to document it(:

  78. June 20, 2016 / 1:31 am

    I take lot of pictures and turn them into pictures books, videos,and albums.

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  79. Francine Anchondo
    June 20, 2016 / 1:36 am

    I take pictures and put it in a photo album

  80. Soha Molina
    June 20, 2016 / 2:25 am

    I have a milestone book that I update.

  81. adrien beatty
    June 20, 2016 / 2:30 am

    I document them normally with photos and little keepsakes boxes.

  82. Dandi D
    June 20, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    I take a picture of my children together in the same spot every week on Thursday.

  83. Jazmine Torres
    June 20, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    I take simple pictures at the park beach etc… it’s natural and beautiful

  84. heather kaufman
    June 20, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    We take lots of cute photos.

  85. Polly Hall
    June 20, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I made a scrape book, pasted all kinds of things, like the label from bottles of baby food that my son would eat for the 1st time and how he like it or not.

  86. June 20, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Love these ideas! I did the belly stickers with my little guy laid on a faux sheepskin, which was a fun collage to be able to put in his baby book. I like doing professional photos every 6 months to 1 year too.

  87. Amanda
    June 20, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    I love scrap-booking! I find it very relaxing!

  88. sandra
    June 20, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I take a picture in their cutest outfit

  89. Jill Rivera
    June 20, 2016 / 5:29 pm

    i change a month number on a 30 in teddy bear and take her picture with the bear.

  90. Laura
    June 20, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    I take pictures of my nieces frequently so we can see how much they grow! πŸ™‚

  91. RT
    June 20, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Pictures, pictures and more pictures.

  92. Laurie Nykaza
    June 20, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    We keep track in a baby book all the milestones and also have photo books by Chatbooks made too.

  93. allyson tice
    June 20, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    we have a baby journal of her first 5 years and we take a dn develop a TON of pictures every week!

  94. gina blades
    June 21, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I print Shutterfly photo books but I don’t do monthly milestone pictures.

  95. Jan Lee
    June 21, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    My niece would take pictures of whatever milestone the baby was achieving and send them out to all the relatives and her friends πŸ™‚

  96. Dagmar
    June 21, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    we use the milestone stickers!

  97. HilLesha
    June 21, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I write down their milestones in my journal. I also take a lot of pictures. πŸ™‚

  98. Megan Zuchowski
    June 21, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    We do an online scrapbook

  99. Peggy Johnson
    June 21, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    A photo with the same animal with the month number

  100. Steve Weber
    June 21, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    We keep track in the baby book!

  101. Kimmy Ripley
    June 22, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I order Shutterfly photo books. They are lovely!

  102. Maryann
    June 22, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    We like to take pictures and videos and made a short video of her first year

  103. Erin M
    June 22, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    I use a scrapbook

  104. Michelle Elizondo
    June 22, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    I scrapbook.

  105. June 22, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Your pictures are beautiful . Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy Blog Link Up party. Love these ideas!

  106. Sacha
    June 22, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Great tips! I always try to dress my babe in neutral clothes for her special/monthly photos. That way her cute expressions show through!

  107. Rija
    June 22, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I love to take pictures and videos,i ordering baby books for us and grandparents ! Love your pics !

  108. Katrina Brockavich
    June 23, 2016 / 11:39 am

    I haven’t done this before but my new baby book comes with month cutouts so I’d love to document my baby girls months by using the cutouts.

  109. June 23, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    This dress is GORGEOUS! (And what an awesome giveaway. You can get SO much for $100!!)

  110. Belinda
    June 23, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I take monthly pics and then print them out to make a banner for my children’s first birthday parties.

  111. Ellen Casper
    June 23, 2016 / 10:48 pm

    I scrapbook and use a sign for age

  112. Deborah G.
    June 23, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I take pictures and like to create collages!

  113. June 25, 2016 / 8:54 am

    I am pregnant with #3 and I have seriously been slacking on my belly photos. Hopefully I will pick it up after she is born. Thanks for the tips & ideas!

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