Your baby’s first year often flies by, and you want to capture every moment as a beautiful memory for later. You can never take enough pictures, especially in this digital age in which we live in now. It’s better to take a few pictures too many, than to regret not taking enough pictures later on. Fortunately, there are ways to prepare in advance. Here are 8 great ways to capture your child’s first year in pictures!
1. Macro shots
A very nice way to capture a moment in the first month is to take nine zoomed-in pictures of your child. Take 9 different body parts (ears, eyes, hands, feet etc.). Extra tip: print them on a canvas and you have a nice work of art for the wall.
2. In the baby chair
Take a picture of your child at the same place and time with the same background. Do this every month for the entire year. Because the setting on each photo remains exactly the same, you can see your child’s growth.
3. A romper that is too big
During pregnancy, it can be fun to buy a romper that is much too big. After the birth of your child, you can take a picture of this each month. In the first months, your child will drown in it, but after a year, the romper may not even fit anymore!
4. Sleeping picture
There’s almost nothing more peaceful than a sleeping baby. In the first year, the sleeping position changes regularly; from fairly quiet and calm in the first months, to upside down with the buttocks in the air. In the dark, it is difficult to take pictures, so turn on a weak light, turn off the flash and stand as still as possible while taking the picture. After all, you don’t want to wake the baby and lose your shot.
5.Together with toys
Every month, take a picture of your child on the playpen blanket with his favorite toys from that month. This way, you will remember what your baby’s favorite toy was later on.
6. Make a year passport
For this tip, you’d better take a look down here. Use a large white paper as the background. Grab several colouring pens to write down some fun facts about your child of that month (height, weight, clothing size each month, etc), plus a description of your child’s new ‘tricks’. Put your child in between and take a picture from above. After 12 months, you’ll have your child’s first year passport.
7. Time flies
Another fun way to see your child’s progress in the first year is to take a picture next to the clock every month. In month 1 you, set the clock to 1 hour, in the second month to 2 hours etc. etc.
8. Mother’s child
The last tip is one that is not suitable for everyone: When you are married and still have the wedding dress, and you have a daughter, it can be fun to take a picture of your daughter in your old wedding dress every year.