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Baby Shower Gifts New Mamas Will Love

So you have a baby shower to attend or a baby gift to give: congrats! Baby showers are joyous, memorable occasions that make for a lasting impression on the parents-to-be. We see a lot of new parents and new products come through our Maryland photography studio doors! And we spend a lot of time getting to know our clients and what they love. So we put together a list with a few of our favorites. We hand-picked each item for quality and cuteness levels that are through the roof. While some of these items are just for mama, most will be enjoyed by daddy and baby as well! We want you to be the envy of all the other party-goers by gifting the mama-to-be with one of these special items! Check them out and let us know what you think.


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Monthly Blankets by Batz Kids

Mama will love these adorable monthly milestone blankets from Batz Kids. Allow her to celebrate every month of growth and holiday with the cutest blanket for her little loved one. These will make for the perfect Instagram photo backdrop and provide for the most memorable images!

Danielle used one for her daughter and loves looking back on the photos from her baby’s first year! Check out what she did each month in the image to the left :)


Baby Shusher

The Revolutionary Shusher

Make sure the mama-to-be gets her rest with the help of the revolutionary baby shusher. It uses a real human voice to lull her baby to sleep with a calming shush. It also has has a timer, volume adjustment, and a removable wrist strap so she can carry her baby while putting her to sleep. You’ll notice that we have one of these magic devices in the studio, and oh my gosh they are so helpful with calming all the sweet newborns that come for their very first portrait session! Every parent that visits our Maryland newborn studio loves it!


Mommy and Me Outfits for Newborns

Mommy and Me Outfits

Who doesn’t love matching outfits? Pick from a multitude of matching tee and onesie combos for the future mama. Colorful, trendy, and comfy, these outfits will be in constant rotation once the new baby is born.


Sophie la Giraffe Baby Teething Toy

Sofie La Giraffe Teething Toy

Originally made in France in 1961, Sophie has been loved by countless mamas and babies for generations! Sophie is a unique baby teething toy made to stimulate all 5 senses. She is made from natural rubber latex and is soft to soothe those sensitive baby gums. Sophie has other products in her collection too, including rattles, feeding bottles, comforting blankets, and more! It’s a staple in many homes and a great go-to gift.


Baby Handprint Kit

Footprint & Handprint Picture Frame Kits 

Help mama preserve her memories of the little one to come. These ink and clay foot & handprint kits allow mama to save a part of her baby in the form of an artwork she can keep forever. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves a project and doesn’t want to forget how small their tiny little one ones was.


Baby on Board Sunhat

Baby on Board Sun Hat

For all the fashion forward mamas out there, this is a trendy gift she is sure to love! It’s great to take a baby-mooon or wear around the pool. These sun hats can be customized with cute quotes and messages and come in a multitude of colors. Create the perfect unique statement piece for mama to wear during baby’s first beach vacation.


Mommy Milestone Wine Labels

Mommy Milestones Wine Labels

Once her baby is born and wine is on the menu again, you can bet mama will get a kick out of these. These bottle labels can be placed over a wine of your choice and will provide a good giggle for the new parents during a romantic night at home. Now she can cheers to each milestone with a commemorative photo and a drink!


New Mom Spa Gift Set

New Mom Spa Gift Box

Being a newborn mom is tiring! Treat her to this spa gift set complete with handmade buttermilk soap, a bear bath bomb, diaper rash baby butter, a hand-knitted cotton washcloth, and lavender chamomile bath salts. Her and her new baby will be thanking you for the sacred relaxation time this spa set provides.


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Cute and stylish every day bows

If mama is expecting a girl, this bow shop is a dream come true. With a multitude of colors, styles and patterns available, mama will enjoy receiving a set of bows to match any outfit for her sweet baby girl. She can even bring a few of the headbands to her newborn photo session!


Diaper and makeup Bag

A Custom Diaper or Makeup Bag from Stoney Clover Lane

These custom bags are all the rage! Add fun patches and colorful letters to any of their pouches, backpacks, duffels and designs to build a unique bag or accessory for mama-to-be. They are super trendy, versatile, and lightweight to keep Mama organized with a new baby on the go. Gift a pouch with baby’s initials and she is sure to love it! Plus they come in a variety of styles and color options to please even the pickiest mom on the block!


Baby Milestone Book

Baby Milestone Books by Print Smitten

For the journaling moms and writers out there, baby milestone books are perfect for remembering every aspect of the first year of her baby’s life. This is a thoughtfully designed modern baby book that mixes journaling with photo memories and record keeping. With a variety of cover designs to choose from (they can be personalized too!), there is a perfect book in the Print Smitten collection for every mama.


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Maryland Newborn and Sibling Photographer | A fox theme for baby boy

The arrival of a second child is so different than the arrival of a first. Of course, both are equally special times for a family—neither is better than the other. But with the first child, everything feels so new. Brand-new parents take their first steps into completely uncharted territory. With the newness comes excitement, exhaustion, and honestly a little fear. But the deep, unconditional love they experience is unlike anything they’ve ever felt before. I love watching first-time parents. They aren’t quite sure if they’re holding baby right, and they’re still learning how to discern those confusing newborn cries and noises. They’re so sweet to watch on my side of the lens.

A Peace that comes from Experience

With the second child, there’s a little more peace and assurance that comes from experience. As parents, we think, “We’ve done this before, so we know that we can do it!” With the second child, there’s also the joy of watching the other sibling meet their best friend for life for the very first time. These parents are no less tired—more kiddos usually equal less sleep—but they aren’t quite as nervous letting someone else swaddle, rock or change a diaper :)

It’s such a joy for me to watch all of these families and capture those memories for them—no matter what stage of life they’re in!

For this session, big sister was so happy to cuddle up to her brand-new little brother and keep him warm and cozy on our white faux-fur blanket. His parents had a special fox theme in mind and we had fun dressing him up in cute little hats and posing him with his little fox friend. The Devoted Knits fox set was perfect! His tiny fingers look so cute holding onto Mr. Fox! I also love incorporating simplicity into newborn portraits. They’re so versatile and classic, perfect for warming up and bringing love into any space in the house!

Newborn baby girl photography session at the Rockville Maryland studio!

This is baby number three for this sweet family and I could not have been more honored to photograph another beautiful baby miracle for them!  I decided to keep this newborn baby girl photography session simple, clean and white. These are my absolute favorites and we have been doing a lot of white color tones at the studio lately.  The focus is always all about the baby and the colors do not distract from other pieces in the home when displayed.  I always enjoy working with props and cute accessories, but they are not always needed to create beautiful newborn portraits. I have so many images of this newborn baby girl that I love! Below are a few of my favorites. I can’t wait to watch this little one grow and be so adored by her family and older siblings! xo

To book a session, contact me via email or phone. I would be honored to welcome you into our Rockville, Maryland studio to meet you and your family. To find out more information and reserve your due date on our studio calendar, please get in touch!

Maryland Photography Studio Before and After

I thought I’d share a fun little before and after today! A lot of work goes into creating the final images from each newborn session at our Maryland photography studio.

Bring me all the babies to snuggle!! But I also love the behind the scenes work when I sit at my computer and get to bring my creative vision to life.  Some babies have perfect porcelain skin and some do not.  The hormones, labor process, and overall sensitivity to a new environment make every baby’s skin react differently. Either way is ok and it eventually goes away!  My goal is to create a final image so that your baby looks just as you see them.  I try very hard not to over edit natural skin tones, birth marks, and any areas that would take away from the natural beauty of your baby.

We also take the utmost care with your baby during their newborn session when it comes to safety.  A baby that is one or two weeks old does not have the strength to hold up their own head. Sarah assists at newborn sessions to help with safety and posing so you can relax and enjoy your time at the studio. Editing out a spotter’s hand is part of the work that goes into turing your images into artwork and beautiful memories to look back on and enjoy.

Much love and attention to detail goes into your newborn session with me, from first inquiry through final delivery.

This adorable guy had some pretty bad baby acne when I saw him. Funny thing is, when he came back two weeks later to view his images, his skin was perfect! And this is how I want his parents to remember him 🙂 

If you are interested in a newborn session at our Maryland photography studio, please get in touch! We would love to hear from you!

My Top Ten List of Favorite Newborn and Baby Products

As a newborn and baby photographer I meet a lot of Moms and Dads! I love chatting away with my clients during their sessions about all sorts of stuff from feeding to sleeping and soothing to siblings, and everything in between. Being a mom of two little ones myself (4 year old and 1 year old), I can easily relate to all of the parents who walk through my studio doors. If you are a mom-to-be, a first time mom, or a seasoned pro, it doesn't hurt to hear what works or doesn't work for others. During those 2am crying sessions - I would be willing to try anything!  I realize there are tons of baby lists out there, but I wanted to create a list of items from my personal experience, both at the studio and at home, so that it might help others. I put together my very own Top Ten List of Favorite Newborn and Baby Products. This is my personal list. What worked for us may not work for your little one, but it is certainly worth a shot, right? 😉  

Baby Shusher - I recently discovered this and love it! I use the Baby Shusher miracle machine during my newborn sessions at the studio. The rhythmic "shush" sound is amazing!  There is also an APP you can download to your phone. Makes a great gift for newborns!  

Sound Machine  -   We used the HoMedics Sound Machine for both kids during bedtime and naps once they were napping in their cribs.  For them, it helped to provide a consistent sleeping environment so they knew it was time for bed. And for my daughter it drowns out the screaming sounds of my toddler while she is trying to sleep.  I personally prefer the calming Ocean setting.

Wipes Warmer -   The Munchkin Mist Wipe Warmer definitely makes for a better diaper changing experience.  It's especially nice to use in the middle of the night when you want to disturb baby as little as possible. A warm wipe is way more comforting than being woken up with a cold, wet wipe on your butt :) I highly recommend.

 
Swaddles - By far one of the most important newborn items to have! We had success with my son using the Miracle Blanket Velcro Swaddle.   He stayed nice and cozy and wasn't able to wake himself up with his flying arms. Make sure it has velcro - so much easier, faster, and safer than traditional swaddle blankets.
My daughter on the other hand, just wanted to break free her little hands!  We used this Love Dream Swaddle for her and she loved it. It allowed her to sleep in her favorite position with her arms up and a bit more room. She slept much better once she wasn't trying to Houdini herself out of the other swaddles.  Not to mention she looked so adorable in it, like a little butterfly!
 
California Baby Lotion -  My daughter had horrible baby acne starting around 4 weeks old. All of the typical remedies to clear it up were not working.  The  Calendula Cream from California Baby worked wonders!  I applied twice a day, sometimes more, and within a week her skin was back to normal. It's natural, organic, non greasy and it smells delicious!

Baby Einstein Toy -  When baby is a bit older, 3 months+, this music box toy is a must-have. Just try it, you'll thank me.

Diaper Rash Cream - Maybe it's a little strange to put this on my top ten list :) but Boudreaux's Butt Paste is the only cream that worked the fastest and most preventative for us.

Baby Carrier -  I used the Baby K'Tan Wrap for both kids. Its pretty much dummy proof and easy to get on by yourself. It's made from a t-shirt material so very comfortable for mom and baby.

 

Swing - At times the only thing that works to calm a fussy baby is movement. We had the Fisher Price Lamb Swing and it worked for us. It was cozy, could be rotated in different directions, and the height gave baby a nice vantage point to see what was going on.

 

 

 

 

If you have suggestions of things that you think were absolutely necessary during the first few weeks and beyond, please comment here or on the FB page to share your experience and help out a fellow mom!