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.


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Originally made in France in 1961, Sophie has been loved by countless mamas and babies for generations!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.


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!

Maryland Women-Owned Business Series - March

As a small business, I love supporting, recognizing, and connecting with other female entrepreneurs out there in the community. And as a mompreneur myself, I know how hard they work for themselves, their families, and their clients. They are each vital influencers of people all around you. I’d like to give some recognition to a few ladies who work hard every day, in the hopes of making a connection to someone that needs their services. We appreciate you more than you know, and we’re so proud to feature your business. We will be highlighting one business per month for the entire year of 2019!

Dara is the most organized person that I know! Dara founded Orderly Method because she was a busy multitasking mom of four young kids. Her amazing, simple solutions to home organization will fit anyone’s style. This fellow Mom knows her organization stuff! She’s turned her passion about keeping things orderly into a business to help others. I am always in awe of her amazing, transformational Before and After examples on her Instagram page!

Introducing the third feature on our Maryland women-owned businesses series —-  

Name: Dara Friedson

Company: Orderly Method Professional Organizing

Years in Business: 2





1. What is the name of your company?

The name of my company is Orderly Method and we offer Professional Organizing Services.  Here’s a little info about how things work...I come to your space and do a consultation where I learn your needs, see your space and style, and understand you goals. I then write up a detailed proposal that includes cost of the actual organization work, as well as products that I recommend for the project. We’ll come up with a mutually agreed upon date and then I handle everything from that point (ordering products, installation, removing trash/recycling, bringing items to donation centers, etc) - total turn key/white glove process. I've been in all types of homes - apartments, older, newer, city, suburban, etc, and all types of spaces - basements, kitchens, offices, playrooms, garages, storage rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, etc. You name it, I've seen it and organized it! 

2. What made you choose this type of business, and/or how did you get your idea or concept for the business?

My kids were 5, almost 3.5, 2.5 and almost 1. I was working a full time corporate job making 6 figures. When I was working, I was thinking of all of the things I was missing with my kids. When I was with my kids, I was constantly on my phone trying to keep up. I was stressed and I wasn’t happy. Something needed to change.

My husband and I started discussing our options. Do I stop working and become a full time stay-at-home mom? If so, do we keep our live in nanny, my right hand, the person who loves my kids, cares for them and helps keep our house standing? How could I stop working all together? I will lose my mind taking care of 4 little kids by myself almost every day and night of the week. When all of my kids are in school than what will I do? There were so many questions, so many unknowns and so many unsure feelings. So we began brainstorming. I didn’t want to stop working all together, but I did need more flexibility in my life. I wanted to control my schedule, be more available and present with my kids, but still keep my identity. And then it hit us….

For many years, friends have asked how I keep things so organized with such a hectic family life (4 kids in less than 4.5 years is no joke). I love organizing…and I thrive and function best in an organized environment. Could this really be a business? I started researching and found there was a whole world of professional organizers out there. I wrote a business plan, came up with a company name, registered as an LLC, and setup my website. I took a few courses to become a professional organizer while working my full time job and trying to keep my family life running as smoothly as possible. I had all of the basics down, but would people actually pay me? And could I really quit my job not knowing?

I decided to try and start my business and have some flow of income before quitting my job. Nothing like adding more stress and work to my already overflowing cup! But it was the only way I felt comfortable leaving my corporate job. I booked my first client and realized that this was it, this was what I wanted to do….and people would pay me! Shortly after, I quit my corporate job and started as a professional organizer full time - well part time hours but this was now my only gig outside of being a wife and a mom.

It was liberating and felt so good to be doing something that I really loved while helping others bring peace and order into their homes. I did it - I turned my passion for organizing into a business!

3. If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Take that leap of faith! I strongly feel that I took a giant leap of faith when starting my business - there were so many unknowns, it was stressful, but in the end it was definitely the right decision. 

4.  What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

My kids! Everything I do is for them - they are the driving force in my life! I want to show them that you can do what you love and still spend time with who you love.

5.  What is your favorite thing about running your own business? 

My favorite thing about running my business is being able to make my own schedule. A huge part of me doing my own thing was so that I could be around and present for my kids. I wanted to be able to go on school field trips, walk them to the bus, see their smiling faces as they walk in the door from school, and not feel guilty about any of it. I now make my work schedule around their schedule and it's been an amazing thing for our family!


Maryland Cake Smash Photographer | The Star of the Show

What a fun first birthday celebration for this sweet and active little girl. First she posed for pictures with her little stuffed unicorn friend and showed off her modeling skills. She was the cutest! Then she had so much fun smashing her hands in her birthday cake, all while clapping and dancing. We decorated our set with modern silver and black stars, but of course she was the star of the show!  

The First Birthday Milestone Fun

My business has evolved over the years but one thing that has held steady is my love for being a cake smash photographer! Participating in the first birthday fun for so many of my clients is amazing and I’m honored to be such a special part of these important milestone moments.  It is with great joy that I get to meet such sweet bundles from the very first days of their lives up to their very first birthday and beyond.

I love fun and festive decorated cake smash sessions that really celebrate the excitement. For this one, we wanted to do something simple, but not boring. Mom wanted it to be modern to match her nursery. The adorable tutu and perfectly coordinated cake with silver stars tied the whole look together.  And of course those pig-tails are amazing! Helloooooo cuteness! I love how it all came together.

I feel like I say this about every session (but it’s true!) … I had so much fun photographing this sweet and happy girl! It was a joy to watch her clapping, dancing, and having a care-free time. It was a blast to capture another fantastic cake smash portrait session for this family! Enjoy!

If you are interested in a cake smash first birthday session in Maryland for your soon-to-be one year old baby, please get in touch!  I would love to hear from you!

Maryland Women-Owned Business Series - February

As a small business, I love supporting, recognizing, and connecting with other female entrepreneurs out there in the community. And as a mompreneur myself, I know how hard they work for themselves, their families, and their clients. They are each vital influencers of people all around you. I’d like to give some recognition to a few ladies who work hard every day, in the hopes of making a connection to someone that needs their services. We appreciate you more than you know, and we’re so proud to feature your business. We will be highlighting one business per month for the entire year of 2019!

Erin of Pixie Lane sells the cutest girls (and boys) clothing around town! It’s made in L.A., sizes 12 months to 12 years, and is super stylish and comfortable! I’ve photographed many little girls looking beautiful and feeling special in their Pixie Lane clothing, including my own daughter who loves her Pixie leggings.

Erin has generously offered 10% off to my blog readers (not valid at shows or events) on their first purchase of Pixie Lane.

Introducing the second feature in our Maryland women-owned business series —  

Read on to learn more about PixieLane Erin!

name: Erin Silverman
company | brand: PixieLane Erin
years in business: going on 1.5 years
where can we find you?

FB: PixieLane Erin



1. What is the name of your company?

My company is PixieLane Erin. I sell unique and trendy kids clothing (printed leggings, dresses, hoodies and SO MUCH MORE) for girls made in LA. Sizes 12 months to 12 years! Boys and adults available too. Stylish, comfortable & fun!

2. What is unique about your business? 

There are two things that make my business unique. The first is that you can’t find this clothing in any stores and second shopping with me is a personal shopping experience. We can set up an appointment for you to come over and shop at my house at a convenient time for you. If daytime doesn’t work for you, no worries, I am available at night and on weekends too. Some customers like to bring their children with them to try on and pick out what they like! Once we know your child’s size, I can text you pictures and you can shop via texting on your phone! My goal is to make it fun for your kids and easy for you! 

3. What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning? 

My two adorable not so little girls!!

4. What is your favorite thing about running your own business? 

Flexibility! I love how I can work while my kids are around. 

5. Do you have a special offer for blog readers that you’d like to share? 

10% off your first purchase (not valid at shows or events)