What are some creative ideas for holiday cards now that I have a baby? Capturing Special Moments

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It's fun to consider the many options for card designs that highlight that it's your first holiday season with baby. It's possible to go super-simple or very elaborate -- to create a traditional card or a whole multimedia presentation! Here, moms and experts share the cute, memorable ideas that are sure to thrill all the loved ones on your holiday mailing list.

Plan a Family Photo Shoot

"Young kids tend to get overwhelmed with being directed for holiday-themed photos, and short of allowing them to play naturally in a winter wonderland or setting them in front of a Christmas tree to hang out in cute outfits, the end results don't often capture the genuine joy most children find in the holiday season. The best advice: Theme your outfits to coordinate well together, hire a photographer who specializes in documenting families in natural, playful settings, and then choose a card...

"Young kids tend to get overwhelmed with being directed for holiday-themed photos, and short of allowing them to play naturally in a winter wonderland or setting them in front of a Christmas tree to hang out in cute outfits, the end results don't often capture the genuine joy most children find in the holiday season. The best advice: Theme your outfits to coordinate well together, hire a photographer who specializes in documenting families in natural, playful settings, and then choose a card design that conveys the holidays in a way you love. Many card printers these days have great layouts that emphasize the photography while subtly referring to the holiday." -- Emily Pogozelski, co-owner and photographer at Pogo Photo in Jupiter, Florida, and Burlington, Vermont  

Send a Simple Photo Card

"I am a huge fan of doing holiday cards with a photo. I love seeing pictures of my friends' and family members' babies, especially if they live far away, and I haven't been able to meet the child in person. I'd stay away from long 'newsletter' cards that go into too much detail about the baby. While every little smile is huge to a parent, it might not be as interesting in a holiday card. Keep it to just the basics and save all those detailed stories for your closest friends and/or your...

"I am a huge fan of doing holiday cards with a photo. I love seeing pictures of my friends' and family members' babies, especially if they live far away, and I haven't been able to meet the child in person. I'd stay away from long 'newsletter' cards that go into too much detail about the baby. While every little smile is huge to a parent, it might not be as interesting in a holiday card. Keep it to just the basics and save all those detailed stories for your closest friends and/or your social media posts." -- Gina Wade, entertaining and lifestyle expert and special events planner for Gina Wade Creative, Los Angeles, California

Go Cute -- or a Little Silly

"Truthfully, the baby makes the card. You could orchestrate butterflies in the background and all eyes are going to be on that baby. However, capitalizing on the whole 'naughty or nice' Santa theme can be cute. For instance, we made a card one year that had a picture of my son being silly, and it said, 'Naughty Is the New Nice.'"

Use Holiday-Themed Props

"My son was born in October, so we did holiday-themed photos at his newborn shoot to use for our Christmas cards. I bought a cute Santa hat, and then the photographer brought over some other winter props, like a vintage sled. My sister-in-law just took her son's newborn holiday photos and put him in an oversized Christmas stocking -- it was adorable!"

Start a Tradition

"I used to do the same thing every year, so people could see how my son grew. I'd always take a photo at the Christmas tree farm."

Make a Virtual Video Card

"You could do a virtual card vs. a paper one -- it's eco-friendly! Use iMovie to make a video featuring clips and photos of the baby taken throughout the year. Or, if you want to go the traditional card route, you can take a photo of your baby wrapped in a blanket by the tree. So cute."

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