What are some ideas for capturing photos of my growing baby? Capturing Special Moments

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In hindsight, the first year tends to be a bit of a blur, which is probably why savvy parents started the trend of taking baby's picture at least once a month. Periodic photos mark babies' milestones and show how much they've grown in just a short time. Here are some fun ideas for capturing baby's first year, month by month.

Posed or Candid -- It's Up to You

"It can be a great idea to capture monthly photos of your newborn in the same setting every time. You can use a framed chalkboard sign to indicate the month and try to take the photo in the same light. Later, you'll be able to see your photos side by side and appreciate how much your baby has grown.

"Another great idea is to capture photos of some of the casual, everyday activities that you repeat often with your baby. Once you'll be out of the new baby fog, you'll appreciate being able...

"It can be a great idea to capture monthly photos of your newborn in the same setting every time. You can use a framed chalkboard sign to indicate the month and try to take the photo in the same light. Later, you'll be able to see your photos side by side and appreciate how much your baby has grown.

"Another great idea is to capture photos of some of the casual, everyday activities that you repeat often with your baby. Once you'll be out of the new baby fog, you'll appreciate being able to revisit what life was like day-to-day.

"Some of the most memorable activities to capture for newborns include bath time, playing with siblings, outings to the park, family cuddling in bed, and any activities when your little one is likely to smile and/or be animated." -- Mike Peyzner, Choco Studio, San Francisco, California

Put a Number Sticker on a Onesie

"We take a photo of the baby in a white onesie with a sticker that says his age each month. You can include the baby's first bear or doll too. That way you see size. I've done that for both my girls!"

Write Details on a Chalkboard

"We took pictures of my son in the same chair with a chalkboard. Every month, we wrote his height and weight and what he's been doing."

Use a Calendar as a Backdrop

"We posed my babies on a calendar to show the date. It was cool to see how much they grew and developed by how they were laying or moving all over the place!"

Incorporate Favorite Toys

"I plan monthly photos around something my son really enjoys. For his 6-month picture, he's with some Moana toys."

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