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Monthly Baby Photo Ideas

I know we’ve all seen them—photos documenting the monthly growth of a cute little baby. There are all sorts of ways to do it and lots of creative ideas floating around waiting to be grabbed by all you imaginative parents. I love seeing the new ideas mix in with the old.

One of our readers, Michelle from Our Dream Foreclosure, came up with this clever idea to add a new piece of clothing to her son’s picture each month so that at the end of the year he’ll be fully clothed (gotta love the boxers!).

Our Dream Foreclosure Monthly Baby Picture
image from Our Dream Foreclosure

Erica, from Erica’s Bloggity Blog, dressed her son in the same sleeper for each picture to document his growth. So cute and funny!

Erica's Bloggity Blog Monthly Baby Picture
image from Erica’s Bloggity Blog

There’s always the good old-fashioned change the number on a onesie route. Young House Love photoshopped their daughter’s onesie, but you can also make your own or buy decals (we like Sticky Bellies). YHL also changed up the background using different fabric backdrops. Oh, they also photographed every week!

Young House Love Monthly Baby Picture
image from Young House Love

Personally, I used the put your kid in a onesie in the same chair next to the same stuffed animal method to document my son’s growth via monthly pictures. Some of my favorite shots are the candid ones (like the one below) that occur when you are desperately trying to capture your squirmy little kiddo! I still wonder what those two were looking at.

Baby with Bear Monthly Photo

Are you taking/planning on taking monthly shots of your baby? What method did you come up with and what were your favorite tricks to get the perfect shot?


Wednesday 9th of January 2013

These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing! I've taken photos each month doing her new favorite thing, I.e: month 1, when she held her head up, she had this look of a turtle, so we caught that, month 2, she loved "flying" so we got a shot looking up at her, month 3 she was only calm when we carried her a certain way, so we took.a shot of me holding her next to a retro fireplace, and 4 shes balancing on her dad's hand. I photo shop in some writing to say what she does/likes at the time. Thought it was acool alternative to a baby book!

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Friday 30th of December 2011

My Daughter was born in Jan this year so I put together a calender where all the pictures in a given month were from that month this year. I did random photo shoots throughout the year, not really scheduled. The calendar turned out really well. I titled it "A Year with Evangeline".


Saturday 17th of December 2011

I'm a crafter of children's things and took pictures of my son with the plushies that I make for little ones. Each month he's laying or sitting with his plush so you can see just how quickly he grows in comparison.

Super fun and he loves haning out with his toy :)