Newborn Morning of Session Prep 

MORNING OF THE SESSION PREP IS CRUCIAL TO THE OUTCOME OF THE NEWBORN SESSION

TRAVEL TO THE STUDIO

Plan to leave an extra 15 minutes before you thought you were going to leave for the studio! Check for any traffic delays. You’ve just got to love Hampton Roads traffic and we won’t even talk about how backed up all those awesome tunnels can get! Again, plan to leave with plenty of time for all the traffic delays!

BABY PREPARATION STEPS

STEP 1

Try and keep baby awake for TWO hours before the session. The more you can keep baby awake before the session the better the session will go as baby will be ready to sleep and allow me to pose them. 

STEP 2

Plan to feed baby a full feeding right after the bath. This feeding gets us started right away when you arrive for the session. This way baby will be all milk drunk and sleepy, and that is exactly what we are aiming for.

STEP 3

Give baby a BATH RIGHT BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE STUDIO!  I can not stress how important the bath is!! Will your baby cry? Probably so, and that is okay. We want them awake as much as possible before the session.  Also, crying is good for the lungs so don’t worry if they fuss or cry some.  We have found that baby’s that get a bath right before the session tend to be more relaxed and sleep better.  Make sure to remove any lint between their fingers and toes!! This is also a perfect time to softy wash away excess skin dry skin patches, sheets and flakes.

STEP 4

Do not apply diaper rash creme, lotion or powder the morning of the session! Lotions will make the skin appear oily with the camera lights.

LAST STEP!

  • Dress baby in an easy to remove snap or zipper only outfit.
  • Nothing that has to be pulled over the head!!
  • NO socks as it will leave impressions in the skin.
  • NO onesies or anything that will need to be pulled over the head.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE SESSION

Please bring 2 bottles with a minimum of 4 oz per bottle for feedings during the Signature or Ultimate sessions. (Only 1 bottle is needed for the So Cozy Wrapped Only session)

This is especially important for keeping baby calm during the posing.  Babies often wake up throughout the posing.  This is how awake babies sooth themselves in the early days.  We will often times feed baby in a pose to get them to settle so that we disturb them as ltlle as possible. 

PACIFIER:  Do not have anything attached to it please! The pacifier is extremely helpful during the session to settle baby.