When is the Best Time to Take Your Newborn’s Photo?

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When is the best time to take your newborn baby’s photograph? The best timing is between the first few days of life and before the second week. During the second week of life, babies tend to suffer from baby acne as their glands begin to become active and produce oils and sweat. This usually leads to blocked pores… Something almost all babies suffer from.

Physiological jaundice is something most babies suffer from as well. This is what occurs when the abundance of blood cells that babies are born with begin to break down, causing an increase of bilirubin in the body, creating a yellowing affect on the skin and eyes.

Before babies are born, their bodies prepare by producing an abundance of blood cells. This helps prepare them for birth and survival. This added nutrients helps the babies survive without eating immediately post partum. My son, for example, had no interest in eating until he was close to 24 hours old and this is apparently normal and considered healthy as long as they eat shortly thereafter.

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Snoozing on the couch

After they are born, these extra blood cells have to be disposed of and as mentioned above, the bilirubin levels raise in the body and often cause jaundice (the yellowing that we see in newborn babies for a few days or weeks).

My son didn’t get much jaundice, which is a little odd because we delayed his cord clamping and thus he had roughly 25% more blood volume. Healthy buddy

keagan-nubeAside from these aesthetic reasons for the time frame of a few days to a few weeks, newborns are much easier to get into a deep sleep within the first fourteen days of life. This sleepiness makes it easy to pose the baby into curled up poses and easier to capture the sleepy, cuddly aura.

A nice warm room, lots of patience, a full belly, and a squishy newborn are all you really need.

There are a handful of Comox Valley newborn portrait photographers. With each photographer, there is a different style, so make sure you view their portfolios and find one that best suits your desires. Keep in mind that photographers will capture your baby in a way that they like because it is their vision you are paying for. This is why I stress that it’s important that you find the photographer that best shares your view!

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