It is so exciting to watch your child try something new for the first time. Milestones are a big part of growing up, and babies have *a lot* of growing to do in their first year. While looking for images to share with this post, I was reminiscing over so many fond memories and milestones. It’s amazing how quickly they grow, and how quickly we forget those things which were a given at the time.
I’m going to share some tips for capturing your baby milestones on camera, how to document the moments that will matter to you down the road. And you’ll see some snapshots from our son’s first year too!
Choose a Camera You’ll Actually Use
Have a camera at the ready — seriously. I am so thankful that we invested in a nice pocket camera, a Canon G12 Digital Camera (#afflink), before our son was born. A lot of people ask me what camera I use to take photos of everyday milestones, and it’s interesting to observe how surprised they are when I don’t reply that I carry my DSLR and lenses with me. Yes, I love photography, but no, it doesn’t dominate my life. There are more important things in life (It’s The Little Things In Life).
I knew that the best camera for documenting my son’s milestones would be the one I could carry everywhere with me, one with a good battery life and self-contained lens so I wouldn’t have to worry about sensor dust or changing out lenses. More importantly, a pocket camera can go anywhere with you. There isn’t the temptation to leave it behind because it’s too big and bulky, and you can more discretely capture moments that matter to you. The best camera is one you will actually carry with you. And, bonus for me, the one we selected also does HD videos. Perfect for capturing baby’s first steps, or those adorable giggles and murmurs infants make.
Portraits of Baby’s First Year
When it comes to capturing baby milestones, there’s nothing quite like having professional portraits of your child’s first year. As much as I might be biased 😉 — images like these speak to me in a unique way. Looking back, I’m glad we took the time to schedule in regular portrait sessions throughout our son’s first year. Click on any image below to view them as a gallery.
My Memories of Our Baby’s Milestones
So, back to my personal archives from our son’s first year. What memories stand out to me now? Frankly, most have blurred into a conglomeration of thankfulness, wonder, and parental pride. I don’t remember the specifics of each milestone, the dates new things were said or done. For that, I’d have to consult my baby’s first year calendar (#afflink), or peruse my snapshots to spur my memory.
Life is so full of new experiences, new discoveries — we have to be intentional about living in the present, and sometimes that means letting the past become faded and obscure. That’s why I’m grateful for the memories and milestones I’ve documented. The stories and snapshots I’ve saved from our son’s first year. They help us to remember those moments that were so amazing, that made us realize what a blessing it is to be parents.
What memories do I cherish? Remembering how tiny our son was, recalling those moments in the hospital when I finally got to meet the child who had been so wiggly inside the womb (may I add, nothing compared to #2 — what a wiggle worm!). As they grow, you forget how tiny newborns are, how peaceful a sleeping newborn looks, and how much you loved every stage of growth, every development and milestone.
We celebrated our son’s birth with in-hospital newborn portraits. I’d forgotten that we took him home on opening day — in a baseball onesie. Both sets of grandparents came to visit us at home, as did countless other friends and relatives. We were showered with love and food, support in the ways we needed it most.
Our son held his first toy on our living room floor. He didn’t like being on his tummy once he accidentally rolled over for the first time. He smiled so much we called him Mr. Smiles. We built our deck while our son “supervised” from his stroller (one of the few times we used it). He was a trooper for his first plane trip, when we visited friends in DC. His baptism was held on our newly built deck, with friends and family in attendance. Learning to sit, stand, first steps — we have snapshots of them all. So many memories, and so few words to describe them. That’s the reason I love photographs. They bring the emotions and memories of a moment back to the forefront of your mind, allow you to experience the joy and wonder once again.
And what’s more, kids love looking at pictures of themselves as babies. While I was gathering these images, my son was giggling in delight at the photos, telling me about what was going on in each one, and asking me questions. Click on any image below to view them as a gallery.
What Milestones Will You Document?
What baby milestones do you see as being most important to you? Are there memories you’ve documented for each of your kids that you have been intentional about recreating?
Resources On Baby’s First Keepsakes, Moments, and Milestones
Here are some resources on capturing baby milestones, moments, and how to celebrate baby’s firsts throughout the year! Links will open in a new window for your convenience.
- Ultimate Guide to Baby Milestones and Firsts ~ Lemon Lime Adventures
- Taking Care in Selecting that First Teddy or Blanket ~ Powerful Mothering
- Baby’s First Meeting of Siblings ~ Makeovers & Motherhood
- Baby’s First Bath ~ Let the Journey Begin
- Baby’s First Outing ~ Bambini Travel
- Baby’s First Road Trip ~ Peace but Not Quiet
- Baby’s First Foods ~ The Jenny Evolution
- Make a DIY Baby Book to Record Baby’s Firsts (free printable) ~ Bare Feet on the Dashboard
- Baby Book with Printable Onesie Iron-Ons ~ Mama Miss
- Designing Your Home for Baby’s First Words ~ Trust Me, I’m a Mom
- Potty Training at Eleven Months ~ Conceiving Piper
- Baby’s First Shoes – What You Need To Know ~ Pink Oatmeal
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- feeding baby
- taking care of baby
- baby’s milestones
- baby play
- baby spaces
- celebrating baby
Check out the The Ultimate Guide to Baby’s First Year for a list of all the posts on each topic.