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The 7 Photos You Must Take During Your Baby’s 1st Year

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There is so much happening and changing in your life after you have a baby. Whether it’s your first baby or third, remember The 7 Photos You Must Take During Your Baby’s 1st Year. Thank you to Dreft for sponsoring this post so that I can share all about my baby memories.

We had just about a month warning before Emmy was born.

This wasn’t a crazy headline story about me not knowing I was pregnant… it’s just another twist in the usual adoption story people tell. It normally takes years to adopt, and we got our new bundle of joy in 30 days! It’s unheard of and it was so exciting, but we also were left with much less time than the usual 9 months to prepare for a baby. I have no regrets about anything, except I wish I had taken more pictures. I felt like we were playing catch up the whole first year and I missed taking some pictures of special moments.

Since that time I now encourage new parents to take as many pictures of their new baby as they possibly can. Especially these seven photos you must take during your baby's first year.

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1. Newborn picture. One of the pictures I treasure the most is the picture of each of my girls when they were first born. Emmy has been an awesome sleeper since day 1. Since the recent time change I’ve even had to tell her she can’t go to sleep till later. She’s also a morning person and would be thrilled to start her day at 4am. Hence why I don’t allow her to go to sleep at 6pm like she wants. I love looking at this picture, it’s moments after she was born and she just couldn’t stay awake! I was burrowed into a corner at the hospital just cuddling with her. I was in heaven!


2. The month by month pictures. I totally missed doing this. I think I took a week one picture and a month one picture… and then life just got too busy. I know that this was taken on her 2nd month birthday but that’s it. If I had more time I would have bought those sweet little stickers you can have made and then you just stick them on their shirt and take the pictures that way. Totally do it! Those are some of the coolest pictures to look back on.


3. Pumpkin Patch Pictures.  I could stare at this picture for days and days. My absolute favorite pictures are of my kids sitting with pumpkins. I even make them sit on the big ones each year for pictures. My fifteen year old loves me for it… although I think she secretly does enjoy it!


4. Random Pictures. This is another one of my favorite pictures. Emmy and I were hanging out playing patty cake and she picked up my phone and said “pic, pic”! She wanted a picture of us. My heart melts when I think of that moment. I love it so much that I’m even sharing a picture of me with no makeup! Don’t shy away from the random, non-milestone, non-special-event pictures. Those are some of the best!

5. Crawling picture, first steps etc. Just like how the random pictures are some of the best, so are the milestone ones. Keep your camera or cell phone handy and snap those special moments. Now that Emmy is 5, she loves to look back on those times too. PS. She tells me all the time how she was the cutest baby on the planet!


6.  Family Picture. I can’t thank my sister enough for taking this picture. This picture is only missing one thing… Pete! But still I love it. It’s our first “girls” family picture and I think you can tell just by looking at this how much we were already in love with our little one!


7. First birthday cake smash picture. So ours didn’t turn out so well. She wouldn’t touch the cake and she wouldn’t let us take a picture of her and the cake alone, we all had to be in it. Can you see the way she is looking at the cake. It still makes me crack up! You must capture your baby's first birthday cake experience. I love when it’s all smashed on their faces and they are loving the sugar! So much fun!

One thing I learned from years of being a mom to babies is that the older they get, the messier they get… which can make taking pictures harder.

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What is your favorite first year picture?

Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


  1. I love all of your pictures. I think my favorite first year picture is my sons first beach trip. He was 9 months old and he loved the sand and water.

  2. I think our favorite first year picture was when my daughter was born. She arrived at Christmas time so the hospital staff stuck her in a Christmas stocking and made a picture!

  3. We tried to take a lot of pictures that first year. What we forgot to do is write down all his first. I can’t remember his first word or when he first slept through the night.

  4. Parents now are fond of taking photos of their kids. It’s great that every special moment is captured. When the child grows up, she will be able to see how she has been through her first year.

  5. I love these tips. I wish I had taken more pictures as well. She sure didn’t look like she was interested in that cake very much.

  6. Photos are so important. I try and take one of my son every day (he’s three months old) so I can do my best to always remember our first year together.

  7. It has been awhile since I experienced a first year with my children but I certainly still cherish every photograph from those times. My sister is due in just five weeks, so I will be sure to share these suggestions with her.

  8. These photos are so special and will be looked at for years to come. I love looking through all of my photos I took of the kids and the ones I now take of the grand kids. I wish I had done month by month photos.

  9. I have pictures of both my kids with our pet dog Bailey. THey’re such cute photos – the dog it giving them kisses and you can just hear the laughter in the photo from the kids – that laugh only babies make!

  10. We adopted our older girls when they were 9 and 12 and our twins when they were 7. Unfortunately, that means we don’t have any first year of life pictures…although we do have plenty of first year in our family pictures!

  11. For me that’s not an issue. I serious make my kids sick from all my picture taking. lol I think one of the reason I love taking their picture is because I don’t have any pictures of myself when I was a baby or growing up. Being able to look back at their picture from different time/moments in their life is wonderful and I know one day they will totally appreciate that lol

  12. I couldnt’ agree more – that is where my love of my camera came from, taking photos of my babies. I would take photos every day. Now is the time when I totally do not, boo on me

  13. Aww babies are so cute – but you are right they do get messier. We always loved to use Dreft.

  14. Oh that girl’s picture is cute. I love it too!! Def. a framer and I like the one just below it too with dad. 🙂

  15. This is so great for new parents. Sometimes when you are so tired you can’t see three minutes past the minute you are in and this will prevent them from missing those moments!

  16. OMG your daughter is adorable. I wish I would have taken more photos when my girls were younger. I have tons of my first, a few less of my second…. my 5th daughter is lucky to have photos of her in the hospital, lol (mostly kidding).

  17. When my eldest was born I read a book about photographing your child. One piece of advice (and this was just before dSLRs became super popular so I was still using film) was take way more pictures than you think you need to. For film of course this made sure you ended up with a good one. I do the same thing now with digital. You can’t ever have too many.

  18. I love taking photos of my boys! I take as many photos as I can because I know it’ll be really fun looking back at those when they’re all grown ups. I do admit though that I missed taking photos of them when they were babies.

  19. Lucky for us modern moms we can take all the pictures we like. But there are those important ones that have to be done, and we have done them all from kid 1.

  20. My goodness these are some fabulous pictures & I am just loving all those cute expressions. I have so many such pictures of wonderful moments of my babies which I admire every day.

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