If you just welcomed a baby, congrats! Now, that baby ought to be in pictures — lots of pictures! Baby’s first day will seem like a blur to everyone involved in the little one’s birth. For some moms, it takes looking back at photos of the day to actually recall some of the events. Before handing your camera over to a friend or relative who’s promised to capture it all, make a list of the pictures you want to ensure are recorded before everyone falls asleep.
Here are our top 10 must-take photos on baby’s first day.
1Meeting Older Siblings
In a few short years they’ll be fighting like cats and dogs, but that first moment when an older sibling meets the newest family member is precious. Hold onto the photo — you’ll want to look back at it longingly when the bickering seems endless!
2Meeting the Parents
Snapping a photo during those first moments when you’re meeting your child will help secure that memory forever.
3Meeting the Grandparents
It’s a proud day for grandparents too. Capture their first glimpse of their grandchildren to see what unconditional love really looks like.
4Leaving a Footprint
The baby book has a space for baby’s first footprint, but a photo of the moment is precious too. Be sure to capture a photo of baby’s ink-stained feet too!
Everybody loves to look at baby’s tiny feet. Capture them before they’re kicking the swaddle off in the middle of the night.
6First Funny Face
Whether it’s a photo of baby’s first milk-drunk smile or a mid-yawn moment, it’s sure to make you smile for years to come.
7Baby’s Deep Sleep
Sleeping like a baby takes on a whole new meaning in a lil one’s first few days. That peaceful image is one parents may want to reflect back on when they’re up with the baby in the middle of the night a few weeks later!
8First Time Held by Mom
Studies show that babies know their mamas’ voices before they ever exit the womb. Capture the moment mom sees her baby for the very first time — and the lil one curls right into her — in a photo mom will cherish forever.
9Baby’s ID Tag
Some babies don’t have names for their first few days, only identified by the number on their ID tag. Take a picture of it to capture the point in time.
10Grasping a Finger
It may be a primitive reflex (the palmar grasp reflex), but it still is amazing when a newborn can grasp an adult’s finger and hold it tightly in its minutes-old hand.