You have a toddler and maybe a dog or two and you’re a little nervous about how your newborn session will go with all the chaos.
I understand chaos and toddlers and I’m here to tell you to take a deep breath and trust me.
Newborn Sessions definitely focus on the newborn. I capture their tiny fingers, their adorable feet and that little swirl their hair makes on the back of their head. I might even capture a newborn smile – my favorite! But, when there’s an older sibling, sometimes they sort-of steal the show.
And that’s ok!
It’s important for the big brother or sister to be comfortable with me. I want them to interact normally with mom and dad and be themselves. Sometimes, toddlers have a little “stranger danger” and that is normal and totally fine. I usually win them over pretty quickly. But, those shy shots are pretty incredible, too.
Sometimes a sibling wants to show me “all the things” – their new baby, their room, their favorite toy or their new outfit. Again, totally fine!
I want siblings to be comfortable with me and also to sort-of forget I’m there and just be themselves!
Here are 8 things to remember for your newborn session when you have older siblings!
Your older child(ren) need some love and attention. Yes, it’s about the baby, but make a fuss over the bigs, too.
Let kids be kids. Someone might have a tantrum or fuss. That’s OK. It actually very normal. Just let them get it out and let me help distract them.
Encourage them to laugh and giggle and have fun! Ok, I might ask your kids to stand on a table or jump on a bed. Please go with it! Kids love doing “special” things and it makes for amazing pictures!
Have snacks on hand. Preferable dry snacks that don’t make a mess!
Have a few favorite toys and books close by – think timeless when you’re picking these out. Wooden toys work well!
Turn on some of your big kids’ favorite tunes! I’m always here for a dance party.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Kids feed off your emotions. Try to relax and have fun!
Trust me. I have a lot of experience with kids and know how to get them to cooperate.
Are you ready for all the fun? I can’t wait to capture your family and new addition.
Haven’t booked your session yet? What are you waiting for?