preparing for your newborn session

Thank you so much for allowing me the amazing and rewarding job of photographing your new little mini in his/her first few weeks of life. Newborns are my passion and I consider myself truly blessed to be around these little miracles so much. (have to make that sound fancy, but honestly, I just love it!)

Munchkin Moments by Stephanie, W229S8672 Big Bend Drive, Big Bend, WI 53103 or here’s a handy Google Map link:  off to see the wizard...

Additional instructions prior to arriving:

Please let me know if you need help carrying in baby in the car seat as I know that there may be some restrictions on weight that can be lifted.  Please arrive on time and not early (10+ minutes).

  • Keep that baby awake up to 45 minutes before for squishy, sleepy newborn pictures!

    • Bath

    • lay with only a diaper

    • tickle toes

    • have a chat

    • let babe fuss for a hot minute, it wears ‘em out!

  • Please dress baby with only a onesie or zip pj’s, please use your discretion on weather and the covering used for carseat

  • Clip those daggers!!  ...and/or file baby’s fingernails to ensure that they don’t scratch their little faces.  A lot of posing is done with baby’s hands touching their face or peeking out. The best nail files are the cheap emery boards you can get at Walmart, Target or Walgreens.

  • Feed & burp right before you put them in the car seat

  • I can't stress that it's so important to do your best to keep baby awake prior to leaving for your session.  Baby will be unclothed, un-swaddled and being moved around during the posing process - can we say milk drunk?

  • baby will sleep in the car - totally fine, but keep them up before, pretty please

  • It will be very warm in the studio

  • sessions last a couple of hours for a Signature Newborn Session

  • siblings and partners can drive separate and depart when sibling/family images are complete if included with your chosen session

  • Bring that soothie pacifier the hospital sent you home with. It's the bendable, green one, it doesn’t leave marks.  Even if you haven't used one or don’t want too, it’s just for the time that I'm posing him/her usually really helps with distracting baby.  When I don’t have one to distract, it can lead to a shorter, less posed session.

~nursing momma’s~

  • Make sure you eat well the day before and the morning of (and all the time!).

  • If you haven’t eaten proper meals, neither has baby

  • Eat girl, eat!

  • Hangry newborn’s are difficult to pose

  • What you eat and drink the days before and the day of your session can also make or break the session. Gassy babies are unhappy babies, so please look over the information below for foods to try to avoid prior to your session.  They are just suggestions, always consult with your doctor.

  • If you really have to have coffee or soda - - Please, please drink decaf coffee/soda if you want sleepy baby pictures!

~boob milk and gas, it’s a thing~

If mom's breast milk is "gassier" then usual, it could start to surface in your baby within two hours of her last feeding. So how do you identify the offending food? It's not easy. "It may take up to two or three days for food to be completely out of your system," Dr. Shu says. "So, think back to what you've eaten over the last 72 hours to see if you can pinpoint a particularly gas-inducing food." But with so many foods on the gassy list, this might be easier said than done, and it's certainly not worth limiting your diet on nothing but a hunch. Here are some foods that might give you -- and your baby -- a little extra air.

Food Factors

Fiber-rich foods are at the top of the list -- especially anything containing bran. And just about every kind of fruit can make you toot, particularly apricots, prunes, peaches, pears, plums, and the citrus family. Green veggies can also leave you gassy: Watch out for brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, artichokes, and asparagus. And you can throw cauliflower, onions, and garlic into the mix, too. In the starch group: potatoes, corn, and pasta have the gassiest possibilities. Dairy can also do a number on your system, especially if you're lactose intolerant. Chocolate might not be an official food group but, unfortunately, it belongs on this list.

Moms who drink coffee in the morning probably already know how it affects their system but consider drinking it in moderation if you think it's disagreeing with your baby. And carbonated beverages are filled with air bubbles that you're basically gulping by the mouthful. This air needs to find its release -- one way or another.

~parents and siblings~

  • Clean faces are a must.  I.e. crusty noses, food leftovers.  I really don’t want to edit out boogers and it takes longer to get your images to you.

  • check those nails (polish)

  • I have toys on hand, I just ask that any mess they make gets cleaned up prior to leaving.

~what to bring~

  • pacifier

  • diapers/wipes

  • gas drops just in case, I suggest the Little Remedies Gripe Water

  • bottles

  • exclusively breastfeeding? we will take breaks as we need too