It’s still Baby Season around here!
In my life pregnant friends and family don’t just happen one at a time they seem to come in bunches. I’m not sure if it feels that way because that is the season of life the majority of my friends are in or if it really does happen in packs. A few years ago I think there were a total of six pregnant women just within a two block radius of my house – crazy right? Well, the latest round of pregnancies is starting to transition to a slew of cute tiny little people. Fun, fun! (especially since I’m not the one experiencing the C-sections and dealing with the colic 😉 )
New babies are just so special we can’t help but want to spoil them, right? The problem I run into is that while baby clothing is adorable and SO fun to buy, by the time the baby is born the new mom has had a baby shower or two and been on a couple of shopping sprees herself and the little one is likely to be able to wear a new outfit every day for its entire first month of life. When it came time for one of my close friends to have her baby I had spent months hearing updates and seeing photos of all the baby gear she had found on sale or been given as gifts and I had no idea what to give someone who seemed to have it all. Then it hit me – photo props! Not only does she live across the country from me, but as a military family they don’t live in the same state as a lot of their family and friends and we are all going to want to see photos of that little cutie on social media, aren’t we?
Once I had the idea, it didn’t take long to pull together a fun photo prop gift basket (or at least gift box as I was shipping it). I included a couple of sets of those fun stickers I keep seeing online – the ones that you attach to a onesie and take a photo to document their growth every month. I found a set of those, plus a variation I hadn’t seen yet that included milestones like first tooth and my first Halloween. I couldn’t decide between the two, so I got both! I’m also a sucker for cute hats and hairbows in baby photos so I found a fun hat and booties set. Then I put together a couple of other hairbows so she would have options. She can simply take the existing bow off the hat and clip on a new one whenever she wants. (I love this trick for headbands too) Then when the baby has enough hair, the bows can be used on their own.
I kept the items for the box fairly compact as I had to ship it all across country, but I could have easily added a lot more – like onesies in a variety of sizes to put the milestone stickers on. Or a gorgeous super soft blanket to use as a photo backdrop. A fun stuffed animal to use as a prop for size comparison as the baby grows would also be a good idea. Or a set of countdown blocks (which I had already given my friend as part of a Pregancy Survival Kit when I found out she was pregnant).
Do you have any other photo prop suggestions to add? Or a favorite new baby gift idea? I need at least two more by Valentines Day 😉
Some of my recent new baby/pregnancy/baby shower gift ideas include:
SuperMom Gift Basket
Pregnancy Survival Kit
Or want to get even more crafty for the new baby? Try my new Gender Reveal Pennant Banner