One of the most bittersweet parts of having a new baby is acknowledging the monthly milestones as they get older! I love looking back on photos of my son as he hit each monthly milestone. Capturing these milestones can be fun, and you can get very creative with them. Using themes or milestone blankets, signs, or props are some monthly baby photo ideas most parents can easily do at home!
Of course, as your baby gets older, he may not cooperate as well during your photo sessions! My biggest tip for taking great photos as they age is not to wait until they are tired, hungry, or need a change. This will be morning, right after a nap and feeding for most babies! Also, be sure to enlist the help of someone else and their current favorite toy to capture their attention. If you have an iPhone, make sure your live photos are turned on so you can choose a different still image if it ends up turning out better than the one captured!
Monthly Baby Photo Ideas
We’ve got you covered whether you want to take more traditional monthly baby photos or try some more unique ideas. Check out these monthly baby photo ideas:
Just add sprinkles! Donuts are a delicious and adorable way to mark a new month that has passed for your baby. Feel free to use real or faux ones! Add a cute outfit for your baby girl or boy to complete the look.
Yum! Take a bite out of every month with this adorable series of milestone photos! Dress baby in a simple white onesie alongside your favorite pizza of the month for this clever and unique idea.
I love the simplicity of this timeless monthly photoshoot idea. Add baby’s stats and a few fun updates each month so you can look back and remember each moment. All you need is a roll of butcher paper and a white onesie to get started!
Baby in Bloom
Such a simple yet gorgeous concept for spring! Add a floral crown for a boho vibe. You can use real florals for the shoot if you prefer, but the plus side of artificial florals is that you can reuse them again and again!
Watch your baby grow when you recreate this adorable Moses basket photo each month. Before you know it, baby will fill the basket! Add monthly milestone markers to complete the photos.
The months really do fly by during that first year. Remember each passing month with this clever calendar baby photoshoot idea. All you need is your camera and a desk calendar to create these special memories.
Up in the Air
See how baby grows from fitting comfortably in two hands to putting a little more effort into lifting them above your head. This easy monthly photo idea is a cute and simple way to document baby’s growth!
It is incredible how quickly our babies develop. From lifting their head to crawling to walking, it is amazing to see the changes that take place during that first year. A beautiful rocking horse serves as the prop for this monthly photo series that really highlights development and growth.
The most wonderful time of year with your bundle of joy! Choose a Santa hat or entire baby Santa suit for a precious and memorable photoshoot. Add lights, ornaments, and presents for extra festive photos!
Cue the sparkling grape juice–it’s time to ring in the new year! This is such a cute idea and easy to find props for. Incorporate gold and silver clothing items for boys and girls. Add noisemakers, confetti, and party hats!
White blankets or sheets plus batten or “fake snow” will set the perfect scene for an adorable Winter Wonderland! Add a baby-sized snowman outfit to take the theme to the next level. Another adorable addition would be twinkling fairy lights.
The sweetest idea that will definitely melt your heart! It’s very simple since all you need is a tube of red lipstick and your lips. You can add pink and red for Valentine’s Day-themed colors and heart elements!
St. Patrick’s Day
The luck of the Irish and a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end if you’re lucky! Grab your green and gold outfits. Add a bow for a girl and a bowtie for a boy, plus all your shamrocks!
An adorable and simple way to do a photoshoot for Easter is with a huge basket and plastic, colorful eggs! I’ve done this with my son and added colorful eggs for an extra cute factor.
Cinco De Mayo
Such a colorful and bright photoshoot idea! Add a sombrero, cactus, serape, and all the colors of the rainbow for the cutest photos. I love this idea for May, but it could also be adjusted for a taco-themed shoot any time of the year!
Rain is a consistent part of the spring season. What could be more perfect than a rainy day-themed photoshoot for baby? This could easily be DIYed using a sheet and paper cutouts. Add a miniature umbrella, rain boots, and a rain jacket for the cutest look!
Show your patriotic side with a red, white, and blue photoshoot! Pair with stars and stripes decor for the ultimate USA photos.
What a sweet idea! Snap photos of your little cutie with watermelon to cool off in the dead of summer. Fill a large galvanized tub with water, watermelon slices, and your little darling, of course!
Surf’s up! Pose your little angel with beach gear for the cutest tropical photoshoot. Add sunglasses, a lounge chair, a beach ball, and other accessories for the perfect look!
Gobble your little cutie up in a Thanksgiving-themed turkey look! Easy to shoot with a large stockpot and add a turkey hat or outfit!
They’re everywhere during the fall—pumpkins! Choose a large one to carve out and insert your baby inside if they can sit or multiple mini pumpkins to scatter around them for a fall theme. Grab a cute pumpkin hat to complete the look!
A pumpkin milk bath is such a fun fall photoshoot idea! It’s so easy too. Add milk to a sink or tub, add mini pumpkins, and your baby—then snap away! I wish I had done this idea with my own son since it is so adorable. If you have a baby girl, add a seasonal headband to complete the look!
Milestone Blankets and Cards
This milestone blanket is the method I used for my own son! We had a golf-themed one which was perfect since my husband is obsessed with playing. Other ideas include placards or cards to document each month’s milestone!