So far when it comes to documenting the kids with monthly milestone photos I am three for three. (You can see Everett’s here, apparently I didn’t post Hazels) I am not sure how I’ve managed to stick to it each and every time but I’ve been really good about holding myself accountable and getting it done. I’m far behind in lots of other things, like their baby books, but taking their monthly photos I’m always right on schedule. This first year goes by way to fast and they change so much in it that I think it’s neat to look back at each month and see how they transformed.
I think the best part about taking monthly milestone photos is you can tailer them to your own personal style. You can make them as complicated or as simple as you would like. There is also many different ways to do them. I have done something a little different for each kids, the only thing I have kept the same is that they are all wearing a white bodysuit.
One might ask why I have kept all three of mine in a white bodysuit for every single photo and the reason being is it’s simple. By keeping the outfit simple it keeps the focus on the baby and the changes that they have each month. Your are more likely to focus in on their changing facial features over the course of the 12 photos.
4 Ways to Document Monthly Milestone Photos
PS. Don’t forget to scroll to the end after reading to see the cuteness!
Create a monthly banner. This is what I did with Hazel and it turned out to be super cute. I created a banner using cardstock and cut out all 12 numbers and the word month(s). Every month I would proper her up in her rocking chair and hang the banner above her. This was great until she started to reach up and grab it and then it became a game of how fast she could destroy my set up and how fast I could snap pictures, haha.
Use wooden blocks. This is what I did to document Everett’s first year and it was all fun and games until he learnt to pick them up and throw them, ha. I opted to DIY my blocks from plain ones I purchased at Micheals so they matched is room. If you’re not the DIY I believe Chapters sells a couple of different types.
Stickers! This idea has been around for a while now and I have just tried it out with Ryerson. My fear was that I would get to a certain age and they would no longer want to wear the sticker. But I love the idea and if you keep the sticker simple it again draws the focus to them and you really see how much they do change each month. The stickers I am using for Ryerson were gifted to me from Picture Me Growing. She has some really cute designs.
Lastly and probably the most popular right now is using a letter board. I love the letter board idea as once again you can personalize it as much or as little as you want. In my case (yes I’m documenting his months two ways) I have his name, number of months and the date on his board. You can switch it up as they grow and add things like first smile, first laugh, first food, etc. Such a neat way to remember the little things that go so fast!
Did you document your babies first year? If so what method did you use?