Newborn Session Preparation Guide
When and Where
Studio is located at:
567 Church Street
Royersford, PA 19468
The session should begin as close to the agreed upon start time as possible. Please try to have everything ready to go and once your baby is ready to be fed, please feed your baby and put him/her in the car immediately after. The car ride will get Baby into a deep sleep so we can get started as soon as you arrive.
What to Bring
- Pacifier (so important!) Please do not bring one that is attached to anything of any kind.
- Snacks for yourself. There is bottled water and a few light snacks at the studio but these sessions are long and we don’t want to get hangry!
- Bottled Milk (not required) If you have introduced your baby to a bottle, this is the preferred method of feeding during the session so we are certain how much the baby is receiving. If you are pumping, feel free to bring your pump to the session. If you’re exclusively breast feeding, that’s perfectly fine. We will take breaks as needed.
- Dress your baby in something that doesn’t need to be pulled over their head (so they can be undressed with little disturbance).
- Formula and several bottles (if applicable)
- Gas Drops – to ensure your baby is comfortable during their session, please pack a bottle of gas drops, safest for even the newest of babies. We will only ask for gas drops if baby is very uncomfortable and can’t release gas through self-release or burping.
- Change of clothes for you. If you will be having parent shots taken with baby and we decide to keep baby naked for these poses, there is a very good chance Baby will go potty on you! It might make your ride home more comfortable if you bring a change of clothes.
These sessions are long and to expect a young toddler/child to sit and wait for so many hours may not be the best plan. If at all possible, it is recommended that someone is there to remove the older sibling once their portion is over. This is usually a Grandparent, Nanny, or Dad. Then the remaining time spent with just the newborn will be a bit more relaxing for Mom. By no means is this required but it is strongly suggested.
A Note to Breastfeeding Moms
Here are a few tips to help ensure a sleepy, comfortable baby. If you think you’re baby might be having gas issues, please refrain from eating the following 72 hours before your session: dairy products – milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream or any food that has milk products, casein, whey or sodium casein in it. Other foods that may cause gas and fussiness include anything with caffeine, soy, fish, peanuts, chocolate, wheat, beef, nuts, eggs, corn, citrus fruits and prenatal vitamins that contain iron. – Courtesy Baby Center & ModernMom Parenting.
Please DO NOT drink caffeine 72 hours before your session if you are breastfeeding.
If you are open to supplementing with formula, please bring some with you. Based on our experience, formula does tend to make baby a good bit sleepier and easier to pose.