Shutterbug: 10 Pictures to Take on Baby’s First Day


That baby ought to be in pictures — lots of pictures! Baby’s first day will seem like a blur to everyone involved in the little one’s birth. For some moms, it takes looking back at photos of the day to actually recall some of the events. Before handing your camera over to a friend or relative who’s promised to capture it all, make a list of the pictures you want to ensure they are recorded before everyone falls off to sleep. Here are our top 10 must-take photos on baby’s first day.

1-Meeting an Older Sibling

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In a few short years they’ll be fighting like cats and dogs, but that first moment when an older sibling meets the newest family member is precious. Hold on to the photo — you’ll want to look back at it longingly when the bickering seems endless!

2-Photo With Mom and Dad

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And suddenly, the family is three. Baby’s first photo with mom and dad is one that will be cherished forever.

3-Meeting the Grandparents

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It’s a proud day for grandparents too. Capture their first glimpse of their grandchildren to see what unconditional love really looks like.

4-Leaving a Footprint


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The baby book has a space for baby’s first footprint, but a photo of the moment is precious too. Be sure to capture a photo of baby’s ink-stained feet too!

5-Baby’s Feet

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Everybody loves to look at baby’s tiny feet. Capture them before they’re kicking the swaddle off in the middle of the night.

6-First Funny Face

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There will be a lifetime of funny faces ahead of the tot, but that first one will bring out the giggles for years to come.

7-Baby’s Deep Sleep

Source: Flickr user skippyjon

Sleeping like a baby takes on a whole new meaning in a lil one’s first few days. That peaceful image is one mom may want to reflect back on when she’s up with the tot in the middle of the night a few weeks later!

8-First Time Held by Mom

Source: Flickr user Raphael Goetter

Studies show that babies know their mamas’ voices before they ever exit the womb. Capture the moment mom sees her baby for the very first time — and the lil one curls right into her — in a photo mom will cherish forever.

9-Baby’s ID Tag

Source: Zemya Photography

Some babies don’t have names for their first few days, only identified by the number on their ID tag. Take a picture of it to capture the point in time.

10-Grasping a Finger

Source: Flickr user Jon Rawlinson

It may be a primitive reflex (the palmar grasp reflex), but it still is amazing when a newborn can grasp an adult’s finger and hold it tightly in its minutes-old hand.


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