13 Instagram-Ready Ideas for Baby’s Monthly Milestone Photos

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Everybody loves the baby milestone blanket, but consider these creative and super-cute ideas for photos showing baby’s growth in the first year. Re-create one of these artistic ideas with your own spin or, if you’re short on time or not the creative type (we get it), we’ve included props you can purchase to add flair to your photos.

Flowers & Leaves

Say it with flowers! We love the way Teresa, a custom artist and illustrator based in Southern California, surrounded her daughter Elena in beautiful blooms and leaves to show how she blossomed each month. Create seasonal scenes as she did, or place one perfect rose or daisy next to your child the first month and then add a flower each month as a visual indicator of your child's age.

IG: @felicitypress

Tasty Treats

Take one cute kid (or two if you have them!) and add your favorite snack food, and you have both an awesome photo op and a clever way to track the age of your babe(s). Note the six peanut butter cups on the plate for these six-month-olds. Allison, a Canadian DIYer and mom of three, posed her twin cuties, Felix and Remy, with a candy wrapper and captured them exploring it; you'll definitely want to swipe through on these photos. You could also use cake slices, mini cupcakes, pizza slices or other foods to count your child's age.

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Mini Blocks

These mini blocks from Novo Baby give you lots of flexibility with how you display your message. Add a heart or a holiday symbol and stack the blocks vertically or lay them side by side in a pattern. Long after your child has hit the one-year mark, use these blocks to spell out your child's age in years or what grade they're in.

Available at amazon.com, $22.

Animal-Themed Baby Milestone Cards

Pose your child on a neutral background to make these watercolor animal-themed cards really stand out. Each month features a different animal, and the set also includes four additional cards to capture more special moments: "just born," "I can sit," "I can crawl" and "I can walk." You will receive a digital PDF file to print out all 16 of the 5x7 images. Use heavier-weight paper when you print it for a more elegant look. Plus, in later months, your little one may try to gnaw on the cards, so sturdier paper has a better chance of making it through your photo shoot.

Available at Etsy shop Uniquity and Beyond, $5 for a digital file.

Pose in the Same Chair

You'll really be able to track growth by posing your baby in the same chair each month. Watch the transformation from a sleepy, swaddled newborn to a sweet, smiling one-year-old. Jillian Penney, a Canadian mom and the owner, designer and artist at @jayedesigns.byjill, took these adorable photos of her son, Connor. A chair leaves room for an older sibling to hop on for some photos, and the letterboard can lead to brilliant mischief (check out the photos to see how Connor turned "TEN MONTHS" into "T N MO THS").

IG: @jillian.penney

Monthly Milestone Chalkboard

This chalkboard comes in two sizes (9x12 and 12x16) and features cute, hand-drawn animals. Add milestones, favorites and other important baby data, and then choose a light-colored, neutral background and take a close-up shot so the text is readable.

Available at Etsy shop Image Ability, $15+.

Seasonal Props

Seasonal props that show baby's age in months convey the passing time and will make for an amazing collage to commemorate that first year. Family blogger Chelsae in Tampa Bay took this photo of her daughter Evelyn with these autumn leaves for November, and she used candy hearts in February and beach toys in June.

IG: @alunderfullife

Sleeping Beauty

There's nothing sweeter than a sleeping baby. And as your child gets older, you'll appreciate not having to get them to smile for each month's photo. With a sleeping baby, you can get the shot quickly and your child will always look beautiful and relaxed. If you're worried about your child waking up, take photos at the end of naptime rather than at night. A shortened nap is easier to deal with than getting a crying baby back to sleep at night. These watercolor botanical cards from Etsy shop Nelly's Design Studio perfectly complement this serene theme.

Available at Etsy shop Nelly's Design Studio, $10 for a digital file of 26 5x7 cards.

Favorite Stuffie

Posing your child next to the same stuffed animal each month shows shows how big they're growing. It also lends itself to seasonal themed photos and shots of impromptu hugs with their fuzzy friends. This photo from Alice Morais of Little Pearls Photography, a maternity, newborn and family photographer based in Kennesaw, GA, captures both a seasonal theme and a sweet moment with a stuffed animal.

IG: @littlepearlsphotography

Photo Banner

Put your favorite photo from each month in this self-editable photo template from Etsy shop partiara. You can also record the date and a short message. Once you've printed them out, attach them with a clothespin to raffia or ribbon to create a beautiful photo banner. When you update the banner with a new card each month, take a photo to show family and friends your baby's life in pictures.

Available at Etsy shop partiara, $7 for a self-editable template.

Everyday Items

You don't need to be crafty or buy expensive props to create adorable monthly baby photos. You just need a gorgeous baby (check!) and to be creative with items you already have, like these colorful diapers. Mom of two Daisy Linn Joice came up with a great way to pose her adorable Clyde with diapers to show his age. You could use the same prop each month or choose a new item each month. Onesies, baby bottles, burp cloths and other common baby gear would work well for spelling out 1-12.

Wooden Markers with a Message

Wooden milestone markers give your photos a classic look. These offer more than your baby's age in months. In addition to discs marking each month of life, there are messages for other important milestones, including the first smile, first tooth, first word and first crawl.

Available at Etsy shop Priya and Peanut, $27.

Sports Stickers

Dress your baby in a solid-colored onesie and pop on one of these sporty stickers for consistent and cute photos each month. Or, get creative with where you place the sticker, like on a baseball cap, favorite stuffie or a diaper as your baby crawls away from you. If your older baby is too busy to sit still for a photo with you, a sticker gives you lots of flexibility on where, and how, to take an awesome photo.

Available at Etsy shop Custom Print Gallery, $9.95+.

—Eva Ingvarson Cerise

featured photo: Etsy shop partiara

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