100+ of Our Favorite Fresh 48 Newborn Photography Ideas

Who doesn’t love a fresh 48? Tiny wrinkly babies and families glowing with pride. It doesn’t get much better than this. Seriously. This round up of AMAZING inspiration has us wishing we’d had some of these ideas. Whether you’re going all out and hiring a photographer for the occasion or using a crafty family member, these fresh 48 newborn images are among our favorites.

Every photographer (credits below) captured something a little different. Some were there from the start of labor all the way through to the arrival at home. Others captured first meetings with siblings, grandparents and pets. The details – hair, toes, fingers – simply can’t be missed.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

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We went through each fresh 48 set and created a simple favorites list of what we felt made that grouping stand out. We hope you enjoy.

We want to know which was your favorites. Leave the number and your choice in the comments.

  1. Favorite of this set: hair.

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2. Favorite of this set: mom and dad in the background. AWE!!

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3. Favorite of this set: eyes.

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4. Favorite of this set: toes.66c49bad4aaea9fc24db68e4586287fd

5. Favorite of this set: siblings.

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6. Favorite of this set: family.

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7. Favorite of this set: belly button.

 

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8. Favorite of this set: mama.

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9. Favorite of this set: sweet face.

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10. Favorite of this set: just everything. <3

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11. Favorite of this set: profile.

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12. Favorite of this set: look. at. the. last. image. swoon.

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If you’re considering a Fresh 48, be sure to check out our Fresh 48 Pinterest board for more inspiration.

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS:

Stephanie Moore Photography, Colie James Photography x 2, Holly Tye, Ashley Berrie, Sarah Maxey (out of business), Family Photography by Leslie, Praise Wedding, Visual Poetry by Meghan, Kelly Garvey, 5 Minute Project, Jenny Cruger Photography

One of the sets here linked to a fb page that was closed and was not watermarked.

 

Want A Baby That Sleeps? The Nursery Decor Is More Important Than You Think

When you first got pregnant, how long did it take before you started visualizing what your baby’s nursery was going to look like?

Go ahead. I won’t judge.

Because I usually it is one of the first things most of my pregnant friends and clients do, honestly.
Zoo animals, pooh Bear, cute butterflies, Calvin and Hobbes and do many other ideas my clients have when they come to me asking for advice about how the perfect nursery should be? As a Sleep expert my clients ask me this often because they want to make sure that their nursery will be a good sleep place above everything else.

I confess they get a little disappointed when I tell them to paint it a nice, neutral earth-tone and spent the rest of their times researching crib mattresses and sleep sacks.

When it comes to nurseries I’ve got four words of advice for you.

Dark, cool, comfortable, and boring.

I know how tempting it is to stuff baby’s sleeping quarters full of adorable mobiles, inspiring images, and fluffy, squishy toys. After all, wouldn’t baby want to be surrounded by a sea of cuteness while they drift off to sleep?
Well, probably not.

I mean, they may like it in theory, but it’s not conducive to a good night’s sleep, for the same reasons that you shouldn’t bring your iPad to bed, or watch TV while you’re drifting off. It’s stimulating, and stimulation and sleep are best kept at a distance from one another.

So what does the perfect nursery look like?

It’s dark

I’m talking pitch black. Some blackout curtains or blinds are a much better investment than a colorful mural. I’m a huge advocate of baby sleeping in the same place all the time, which means naps should be in the crib. And you’ll find naps go down with a lot less fuss if there’s no light coming into the room.

It’s cool

It may sound cold, but studies show that babies sleep best in a room that kept between 65 and 70 degrees. Obviously, you should follow your baby’s lead on this, but a warm, comfortable sleep sack or onesie in a cool room will often lead to better sleep than no cover in a warm one.

It’s comfortable

Babies sleep for nearly half the day, so a great mattress is a sound investment. It’s well worth your time to do some extensive research and spend the money you had set aside for mobiles and stuffies on the surface baby’s going to be spending the vast majority of their time on. Which brings me to my major point…

It’s boring

Music and soft light, pictures of Disney characters, swirling colors and little plastic fish, all of them seem like they should have a calming effect on a baby, but it’s just the opposite. These standard nursery accompaniments are distracting and stimulating. Blank walls and an easily accessible changing station, those are your best decorating choices when it comes to baby’s bedroom.

I know it’s probably a little bit of a tough pill to swallow for new parents, because we really do look forward to putting together a little corner of baby-themed paradise for our little ones. But bear in mind, this room serves a crucial function in your baby’s day-to-day life, and that’s to be a quiet, relaxing environment for them to get the extensive amounts of sleep that their
growing bodies need. You may have a boring baby room but you also will have a baby that seeps well and I promise you, it is worth it.

 

Pachi P.

Baby Sleep Expert

Halo SleepSack Swaddle Review

You’ve seen the list of must-have items for your baby registry, but do you really need it?

In this post, we’re talking about the Halo SleepSack Swaddle.

Do you really need it, or not?

Let’s start with what we love and don’t love.

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What do we love?

  • This SleepSack is easy to get baby in and out.
  • The zipper zips down, no pokey zipper by the face.
  • The swaddle wings allow for baby’s arms to be in or out.
  • The muslin is breathable and perfect for combining with baby’s regular sleepwear.
  • You can put this wearable blanket on baby without worrying about suffocation.
  • There is an easy guide on the inside of one of the wings if you need help figuring it out.
  • It grow with baby and will last them for several months.
  • Easy Velcro makes for easy adjusting of the wings.

What don’t we love?

  • Honestly, not much.

Who is this for?

Babies of all ages will like this SleepSack. As you can see in our picture, our four 1/2 month old wasn’t up for having her arms tucked in, so we opted to use it with wings under her arms, leaving them free to move. There was also plenty of room for her to move and kick her legs. We love that we can put her in this blanket without worrying.

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Do you really need a Halo SleepSack on your Baby Registry?

Yes. And we believe you should register for two – the newborn and 3 to 6 month sizes. This will allow you to have both on hand (high hopes, people) when you’re ready to move up to the next size. This is especially important if your kiddo loves being swaddled.

Not sure if swaddling is for you? Check out Dr. Harvey Karp’s The Happiest Baby on The Block. You’re welcome.There are various cute patterns and styles, including a thicker wearable blanket, an early walker swaddle and a big kids SleepSack that fits up to 5T.

Halo provided us with this product to review for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are our own.

BabyTrend Secure Snap Gear 32 Car Seat Review

Baby Trend sent us this car seat to review for the site. The opinions are our own.

We spent literal months looking over the latest and greatest in baby gear while waiting on the arrival of our baby who was born in November. After having three kids, we’d already nailed down the features we loved most in previous brands. We’re putting all of that knowledge to use to review the Baby Trend Snap Gear 32 in Ariel.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

We were really surprised by the Baby Trend Snap Gear 32’s weight. This car seat is rather lite, which is a welcomed difference considering some seats are really pushing their limits when you add a baby. Adding our 15 lb three month old to this seat didn’t make it to hard to lift or handle. It may have been partially due to the fact that the handle is fabulous.

We’re use to seeing a handle that is straight across, but this triangle shaped ergonomic handle makes it easy to carry and lift in and out of the van.

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Before we get started, let’s take a look at the details of this seat.

According to Baby Trend, here’s a few of the features:

  • Quick Release
  • LATCH Compatiblity
  • EPE Energy-Absorbing Foam
  • Rotating Canopy
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Comfort-grip Handle
  • Adjustable Harness
  • Latch Equipped Car Seat
  • 5-point Harness

THE BASE

Let’s start with one of the most important features, the base.

This easy latch (and I mean EASY) base will work in your car seat in a hurry. Unlike most bases, the latch system on this is easy to get back into the seat and get out.

It’s also easy to adjust the height of the base. This comes in handy if you only have one seat and move it from vehicle to vehicle. We tested this between our truck and van. The seats are very different and with the easy adjustment with this base (the grey handle), we were able to level out this seat in seconds, literally.

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There’s been a lot of chatter in the news and on social media about using a car seat correctly as of late. Baby Trend took out the guess work with this seat and put the instructions right on the five point harnesses chest clip.

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See those two side pads in the middle? Those are EXCELLENT for a newborn. And, they come out easy (see the second pic) in order to allow the seat to grow with your kiddo.

The padding in the seat was pleasantly soft with just the right amount of cushion. We didn’t feel like out baby was going to get lost in it, but it definitely took a little work to get it pushed down enough to feel the components of the seat.

The canopy was enough to keep the sun and other elements off of baby.

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See that little flap? That’s where they have the button for the harness release. If you’ve ever had to try to get to a release with a wiggling baby in a seat, you know how important it is for this feature to be right. In the case of this Baby Trend Secure Snap Gear 32, they got it right. The button is much bigger than we’ve seen on most seats, which means you can get in there and get it pushed to release your harness without must fuss.

OTHER DETAILS

This car seat seemed a little shallow to us. We had chosen a seat for our baby that was rather deep and honestly, she hates it. When we did the video for this seat she had plenty of room from shoulder to shoulder and loved that she wasn’t sitting so far back in the seat. The only downfall with this is that one of our friends suggested that she didn’t feel comfortable with her kiddo in the seat past six months because she felt he’d outgrown it.

See that little red knob?

Yes, that’s right.

No more hours and hours trying to take out straps and adjust the shoulder height. All you have to do with this seat is twist the knob.

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Finally, the seat comes in and out of the base easily and without to much fuss.

And that’s about it. For us, this seat rated very well. The only negative we noticed was the potential for kiddos in the upper percentiles to grow out of this seat earlier than babies who are hovering around average or a little under. Our now 18lb 4 month old still fits perfectly in the seat.

All told, we’d recommend this seat and give it 8 1/2 out of 10 stars. We’d love it if you’d add your rating to this post too!

 

 

Britax Recalls the B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite

Britax announced on Thursday that their B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite were recalled. In their press release they stated:

Britax Child Safety, Inc., has decided that a defect exists in certain B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite infant car seat models. In cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Transport Canada, Britax is conducting a recall. This recall involves a defect within the carry handle on the below listed infant car seats manufactured between October 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015

Is Your Car Seat Recalled?

Fortunately, Britax has a tool on their website that helps you determine if your car seat needs a tune up. Click here to get there.

Thank you Britax for getting the information about this recall out so quickly.

 

What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking has been around for nearly a decade. Cord blood banking, the process of collecting and preserving blood from the umbilical cord at birth, is estimated to be able to help 1 in 200,000. The greatest hope, though, is for the future and the possibilities preserved cord blood and stem cells may have in the future.

If you’ve ever wondered how cord blood is collected, as most expectant parents have, this video provides great information on how it works.

For more information, check out this article on how cord blood banking works.