Bringing home your second child is so much different than your first. In so many ways, you’re calmer because you have a better feel for what to expect for life with a newborn. However, things are so different because now you have a toddler to take care of too.
I would have to say that the biggest concern that I get from mom’s wanting to book a newborn session is not about how their baby will do, but about how their toddler will act. I have helped calm many a mother’s fears, but thought putting together a type of “what to expect for your newborn session with a toddler” article might be helpful, too.
if you had a newborn session with your first child, I want to let you know that your session with me this time will feel so much different. This may seem like an obvious place to start, but let’s talk about how.
The focus of your newborn photo session will be split between baby and toddler.
When I approach a newborn photo session for a family of four (or five or six), I, of course, want to focus on capturing that sweet new baby and all of her tiny details. However, your other children are just as important to me and your gallery will reflect that.
Your toddler may not be interested in snuggling with the baby.
By the time we do your newborn session (1-3 weeks after birth), your family has had a chance to settle in and start to get a feel for life with a new member. That means, the excitement and newness of having a younger sibling may have worn off. (Another reason you may want to consider a Fresh 48 session in addition to your newborn session!). So she may find her toys or playing with daddy more fun than snuggling her baby sister. This is expected, and just another benefit of in-home newborn sessions.
I do not expect your older children to sit and dote on the baby the entire time. So if they need time to warm up to the process, or started out strong, but need a break, it is completely okay. A newborn session is flexible and we can focus on just baby, dad and baby, or mom and baby.
The flow of your newborn photo session will be determined by your toddler.
Typically, we will either start the session with the entire family while your other kids are more excited about the process and ready for good family snuggles. Then once they are over it, we give them a break and can focus on baby and/or the adults with baby.
However, should your child need more time to warm up, we let her have her space and watch me capture her baby sibling. I know once she’s ready she will join us.
There may be dancing, playing, and rough housing to get your family photo.
As mom holds baby, dad may be twirling big sister, dancing with her and swooping in for the family shot. Mom may be singing songs or asking her to find baby sister’s nose/toes, hands, etc. I also have a few questions that will catch her off guard and get her excited about checking out baby sister.
There is plenty of time for snack (and coffee) breaks.
Just like any newborn session, we will take breaks if baby needs a diaper change or a feeding. However, should your toddler need a little snack that is okay too. Remember, I have young kids, I know how much and how often they eat! Fed kids = happy kids. Plus, while your husband is getting your daughter a snack, he can brew you a cup of coffee to enjoy too!
In the end, lifestyle in-home newborn sessions are ideal for families with toddlers.
Not only do you not have to worry about leaving your home for your session, but a lifestyle session is laid back and flexible to meet the needs of both of your children. And while your session may not feel quite as calm as your first newborn session, the resulting photos will be ones you will forever cherish.
Book your newborn session, using the button below, and I will walk you through everything you need to help you prepare for your session so that you and dad can focus on your family come photo day!
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