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Newborn Prep Guide - Rachel Peace Photography

What to expect at your session • Safety – Your baby’s safety comes first! If anytime during the session you feel uncomfortable, please let me know immediately. I have paid thousands of dollars to learn and train with professionals in newborn safety. I take every measure to ensure that your baby is always safe. • Cleanliness – My hands will be washed before the session. I do not use hand sanitizer because babies have a very sensitive sense of smell. Everything that touches your baby’s skin is washed with fragrance-free detergent prior to the session. • Temperature - Newborns are accustomed to being nice and cozy in the womb. For the session, we will have to undress the baby for all those adorable naked baby shots. So, it will be about 80 degrees in the studio. We may be sweating but the baby will be comfortable and sleep more soundly. • Time – The session will take anywhere from 2-3 hours. It all depends on the baby’s mood which is impossible to predict. We will have to break for feeding, changing, and soothing the baby. • Accidents – Your baby will be nude for a good amount of the session. Don’t panic if your baby pees or poops on a blanket, wrap, or prop. I expect it and I am prepared for it. • Siblings – My home studio is very tiny. Perfect for newborns but not so much for toddlers. I always recommend that if you are bringing little ones to drive two cars if possible. Sibling and family photos are done first so your child will be done early & I can focus on the baby. If not, I have a t.v, crayons, books, etc. for them. How to prep for your session • Balance - A $200 balance is due at the newborn session. I accept cash or Zelle. • Sleep – The best images are taken when your baby is sound asleep. To encourage this, I recommend that you do whatever you can to keep your baby awake for an hour or two before the session. Bathing them is a good way to keep them awake and calm them enough to put them into a deep sleep. • Eat – Please make sure that the baby has a full belly immediately before the session. A well-fed baby is a happy baby. We will also break as much as we need to keep them full and content. • Nursing mothers – What you eat plays a huge role in how soundly your baby will sleep. I recommend that nursing mothers avoid certain food at least 2 days prior to the session. The most common foods you should avoid include: • Any acidic or spicy foods, oranges, lemons, pizza, spaghetti, chili, hot sauce, and tomato products. Vegetables such as asparagus, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower. Beverages such as coffee, large amounts of soda. • Clothing – Please do not put the baby in anything that will have to be pulled over their heads to remove. A simple sleeper will work fine. Also, loosen the straps on the baby’s diaper 30 minutes prior to the session to avoid any red marks on the skin. Please have a pacifier even if your baby does not regularly take one. Please let me know if you have any other questions and concerns

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