Category Archives: Infancy

What’s A Sprinkle?

In the past moms would have thought a sprinkle was a need to have a change of clothes; an unexpected mishap during a diaper change; the reason pee-pee teepees were invented. 

Today, we know it to be a reason to celebrate.  A play on the word shower, it is a mini baby shower or SPRINKLE.

How do you know when to choose a sprinkle? 

Showers are typically for a first baby. At a traditional shower, you would expect a larger gathering of extended family and friends. These are also where a new mom would receive gifts like strollers, car seats, and even cribs.

A sprinkle is a time to give smaller, more personal gifts for a family’s second or even third baby.

Sprinkles are meant to be simple and laid back compared to a traditional shower. When you attend a sprinkle you usually don’t need to dress up; simple is better. This time around it’s not about the bigger, the better, or playing games. This time it’s for giving books, clothes, and smaller personal gifts for the new baby. Sprinkles are, generally, for only the closest people to the expecting mama.

For some ideas on how to throw a sprinkle, or what to expect when you attend one check out the board we created on Pinterest:

Baby Sprinkles

Some great gift ideas for sprinkles are:

By the way, we think wedding sprinkles should happen about every 10 years throughout a marriage!  If someone can come up with a way to make that happen we would be eternally grateful! Mama needs a new set of towels! 

Mother’s Day Is Just Around the Corner

Photographer: L. Thompson | Chicago, IL.

To the world, you are a mother.
To our family, you are the world.
-Unknown

Mom aka. Superwoman, Saint, Booboo Kisser, Peacemaker, Teacher, Nurse,
Housekeeper, Meal Planner, Chef, Therapist, Seamstress, Errand Runner, Taxi Driver, Chaos Coordinator, Photographer, Family CEO, Family CFO, Head Cheerleader, Hairstylist, Personal Shopper + more.

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Moms truly are the keepers of…well, everything! Don’t miss this perfect day to show your mom just what she means to you. We know it can be hard to decide what to do for our moms, or what she may want for her day. So we recently polled some of our own Bella Baby Photography staff about what Mother’s Day means to them and what they think is the most special thing to receive on their day.

Here are some of our top replies:

  1. What does Mother’s Day mean to you?
    o “It is a time to celebrate moms and show how them much we appreciate all they do.”
    o “It is a special day set aside to honor and shower mom with love and thanks for her many sacrifices for the family.”
    o “Mother’s Day has always been about showing my mom appreciation for everything she does for us. Now that I’m a mother, I truly love Mother’s Day even more. My favorite is that I get to celebrate along with my family and truly enjoy the day doing things that make me the absolute happiest.”
  2. How do you like to spend Mother’s Day?
    o “With my children”
    o “Relaxing with family”
    o “In my garden”
    o “Taking a nap”
  3. What gift would you love to receive?
    o “A handmade gift from my children”
    o “A spa day”
    o “My house being cleaned for me and relaxing”
    o “A photography session with my family”
    o “Time with the family, no devices! Just being together”
  4. If you could do anything/ go anywhere, where would it be and with who?
    o Camping with my family
    o A trip to Disney with the family
    o A mother-daughter trip anywhere my mom would like to go
    o A trip to the beach with my family
    o A dream trip to Ireland or Greece with just my spouse or by myself

Thank you to all the moms of the world. We know you wear so many hats. Words cannot describe how much we love and appreciate all that you do!

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Spring is almost here and we can’t wait for the warmer weather. We love a cozy day spent indoors watching movies and playing board games, but by the end of the winter, we’re itching to spend more time outside enjoying nature. For those of you who live somewhere with year-round sunshine – we’re jealous!

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!

Here are 15 of our favorite springtime activities that the entire family can enjoy together:

Have a picnic. Pack yours and your kids’ favorite snacks, sunscreen, and blankets and head to a local park. Bring along a game or two for a day of outdoor fun.

Plant something. Get the whole family to try their hands at gardening. Plant flowers in your garden, in a pot, or at a local community garden. Or grow your favorite fruit or veggie then share in a sense of accomplishment when you include homegrown produce as ingredients in family dinner.

Go on a nature hike. Whether you live near the beach or mountains, you can always find somewhere new to explore.

Do some spring cleaning. We know what you’re thinking – that’s not a fun family activity! But it can be if you make a game out of it. Have kids fill up a bag with items to donate then reward them with a trip to get ice cream or their favorite restaurant. Check out this blog post for more info: Chores to do with Toddlers and How to Keep Your Sanity

Take your craft outside. Choose a craft from this list that the whole family can partake in. Bringing the supplies outside makes clean up easier!

Visit a farmer’s market. Choose ingredients for lunch then let kids help with the cooking.

Fly a kite. This old-school activity is perfect for a breezy day.

Ride a bike or learn how! (Don’t forget the helmets.)

Draw with chalk. Just a few sticks of colorful chalk can lead to hours of outdoor fun. Decorate the sidewalk or draw hopscotch in the driveway for added exercise.

Make a lemonade stand. Here’s an opportunity to teach your kids some business basics.

Try a new ice cream shop or make your own ice cream.

Go on an Easter egg hunt.  Create your own or find one that’s put on in your neighborhood.

Feed the ducks at a nearby lake or pond.

Learn a new sport or activity. Baseball, rollerblading, mini golf? The options are endless.

Spring Bucket List: 15 Fun Activities for the Whole Family!Take family photos! Find the prettiest spring foliage and have fun getting the family dressed up for photos. Find a Bella Baby Photographer near you to capture the moment.

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Going back to work, whether part-time or full-time, can be a challenge for new parents. Leaving your new little one for the first time is hard even if you think you’re prepared. We asked our community about their experiences.

Go easy on yourself.

“I just wish I had been a little easier on myself. You feel like you are failing at life because you miss your little one when you’re at work and feel like you are dropping the ball/not working to your potential when you are home,” says Sharon B.  

“I didn’t really have a lot of support as a new mom so I would recommend leaning on family and friends a lot. It is better if they have kids and can truly understand what you are going through and what those first weeks/months are like for new parents. I used Baby Center and now I’m using The Bump’s app to keep me informed of milestones to watch out for articles to help me through different situations.”

Set realistic expectations.

Laura K. says, “What I wish I’d known and what I tell new-parent coworkers: your brain is TRASH when you first come back to work. It’s ok. It will return.”

Look into alternative childcare options.

There are some creative and lower cost methods of finding childcare. Consider family, friends, or neighbors first before paid alternatives. There might be a group of moms in your neighborhood who trade off watching each other’s kids.

Find out what resources are offered by your workplace – you might be surprised!

Laura K: “People help each other out with daycare and school recommendations, borrowing winter clothes for families temporarily in the area, suggesting nannies, clothing swaps, and even varsity-level pumping and milk storage advice (a lot of us travel internationally for work).”

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Some of our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

  • Care.com – Whether you’re looking for a full-time nanny or just someone to watch the kids during date night, this site makes it easy to find child care in your area.
  • Baby Center – a great resource for all stages of pregnancy, postpartum, and infancy
  • The Bump – We love this site – especially their parenting tools for tracking breastfeeding and baby’s sleep.  
  • Facebook groups! Search for your local neighborhood Moms group.
  • The Longest Shortest Time Podcast – Listen to funny stories from other parents.

Our Favorite Resources for Working Moms

Flexible and Creative Career Opportunity with Bella Baby

If you’re looking for a creative and flexible career opportunity, we might have just the thing! Bella Baby is hiring new photographers. If you love snapping photos of your little one or have always thought you have an eye for photography, we would love to connect. From the start, we offer training, followed by professional development and quarterly workshops that educate and challenge you on various topics to help you grow as a photographer and become a role model and mentor to aspiring photographers. You will have the opportunity to work independently with a flexible schedule. We have openings all around the country.

Take a look and apply here.

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

2019 is here and it’s always fun to browse the most popular baby name predictions for the year ahead. PopSugar, Parents, and many other sources released their top predictions based on last year’s trends. Whether you or a friend is expecting in the new year or you just enjoy looking (we do too!) here are the most popular names, split into categories.  

2019 Most Popular Baby Names

Pin this infographic to save for later and share it with your expecting friends!

Names that start with “O” are trending this year.

  • Oliver
  • Owen
  • Olivia
  • Octavia
  • Ophelia

Game of Thrones inspired names

With the final season set to be released in 2019, these names are sure to be popular for baby girls.

  • Khaleesi
  • Arya
  • Lianna

Unique “A” names from last year that were on the rise

  • Adeline
  • Archer
  • Ava
  • Axel

Sneaker-inspired names

  • Van
  • Chuck
  • Taylor
  • Max
  • Jordan

Royal baby names

  • Louis
  • Arthur
  • Charles
  • Meghan
  • Eugenie

What do you think of these trends? Share your thoughts in a comment!