Category Archives: Infancy

THE HOLIDAYS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Photographer: Natalie O’Donnell

So, you’ve come home with your new baby and the holidays are right around the corner. If you are a planner, you may have already done all of your shopping. To those women, the super organized, be sure to help a friend because you rock! We are in awe!

However, you may be like many of us and haven’t started to think about how you will get it all done. And, panic may even set in when you add your complete change of life with a new baby at home.

We want to help make this season what it should be. Perhaps consider starting a new tradition rather than stressing about what to cook, where to shop, or what to get grandma.

Here are a few tips and ideas that can make this holiday season more about family, time together, and true holiday cheer:

Remember it is OKAY to say no. Saying no to things you don’t want to do is saying yes to yourself. It’s hard, we know. We get that feeling of guilt, but it’s time to let that go! Give yourself permission to miss one year of traveling and curl up by a fire at home instead, if that is what you want to do. Sounds wonderful, right?

Don’t feel like you have to cook! We all know food is important at the holidays; it’s the center of your gatherings. Thankfully, it still can be but without all the fuss. You can order everything you need for a holiday meal and even do it online! Late-night feedings can be the perfect time to order online. The house is quiet, the baby is feeding, and our iPad is our new best friend! Grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants can all be great places to get your family feast.

For those of you who still need to shop for presents, no worries! The Amazon gift finder is amazing and you can have the gifts wrapped and delivered right to their doorstep. You can easily get the best gift ideas for everyone. Amazon Prime is king of the world for all of us, procrastinators!


Here are some fun ideas for staying in with your family throughout your holidays.
 Have a holiday movie night – or maybe a movie night for each family member
 Make a video of your family to send to relatives who live far away
 Buy matching pajamas and schedule a fun photoshoot
Read a favorite holiday story or two
 Have a house decorating day with extended family or friends
 Take a drive through a local holiday light show
 Write or record a year in review
 Have a cookie baking day and do an exchange with other moms
 Write a letter to your child about what you wish for them in the coming year
 Donate to a charity or family in need through a local church


We hope you enjoy some of these ideas and start a family tradition to last for years!

September is National Baby Safety Month

photo by Natalie O’Donnell

The safety of your newborn is something Bella Baby takes seriously.

When Bella Baby enters your room you can be assured that we are safety conscious, and trained to follow all of the most current safety, cleanliness and HIPAA rules that your doctors and nurses follow.

  • Our photographers are always up to date with vaccinations.
  • Handwashing is performed throughout the day to ensure your baby’s health.
  • We do not share props from room to room. Props that you bring may be used if deemed safe for your baby.
  • You may see photographers wearing masks. This gives you comfort in knowing that an allergy-related sniffle is not going to spread germs. We prefer caution and know you will too.
photo by April Martinez
photo by Joanie Clay

We treat you as a client, a friend, and with the security and privacy of a patient. We will never give out, share or sell your personal information. Your family can always feel safe, protected, and in the best of hands with Bella Baby staff.

We pride ourselves on being the most caring, qualified, and safety conscience newborn photographers throughout the country.

For more information on baby safety sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) click here.

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.