Baby announcement pictures are a beautiful way to document bub's growth. From specially-made milestone cards through to customisable announcement letter boards — photographing your baby's progress has become a popular trend on social media.
Whether you're new to the idea of milestone pictures, or simply need some inspiration on how to make the most of it - we’ve got you covered. Here are 6 ways to use baby milestone cards/boards!
Keep a running theme
By keeping a consistent theme with your baby milestone photos, you create a visually appealing feed or album. This could be as simple as using the same style of milestone card, cot sheet, or background props. Sticking to a theme also makes it easier to look back on photos and see how your baby has changed and grown over time. Our Elkie Announcement Board is great for this! It is a customisable letter board, which means the style will always stay the same ~ you just change the words!
Write down special moments
When something beautiful happens, we often think we'll remember the moment forever. However, the truth is that time can erase many important details, stealing away moments we don't want to forget.
Baby milestone cards are a great way to document special memories you create with your child. This could include their first laugh, first steps, first time rolling over, and so on. You can also use the Elkie Announcement Board to document your child's preferences at different stages in their life — such as their favourite foods, colours, songs, and more.
Photograph with much-loved toys
The Elkie Announcement Board provides an easy way to document your child's development. A fun idea is to take milestone photos alongside your baby's favourite toys for scale. Bub's toys can be used as a reference item to show their growth over the weeks and months. By using an item for scale, you can look back and easily see how much they've grown over time. Shop the range of timeless toys in our online store, from the Harlow Crochet Bunny to the Beige Silicone Beach Set.
Create an album
Unsure of what to do with your milestone pictures once the picture is snapped? Why not add them to an album or scrapbook for your baby to see when they're all grown up? Providing beautiful moments for your child to look back on in an easy-to-view book. Those that are feeling particularly creative might like to make a scrapbook, adding in other mementos such as ultrasound pictures, pressed flowers, or hospital bracelets.
Gift to grandparents
Grandparents often love nothing more than receiving pictures of their grandchildren! Turn your baby milestone photos into a gift that grandparents will treasure for years to come. Add them to a special album or frame them up, perfect for sitting proudly on the mantelpiece. They'll appreciate being able to see how their grandchild is growing, and it's a great way to keep them involved in their life, even if they live far away.
Write monthly letters
Words can have a meaningful impact, particularly when your feelings are written from the heart. Another thoughtful gift idea is to write a monthly letter to your baby, adding in a milestone picture for each month. This can be done using a simple notebook, or you could get creative and design your own baby book. Include anything you want – from thoughts and feelings about their growth through to what's happening in the world around them. This gift is something for them to look at when they're older and read about how loved and cared for they are.
Tips for taking milestone pictures
It's easy to forget about something as seemingly small as taking milestone photos when you have a precious little one always after your attention! Counteract forgetfulness by setting reminders on your phone or writing down the dates to take photos in your calendar.
Don't overthink it
While many get excited over taking milestone photos, it might spark a tinge of fear into the heart of perfectionists! After all, trying to keep a six-month-old still while you get the photo just right isn't an easy feat. When taking milestone photos, try to keep in mind that ‘perfect’ is often the enemy of ‘good’.
Baby milestone pictures are a lovely way to document your child's development and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime. There are many different ways to use them ~ but the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy this special time with your little one!