How to prepare your child for their new sibling’s arrival

Are you expecting baby number 2? (Or 3 or 4?!)

Well, if you have a little one at home who is used to getting almost all of your attention, then it’s going to important that you take steps now to prepare your child for their new sibling’s arrival.

Because, let’s face it, even with the very best of intentions, there will naturally be less time for you to focus on your other children in the initial weeks and months after the new baby comes along.

Even with lots of help from your partner, your parents, friends and other family members, your new baby needs you. And there’s no denying it – you’re going to be torn in many different directions once the new baby is here.

How to prepare your child for their new sibling’s arrival

So, what can parents-to-be do to get their child (or children) used to the idea of a new baby? Here are my top tips:

1.       Get them involved early

Talking to your child and encouraging them to get excited about your new baby from early on in the pregnancy is a great idea. Give them as much time as possible to get used to the idea of there soon being a new person joining the household.

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You could show them the scan pictures you have taken at 12 and at 20 weeks. Or better still, even take them along to the scanning and midwife appointments so that they can feel part of the process and hear the baby’s heartbeat.

When looking at the scan pictures, point out the baby’s head, body, arms and legs. Make them aware that there really is a real, live baby inside their mummy’s tummy – of course, it’s hard for children, especially young children, to imagine this.  

You can even involve them in the decisions you’ll be making during your pregnancy about what baby clothes or toys to buy as well as things like how to decorate their nursery.

2.       Provide plenty of reassurance

The main concern your child may have is that they will no longer be as important to you as they are right now. Which is a completely natural fear and very typical response to a situation like this. Of course, no-one wants to feel pushed out.

So, ensure that you provide lots of cuddles and reassurance that nothing will change about their relationship with you.

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Which leads me onto…

3.       Find time for them

I’d suggest that you continue to make plenty of time for your child both during the pregnancy and after the new baby is born.

While they’ve been young, you’ve no doubt started routines that include one-on-one time with them. Maintain those routines that they have come to know and love – the bedtime stories or the weekend trip to the park or swimming baths.

This will all help them to feel secure and loved, and to feel involved, even after the arrival of the baby.

And, also allow them plenty of time to ask questions about the new baby, (yes, perhaps even how the baby got into your tummy!), and answer them as best you can, to eliminate any queries or concerns they may have.

4.       Talk to them about what it will be like to have a sibling

Excite your child about the new baby’s arrival by talking about all the good things that will come of them having a new brother or a sister – both immediately, and longer term.

Most children will love the idea of having a playmate, for example. Talk about all the fun that they will have together as they grow up side by side.

Talking about what life will be like once their new sibling has been born is a great way for them to start imagining the new baby being around.

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5.       Buy them gifts once the new baby has arrived

If your child see’s the new baby getting lots of gifts and cards when they are born, and they get nothing, they may get upset. So, prepare for this advance.

Buy him/her a gift or two (it needn’t be expensive) or ask the family to bring along gifts for both children so that this doesn’t escalate into a problem.

You could even tell them that they are gifts from their new brother/sister, just to help things get off on the right foot!

6.       Book a newborn photoshoot and involve the older child(ren)

Finally, since you’re probably looking to book a newborn photoshoot so that you can preserve the magical first weeks of your new baby’s life in photos, remember to involve your other child or children in that.

Here at Bundles of Joy Photography, we love involving siblings in newborn photoshoots. So, if you’d like us to, we can take photos of your children together, like the ones I’m sharing here.

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They’ll be able to look back on these beautiful pictures in years to come. Making them feel involved in their new sibling’s photoshoot will be a great way of encouraging a strong relationship between them from the start.

So, I hope these tips have been useful? If you have any further tips on how to prepare your child for their new sibling’s arrival, please share them in the comments below.

You can book your newborn photoshoot with me by calling 07973 939 522, emailing me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or by completing this contact form.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!

Georgina x

Three places to visit in the Peak District

If you didn’t already know, the Bundles of Joy Photography HQ is in Froggatt, in Hope Valley (see the map on our Contact page for our exact location).

It’s a beautiful part of the U.K. and there are loads of places to visit in the Peak District.

It’s the perfect place to get out and about in the great outdoors, since there’s so much to do, like riding, cycling and walking. Or it's equally great if you’re after a beautiful location and a spot of low-intensity sight-seeing.

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Personally, I just love living and working here.

The Peak District is stunningly beautiful all year round. So, if you’ve never made a trip here, I highly recommend you get it on your 2018 to-do list!

Travelling to the Peak District?

Many of our newborn portrait photography clients, who aren’t from the local area, choose to make their trip up to us and then spend some time here.

A sort of mini holiday or ‘baby moon’.

And because they’re new to the area, they’re often asking me and my assistant Sue (who’s my mum by the way) where they should visit.

Georgina (left) and Sue (right) of Bundles of Joy Photography

Georgina (left) and Sue (right) of Bundles of Joy Photography

So, with this in mind, I wanted to list a few of the not-to-be-missed attractions in the Peak District in case this is also useful to you.

Why not plan a ‘baby moon’ in the Peak District?

Perhaps you’re considering booking your newborn photoshoot with us and are out of the area?

Well, if so, why not do as many of my other clients do? Make the trip here part of a short break and see the very best of what the area has to offer?

Make it an overnight stop or stay for a few days – whatever suits you best.

Newborn portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography

Newborn portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography

If you’re first time parents, with a new baby in tow, it will be your first family holiday. And a great way to start your new life as a family of three!

The clean fresh air will do the baby a lot of good, and you can enjoy yourself altogether, away without the constant visits from friends and relatives.

And you can eat out or get a takeaway – no need to wash up or clean the house – sounds perfect to me!

My top three places to visit in the Peak District

If you do decide to explore the local area when you visit me for your newborn photoshoot, here are my recommendations for places to visit in the Peak District:

1.       Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is a lavish stately home in Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP. It has 30 rooms for you to explore as well as 105 acres of stunning gardens, and a farmyard and adventure playground. Definitely on the must-visit list if you're coming to this area!

To find out more visit https://www.chatsworth.org/

2.       Froggatt & Curber Edge

The Froggatt and Curber Edge walk is a circular route through a beautiful part of the Peak District, which returns along the River Derwent. If you like walking, don’t miss this!

To find out more visit http://snapthepeaks.co.uk/peak-district-walks/curbar-edge-and-froggatt-edge-walk/

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Photo by Grant Richie

3.       Bakewell

Bakewell is a small market town, made famous by the delicious Bakewell pudding that originates from here. Be sure to try one and take some home with you when you visit!

Bakewell is located alongside the River Wye and is full of beautiful traditional stone buildings. If you’re visiting on a Monday don’t miss the markets in the town centre, which includes a livestock market.

And since all that sight-seeing is likely to be thirsty work, I thought I’d also list a couple of my favourite watering holes!

1.       Public House: The Moon Inn in Stony Middleton

The Moon Inn is a traditional country pub, surrounded by the stunning countryside of the Peak District. And one of my favourites in the area.

It serves locally-sourced home-cooked food, fine wines, real ales and over 50 specialist gins! As well as being a pub, there are also five luxury en-suite rooms, so it’s a good option for an overnight stay too.

To find out more visit https://www.themooninn.com

2.       Public House: The Devonshire Arms in Baslow

This is another great pub which also has 11 rooms so could accommodate you overnight. It’s located on the doorstep of Chatsworth House and serves great food.

To find out more visit http://www.devonshirearmsbaslow.co.uk/

So, I hope that’s useful!

And if you do decide to make a trip to the local area after your newborn photoshoot, be sure to ask Sue and I for more tips when you get here.

There are too many beautiful places to list, but we’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction if you’re after an unforgettable first family holiday!

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In the meantime, you can get further inspiration and details of places to visit in the Peak District from the Visit the Peak District website.

You can book your newborn photoshoot with me by calling 07973 939 522, emailing me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or by completing this contact form.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting you!

Georgina xx

Why choose Bundles of Joy Photography?

When it comes to choosing a newborn photographer, we realise that you are likely to be spoilt for choice.

But rather than tell you why we believe we are different and why you should choose Bundles of Joy Photography, in today’s blog I thought it would be better to let our client’s do the talking!

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What our clients say about our newborn photography

We have received many glowing testimonials from our clients over the years. So, below is a small selection of just some of those.

The ones shared here have been posted on our Facebook page. Do take a look there if you fancy reading more or visit our testimonials page on our website. 

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Relaxed and award-winning newborn photography 

Of course, we are thrilled when client’s express their delight with their photos and their experience. But, the purpose of sharing these reviews here is to help you discover what makes the newborn photography experience we offer so special.

Read on and you’ll see that time and time again, clients mention:

·         our caring and attentive service,

·         our welcoming and homely photography studio,

·         our relaxed portrait sessions,

·         and, most importantly, our beautiful newborn portraits.

Why choose Bundles of Joy Photography for your newborn portraits?

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Nick Barker – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 11/08/2017

“Georgina and her mum welcomed us to their beautiful home. We were looked after so well. However.... the most important aspect of our visit was the photos of our baby, Millie. The caring and sensitive manner in which they looked after Millie (3 weeks old) whilst taking an abundance of AMAZING photos! WOW! We can't wait to see the results. Georgina has won some very significant awards and I'm not at all surprised! We're going back to view the results soon but we are very confident that they will be amazing. This young lady is exceptional! In a class of her own.”

Sally Froggatt – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 01/06/2017

“It's difficult to some up in a few words how magical the experience at Bundles of Joy was...every part of the process was such fun. I was also lucky enough to get a sneak peak behind the scenes and watching George at work was fantastic to see. She’s a true professional and inspiring. I felt Noah was in the safest of hands and I didn't hold back in asking her to be a potential babysitter in the future!!  Thanks George and Sue.”

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Nikki Wheeldon – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 17/08/2017

“We have just received our album from George's newborn photo shoot...I have fallen in love all over again, Georgina has done an amazing job capturing such amazing picturesThe whole experience with Georgina and her Mum has been perfect, couldn't recommend bundles of joy highly enough! Thank you, Nikki & Chris”

Julia Jackson – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 03/04/2017

“I can't recommend Georgina highly enough. The day when Albert had his photos taken I was so relaxed to leave him with Georgina and Sue that I had a little nap! When we returned to view the photos both my Mum and I got tears in our eyes at how beautiful the pictures were and how lovely the whole experience is made. I am so pleased we had the photographs done to remember our little boy during such a special time and I couldn't chose between all the gorgeous images so had to have them all!”

Nicki Hutchinson – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 20/04/2016

“My little boy is almost two and I still enjoy the pictures daily ..from my canvas in my living room to the screen saver on my phone (and of course my cover picture on Facebook) As well as having the beautiful album to get out and go through from time to time. I cannot recommend Georgina enough! The whole experience of the shoot was so lovingly done. We were made to feel so comfortable and at home ..which meant a lot as it was my first time out of the house after my c-section. Cole was so carefully positioned that we could sit and relax with a cuppa knowing he was in good hands.”

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Rhianna Crouch – Reviewed Bundles of Joy Photography as 5 stars, 19/04/2016

“We had the best experience with Georgina and Sue. I went from being really worried about leaving Grayson to being totally relaxed within minutes of meeting them both. We were able to watch and hear the photos being taken. Having the time to just sit and relax with my husband was amazing while being looked after with yummy coffees and treats. Their knowledge and experience of babies taught us so much we actually bought some of the tools they used while we were there. The shusher for one.

On viewing the photos we were blown away, absolutely stunning. I even love the photos of me which I really didn't want to do but am so glad Georgina encouraged me to do. This is one of the best experiences we have ever had and would highly recommend for any parents with a newborn. In fact, we already have given the details to friends after seeing the photos. Many thanks to you both. Lots of love Rhianna, Phill and Grayson XXX”

Further reading about newborn photography

If you are considering booking a newborn photoshoot and have any questions whatsoever about a typical session with Bundles of Joy Photography, please take a look around our website for more information.  

We also have a number of helpful articles in our Blog, packed with tips for new parents like you. For example, take a look at:

·         Ten questions to ask when choosing a newborn photographer

·         How to get the most out of your newborn baby photography experience

Alternatively, please don’t hesitate to call me on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form.

Thanks for reading,

Georgina x

Newborn Photography: Babies dressed to impress!

In your search to find a newborn photographer, you will have perhaps noticed something about newborn photography. And that is that newborn babies are usually photographed naked in a professional newborn photoshoot.

That’s so that the gorgeous soft, wrinkly skin of the baby and their small bodies, all curled up as they were in the womb, are on full show in the pictures.

But if you’re not a fan of the ‘naked baby’ photos, don’t be put off newborn photography altogether. There are options!

Dressed to impress!

For example, not all the newborn portraits I take have the baby undressed.

Far from it! In fact, personally, I love dressing my ‘bundles of joy’ clients up into little outfits!

And in this blog, I’m including lots of examples of my newborn photography work – all of which feature babies wearing newborn outfits.

The teeny tiny little clothes or accessories cover the baby’s modesty while still being beautiful newborn portraits that their parents have absolutely adored.  

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Newborn outfits and accessories

If I’m honest, I’ve got a huge selection of newborn-sized clothes. So, when you come to me, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Miniature vintage rompers, cashmere all-in-ones and delicate lacy vests to name just a few. And that’s without all the gorgeous little accessories like hats, headbands and blankets that I have either bought or made over the years!

Traditional newborn photography

Yes, newborn photography is traditionally done with the baby undressed. While the baby’s modesty is always maintained, most photographers do take the majority of their baby portraits with the baby naked.

But if you’re not a fan of the naked baby photos but do still want adorable newborn portraits of your own little bundle of joy, when he or she arrives, I can create images like these for you too.

If you’d like to look at more examples of my newborn portraits, please pop over to my gallery where you can find more of my work.

And if you’ve yet to book your newborn photoshoot, please contact me as soon as possible on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form to secure your slot.

 

Thanks for reading,

Georgina xx

Newborn Portraits in Summer Colours

I’ve been really busy at the Bundles of Joy Photography studio recently, taking photographs of many gorgeous little ones who have been born in the last few weeks. 

With summer finally here, it’s been a real pleasure to dig out the summery coloured backdrops and wraps from my store room. I’ve been using them in my latest newborn portraits and some examples, I include here.

Don’t these late spring/early summer babies all look utterly gorgeous with these lovely seasonal colours?

Newborn portraits for your walls at home

A key thing to realise is that once you have had your newborn photo session with me, you’ll likely want to buy prints or framed products so that you can hang them on your walls at home. 

Whether they are to be hung in your baby’s nursery or in your living areas, the photos look best if they complement your colour scheme. 

Which is why, among other things, I always discuss with my clients to which colours they may want me to include in their baby’s newborn portraits. 

Get inspiration from my newborn portrait galleries

I encourage all my clients to view my galleries to see examples of my work beforehand and to take note of any particular images that they love and would want for themselves. That way, you can tell me if there are any particular images or poses that you would like me to create during your own baby’s photoshoot. 

Choosing colours for your newborn photoshoot

And I always discuss with parents what colours they would like me to use. 

I have a HUGE collection of backdrops, props and accessories including wraps, so there are tonnes of options to choose from! But to save you from feeling overwhelmed, I like to discuss your preferred colours in advance – either let me know by email in advance, or we can chat about it on the morning of your photoshoot.  

Then, once I’ve gathered all the most relevant coloured props and wraps, we can start creating the photographs as soon as your baby is settled and sleeping away peacefully. 

Some parents have set ideas about the colours they want me to use. They may have a particular love of dusky pinks, creamy neutrals, soft yellows, baby blues, or fresh mint and greys. Whatever their preference, I can create images to suit. 

Other parents are less specific and are happy for me to take photos using a variety of colour schemes. In this instance, I use the colours and combinations I know that work well and that has proved really popular with clients in the past. 

Examples of my newborn portraits

So, what I hope you’ve taken from this blog today is that if you’re coming to me for a newborn shoot soon, do spend some time having a think about what colours would work well in your home. 

The examples I’ve included in this blog hopefully have given you some inspiration on the colour combinations that are possible. 

It really is worthwhile considering how the colours we use during your photoshoot could be tailored to complement your colour scheme or to match the season in which your baby has been born. 

A bit of thought and pre-planning will help to give your newborn portraits the extra WOW factor!

See you at your photoshoot very soon! 

If you’ve yet to book, please contact me on 07973 939 522, email me at photos@bundlesofjoyphotography.co.uk or complete this contact form. 

Georgina xx