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How I Feel About Those Staged Monthly Baby Photos

Posted by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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One thing I sometimes regret not doing--at least until I realize I'd never be able to keep it up, and then I don't feel so bad--is taking those staged monthly photos of my boys to record how fast they grew during that first year. I love seeing updates from friends who take pictures with their babies sitting in the same chair or with the same stuffed animal, or even with one of those "I am 3 months old" stickers slapped to the belly of a white onesie. I remember once seeing a collection of photos of a little girl wearing the same adult-sized gown every year starting from age 1 until she'd grown into the dress at 18. Genius. I always wanted to do something like that and then just...didn't.

It's not like I don't already take a million other photos of my kids; I have plenty of evidence of what they looked like not just at milestone ages but also at random times like 8 months, 4 days, 2 hours, and 16 minutes old exactly, with pureed squash in their hair. There's just something different and...special, I guess, about having a consistent set-up every single month (or week, or even day, if you're really ambitious).

Why do I get such a kick out of these photos, even when they've become so common they're now cliche? Maybe it's just my order-loving brain responding to the way the ritual brings structure to the chaos that is raising a baby. Or maybe it's something deeper, more emotional. Maybe it's that they grow up so, so fast I can hardly believe my eyes. Pic or it didn't happen.

Do/Did you take monthly photos of your baby?

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by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM

 I didn't get consistant with it until #5! I tried with my fourth but didn't get very far. Granted, we are only 3 months in so I have plenty time to miss a month or four lol So far, I did one week, a random 3 week lol, one month, two month & three month. I am using the same outfit set/sleepers that is white with blue monkeys and taking it with the blue monkey my parents bought our 3rd (Luke gave it to Sam now and got a brown monkey) My dad loved monkeys and now that he is gone, they are even more special to us.

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I've never really done them!

by Bronze Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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by Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

yes i did every month we did a new pic :-)

by Brandy - Admin on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I take tons of pictures of dd but we never did a monthly picture in the same spot or anything like that.  It's an awesome idea though.  If I ever have another, I may give it a try.

by Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:49 PM

I do a monthly picture of DD, and put all of the new things she learned and does now. I think it's a great way to watch her grow and see what she did month to month - much more detailed than a boring baby book. She just turned 21 months old yesterday, we've been doing it for a year now and I love the picture collection we have. I'd love to print a book of them one day all in a row.

by Member on Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Elliot 1week old

1 month i don't have his 1month pic on my pc


3 months

4 months



7 months

8 months

9 months


11months i don't have his 11month pic on my pc


and this is what he looks like today on the 4th he'll be 21 months

by on Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:58 PM

I took pics all the time, but not the staged ones each month.

by Kim on Apr. 4, 2013 at 8:14 AM
Yes & no, had some when she was a new born 9pound baby!
Than some a month or two later than at 6months than 8 to 9montjs than 1years old & 2years old.
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by on Apr. 4, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Yes I took pictures of both of my kids at every month until they were a year. I put those in their scrapbook. I obviously take more pictures  after but not when specifically they are 14 months and so on.

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