Those eyes and that smile!!!

Those eyes and that smile!!!

I absolutely loved seeing this little man and his family for his four-month baby portraits. Those eyes and that smile melt my heart. It was amazing to see how much he had grown since his newborn portraits. He loved being held by mom, dad, and big brother. Seeing him interact with them all was just precious.

One thing that I absolutely love doing at baby portrait sessions is incorporating their family. I absolutely love watching them play together. Isn’t the image below just so much fun?

If you are looking for a baby photographer in Richmond VA please reach out to me. I would love the opportunity to work with you. You can find more samples of my Richmond baby photography here.

Did you know that babies need Tummy time?

Tummy time is not only an important way to prevent flat spots on your baby’s head, it is also an important part of your baby’s normal growth.

What Is Tummy Time?

Tummy time describes the times when you place your baby on his or her stomach while your baby is awake and someone is watching.

Tummy time is important because it:

  • Helps prevent flat spots on the back of your baby’s head
  • Makes neck and shoulder muscles stronger so your baby can start to sit up, crawl, and walk
  • Improves your baby’s motor skills (using muscles to move and complete an action)

From the day they come home, babies benefit from 2 to 3 tummy time sessions each day for a short period of time (3 to 5 minutes). As the baby grows and shows enjoyment of tummy time, you can lengthen the sessions. As babies grow older, more tummy time helps build strength for sitting up, rolling over, crawling, and walking.

Tummy Time Tips

These suggestions can help you and your baby enjoy tummy time:

  • Spread out a blanket in a clear area of the floor for tummy time.
  • Try short tummy time sessions after a diaper change or after your baby wakes from a nap.
  • Put a toy or toys within your baby’s reach during tummy time to help your baby learn to play and interact with his or her surroundings.
  • Ask someone you trust to sit in front of your baby during tummy time to encourage interaction and bonding.
  • As your baby gets older, your tummy time sessions can last longer, and you can have them more often throughout the day.
Other Ways to Help Prevent Flat Spots on Your Baby’s Head

In addition to tummy time, parents and caregivers can try these other ways to help prevent flat spots from forming on the back of baby’s head:

  • Hold your baby upright when he or she is not sleeping. This is sometimes called “cuddle time.”
  • Limit the amount of time your baby spends in car seats, bouncers, swings, and carriers.
  • Change the direction your baby lies in the crib from one week to the nextโ€”for example, have your baby’s feet point toward one end of the crib one week, and then have the feet point toward the other end of the crib the next week.

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