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Other than advice from my own experience, all I can personally say is what works for you, may not work for others. As we are all aware, everyone, even babies... are different and no two are the same, well, unless you are a twin?
SO HOW DO I GET A BABY TO SLEEP DURING A NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION?
99% of the time, I have a baby into a nice deep sleep within 10-20 minutes after their feed and wind and I believe the trick to this is mainly by staying relaxed with the baby and helping them fall into that nice deep sleep.
Tricks I use ALL the time is white noise.
YES! White noise, now I know a lot of my clients use this already, but I do get the odd client wow'ed by it and insist " We are using that tonight". I have my white noise playing on my Alexa in the studio from babies arrival, until they have left.
HEAT! Not direct heat, but because your baby is going to stripped down to nothing, to keep them happy it's best to have a nice warm studio for them, however it does make us fully clothed adults feel a little stuffy sometimes.
I swaddle as a last resort these days, as said above, no two babies are the same and not all sink into that deep sleep well enough for photographs, so sometimes I swaddles and get the baby nice and content that way. (See photo above!) Still makes for great portraits tho!
UPON ARRIVAL, IT WILL GO A BIT LIKE THIS...
-WHITE NOISE ON!!
- Strip baby down to nappy
- Feed, feed, feed baby. A newborn trainer taught me this trick and my gosh, it has worked a trick since! Feed them, so they are milky drunk. The fuller and more content they are, the better the session will go.
- After baby has been fed, I will then take them from you and sit them up right ready for their first photography, usually at this stage, the heater is on full and sometimes a dummy will be given if needed, but not always.
- Sometimes, a little stroke on the forhead and a little rock on my chair.
How I check that the baby is in a good sleep is by picking up their arm, if they pull it back and are tense, baby is not ready for portraits, however, if the arm is loose and floppy, your baby is in a deep enough sleep to continue.
Those little tricks work wonders for photography newborn sessions.
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