Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Taking great photos for your Baby Birth Announcements

Taking a great photo from your baby birth announcementHow to Take Better Photos of Your Baby or Toddler is key to showing off the sweet new bundle of joy in your life. Here are some great tips for taking better photos of your baby or toddler.

How to Take Better Photos of Your Baby or Toddler by Amanda Compton

Every Mom wants to take great photos of their babies and toddlers. We all want professional looking photos for our children without paying a fortune! This better baby photo article will help you take the best photos you can and you don't even have to own an expensive camera.

When I had my first baby 4 years ago, I became extremely interested in photography. I wanted to capture every precious moment and every important milestone on film. I am sure you are just like me in wanting to take these same precious photos of your baby or toddler. I now use a digital camera and take professional looking photos everyday of my 2 little boys from these 5 simple tips below. These 5 tips will help you take better baby and toddler photos.

1.) The first tip I suggest is to be aware of the lighting. The best place to take photos is outside in a natural setting. You should take photos early in the morning or late in the evening right before the sun sets. Remember to use your flash for fill flash outside. This lighting produces stunning results!

2.) The second tip I suggest is to get closer to your baby or toddler and get down to their level. Never photograph your baby or toddler from above.

3.) The third tip I suggest is to make the setting/background simple. Try to place your child near a simple or plain background.

4.) The fourth tip I suggest is to take lots and lots of photos. The more photos you take, the more photos you will have to choose from. You may just get lucky with an adorable one of a kind photo of your baby! You may capture the perfect moment! So, never stop taking pictures!

5.) Invest in a good digital camera. It doesn’t have to be an expensive digital camera. You can buy a good digital camera for under $300. I use an inexpensive Kodak digital camera and great photos of my baby every time.

You are now on your way to taking better baby and toddler photos.

Copyright 2005 –All Rights Reserved About The Author: Amanda Compton is a work at home mom to 2 little boys. She owns and publishes a fun site for Babies and Moms, http://www.ContestForMoms.com featuring a free baby photo contest, mom forums, and lots of baby & mom information!

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Article Source: www.ladypens.com

Friday, February 24, 2006

You're a mom!

congratulations! Youv'e had a baby! Now What?
Here are a few tips to surviving and enjoying every single step of new motherhood!


Congratulations! Youv'e had a baby! Now What? by Chaele McMillan

Maybe you were in labor for 27 hours. Maybe you smiled and laughed the entire time while giving birth. Maybe you swore to your husband you would kill him if he did NOT pull up the video camera and don’t even think about sex..... EVER!

No matter how the labor was. You know that once that little tiny sweet angel was placed in your arms you were in L-O-V-E. It no longer matters that you just had a workout of a 100K marathon runner. It no longer matters that the nurse did not get you your pain medicine in time. You even might at this point forgive your hubby and give him a sweet kiss on the lips. Yes woman you have became a mother. The best job in the world. You will now count 10 little finger and 10 little toes. Check out the hair... Is it red? Is it black? . Such a sweet event.

Time to Bond with your bundle of joy:

Bond with your little on. Newborns can see objects that are 8 to 12 inches away. So my advice take her/him and gaze into their eyes. Kiss, sing, love your newest family member. These first few days are so precious and a great opportunity for you and your husband to bond with the little one.

You’re home!

Arriving home is exciting but also can be scarey. With my first one I would wake up every 30 to 45 minutes to check to see if she was breathing. I believe this is a common thing for all first time mothers. You will soon find though that you will be a baby expert within weeks. I always tell my friends who are first time mothers to follow your instincts. Do the natural things. Remember sometimes it takes a couple of different ways to get it to work. You will follow this rule for the rest of your life. What works today may not work tomorrow! Ask for help! If you need some sleep ask hubby to feed the baby. If your mom or mother in law offers to clean..... let them!

It may be the last time you will have a spotless house for th next 3 years!

Feeling Tired? Feeling Overwhelmed?

Being a new parent can be overwhelming at times. When I had my second son the birth and months after was very overwhelming. I had a great support team and I know I would have not got though the sleepless nights without my husband and family. Also try to find a playgroup in your area. This is a great way to bond with other new moms. Talk with your husband. Everything has changed for all of you so make sure both of you are in tune with each other. Make sure you set time for you, you and your husband and husband, baby and you. A baby can strengthen the bond between a husband and wife. Hire a babysitter or ask the Grandparents to come over while you go out. Get a haircut! Sleep. Take Care of you! Nurturing you will only help take care of you and the family.

Remember no matter what the bond you will forever have with your little one. You are a Mother! A great one at that!

Chaele McMillan is a mother of three. They are 5, 3 and 2. She owns Mom State University. (http://www.momstateuniversity.com)

Article Source: www.ladypens.com


Also, don't forget to purchase your baby birth announcements and photo baby birth announcements from Polka Dot Box!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

great article on what you need for a new baby

Fifteen Items that Every Newborn Baby NeedsThis is some great information for moms of new babies. I would add the number sixteen should be baby birth announcements from Polka Dot Box!

Fifteen Items that Every Newborn Baby Needs by Sherry Frewerd

With all of the adorable newborn clothes and new-fangled mommy-helpers' on the market these days, it's often confusing as to what your newborn really requires during the first couple of months. Well-meaning family and friends will flood new parents with every cute little outfit they see and the baby will either wear it once or never at all. 'Unique Gifts for Baby' has compiled a simple list of the most important 15 items that every new baby must have.

1.) Lightweight sleepers

2.) One piece snap shirts

3.) One or two 'showing off baby' outfits for visiting

4.) Jacket or snow suit for winter babies

5.) Socks

6.) Appropriate hat for the season

7.) Battery operated baby swing or bouncy seat

8.) Stock up on newborn size diapers (4-5 large packages)

9.) A sweater

10.) Baby wipes

11.) Mild baby soap

12.) Cotton swabs and alcohol for cleaning umbilical cord

13.) Approved newborn car seat

14.) Crib or bassinet

15.) Newborn baby grooming kit: nail clippers, comb/brush etc.

Certainly, there are other items out there that many mommies can't live without, but for the most part, this list will cover your newborn's initial needs quite well. Remember, you'll be buying most of these things in larger sizes before you know it. Make sure to buy your new baby age appropriate toys and you should consider a musical mobile or something like it that will attach to your baby's crib to help calm a fussy child.

Enjoy this special time and nest away while preparing for your new baby's arrival. Try your best not to stress over the small stuff and make sure you have the essentials before the baby gets here. Having everything you really need when you bring the baby home will relieve much of the anxiety that many new moms feel. Remember to ask for help if you need it and just love that baby!

About the Author: Sherry Frewerd publishes 'Unique-Gifts-for-Baby' and other baby and toddler related websites and blogs. Find that special baby the perfectly unique gift at http://unique-gifts-for-baby.com

Article Source: www.ladypens.com
Wow, Thursday all ready! We have been busy adding some new soft pink paper and barely blue paper to our collection of baby birth announcements. March is just around the corner and we are ready for all the spring babies. Our baby birth announcement styles will suit any taste.

Check us out. Baby birth announcments at Polka Dot Box.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

I'm back

Well I am back to blogging! Things were a little crazy and it is hard for me to believe that it has been almost 6 months since I last posted, time really does fly!

We have been busy making new baby birth announcements and business is picking up. We have been making new styles of birth announcements and are looking for new way to expand! The baby business is good and making announcements is fun! Onward!