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When shooting a newborn portrait session, you want to make sure the newborn is as comfortable as possible. We have 5 tips to help you calm and comfort the newborn, and overall have a productive and happy shoot.

TIP 1. USE WHITE NOISE TO COMFORT A NEWBORN

One of the commonly used methods in the past was the grab a hairdryer, bring it into the room (not too close to the baby), and turn it on during the shoot. This method is a bit outdated and we have some 21st-century solutions for you. If you have a cell phone, there are apps that you can download that are specifically designed to help sooth babies. My favorite app is the White Noise Lite for iPhone.

white noise lite app for iphone

TIP 2. SWADDLE OR WRAP THE BABY

Swaddling or wrapping the baby is a wonderful way to simulate that safe and in-the-womb feeling for the newborn. This is a great way to keep the baby calm and comfortable in the set or in between set changes.

swaddle the baby

TIP 3. STAY CALM

I’m a strong believer that newborns are super sensitive, and can therefore sense your nervousness. If you’re nervous in handling them, they’re going to pick up on it and become upset. So stay calm and be confident when handling the newborns, because remember, they can smell your fear…

TIP 4. GENTLY ROCK THE BABY AND USE A SOFT AND SOOTHING VOICE

Remember to use a soft and soothing voice when talking to or around the newborn. If a baby becomes upset you can have mom rock them until the baby calms down. I found that newborns respond well to “shooshing” sounds.

gently rocking a newborn

TIP 5. KEEP YOUR HANDS WARM

If you noticed in the photos or the video above, I’m wearing gloves. The reason is because I don’t want to startle or upset the baby with my cold hands. If you have cold hands but don’t have a pair of thin cotton gloves, then run your hands through some warm water before handling the newborn.

keep your hands warm

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