21 gorgeous and fun baby month-by-month picture ideas

Stickers, blocks, banners, apps (and more!) super-creative ways to mark baby’s first year.

21 gorgeous and fun baby month-by-month picture ideas

You’ve heard it a million times, “enjoy it now, they grow up so fast!“. Cliché? Yes. True? Also yes.

Somehow your baby’s first year moves very quickly. We want to appreciate and enjoy the moment, but we also want to remember it forever. So, a big thank you to the creative people who have shown us that there are a bunch of fabulous ways to celebrate your baby’s first 12 months —and all their adorable “firsts.”

We’ve collected out 21 favorite stickers, prints, and photo props to accentuate the main feature: your sweet baby. Just don’t forget to take the photo! (And here’s our fool-proof tip: add a recurring reminder on your phone for the day of the month you want to take your baby’s photo and snap away, shutterbug.)


Some glitz and glam for your little ham! Stylin’ black and gold stickers from the Baby Smiles Boutique on Etsy.

Personalized + chalkboard + florals? Perfect for your little beauty. Found on the Maddie’s Mom E shop on Etsy.

Bright and bold, perfect way to celebrate two months old! We are fawning over these fab stickers. (Do you make wallpaper, Lucy Darling?)

Adorable little creatures to stick on your adorable little creature. They will love the animals on these woodland creature stickers by Penny and Prince.

May the force be with you every month and you get a fabulous photo of your squirmy Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia. Star Wars themed stickers on the Little Monique shop on Etsy.

Action! We found just the right sticker set for the shining star in your life. Thanks, Snuggle Bug Baby and Me!

Double the cuteness: elephants and elegant prints for your precious twins from the Clams and a Ham Dog shop on Etsy.

A boho chic print + a wooden sign holder for a little twist on the classic monthly photo.We love your work and shop, My Sweet Baby Cake.

Bright and happy milestone cards to celebrate the excitement of your baby’s “firsts”. Take a photo, then jot down the date right on the milestone card to save with all their important info.

Got the monthly photo idea down? Here’s a special something to mark your little ones first holidays from the Lucy Darling shop on Etsy.

Kill two birds with one stone in this deck: milestone cards + monthly cards all in one. Plus these say things like, “poop”, “ROTFL”, and “like a boss”, so...they are awesome. From Peanut’s Cards on Etsy.

Modern, crisp, and sophisticated. The right choice for your mini me from Leni and Co on Etsy.

Talk about a perfect prop! This would make a sweet addition to your baby’s monthly photo from The Gold Doodle. Plus, it’s only $20 for the banner you see + the rest of the numbers you need for all 12 months.

Could a onesie be any cuter? This one seriously makes us want to create another baby immediately. Shop Baby Booms, you’re dangerous.

We see these wooden fabric numbers starting as cute, perfectly placed props, but by month five...things will start getting interesting. We look forward to seeing the fun your little one has with this prop!

Excellent (and pretty!) way to keep track of all the important things: how old, weight, height, tooth count, things they love, and things they can do -- all in one place. From Bugaboo Bear Designs on Etsy.

These blocks are expertly crafted, gorgeous in photos, and your baby will love playing with them, too. Super cute + fun = you’re little one will definitely be into it.

We are swooning over these balloon photos from Mom Tog. There are all sorts of props you can use in monthly photos like a stuffed animal, a big calendar, a suitcase, or bright colored fabrics. Just don’t use them all at once -- we want to see your babe!

The Baby Stickers app allows you to easily apply a monthly virtual sticker to your baby’s photo -- taken anywhere. Plus, it’s free!

Tweekaboo is an app that allows you to organize your baby’s monthly photos, keep things private, or share them with only the people you select. Plus, you have the ability to create a hardcover scrapbook from all the photos you’ve saved.

Bambio is a more structured app that allows you to mark each and every special milestone in your baby’s life.

I felt lost as a new mother, but babywearing helped me find myself again

I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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I never wanted to be a mom. It wasn't something I ever thought would happen until I fell madly in love with my husband—who knew very well he wanted children. While he was a natural at entertaining our nephews or our friends' kids, I would awkwardly try to interact with them, not really knowing what to say or do.

Our first pregnancy was a surprise, a much-wanted one but also a unicorn, "first try" kind of pregnancy. As my belly grew bigger, so did my insecurities. How do you even mom when you never saw motherhood in your future? I focused all my uncertainties on coming up with a plan for the delivery of my baby—which proved to be a terrible idea when my dreamed-of unmedicated vaginal birth turned into an emergency C-section. I couldn't even start motherhood the way I wanted, I thought. And that feeling happened again when I couldn't breastfeed and instead had to pump and bottle-feed. And once more, when all the stress from things not going my way turned into debilitating postpartum anxiety that left me not really enjoying my brand new baby.

As my baby grew, slowly so did my confidence that I could do this. When he would tumble to the ground while learning how to walk and only my hugs could calm him, I felt invincible. But on the nights he wouldn't sleep—whether because he was going through a regression, a leap, a teeth eruption or just a full moon—I would break down in tears to my husband telling him that he was a better parent than me.

Then I found out I was pregnant again, and that this time it was twins. I panicked. I really cannot do two babies at the same time. I kept repeating that to myself (and to my poor husband) at every single appointment we had because I was just terrified. He, of course, thought I could absolutely do it, and he got me through a very hard pregnancy.

When the twins were born at full term and just as big as singleton babies, I still felt inadequate, despite the monumental effort I had made to grow these healthy babies and go through a repeat C-section to make sure they were both okay. I still felt my skin crawl when they cried and thought, What if I can't calm them down? I still turned to my husband for diaper changes because I wasn't a good enough mom for twins.

My husband reminded me (and still does) that I am exactly what my babies need. That I am enough. A phrase that has now become my mantra, both in motherhood and beyond, because as my husband likes to say, I'm the queen of selling myself short on everything.

So when my babies start crying, I tell myself that I am enough to calm them down.

When my toddler has a tantrum, I remind myself that I am enough to get through to him.

When I go out with the three kids by myself and start sweating about everything that could go wrong (poop explosions times three), I remind myself that I am enough to handle it all, even with a little humor.

And then one day I found this bracelet. Initially, I thought how cheesy it'd be to wear a reminder like this on my wrist, but I bought it anyway because something about it was calling my name. I'm so glad I did because since day one I haven't stopped wearing it.

Every time I look down, there it is, shining back at me. I am enough.

I Am Enough bracelet 

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May this Oath Bracelet be your reminder that you are perfect just the way you are. That you are enough for your children, you are enough for your friends & family, you are enough for everything that you do. You are enough, mama <3


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