Many of my clients are first time moms and many don't have a lot of experience with babies in general before they bring their own baby into the world. There are some unusual things about newborns that are not exactly intuitive. For example, did you know about a baby's "soft spot"? This is a very sensitive area on the top of a newborn's head where their skull hasn't fused together (the skull starts in four sections in order to allow the head to mold through the birth canal). You should not press on this soft spot due to the possibility of brain damage.
Here are some more important tips for keeping baby safe:
I am a very strong proponent of infant safety. During my newborn photography sessions I am very cognizant of baby's ABC's (airway, breathing, and circulation) as well as their stability on the posing bag (so that there is no risk of falling, tipping over or wriggling away). I take the safety of the precious and fragile newborn babies I photograph very seriously. I have had training from both a newborn physiologist and a registered neonatal nurse (who specializes in neonatal guidelines as a consultant for the government). The training covered newborn physiology, reflexes and safety as well as the best practices when handling a newborn baby in a variety of photographic poses. That being said, I still think it’s important for you to understand: if I (or any photographer) do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, please say something! You are the parent and are most in tune with your child’s needs and I would never want to overstep that boundary.
And as always: if there is something that is concerning you about your baby, consult your baby’s doctor.
This blog will feature new parent advice, what to expect when working with my business, as well as an ongoing series about safety when interacting with newborns
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