29 Photos Every Parent Must Get Of Their Baby

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1. Leaving the hospital

Leaving the hospital

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Flickr: stephenpoff / Via Flickr: derusha

Everyone takes photos in the hospital, but you should get one on the way out, too. It’s a huge moment!

2. Sporting a funny onesie

Sporting a funny onesie

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It’ll be even funnier in 20 years.

3. Feet


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Flickr: mwrobison

Even people who hate feet have to admit that baby feet are freaking adorable. For maximum cuteness put something else in the frame (like your hand) to show just how tiny they really are.

4. Sleeping


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Minoru Nitta / Flickr: 84502900@N00

There are lots of photo ops when your baby is awake, but don’t forget to snap some photos when they’re dozing, too.

5. Hand holding your finger

Hand holding your finger

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DonkerDink . Flickr: 80229569@N00

Looking back you won’t be able to believe their hands were ever this small.

6. Ear


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Flickr: jnthnhys

It’s the little details – like the look and shape of your baby’s ears – that will be the hardest to remember later on.

7. Hair


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Flickr: smreilly / Via Flickr: cavale

Your kid’s hair will never be the same as it is when they’re a baby. Capture it!

8. Waving


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Flickr: deanwissing

Waving is one of the very first ways your baby will communicate with the world. Wave back, then snap a photo!

9. Wearing a cute hat

Wearing a cute hat

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Flickr: apple_store

These shots are adorable and do a great job of highlighting your baby’s features.

10. Wearing your glasses

Wearing your glasses

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Flickr: srietzke

A baby wearing glasses is just plain funny.

11. With your partner

With your partner

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Flickr: effenk

You think you’ll get plenty of these shots, but it’s all too easy to let weeks (or even months) go by without taking one.

12. Crawling


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Flickr: thomaslife

Babies go from crawling to walking in the blink of an eye, so capture your baby’s crawling form while you have the chance.

13. Smile


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Flickr: tiarescott

You’ll want to get as many shots of your baby’s glorious smile as possible.

14. Back


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Flickr: plasticcandy

You’ll have plenty of photos of your baby from the front. Get one of your baby’s sweet back, too.

15. With grandparents

With grandparents

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Prato / Flickr: 71279724@N00

Your baby will cherish these photos when they’re older.

16. With sibling(s)

With sibling(s)

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Flickr: psicoloco

Capture these sweet moments before they’re teenagers and bickering over who gets to use the bathroom.

17. With cousins

With cousins

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Flickr: santheo

Cousins can be almost as close as siblings (and sometimes are). The first time your baby meets their cousins is a moment you’ll be glad to have photos of in the future.

18. With your friends’ kids

With your friends' kids

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Flickr: salim

These will be super fun to share with your friends (and their kids) in the future.

19. Teething


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Flickr: zombiesquirrels

It may be hard to believe now, but one day you’ll crack up at these photos as you remember how your baby was constantly gnawing on things.

20. First solid food

First solid food

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Flickr: glasgows

They’re going to eat three meals a day for the rest of their life, but the first is guaranteed to be the cutest.

21. Entire immediate family

Entire immediate family

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Flickr: knmurphy

Many families fail to get this shot because they have no one to take it, but that’s a mistake. Do what you must to make it happen!

22. You and the baby

You and the baby

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Flickr: vistamonster

If you’re the photographer in the family it’s all too easy to take photos of everyone with the baby but yourself. Make getting one of you and the baby a priority!

23. Cruising


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Flickr: chinglypuff

It doesn’t matter if your baby is getting around with a little help from grandma or using the couch for balance. You need this shot.

24. First laugh

First laugh

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Flickr: makelessnoise

The only thing that’s almost as cute as the sound of your baby’s laughter is the look on their face.

25. A perspective shot

A perspective shot

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Take a photo of your baby sitting next to a stuffed animal, then repeat the same shot each month to chart your baby’s growth.

26. With a favorite toy

With a favorite toy

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Someday this photo will take you back to when your baby loved on a favorite toy with all of their heart.

27. First steps

First steps

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Flickr: devitogustavo

This amazing milestone is one you don’t want to miss.

28. Re-create a shot from your childhood

Re-create a shot from your childhood

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Have a favorite photo of yourself as a baby? Take a similar one of your baby, then frame the two side-by-side.

29. Cake smash

Cake smash

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Flickr: aandaphotography

And, of course, you definitely want to film your baby going crazy on a cake at their first birthday.

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