10 Must Have Items for a DIY Newborn Photoshoot

10 Must Have Items for a DIY Newborn Photoshoot

Do you have a newborn and want to do a DIY newborn photoshoot? We have compiled a list of 10 must-have items for your very own newborn photoshoot. From the perfect outfit to the props that will set off your photos just right, we've got you covered!

Newborn Photoshoot Tips

Having your own DIY newborn photoshoot is a great, affordable way to savor some of that newborn baby goodness for life. Some of us don't have the means to go out and purchase a shoot from a professional but that doesn't mean you can't recreate some of that newborn baby picture magic yourself!

Here are some tips for taking your own newborn pictures:

  • Use a soft, plain background.
  • Use natural lighting and avoid harsh shadows by placing your baby away from the window or blinds.
  • Choose an outfit that is breathable and comfortable for your newborn so they don't get too hot while posing in front of the camera!
  • Make sure the room is a comfortable temperature for you and your newborn.
  • Create a safe, cozy environment for the baby to fall asleep in.
  • Use soft blankets and props if you want!
  • You'll definitely need some shots with mom, dad, and maybe grandparents, so make sure everyone is dressed for pictures!

Other than tips for taking newborn photos, you'll need to know what to actually have with you when putting together your DIY newborn photoshoot.

Must-Have Items for a DIY Newborn Photoshoot

Here are ten super helpful things to have when taking your own newborn photos at home.

A Baby Shusher

This is an awesome tool for helping calm your baby if they start to get uncomfortable with the shoot. It should help them go back to sleep!


If your baby is a pacifier baby, make sure to have a few extras (that match their outfit) on hand for the shoot.

Cute Swaddle Blankets

We've all seen the beautifully wrapped newborns in professional shoot pictures and you can definitely do the same at home! If you struggle with getting your baby swaddled up correctly, check out some YouTube videos for pointers!

Extra Outfits

Having multiple adorable outfits is a must for your newborn photo shoot. Accidents happen!

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Diaper Changing Essentials

Odds are that your baby is going to soil their diaper during your shoot. Lucky you if not though! To best prepare, make sure you have extra diapers, wipes, and diaper cream nearby.

You might also want to have a few extra bummies to cover their diaper also. Check out our shop selection of bummies here.

White Noise Machine

Bringing your white noise machine to the room you do your newborn photoshoot in will be super helpful when it comes to keeping the baby calm and sleepy!

Stretch Knit Wraps

Stretch knit wraps are an adorable way to wrap up your newborn for their photos!

Adorable Hats and Head Wraps

Another adorable thing when it comes to newborn photos is the accessories! Hats and head wraps are a great addition.

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Studio Baby Posing Beanbags

Posing beanbags will help you pose your baby to add some dimension to your photos. They are helpful when shooting on flat surfaces!

Simple Backdrop

A simple backdrop is ideal for newborn photos! If you have a nice area of your house that you prefer, that too makes for a great backdrop. You could use something as simple as your curtains as a backdrop.

I hope this collection of must-haves for your DIY newborn photoshoot helped you figure out what you need to put together in preparation for your own!

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