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23 Unique Monthly Baby Photo Ideas

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Taking monthly baby pictures is an easy way to document your little one’s growth. Here are 23 creative monthly baby photo ideas that are simple and cute! 

My husband has a photo collage at his parent’s house that shows how he grew up over the years.

I love it so much that I wanted to document my children growing up through their first year with monthly baby photos just like my mother-in-law had.

But I didn’t realize until my first was 3 months old that I should have nailed down a consistent monthly baby photo theme.

Thankfully I’ve had several years to practice and I’ve developed several tips and tricks to help with your baby photos.

I’ve also found a bunch of creative monthly baby photo ideas from other moms that I think you are going to love!

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1 to 12 Month Baby Photo Ideas

White Chair with Pampas Grass

These are the monthly photos from our fourth (and last) baby! I chose to use our white rocking chair, pampas grass, and a letterboard so it’s a good mixture of lots of different elements.

Collage of monthly baby photos with baby in white chair wearing pink outfits.

Simple Blanket Background

Here are Hudson’s monthly baby photos (we kept it simple by using his favorite blanket as the background)

Collage of monthly baby photos with boy and gray blanket.

White Fur Rug Background

With Ella, I took them on this fur rug I got at IKEA.

Here’s how Ella’s pictures turned out :

Collage of fur rug monthly baby photos.

White Fur Rug and Wood Slice

And you don’t feel like that fur rug is only for your baby girl pictures.

I love how Makelle uses the same rug for her little guy.

She added a wood slice to document each month and then used that same slice for a topper on his smash cake. So cute and creative!

Collage of monthly photo prop ideas with Ikea rug.

Seasonal Numbers

If you want to incorporate the number of months, Kati has some great ideas for using what’s available depending on what time of year it is.

I love this idea because then you can remember how old they were during the seasons.

Seasonal monthly baby photos ideas.

Anna did a similar theme for her cute little guy!

Collage of seasonal number monthly baby photos.

Floral Numbers

If you are feeling super ambitious, creating the numbers out of flowers is a beautiful baby girl monthly photo idea.

Kelli is so good at it! Look at how gorgeous it is!

Ideas for monthly baby photos with flower petals.

Digital Flower Numbers

If you don’t want to buy flowers every month, you can still achieve that same look.

I love how Jessica used the baby monthly photo app Rhonna Designs to add a flower number to her little girl’s pictures.

Collage with baby monthly photos and digital floral numbers.

Digital Monthly Stats

I keep a Google Doc for each of my kids with their stats for each month, but I love how Shaylie incorporates the stats into her month by month baby photos.

She uses PicMonkey to create the text.

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Baby girl in monthly photo app picture collage.

Monthly Photo Book

Another option is to print out books with your baby’s monthly picture on the cover.

Kelsi has gotten super creative with this and says her little girl loves looking at the books she’s printed out.

12 books with monthly baby pictures on the floor.
Woman holds book with monthly baby photo on cover.

Holding Baby

I love how she’s holding her little girl in the pictures, and that’s what Hillary does each month too.

Collage of dad holding baby for monthly baby pictures.

I think it’s a great idea to have mom or dad in the picture to really see how much baby has grown!

Floral Theme

Continuing the floral theme, I wanted to incorporate holding baby, flowers, and the time of year in Mia’s monthly photos.

Collage of floral monthly baby photos.

Stuffed Animal

Speaking of growing, placing your baby next to a stuffed animal is another fun way to document their monthly picture.

Marianne used a cute elephant for her son’s monthly pictures.

Baby on blanket with stuffed elephant for baby monthly pic ideas.

Here’s another cute stuffed animal idea that Markie did.

Collage of baby on blanket with stuffed animal.

Chair and Balloon

Using a chair is also a great way to measure their size.

Jasmine uses a chair, dog, and balloons each month. So cute!

Collage of baby with numbered balloons for monthly photos.

Chair and Stuffed Animal

Ashley incorporated a chair, stuffed animal, and wood numbers in her daughter’s photos.

Collage of stuffed animal and wood number monthly baby photos.

It’s so fun to see how much they grow over one year!

Creative Numbers

Katie created such a fun story with her daughter’s pictures every month.

The captions read things like:

“She makes such a racket that she could be a tennis player.”
“She is such a card that she could be in a magic trick. We’d pick her every time!”
“She has grown so much this year that she could be a gardener. We cannot wait to see who she blossoms into.”

So, so cute!

Collage of creative number monthly baby pictures.

Chalkboard Background

Kayli uses a chalk board to write the month her son is.

I also love this idea for writing monthly stats too!

Baby boy sits in front of chalkboard for photo.

Marker and Paper Background

If you have beautiful handwriting you can follow Jamie’s idea to use markers and white paper to write the month for your photos.

It looks like her daughter helped out with the drawing in some of the photos!

Collage of Sharpie writing monthly baby photos.

Pizza Box

How cute is this next idea?? I love the idea of using pizza slices and the box to document baby’s growth. Dani is definitely creative!

Collage of pizza monthly baby photos.

Dog and Letterboard

Here’s another adorable idea using the family pet and a letter board. Carolyn thought of such a unique and sweet way to document her son’s monthly photos.

Collage of dog and baby monthly photos.

Felt Letters

I’m in love with this next idea to use felt letters for the monthly photos. Julie from Famille Summerbelle created some adorable photos of her son!

Collage of felt letter monthly baby photos.

Numbered Onesie

Morgan found these precious number onesies from About Another and used them for her monthly photos. It’s a great idea because you can save the onesies to use for their first birthday party or to display in their room!

Collage of number onesie monthly photos.

Holiday Theme

And Markie is super mom and also takes holiday pictures of her little guy. I think they all turned out so cute! Especially that Valentine’s one.

Collage of monthly baby photo ideas for holidays.

How do you take baby photos at home?

Here are a few tips for taking those monthly baby pictures:

Be consistent. The background doesn’t have to match up perfectly, but if it can that’s what makes the photos look cohesive.

Be sure baby is in a good mood. I find that after they’ve eaten and are playful in the morning is the best time to capture those fun smiles.

Use natural light. If you place baby on the floor next to a window, you’ll get the best lighting.

Don’t get stressed out over these photos! You don’t have to be a professional. If you don’t have a DSLR, don’t sweat it! A lot of these mamas use their iPhone or Android. If you do want to use a DSLR, this is the one I have and this is the lens I use. 

If you’re busy, just push it back a few days. It doesn’t have to happen right when they reach a new month.  No one will know!

Monthly Photo Display

So after you get all of those cute pictures every month, what next?

You can create an adorable display!

Floral yarn photo display on wall.

These are all of the photo displays I’ve created for my babies’ first birthday parties. Not only do they make fantastic party decor, but you can hang them on the walls or in their bedrooms so they can remember how they looked as a baby.

I’ve put all of the displays in our house next to their blessing outfits.

My kids love to look at all of the photos whenever they walk down the hall!

Monthly photo displays on wall.

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Your Turn

I hope you loved seeing these super cute monthly baby photo ideas!

Remember it shouldn’t be something that stresses you out, but a fun way to remember your little one growing up.

Have you seen any other cute monthly baby photo ideas that I missed? Let me know in the comments.

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Lauren L

Friday 31st of December 2021

Hi I love these! I have 2 girls I have done monthly pictures for and my 3rd on the way so I needed some new ideas! Do you have any recommendation on lighting to buy? My biggest struggle the last 2 times was getting enough natural light inside but they still looked a bit yellow bc I had to turn the overhead lights on to avoid shadows on their face

Jessica Ashcroft

Monday 3rd of January 2022

Yes! These are the lights I use for indoor photography during the winter months

Allison Mak

Thursday 10th of October 2019

Hi!! Do you have the rest of Kati’s monthly pictures? Her instagram page is private and she won’t accept me ? I love that idea bough!


Thursday 10th of October 2019

Hi Allison! I just checked and found her actual account: Looks like she has all of the pictures there! Let me know if it's private and I can send you the screenshots!

Allison Mak

Thursday 10th of October 2019

I meant though**

Jessica Ashcroft

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Thank you Tayler! Thanks for reading!

Tayler Morrell

Monday 20th of February 2017

These are adorable ideas!