The holiday season is almost here, which means it’s time to get started on those photo cards. You don’t need to be a seasoned photographer or Pinterest pro to find a clever photo theme. Here are 9 ideas that put your baby front and center on the holiday photo.

Diaper Greetings

If you're looking for a cheeky holiday card idea, the dressed-up diaper is a winner. If baby is crawling around and doesn't want to pose, that's a good thing! And a non-crawling baby can simply be positioned to show off the diaper's holiday message. Purchase a holiday diaper cover or a diaper in a fun print (Hello Bello and The Honest Company always have festive diaper prints), or just dress up a plain diaper with bows and a holiday message. Holiday-themed leggings would also work great for this holiday card idea.

A Favorite Stuffed Animal

We've all heard the horror stories of babies who howl their way through holiday card photos, and that's why this card idea works so well. Just dress your baby up cute, place in front of a festive backdrop, and hand over a favorite stuffed animal to provide comfort amid the photo frenzy. Baby will love on their stuffie like they always do, leading to adorable photos. Re-create the photo with the same stuffie next year to show how much baby has grown.

Santa’s Legs As a Backdrop

If your baby is a bit wobbly, leaning against Santa’s legs will help you get the shot. This photo idea from Precious Moments Photography gives you a fun new way to incorporate Mr. Claus as a backdrop so your little darling stands out. Black boots, white fuzzy fabric and red fabric positioned to look like Santa pants are all you need for the Santa stand-in. Bonus: That person can also keep your little one entertained and looking picture perfect during the shoot.

Baby in a Gift Box

Babies are a gift, and what better way to show that? You’ll need minimal props for this idea from Laura Simson Photography. To create your gift box, cut off the flaps on the top or bottom and cover the box in colorful wrapping paper. Add a big bow — to both the box and your baby — and pop your little one inside. Babies and toddlers tend to enjoy being in boxes, so the smiles and cute expressions should come naturally.

Getting the Tree Home

No tears here. This is one photo shoot your baby will love to be a part of. Fetch a mini Christmas tree, attach it to a toy car, and create your own little slice of holiday magic that everyone will be talking about for years to come.

Baby Got into Santa’s Cookies

Is your little one mischievous? A Christmassy backdrop and some milk and cookies are all you need to let their personality shine through, thanks to this idea from Billi Jo Piunno Photography. Having your child focus on cookies rather than the camera will help you get some funny, joyful shots.

Baby’s First Sandman

Coastal folks can take advantage of the beach for your child's holiday card debut. Take a cue from Danielle May Photography, and help your munchkin build a sandman that will give friends and family warm fuzzies this winter.

Beautiful Baubles

Use an assortment of colorful ornaments in deep jewel tones, classic red and green, or gold and white for this card idea from Shanna Simpson Photography. Mix in glittery, matte and traditional bulbs for extra dimension, and let your beautiful baby shine in the center.

Playing in the Christmas Lights

With white holiday lights, leg warmers and a fluffy mat, you can re-create this cozy holiday photo from Red Lotus Photography. Vary the shot by swapping out the leg warmers for a Santa hat or other cute holiday gear.

— Natasha Davis & Eva Ingvarson Cerise



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