Newborns grow so fast you almost have to capture those monthly milestones or you’ll miss them! I always liked to capture a quick, yet cute milestone photo at home, and there are dozens of adorable ideas out there.
Here are 35 unique and creative baby monthly milestone photo ideas you can implement from the comfort of home.
1. Acrylic Milestone Discs
Likely the most popular way to capture monthly milestones is through acrylic milestone discs. These are super cute, and you can order them personalized so you have a disc with your child’s name on it!
We got the personalized discs from Amazing Faith Designs (not an affiliate link), and I absolutely love them. You can add details about your baby to make these photos extra unique. You can also use code YEAHBABY10 for 10% off.
2. Wooden Milestone Discs
Wooden milestone discs are also really popular – it just depends on what aesthetic you’re going for. If you have a more woodsy, outdoorsy vibe, the wooden discs are perfect.
3. Milestone Blanket
Next in line, in terms of popularity, is the milestone blanket. It’s what I used with my first baby, and it makes a fantastic baby shower gift.
Related: 10 Most Forgotten Baby Shower Gifts – Unique & Practical Gift Ideas
There are probably hundreds of different blanket themes and variations, and it’s an easy way to mark the months. I also like that the background of each picture is the same, so you can really see how your baby is growing each month.
You can go down a rabbit hole looking at all of the amazing milestone blanket options on Amazon. Amazing Faith Designs also does really nice personalized blankets (not an affiliate link) with your child’s name at the top (use code YEAHBABY10 for 10% off).
4. Milestone Blocks
An option that’s newer to me but has taken the internet by storm is milestone blocks.
These wooden blocks can be adjusted each month, and they are so adorable. A big bonus on these is they’re gender-neutral, so you can use them for boys or girls. If you plan to have multiple kids, this can be a money-saver.
The train version is also totally charming and doubles as a toy.
5. Fruit Baby
I’m obsessed with the fruit baby photoshoot theme – take any kind of fruit and shape it into the month’s number. Apples, bananas, strawberries, avocados… there are so many adorable ideas out there.
You can also switch up which fruit you use each month for a super colorful collage after you take photos for all 12 months.
6. Milestone Stickers
If you want a milestone photoshoot idea that’s fuss-free and won’t add to your pile of stuff, opt for stickers. Just stick the month on a white or single-colored onesie, snap your photo, and toss the sticker.
7. Milestone Ties
These tie stickers are such a vibe – they’d be the perfect photo theme for a handsome baby boy!
I can hear the Justin Timberlake “Suit and Tie” song playing in the background…
If you have a clock handy, you can use it as a monthly milestone photo prop! Set the time to 1 o’clock for 1 month, 2 o’clock for 2 months, 3 o’clock for 3 months, and so on.
It’s the perfect way to get through all 12 months while using something you already have on hand. It’s also a cute nod to the time passing by.
Photographer Dani Leigh gets all the credit for being “the mom of the original pizza baby.”
This new pizza trend for monthly milestone pictures really speaks to me. Celebrate each month with your baby with a pizza delivery. You really can’t go wrong!
10. Write on Cardboard
We’re big fans of giving cardboard a second life around here (check out my cardboard toddler activities post). Instead of tossing that big Amazon box, use it to mark your monthly milestones!
You can make it extra fun by adding some details, like your baby’s height and weight each month.
11. Nature Milestones
Use flowers, leaves, or twigs to “write” the number of the month. Any nature-lovers are sure to adore this cute milestone photoshoot idea – if you read this, I am totally thinking of you, Kalli! 🙂
If you’re a big Krispy Kreme fan, just stop here. You’ve found your milestone photoshoot idea.
Get you a dozen donuts every month and snap a cute pic of your baby. You’re welcome.
13. Felt Message Board
I love these felt message boards for baby announcements – I see them all the time on Facebook. They’re also perfect for these monthly milestone photos at home.
Just adjust the month on your message board and snap a pic! It somehow always looks polished and professional.
A chalkboard is another easy prop for milestone photos at home. Just re-do the month number and you’re good to go! This is especially perfect for you moms who have amazing handwriting (don’t look at me).
15. Use a Baby Milestones Photo App
For the mom who cannot be bothered – or literally does not have the time or energy – to order something, this one’s for you. (Shout out to my Average Peloton Moms Facebook group.)
Download a baby milestones photo app, snap a pic of your cutie each month, and change the filter. Done.
16. Number Balloons
If you have two dollar stores within a mile of your home (yep, that’s me), you might consider the number balloon milestone prop. Get a number balloon – doesn’t need to be helium – and use it as a monthly milestone prop.
Just like a chalkboard, a whiteboard is a simple(ish) way to mark your monthly milestones.
For moms with good handwriting or drawing skills, you can really make something incredible with just a whiteboard and a dry-erase marker. A bonus is you can use the whiteboard for other things when you’re done!
18. Erasable Monthly Baby Board
And for us moms with so-so handwriting, an erasable baby board can really add some pizzazz to your milestone photos. Just fill in the blanks, and it looks like you’ve really gone the extra mile.
19. Milestone Pennants
The milestone pennant is like the cousin of the milestone disc. Just as cute, but a little different. Slightly harder to find and not as many options, though.
20. Milestone Pillow
The milestone pillow (not an affiliate link) is adorable – you can point to the number of the month or do a little photo editing to enhance the number of that month. Use code YEAHBABY10 for 10% off the personalized pillow at Amazing Faith Designs.
21. Milestone Onesies
I think stickers on onesies is a slightly more practical way to go about this, but you can also order a set of 12 onesies with numbers for each month.
These sets can be a gamble as every child grows differently, but they sell them as 3 onesies in each size, so cross your fingers that it works out!
22. Milestone Cards
A lot of creators on Etsy make milestone cards, which are less expensive than milestone discs. These are perfect as a photoshoot prop, and you can also order them personalized.
These Itsy Ritsy cards are woodland themed and are available on Amazon.
23. Kraft Paper Roll
There are some extra cute monthly milestone photos using a wall-mounted kraft paper roll. Roll it out, place your baby on top, and write the month above their head.
I know it’s not the same, but this totally reminds me of that paper roll you’ll see at the doctor’s office, which is another nod to how fast your little ones grow.
24. With the Same Stuffed Animal
For monthly milestone photos to look amazing, you really need a common thread throughout each picture. For most of us, we choose the same background, which helps us clearly see how a baby grows each month.
But another adorable way to do this is by posing your baby with the same stuffed animal each month. You can easily visualize how the baby is growing compared to the stuffed animal, which obviously stays the same size.
25. Lined Up Onesies
Another cute idea I saw is this lineup of growing onesies or sleepers with the baby at the end of the line. It still amazes me after having three kids how fast they go through clothes when they’re little. Every time you turn around, they’ve outgrown something else!
The only problem with this photoshoot idea is most baby clothes are sold in ranges, like 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, and 9-12 months. However, you may be able to sift through your stash and find similar onesies that appear to gradually go up in size.
26. House Numbers
Not that you have extra house numbers laying around, but you can order each number and have a lot of fun with a house-themed photoshoot.
This little white farmhouse prop would be an adorable addition.
House numbers come in a lot of different styles, so you’re sure to find something that fits your aesthetic. This is also a great theme for any realtors out there!
27. Seasonal Props
Here in Florida, we don’t really have seasons, but for you midwesterners and northerners, you can get some amazing photos if you set up seasonal props!
Here are some ideas for little props you can set up for different seasons and holidays:
- Hello Spring, Hello Summer, Hello Fall, and Merry Christmas decor signs
- Wooden Farmhouse Signs with 18 Interchangeable Sayings
- Decor Signs with 16 Interchangeable Seasonal Sayings
Bonus if you set up your photos by a window so you can see how the weather is changing!
28. Same Blanket
You don’t need a dedicated “milestones” blanket to take monthly milestone photos. Even just using the same blanket as the background will show clearly how your baby is growing month after month.
If you have a special blanket, maybe one with sentimental value, this is the perfect way to take those monthly pictures at home!
29. In the Laundry Basket
If you don’t want to spend any money and like a slightly funny prop idea, use a laundry basket!
Your newborn will fit perfectly inside, and you’ll start to see him outgrow it each month until he’s totally squished by the end.
30. Egg Carton
Any backyard chicken folks here? If so, do not pass up the opportunity to do an egg carton monthly milestone theme. (You might want the Moses basket, too.)
Add an egg for each month, and it honestly couldn’t be more perfect… a dozen eggs will get you to 12 months of milestone photos. *chef’s kiss*
31. Pie Slices
If you’re a baker or don’t mind ordering pies each month, this pie photo theme is the most delicious concept on this list. You could even play into the seasonal theme idea by getting key lime pie in the summer, a pumpkin pie in the fall, and so on.
Also, if your baby was born on March 14, you are required to select this theme. Just saying. (For anyone who didn’t get it right away, 3.14 is pi…)
32. Diaper Numbers
There are plenty of diapers from 0-12 months… cash in on this monthly milestone photo idea by forming your diapers into numbers!
It may not be the most refined idea on this list, but it’s easy and basically any parent can do it.
33. Use Random Objects From Around Your House
Got some rubber duckies? Shape them into a number. Got some baby toys? Shape them into a number. Got some lipstick?! Shape it into a number!
This just goes to show you can make anything around the house work, amiright?
34. Caterpillar Baby
I love this concept of a caterpillar-themed monthly milestone photoshoot. Each month, you add another prop to the caterpillar’s body.
Just grab some plates and cover them with fabric. Add socks beneath and you have this cute caterpillar idea! You can watch Sruthi do this on her YouTube channel.
35. Baby Mugshots
If you want to hone in on the changes to your baby’s face, this baby mugshot theme is pretty cute.
It’s not for everyone, but it’s unexpected and can be pretty funny to show at your child’s college graduation party. 🙂
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I sincerely hope you’ve found a monthly photoshoot idea that speaks to you.
Comment down below which ideas you’ve done with your kiddos!