Props for Newborn Photography: 7 Essential, Beginner-Friendly and Safe

Are you an excited beginner newborn photographer and wondering what are props needed for newborn photography? There is always uncertainty about starting a new venture, and the business of newborn photography is no different.

In this article, I’ll share the list of essential props for newborn photography, that are beginner-friendly and safe as well.

Beanbag for Newborn Photography

The first essential prop for newborn photography is a beanbag.

You should have something to lay a baby on when photographing a newborn. For that matter usually are used beanbags. There is a wide selection of newborn posing beanbags available on the market these days. So, you just need to make a search in google (or another search engine).

A newborn baby posed on a bean bag during his photoshoot.
SHOP: Newborn Photography Outfit Long Sleeve Bodysuit – Gabriel (Cream)

Traditional Newborn Posing Bean Bag

Newborn photography bean bags are all very similar in their properties: a large bag filled with beans. Most of them are made of waterproof material. So, their surface is slippery, which can sometimes cause problems in properly positioning the newborn baby. You’ll need to lift the head, legs, etc. depending on the newborn pose you are wanting to achieve. The posing beans come to help here, but due to the slippery surface, they can slip and ruin the newborn pose. However, this disadvantage is accepted as inevitable. And I think rarely does anyone think it could be otherwise. Accidents in newborn photography are a daily occurrence, so the newborn posing bean bag should be easy to maintain.

A newborn baby posed on a bean bag during his photoshoot.
SHOP: Posing Fabrics for Newborn Photography – Molly (White);
Newborn Photo Outfit – Knitted Romper Kendall (Cream)

Beanbags for newborn photography are sold unfilled. Therefore, you will need to purchase additional beans and take the time to complete this task. The polystyrene bean fill is recommended for the newborn posing beanbags usually.

Small studios may experience another discomfort caused by these props for newborn photography – their size. The newborn photography beanbag, especially when used with a frame, is quite clumsy and requires sufficient space. Although those photographers who are lucky enough to have a large photo studio will not experience this discomfort. Beanbags are comfortable and valuable posing props for newborn photography.

Newborn Photography Bean Bag Alternative

Innovative props for newborn photography are gaining popularity these days – smaller bean bag alternatives to the large traditional beanbags.

One of the best newborn photography bean bag alternatives is our unique newborn poser ‘Create-a-Nest’™. We have partnered with the best newborn photographers to create its unique design. As a result, it is easy to pose a baby on it for both beginner and advanced newborn photographers.

This prop for newborn photography is great for small studios. In addition, it’s fantastic for saving storage space. Thus came the idea of ​​creating two parts for this newborn bean bag poser alternative: the base – newborn posing ring – and the cover. Thanks to the present invention, you can own one newborn posing pillow only and as many covers as you wish. This will save you space in your newborn photo studio and in the trunk of your car. Also, lets you offer enough variety to your clients. Plus, this prop for newborn photography is easy to maintain.

The advantages of our newborn baby poser for photography ‘Create-a-Nest’™:

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Flawless in shape.
  • Safe for the newborn.
  • Beginner-friendly.
  • An indispensable prop for newborn photography on location.
  • Washable.

Read more: Newborn Poser ‘Create-a-Nest’™ – Must-Have Newborn Photography Prop >>

Backdrops for a bean bag

Once you have selected the beanbag, the next step is choosing the second essential prop for newborn photography – a backdrop for a bean bag.

Blankets can be used in so many ways. It is limited only by the imagination of the photographer. However, I will describe the most popular uses of fabrics in newborn photography only.

In the most common way, the fabrics are used as newborn photography backdrops. In this case, it is best if the backdrop fabric has at least some stretch. Then posing the baby on the beanbag the newborn photography backdrop will not wrinkle, which will reduce editing time. The more stretchy newborn posing fabric, the better. If you have a stand and enough experience, you may be lucky to ideally stretch the newborn photography backdrops to prevent wrinkles when posing a newborn on a beanbag.

A newborn boy posed on a beanbag covered with a stretchy textured white baby photography backdrop.
SHOP: Newborn Backdrop Fabric Vincent
A baby girl posed on a bean bag covered with a stretchy embroidered newborn photography backdrop.
SHOP: Newborn Fabric Backdrops – Elena (Raw Cotton)
A baby boy posed on a wrinkled textured newborn photography backdrop.
SHOP: Textured Blankets for Newborn Photography – Travon (Revel Blue)

Messy newborn photography backdrops with lots of wrinkles that are made on purpose to create a delightful boho setup is another frequently used and increasingly popular approach lately.

Obviously, you can use every kind of newborn photography backdrop to create this kind of setup: stretchy as well as non-stretchy, textured sweater-knit blankets and plain jersey fabric.

Newborn Wraps for Photography

Other essential props for newborn photography are wraps.

As a rule, the wrapped newborn calms down because the condition resembles his presence in the mother’s womb. Most photographers begin their newborn photo session workflow by wrapping their little client, then gradually unwrapping, changing poses and other props when the baby is soundly asleep.

Undoubtly, the best newborn wraps for photography, like beanbag backdrops, are those that have enough stretch. A piece of stretchy fabric will help you to wrap your newborn beautifully so that she looks picture-perfect in her newborn photo.

These essential props for newborn photography – baby wraps – can be used in many different ways. Not just to wrap a baby in a certain newborn pose. For instance, they are a perfect replacement for:

  • a stuffer in all kinds of baskets, crates and so on,
  • a blanket when posing newborn on a tiny bed,
  • a layer for so many other poses.
Wrap used to cover a stuffer in a bowl as well as a baby.
SHOP: Baby Wraps – Newborn Photography Prop – Greta
Newborn wrapping ideas
Knitted textured wrap used to cover a newborn posed in a bed.
SHOP: Newborn Baby Wraps for Photographers – Steve

Read more: Newborn Wrapping Techniques Easy and Admirable >>

Hats and Bonnets

Fourth on our props for newborn photography list are all kinds of hats and bonnets.

A hat is ideal when some kind of accent is missing in your newborn photoshoot setup.

Newborn Knit Lace Bonnet for Photography – Irwin (Cream)

Newborn photo hats can be coordinated with wraps. A combination of textured hat and wrap with a plain or different texture newborn posing backdrop creates a marvellous setup. In this case, it is best that the contrasting element is a texture only and the colour of the newborn photo setup is in the same tonal range.

A wrapped newborn baby wearing a bonnet is posed on a contrasting texture photography backdrop.
SHOP: Newborn Photography Bonnet – Martin (Cream);
Stretch Wrap for Newborns – Martin

The exclusive hat combined with a minimal design newborn photo props leads to a stunning setup. Obviously, the exclusive hat becomes the highlight of the newborn baby photo prop setup.

Textured bonnet adds interest to the minimal white newborn boy photography setup.
SHOP: Newborn Baby Bonnet – Vincent
Knitted lacey bonnet with extra-long ties and coordinated textured blanket – a perfect duo for the winning newborn boy photography setup.
SHOP: Newborn Bonnet Photo Prop – Donna

Hats are not only used in photo setups for newborn boys, but they are also successfully used in photo setups for newborn girls. In the example discussed, a distinctive style hat for a baby boy could be a pompom hat or everyone’s favourite teddy bear hat. A gorgeous bonnet can adorn the photo set up for a baby girl. Those bonnets often have some kind of embroidered or pendant detail, or extra long ties, which tied ribbon newborn girl picture makes special.

Newborn baby girl wears lace bonnet with extra-long ties during her first photoshoot
SHOP: Newborn Lace Bonnet – Sandy
A newborn baby boy wears a pom-pom bonnet and coordinated knitted sleepers during his first photoshoot
SHOP: Newborn Hats for Photography – Wesley;
Newborn Photography Outfits – Knitted Sleepers Wesley

Tiebacks and Headbands for Newborn Photoshoot

Headpieces – all kinds of newborn headbands and tiebacks – are perfect props to add a finishing touch to your baby girl photography setup. If your style is minimal – look for tiny and dainty newborn tie back headbands. You might want to decorate your newborn baby girl with a gorgeous fancy floral headband if your setup is generously ornated.

A baby girl wears an eye-catching headband tie back for her first photoshoot.
SHOP: Headband for Newborn Photography – Stars
Newborn Headband - Coby white pearl dainty europe
Elegant luxurious hand-beaded newborn headband tieback with tiny pearls.
SHOP: Newborn Headband – Coby
Made of luxurious mohair yarn, this pretty pale pink newborn headband tieback has beautiful hand-beaded lace detail.
SHOP: Pink Lace Newborn Headband – Petra
Classy hand beaded headband tieback made of airy chiffon with a tiny rose. 
SHOP: Baby Girl Props for Photos – Cute Headband Hannah
Wide awake baby girl wears a tiny headband for the newborn photography session.
SHOP: Simple Headband Tieback for Pictures – Bethany

Read more: Newborn Girl Photo Ideas: Outfits and Bean Bag Poses >>

Newborn Outfits for Pictures

Newborn photo outfits are a great way to add variety to your photo gallery. Outfits used in newborn photo sessions are very various: from fancy lace dresses to splendid knitted rompers for girls, from minimal sleepers to vintage-style pants for boys.

Only your style will determine which newborn photoshoot outfit you’ll choose. The only thing to pay attention to is – newborn photo outfits must be created as props for newborn photography. The special design of these outfits will help you to redress the newborn baby smoothly without awakening her.

Knitted outfits for newborn photography sessions.
SHOP: Photo Outfits for Newborns

Read more: Newborn Photo Outfits: How to Add Variety to Your Gallery Easily >>

Bowls for Newborn Photo Session

A newborn baby can be posed not only on a beanbag. Here come other props for newborn photography – different baskets, bowls, buckets, boxes, crates, beds, etc… These are perfect for posing a newborn baby as well.

The important thing is the right size of the prop for newborn photography — otherwise, the setup will be disproportionate. It must also be safe for the new born baby. Always pay attention to whether the bucket is too light and will not fall down when the newborn is placed in it. If in doubt, always use weights on the bottom of the bucket to ensure the setup would be completely safe.

SHOP: Newborn Poser ‘Create-a-Nest’™ Cover Stars

The new trend in newborn photography is to place bowls on a beanbag under the fabric backdrop, so you don’t see the bowl by itself, but the magic of the shadows highlights its shape. A very refined elegant setup is achieved this way.

The props for newborn photography you use during your sessions create the overall image of your style. It’s always wise to look for unique bowls to use in a newborn baby photoshoot. Such are our original newborn posing bowls – Vessels. Made by hand, each individual, making each unique in its own qualities.

Read more: Newborn Photography Baskets: Unique Props for Jaw-Dropping Pictures >>

Final Words

In conclusion, there are props that are crucial to photographing a newborn baby. When looking for props for newborn photography, it is important to pay attention to their technical characteristics. But also never forget picturesque characteristics. A very important thing in photography is colour and you should never ignore it. Always think about whether you have to match that photo prop with some other props. If you are not sure whether props will coordinate with each other or you do not want to spend an enormous amount of time searching for matching newborn photo props, it is always useful to buy photo prop bundles. Firstly, you will be confident that the set up is magnificent. Secondly, you will also save money and avoid hesitation.

I had the honour of using amazing pictures by the talented photographers in this article (in order of appearance):

Infographic – 7 Essential Props for Newborn Photography

As a summary of this post, I have created an infographic. Here you can see essential props for newborn photography at a glance.

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Props for Newborn Photography – Infographic

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