Best Swaddles for Newborn Portraits

The key to incredible newborn portraits? A swaddle. One that is easy to use, holds that baby tight and photographs well. I have been photographing babies for years and have worked with hundreds of swaddles in that time. There are a couple of brands that make for the best swaddles for your newborn session. Check them out below.

Newborn Swaddles for Jacksonville moms

My favorite swaddles

Aden + Anais Silky Soft Swaddle

These swaddles are incredibly soft and they’re lighter than the typical muslin swaddle. These are great options for summer sessions and you will likely find your little one snuggling with them for many years to come.

First Landings Swaddles

These are the swaddles that I have bought and recommend time and time again. They are of incredible quality and offer a range of beautiful neutral colors that photograph really well and compliment just about any outfit you could plan for your photo shoot. The brand has several other baby items and an incredible backstory. It’s a small, family-run business with a wife and husband team out of Southern California.

Lou Lou and Company

This brand has so many options to choose from. From simple, knit swaddles to adorable headbands. They have some really great, soft, neutral outfit options too. Plus! Each Monday they markdown select items to take advantage of.

Caden Lane

This company is super popular among moms since they have matching mommy + me sets and personalized swaddles. Their options are incredibly comfortable and come in a myriad of styles.

Jacksonville Family hold newborn baby in swaddle
Jacksonville newborn baby swaddled on bed

Why is the swaddle so important?

Just like you may use a swaddle to help your baby rest well, it will encourage the baby to sleep and be relaxed during their session. Swaddles are also an easy way to “style” babies without constricting clothes that leave marks on their very sensitive skin.

I always use and recommend solid, neutral-colored swaddles for babies and neutral colors for parents. Neutrals and earth tones photograph best and allow the baby to be the center of the story without loud colors or patterns distracting from the focus. If you have a swaddle or outfit that you really want as part of the session then we can make an exception for sentimental items.

Do you have a little one on the way? We would love to hear from you! You can schedule a call with us here to go over scheduling your own lifestyle newborn session to welcome your little one to the world.


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