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The Best Nursing Bras

A New Year is a time for fresh starts and thinking forward to what can make your life better.  Striving for our best is something that motivates each of us. At Leading Lady we are dedicated to offering you the best in your maternity and nursing attire. As we’re all contemplating how to be our best selves, we want to take the time to talk about the best nursing bras. Knowing the nursing bra features that will make you feel your best and breastfeed with ease will help you make the best choices when you’re ready to purchase bras.

The Best Nursing Bras

The best nursing bras are going to excel in four important categories: Fit, Comfort, Support and Style. When you’re shopping for nursing bras, assess each one under consideration using these four criteria:

Fit: Just like the rest of your wardrobe, fit is the key to how well the garment will look and feel. Bras are particularly important to fit properly because you cannot achieve the other essential categories for the best nursing bras if you don’t find the proper fit. Every woman’s body is different but finding your fit may not be as difficult as you think. Using our fit calculator, you can easily plug in your measurements to determine your size. A well-fit bra should allow your breasts to sit upright on your chest. Your breasts should not spill over the top, bottom or sides and there should not be any gaping spaces in the cup. The straps, band and cup should not dig into your skin. You should be able to move comfortably while still feeling supported in your nursing bras. If you’ve achieve these goals, you’ve found your fit!

Comfort: As women we know that even if a bra fits and looks good, if it is uncomfortable, we’re just not going to wear it. Therefore, the best nursing bras are going to feel comfortable. This begins with soft, breathable, stretchy fabrics that will feel silky smooth on your skin and keep up with your changing shape during pregnancy and nursing. Straps should stay in place without slipping and the band should clasp easily and comfortably in front or back. The best nursing bras will also be simple for breastfeeding with either drop down cups or slide over cups. This comfort feature is invaluable when your baby is ready to eat.

Support: Now more than ever you need supportive bras. Unlike any other time in your life, your breasts may fluctuate in size hourly based on milk production and your baby’s breastfeeding needs. Your breasts will likely be larger and heavier than normal so supportive bras make the best nursing bras. Support features include stretchy material that will expand with the ebb and flow of your milk and move with your body. Adjustable straps and bands allow you to change the fit of your nursing bra to accommodate your size fluctuations throughout the day or at different stages of breastfeeding. Also, cups should encapsulate your breasts and keep them lifted and supported for all day and all night comfort. You will probably want to wear a nursing bra or nursing tank top around the clock to ensure ultimate support.

Style: When it comes to the best nursing bras, style has two meanings. First, you need styles that match your lifestyle needs. If you’re active and working hard to stay fit after having a baby, our sports nursing bras are a great choice. If you’re returning to work and need to keep your silhouette looking sharp, molded padded nursing bras are in order. For cuddly days at home and overnight support, go with sleep and leisure bras. When you’re out and about running errands and showing your baby the world, feel awesome in everyday t-shirt nursing bras. Our styles match your life but do be sure to wear the right nursing bras for whatever you’re up to that day.

The second sense of the world style is our fashionable designs. From sleek seamless looks, to luxurious lace, to fun prints and patterns, we’ll keep you cute and sassy in your nursing bras. After all, moms like you want to feel great about the way you look while nourishing your baby in the best possible way.

This year, 2017, is all about the best for you and your baby. Familiarize yourself with these features of the best nursing bras and find your best fit, comfort, support and style this year.

Breastfeeding Beyond One Year

Breastfeeding Beyond One YearBreastfeeding for any amount of time is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends exclusively breastfeeding for at least the first six months of a baby’s life and up to a year or more as the mother and baby desire. The vast benefits of breastfeeding continue as long as a baby receives breast milk so why stop at one year? We’re exploring breastfeeding beyond one year today.

Many moms feel that when their babies turn one is the acceptable time to wean. However, like other developmental milestones, babies (and mothers) have different needs, desires and abilities. Putting an arbitrary expiration date on your breastfeeding journey just because your baby has a birthday may not be the right choice for you or your baby. Consider your own situation and the impact it would have on your baby before making a decision. Breastfeeding is personal and the decision to wean should be too.

Breast milk is an incredible superfood that offers your baby benefits on many levels. And breast milk continues to evolve to meet your baby’s developmental needs. As your baby ages, your breast milk offers more intense nutrients including heartier fats and proteins that he needs for growth and development. Additionally, your breast milk responds to your baby’s immediate needs. For instance, if your baby is hot or cold, your breast milk will adjust to warm or cool him. Or if your baby is sick, your breast milk will literally help nurse him back to health. As an immune booster, breast milk helps keep your baby healthy and reduces the risk of many diseases now and in the future. Plus breastfeeding proves to increase cognition and social development.

Emotionally breastfeeding beyond one year can offer your baby a sense of security and stability. Toddlers are known for their curious minds, but with that come fears and uncertainties. Breastfeeding can be comforting to your baby as he branches out in the world. Plus, bonding between a mother and child is endless so the closeness of breastfeeding contributes to a strong lifelong relationship.

Breastfeeding beyond one year will change in some ways from your first year’s experience. During the first year, the majority of your baby’s nutritional needs should be met by breast milk. After a year, this changes and solid foods take a more significant role. The combination of a healthy diet and breast milk can be the best nutrition for your 1+ year old baby or toddler. You can think of it as the healthiest nutritional supplement on the planet – and the most rewarding one too.

Breastfeeding beyond one year may come with some challenges if people in your life (or even complete strangers) are against it. Only you and your baby can make the decision about what is right for both of you. Don’t let a birthday dictate the physical, emotional and mental health needs of your baby. Happy Breastfeeding!

Sources: Healthy Children and Kelly Mom

Why Babies Should Not Eat Honey

With the American Academy of Pediatrics new and more lenient guidelines on infant feeding, almost anything goes. However, one rule has remained the same: babies under one year of age should not eat honey. You may know the rule but do you know why babies should not eat honey? We have the answer!

Why Babies Should Not Eat HoneyRisk of Infant Botulism from Honey

In short, raw honey may contain Clostridium botulinum or botulism, which are harmful bacteria spores that a baby’s immature digestive system cannot handle. If a baby under 12 months does get botulism from honey, it may be fatal. Since honey is not typically pasteurized, babies should not eat honey. After a year, a healthy baby’s intestine can normally combat the negative impact of a small amount of botulism.

Where does Botulism Come From?

Bees feed on flora in the soil that contains Clostridium botulinum. Therefore, raw honey can become contaminated with botulism. The Centers for Disease Control says that botulism is more common in rural areas of the eastern and western United States.

Baking with Honey for Babies

Botulism can be destroyed through boiling, pasteurization or cooking at extremely high temperatures, however normal household baking or cooking with honey would not kill botulism spores. Therefore, making food items for babies using honey such as breads, pastries or pudding, should be avoided. On the other hand, commercial goods are cooked at high enough temperatures to ward off botulism and are deemed safe for babies.

Alternatives to Honey for Babies

Some parents seek natural alternatives to honey for their babies. Corn syrup and molasses are not good alternatives as they may also contain botulism because they are not processed or pasteurized. Pediatricians generally agree that pure maple syrup is the best natural sweetener alternative to honey for babies. Although it is also consumed raw, it is extracted from the inner sap of the maple tree where it is highly unlikely to be contaminated.

Understanding why babies should not eat honey can help keep your little one safe. If you’re offering your baby something sweet and homemade, ask about its ingredients first to avoid any risk of botulism.

Sources: Babycenter and Momtastic’s Wholesome Baby Food

Holiday Crafts: Creative Kids Ornaments

Holiday Crafts: Creative Kids OrnamentsIn a household with young children, your holiday decorations should reflect your family. For many this means incorporating your kids’ interests and artwork into your festive home décor. Holiday crafts are a fabulous way to spend time together as a family and let your creativity run wild. Today we’re sharing ornament holiday crafts that are fun and simple for your entire family to create.

Muffin Cup Flowers:  Flowers brighten any home, especially for the holidays. Create your own floral holiday crafts using various sizes of muffin cups. Layer them largest to smallest and cut the edges in floral shapes. Glue the centers together for a beautiful, textured flower ornament.

Handprint Wreaths: Help your children trace their hands and cut out 10-20 handprints from green construction paper. Layer the hands into a wreath shape. Add cotton balls, bells or other craft supplies to decorate the wreath. Complete it with a festive ribbon to hang from your tree or any door in your home.

Snow Globes: Snow globes are a sign of the season and you can make one with a clear plastic cup and card stock. Pick a small, light item to be the centerpiece of your DIY snow globe ornament. Glue it to a piece of card stock. Before sealing your snow globe add confetti or any snow-like bits. Glue the cup to the card stock to complete your snow globe.

Shimmery Shapes: Glitz and shimmer give your holiday a glowing vibe. Without using metallic paints or glitter, you can achieve this look with disposable baking pans. Simply cut them into the shapes you desire and let your kids decorate them with push-pins and hole punchers.

Party Hats: Turn last birthday party’s hats into creative holiday crafts by decorating them as Christmas trees, reindeer and Santa Claus hats. This is an easy and fun idea for kids of all ages.

Craft Stick Characters: Create a holiday full of homemade characters by simply dressing up craft sticks. Your kids can make Santa, snowmen, reindeer, angels, gingerbread men or any characters their hearts desire.

Picture Frames: Another wonderful holiday craft to celebrate your family is framing some of your favorite photos from the year. You can make frames using craft sticks, candy canes, construction paper or any other craft supplies you may have on hand.

Pinecone Trees: Head outside to pick up a few pinecones to decorate as Christmas trees. You can paint them or leave them natural. Add bead, candies, pompoms or other craft items to decorate them as holiday trees.

Bead It: Form pipe cleaners into your desired holiday shape, such as a star, candy cane or Christmas tree. Then let your kid’s string beads to decorate the shapes. This is great for teaching patterning and practicing fine motor skills too.

Wishing you a happy holiday season filled with fun and togetherness with these holiday crafts!

Soures: Family Fun, Fun Holiday Crafts and Pintrest

14 Simple Ways to Make your Home Festive for the Holidays

14 Simple Ways to Make your Home Festive for the HolidaysYou don’t have to be a fancy interior decorator to make your home festive for the holidays. A few touches here and there and some personal flare will make your home feel warm and bright this season. Today we’re sharing 14 simple ways to make your home festive for the holidays.

String Twinkle Lights Indoors: Lighting up the outside of your home is lovely but you spend most of your time inside. String holiday lights around banisters, your fireplace or other family spaces where you gather often to brighten your indoor décor.

Change your Linens: Make everyone’s beds with holiday sheets during December. If you’re so inclined, use holiday quilts or comforters as well. Alternatively, simply add a decorative holiday pillow to the mix for a more festive bedroom feel.

Countdown to the Holidays: Buy or make a countdown to the holidays display such as an advent calendar. This is a fun way to get everyone in your family excited for the approaching holidays.

Fill your Home with Holiday Scents: Holiday spiced candles fill your home and nose with beautiful festive scents. Or use fresh spices by tying ribbon around cinnamon sticks or creating satin bags with holiday spices including nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon and ginger.

Bake your Favorite Holiday Treats: Another way to make your home smell like the holidays is by baking. Create a baking list and tackle new recipes as a family every few days. This is a delicious way to get into the holiday spirit!

Wishes Wreath:  Encourage everyone in your family to write down wishes on small cards. Then create a wreath using everyone’s holiday wishes that you can display prominently in your home.

Play Holiday Music: Nothing makes you feel the holidays from head-to-toe and in your soul than some good holiday tunes. Fill your home with festive music and dance your way through December.

Frame your Doorways: Welcome the holidays by framing your doorways using holy, garland, paper chains, popcorn strings or anything that strikes your fancy. As you enter each new room you’ll feel the warmth of the season.

Use Holiday Table Settings: From flatware and glasses, to plates and placemats, keep your home feeling festive with seasonal table settings. Add a warm centerpiece and every meal will feel like a holiday meal.

Display Holiday Cards: Share the cheer that others send by displaying the holiday cards you receive. You can pin them to a bulletin board, clip them to a string or prop them along your mantle so you’ll get a glimpse of them throughout the season.

Decorate your Plants: If you’re not into having a big Christmas tree, decorate your house plants with small ornaments, candy canes and lights. This is also a fun way for each member of your household to have their own “pallet” to decorate as they please.

Make Holiday Crafts: Get crafty as a family and fill your home with your creations. Challenge your kids with different arts supplies and encourage them to decorate to each space you want to fill.

Serve Holiday Accessories: Another simple way to make your home festive for the holidays is by placing holiday accessories in dishes, vases or glasses throughout your home. You can use ornaments, garland, holly, tinsel, tissue paper, candies or any other holiday-themed items.

Display your Presents: Once your presents are wrapped, leave them out for everyone to see. This way you can build anticipation for gift-giving and receiving and decorate your home.

We hope you enjoy these simple ways to make our home festive for the holidays! From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Sources: Real Simple, Interior Decorating, and The Inspired Room

How to Foster Long Distance Relationships with Grandparents

How to Foster Long Distance Relationships with GrandparentsGrandparents are a wonderful asset in your child’s life. They usually provide the same unconditional love as parents and are eager to participate in their grandchildren’s lives. But when grandparents live far away your children may feel disconnected from them.

Young children learn through repetition and consistency so when grandparents are a sporadic influence, babies, toddlers and preschoolers may not bond and feel comfortable around them. Even if grandparents cannot visit regularly, there are ways to help facilitate a better relationship with grandparents. As the holidays approach and the New Year is upon us, it’s a great time to consider how to foster long distance relationships with grandparents so your children can have a meaningful experience with your parents or in-laws during their lifetimes.

Video Chat: Modern parenting and grand-parenting offers the ability to video chat from virtually anywhere in the world. Take advantage of this technology to speak to and see grandparents often. A video conversation increases bonding because children are extremely visual. Start this routine as early as possible with your baby so she becomes familiar with seeing her grandparents, even if only on screen. If everyone’s schedules are hard to coordinate, set regular video chat times to make sure the calls happen often.

Read Books Together: Reading is a bonding experience that children can share with grandparents from across the miles and at any age. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, ask grandparents to record themselves reading books. Then you can play them back time and time again for your youngsters to enjoy. Reading can also be done on video calls. For older children, start a grandparent-grandchild book club where they select books together and then call one another to discuss them. This is not only educational but also creates a meaningful emotional connection over a common interest.

Create a Photo Website: Sharing photos is another important way to foster long distance relationships with grandparents. A photo website can help you keep grandparents up-to-speed on everything happening in your kids’ lives. Make a point to upload photos weekly so grandparents get a regular update. Grandparents can share photos from their day-to-day lives too. Photos make a great starting point for conversations as well.

Play Games: For younger children, playing games with long distance grandparents may be relegated to peek-a-boo and funny faces on video chats. But as children get older, you can play fun games online including tic-tac-toe, chess, scrabble, Sudoku and other words and numbers games. You can also play 20-questions via email or on phone calls or come up with a secret code and send private messages back and forth to one another.

Send Care Packages: Grandparents don’t need to spoil your children with tons of gifts but sending a postcard, letter or small meaningful items once in awhile is a great way to engage children with their grandparents. Your kids can also send artwork, letters and small gifts to their grandparents in return.

Share Family Memorabilia: Having a few special items that belong to grandparents or are family heirlooms can help keep the spirit of their presence constant in your home. Designate a spot in your home to keep these items and allow your children to look at them often. Explain their significance as well.

Share a Song: This may seem simple but simplicity can go a long way to foster long distance relationships with grandparents. Encourage your child to pick a favorite song with her grandparents. They can sing it together during calls and visits and you can sing it with her when she’s not with her grandparents to keep them top of mind. She’ll be excited and delighted whenever she hears her special grandparents’ song.

We hope your children foster long distance relationships with grandparents so every generation in your family can bond, share and spread love. Happy Holidays!

Sources:, Health Day and Psychology Today

Sexy Nursing Bras

Although your whole world changes after having a baby it’s important to maintain who you are as a person outside of motherhood. Nurturing your marriage falls into this category. As a nursing mom you’re probably wearing nursing bras and nursing tanks around the clock which is why we offer sexy nursing bras as part of our Leading Lady collection. Sexy nursing bras help moms feel great while still providing comfort, support and functionality to breastfeed.

sexy nursing brasBefore having a baby, you probably wore sexy bras on the regular. Whether you needed a personal confidence boost or wanted to impress your partner, you had your stash of special sexy bras to spice up your life and marriage. When you’re nursing you can still maintain that same excitement with Leading Lady’s sexy nursing bras. You and your partner will love our sensually soft fabrics, feminine silhouettes and luxurious lace designs.

Many women believe a comfortable bra cannot be sexy. At Leading Lady we know how to design for both. Not every bra in your intimates drawer has to be sexy, but you’ll definitely want a few on hand that give you the lift you need in every sense of the term.  This is even true when you’re nursing.

Our sexy nursing bras offer the same great comfort, support and fit you need and love plus they’re chic and sensual to turn up the heat when you’re ready. Our lace cup and lace trim nursing bras in both underwire and wirefree are classically sexy and give you that beautiful shape that you crave. Many new moms avoid lace because they believe it will be itchy against their sensitive breasts or on their baby’s delicate skin. At Leading Lady we know the importance of the texture of our fabrics. We use only the softest laces on our cups and bands to ensure your ultimate comfort. And our lace is durable during washes as we know that your sexy nursing bras need to last throughout your breastfeeding journey.

When you’re shopping for sexy nursing bras, keep a few things in mind: First, a sexy nursing bra doesn’t do you any good if it is too uncomfortable to wear all day or night. Don’t forsake comfort for style but do ensure you’re getting both. Also, nursing bras need some stretch and flexibility. A bra that is restrictive will not make for a pleasant nursing experience. Lastly, look for design features that make you feel great. Sexy nursing bras should suit your personal style and bring out the best in you.

Motherhood changes many things about you but it shouldn’t change the way you feel about yourself. Give yourself a confidence boost and keep your hubby intrigued with our collection of sexy nursing bras.

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 2

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 2It’s a magical time of year and kids everywhere are hoping for exciting new toys as holiday gifts. It’s also a time of year when we should stop and consider toy safety to make sure we’re bringing into our homes only safe toys for our children. As we support Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month, we’re sharing facts and advice on toy safety. Earlier this week we talked about statistics of toy injuries and today we have toy safety tips to help you avoid becoming part of those statistics.

Whether you’re buying for your own children or other kids on your gift list, keep these toy safety tips in mind as you shop:

  • Avoid toys with sharp edges that could poke or pierce a child. This is especially dangerous for eyes.
  • Avoid toys that are too loud. If a child holds an extremely loud toy to his ear, it could damage the ear or cause hearing impairment.
  • Avoid toys with shooting or flying parts that could hit children.
  • Read the packaging of toys to find out its developmentally appropriate age. Toys for older children should not be given to younger children as they may not be capable of properly using the toy.
  • Do not give toys with small parts to younger children as they are more likely to put them in their mouths, causing a potential choking hazard.
  • Do not allow children to play with toys that feature long cords or ropes, have open wires or are heated.
  • Know your child’s abilities. Regardless of the age range, if you know your child cannot manage a toy properly, do not allow him to have it.
  • Electronic toys should have a secure battery cover.
  • Enforce safety gear including helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads when your children are using riding toys. If giving a riding toy as a gift, include safety gear.
  • Inspect all toys for lose parts, sharp edges, splintered wood and other potential hazards before giving them to children. Periodically inspect them to make sure normal wear-and-tear hasn’t caused any safety issues.
  • Throw away or mend toys that are broken or dangerous including toys that have rust or stuffed toys with broken seams.
  • Teach your children how to use their toys properly and don’t allow use unintended for the toy.
  • Avoid older toys that may not follow the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s standards that were put into practice in 1995.
  • Read packaging to be aware of safety warnings
  • Also read packaging to make sure the toy has passed the American Society of Testing and Materials standards. Art supplies should be labeled non-toxic.
  • Throw away all packaging immediately after opening toys as they can be sharp or suffocation hazards.
  • Encourage your kids to put away their toys to ensure younger children don’t get into them and no one trips over them in your home.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with fun, love and toy safety!

Sources: Prevent Blindness, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kid’s Health, Health Tradition and HAP


Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 1

Toy Safety for a Happy Holiday Season – Part 1It’s holiday time and you’re surely scoping out the best toys for your kiddos this year. But as amazing as some toys are, they aren’t so hot if they aren’t safe for the developmental stage of your child. December is Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month. As we’re all looking for the best toys and gifts to give during the holiday season, this is a great time of year to consider toy safety for children. This week we’re examining statistics surrounding toy injuries and offering tips on toy safety.

Toys are supposed to bring fun and happiness into your home. Unfortunately, toys are responsible for more injuries, and even deaths, than you may think. Most toy injuries are due to user error or wear-and-tear, not an actual malfunction of the toy itself.  In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict guidelines for toys that are manufactured or imported into our country. The safety precautions include being flame resistant or retardant, not using lead paint, art supplies should not be non-toxic, and stuffed toys should be washable. These standards have been in place since 1995, yet toy safety remains an issue.

The non-profit organization Prevent Blindness designates December as Toy and Gift Safety Awareness Month to help keep parents, grandparents, caregivers and gift-givers vigilant of the toys they select for children as holiday gifts. Almost any toy can be dangerous if mishandled or when it is used by children under the developmentally appropriate age intended for the product. This toy safety campaign also reminds adults to keep a close eye on children as they play to ensure their safety. This is especially true for younger children who are not always aware of the safest way to play with toys.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, every year over 200,000 emergency room visits are due to toy injuries. Riding toys such as bikes and scooters are the leading cause of toy injury, are most likely to cause head injuries, and are reported most often for 14 year olds and younger. Other toy-related injuries include choking, drowning, suffocation, lacerations, abrasions and concussions.

Later this week we’ll offer tips on toy safety to help ensure you and the kids on your gift list have a happy holiday indeed.

Sources: Prevent Blindness, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Kid’s Health, Health Tradition and HAP


Tips for Family Photos

As we approach the winter holiday season many families will be posing for family photos. Some families may choose professional photo shoots while other do-it-yourselfers enjoy taking photos of their own. Either way, all of them will be precious memories of this special year. Get the most out of your shots this year with our tips for family photos:

Tips for Family PhotosTip #1: Location, Location, Location

Where you take your photos will have a big impact on the results. Most photographers agree that natural lighting is best when possible. If the weather permits, outside your home, at a park, at a high elevation overlooking a cityscape, or at a cool outdoor space are ideal places for family photos. If the weather does not cooperate, try an indoor spot near windows that will allow natural light to shine through. When you or your photographer select a location, look at the entirety of the backdrop to make sure you like what you see.

Tip #2: Wardrobe

Completely matching outfits from head-to-toe are unnecessary but do coordinate colors. Even if you choose neutrals, add a few pops of color to brighten your photos. Lay out everyone’s outfits together before the photo shoot so you can decide if you need to make any changes. Also consider what shoes everyone will wear and iron or steam the clothes prior to your photo day. Keep in mind, kids who are uncomfortable will not take great photos so involve your family in wardrobe decisions to ensure everyone likes their outfit.

Tip #3: Set-up for Success

Talk to older kids about taking family photos before the session begins so they know what to expect. Offer them plenty of playtime before and promise more playtime afterwards so they understand the posing and stillness are only temporary. Make sure everyone is well-fed and well-rested before taking family photos. This may mean you’re working around meal times and nap times when coordinating the shoot.

Tip #4: Use Props

Props can add a fun element to your photos and keep younger kids interested and occupied during the family photo shoot. Props such as pinwheels, flowers, leaves, umbrellas, paper airplanes, stuffed animals or another favorite toy are great ideas. Consider an appearance from your family pet in some photos too.

Tip #5: Have Fun

You may have an image of everyone calm and smiling at the camera for your family photos but with young children, and especially babies, that may be unrealistic. Keep your expectations in check and have fun with your family photo shoot. Some of the best shots may be the unexpected moments when you’re all just having fun. Jumping, giving kisses and laughing after a joke are great ways to create a fun feeling in your photos, while actually having fun!

Tip #6: Take Breaks

Kids especially need breaks during long family photo shoots. It’s hard for children to stand still and follow directions so give them periodic breaks to run around and get some energy out. Hopefully they will return to the shoot refreshed and ready to smile for the camera. Adults may need breaks too so pace yourselves so everyone has a little breathing room.

Tip #7: Get a Helper

Having an extra set of hands available can be extremely helpful when you have younger kids. A friend, neighbor or grandparent can help you get everyone ready and take kids away for a break when others have their turn in front of the camera. Also, a helper can stand behind the photographer to get younger family members to look towards the camera. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers, have a basket of bright and noisy toys that the helper can use to elicit smiles.

We hope you take gorgeous photos this year with our tips for family photos. Happy Holidays!

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