Out of the hundreds of photos I have of my kids from their infant days, some of my favorites are of them during bathtime. My kids absolutely loved the water, so capturing some candid moments of pure joy came easy during bathtime. And between the water splashing and the kids moving, snagging some high-quality bathtime photos came with its challenges.
That’s why Coco Moon has created a list of five tips for getting the best bathtime photos of your little ones. We understand that your kids are probably always on the move, and getting them to smile for a photo (even when they’re not preoccupied) can be a difficult endeavor. But the best part about bathtime is that they’re already staying put in the bath! And even if they’re not posing for a picture, some candids of them playing in the water are just as adorable.
Below you can find a list of five ways to capture the best images of your keiki during bathtime. You’ll want to make sure you capture these memories on camera so you can look back on these moments that always seem to pass too quickly!
Get some action shots!
Every kid’s favorite part about bathtime is the playtime that comes with it. I’m sure your bathtub is littered with toys, cups, and maybe even some bath crayons, all which make for some fun accessories in your photo. Snap some images of your keiki watching the water pour, or maybe when they’re in an animated conversation between toy mermaids. And if you want to get the best action photos possible using your iPhone, try using shutter mode so you can take a lot of pictures quickly. Simply hold down the photo button and follow your keiki with the camera! Of the many photos you’ll snap, there is sure to be a few good ones you’ll love.
Use your creativity!
There is a world of creative opportunities when it comes to bathtime photos. From giving your keiki a crazy hairdo with shampoo to spelling out their name with some bath foam letters, the options are endless. Right now, one of our favorite photo creatives are milk baths. They create beautiful, cloudy water and you can add fresh fruit, non-toxic flowers, flower petals, and for that island feel, some beautiful hibiscus. Getting creative with your bathtime photos is a great way to give the day to day bathtime routine a fun and unique twist!
Snap a picture of baby in the kitchen sink
Bathing baby in the kitchen sink has been a tradition among many households. There’s something extra special about seeing your baby play in a sink of water that’s perfect for their size, and then seeing them grow up and get so big you can barely imagine them fitting in that small sink! If you want to capture the perfect kitchen sink image, then make sure you can include the area around the sink. Seeing baby splash under the kitchen cabinets or under the light from the kitchen window is sure to be a beautiful photo you’ll always admire.
Capture those cute cheek dimples!
It’s no secret that baby bottoms are the cutest. When your baby has finished bathing, you can set them down for some tummy time to give you the perfect shot. And while your baby is playing on a soft material, you’ll be able to work your magic behind the lens! Your Coco Moon bath towel will allow for a colorful and fun backdrop, so you can capture adorable images that you can cherish forever.
Have some photo fun with baby and bubbles
From blowing bubbles to taking a bubble bath, adding bubbles to any tub time is fun. Taking some images of your child surrounded by bubbles is adorable and creates a unique photo opportunity. To make the picture even better, blowing some bubbles in the air and capturing your keiki’s face of wonder as they try to catch them will allow you to relive those small moments of curiosity for years to come. And if you want to get the best bubble image possible, try using portrait mode. You’ll see the baby's face up close and capture the bubbles surrounding them!
We hope these tips will give you some inspiration the next time you go to capture those short-lived bathtime moments with your keiki. And if you want a few pieces of advice for bathing your new baby, you can view this previous blog post where we asked Pediatrician Anik Huffman Cockroft for some bath time tips for your little one. As a reminder, safety is always a top priority. Make sure your baby is safe in the bathtub, as life-threatening accidents can occur and have occured before.
Be sure check out our adorable hooded towel and washcloth line and share with us some of your favorite bathtime photo tips!