5 Things Parents Should Keep In Mind Before Posting Their Baby's First Pictures Online

Date January 11, 2018

One of the most exciting things to do after having your baby is to share the newborn photos with both friends and family. And because everyone is on one social media or another these days, it makes sense to announce your baby's arrival online.

Before you take those first photos, however, you have to make sure to get things right. The last thing you want is for your newborn's picture to go viral for all the wrong reasons.

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Get your baby camera-ready

Don't be too in a hurry to post that first photo that you forget the fact that you are sharing it with a lot of different kinds of people. For example, while you may find the miracle of birth awe-inspiring, you probably shouldn't share a photo of your child when she's still all bloodied up post-birth. Don't get us wrong, there's nothing wrong with taking these photos, but for now, keep them in your personal collection and keep things clean for the rest of the world.

Examine the picture

The littlest thing might get you the wrong kind of attention. So, before posting that breastfeeding shot, ensure there are no nip-slips or other embarrassing items (say maxi pad) lying within view.

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Give your caption a quick edit

Autocorrect is not always your best friend. So before you post that photo, ensure your message is well edited and sentences are easily understood. You probably don't want to announce your baby's first name as 'Voilà' instead of Viola.

Give your baby a unique hashtag

This way, you can keep track of every single picture of your baby posted on social media. If you encourage your loved ones to use the tag, you only need to click on it to see several pictures of your little one at any given time.

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Make sure you are the first to share those pics

Sometimes a family member, after taking a picture of your baby, may get carried away and share the picture online. Make sure you set ground rules to prevent it. You want to be the one to share your good news with the world.

Keep in mind that you don't have to organise an expensive photo shoot just to get the perfect picture. Your camera phone will do. Get creative and have some fun with it.