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Congratulations on your upcoming arrival! As you eagerly prepare for the arrival of your little one, creating a baby registry is an exciting step towards ensuring you have all the essentials to welcome your baby into the world with comfort and joy. As a Cleveland newborn photographer and mom to two, I’ve gathered baby registry must haves you don’t want to forget! These essential items will make those early days with your newborn a breeze. (Or to be honest, just a little bit easier!) 😉

Baby Registry Must Haves

1. Boppy Pillow:

The Boppy Pillow is a versatile and essential item for both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding moms. Its design provides support and comfort for you and your baby during feeding sessions, and it can also be used for propping, tummy time, and sitting support as your baby grows. Not only did I use this often my boys’ first year, I also used it those first few weeks postpartum! (You can thank me later on that one!)

2. Rocking Chair:

A comfortable rocking chair is a nursery essential for feeding, cuddling, and bonding with your baby. Choose a chair with plush cushions and gentle rocking motion. It will be such a lifesaver to you during those long, sleepless nights! I love this one we have here that also reclines!

3. Velcro or Zip Swaddles:

Swaddling is a time-saving technique for helping newborns feel secure and sleep more soundly. Velcro or zip swaddles make swaddling a breeze, allowing you to wrap your baby snugly and securely without the hassle of folding blankets.

4. Sound Machine:

A sound machine is a game-changer for creating a calm and sleep-inducing environment for baby. Choose a sound machine with white noise, lullabies, or nature sounds to help drown out background noise and promote better sleep for your little one.

5. NoseFrida:

A stuffy nose can make your baby uncomfortable and interfere with feeding and sleep. The NoseFrida, is a gentle and effective tool for clearing your baby’s nasal passages and helping them breathe easier.

6. Video Baby Monitor:

A video baby monitor provides peace of mind by allowing you to keep an eye on your baby from anywhere in your home. Choose a monitor with features like night vision, two-way audio, and temperature monitoring to stay connected and informed about your baby’s well-being.

7. Wildbird Sling:

A baby sling or carrier is a convenient and practical way to keep your baby close while having your hands free. My second lived in this the first three months! It was so handy to take to the grocery store. I also still use it now with him at 15 months on my back! The Wildbird Sling, known for its stylish designs and comfortable fabrics, allows you to carry your baby comfortably and securely while on the go.

8. Car Video Monitor:

A car video monitor provides added safety and peace of mind when traveling with your baby. With a car video monitor, you can keep an eye on your baby’s car seat from the front seat, ensuring they are safe and secure throughout the journey. I love ours!

9. Baby Bouncer:

A baby bouncer is a lifesaver for parents who need a safe place to set their baby down for a moment. Choose a bouncer with gentle vibrations, interactive toys, and adjustable recline positions to keep your baby entertained and comfortable.

10. Pacifier Clip:

Keep your baby’s pacifier clean and within reach with a pacifier clip. This handy accessory attaches securely to baby’s clothing or bib, preventing the pacifier from getting lost or dirty while on the go.

As you prepare to welcome your little one into the world, having the right baby registry must haves will help you feel confident and prepared for the journey ahead. From feeding and sleeping to bonding and travel, these essential items will support you and your baby every step of the way. Happy registry shopping, and here’s to the wonderful adventure ahead!

Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Maternity, Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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A Guide to Baby Shower Invitations & Birth Announcements

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Embracing the arrival of a newborn transcends mere celebration. From the ethereal celebration of a baby shower to the resounding proclamation of a birth announcement, each gesture is an ode to life’s most precious treasures. As a seasoned newborn photographer, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of capturing these exquisite moments in their purest form. Today, we will indulge in the artistry of creating bespoke baby shower invitations and birth announcements alongside a visionary stationery artist, with sophistication and luxury into every aspect of welcoming your newest family member.

Interview With Meg Morrow Design

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your journey as a stationery artist?

My name is Meg Morrow and I am a wedding stationer located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. I design wedding invitations, day-of paper and other fun paper goods for weddings and events. I started my business over 10 years ago when planning my own wedding and fell in love with designing all my stationery details. I offer luxury wedding and event invitations through both an online collection as well as custom design for couples and hostesses looking for a fresh take on traditional stationery.

What advice do you have for new parents when selecting baby shower invitations and birth announcements?

I’m always a fan of a good monogram! I think that choosing an invitation, whether pre-designed or custom, that allows you to customize with the baby’s monogram makes everything feel very personalized and special. Plus it’s something you can use on other items – think embroidered blankets, nursery signs, etc. Outside of a monogram, for showers, I always recommend going through a stationer that can provide the total package for your event. From invitations, to signage for the day, to cocktail napkins that match. Guests really notice when the event design is cohesive down to the very small detail. Plus it makes it much easier on you or the host of the event.

Where do you suggest parents draw inspiration from when creating unique and personalized invitations/announcements?

Consider what your story may be. Who are you two as a couple and what values do you have as a family? Also, consider your lifestyle and pick something that guests or recipients will know is very “you” when they open it. No need to create a “brand” for this little one but if they had their own signature colors I wouldn’t be opposed 😉

Are there specific baby shower invitations or birth announcement trends you love seeing right now?

I think very sweet and precious designs with small details, focusing on a beautiful photo of your little one is my favorite for an announcement. They are the star of the show so don’t be afraid to let the photo speak for itself. I’m also loving delicate floral patterns, nothing too bold, and of course softer color palettes. Lately, we have seen a huge trend in using QR codes for rsvps. I’m definitely not against this but I try to incorporate the QR code in a way that doesn’t take from the design of the invitation. A small separate card is always my go-to.

What are some must haves to include on a baby shower invitation or a birth announcement?

Don’t forget to have your guests rsvp in enough time for you to give guest counts to your vendors. You want the planning process to go as smoothly as possible and having guests rsvp early helps you to check things off your list with little stress!

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Any tips for parents when it comes to sending out their baby shower invitations and birth announcements?

Definitely double-check your addresses and make sure you have the correct postage. This is true for all invitations and announcements. The USPS constantly changes postal rates and your invitation or announcement may require extra postage because of size or shape. It’s always best to visit your local post office and have them weigh and measure your assembled envelope before you order postage. That way you know exactly how much you will need and there will not be any surprises! Also, if you want your envelopes to stay as pristine as possible during mailing, ask if they will “hand cancel” them for you. This will keep them away from damaging machines!

What is the etiquette for sending thank you cards after a baby shower?

Don’t forget to send them! I am traditional and always believe a hand written note is best over a text or email. It just shows you made the extra effort. Thank yous should be sent within a month of the shower for baby showers. Also, please no asking your guests to fill out their own envelopes at the shower (cringe!)

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a joyous occasion filled with love and excitement. By working with a newborn photographer and a talented stationery artist, you can create custom invitations and announcements that perfectly capture the magic of this special time. From selecting the perfect design to sending them out to friends and family, every step of the process is an opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime.

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I’m Britt, owner of Brittany Serowski Photography. I’m a Cleveland newborn photographer documenting babies, mothers & motherhood journeys. You’ll find I specialize in a portrait experience that is full of ease and joy, with results of beautiful photographed memories. I serve mothers in Cleveland and the surrounding areas. Lakewood, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River, Fairview Park and more. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a styling guide full of knowledge in preparing and making the most out of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digital portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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The Best Spring Locations in Cleveland

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Spring is a magical time in Cleveland, Ohio, when nature awakens from its winter slumber. Vibrant colors burst forth in parks, gardens, and waterfronts across the city. With today being the first day of spring, I thought this blog post would be best to share the best spring locations in Cleveland!

Best Spring Locations in Cleveland

1. The Cherry Blossoms at Wade Lagoon

Wade Oval, located in the University Circle, transforms into a vibrant oasis of cherry blossoms and tulips come springtime. The lush grounds surrounding the Cleveland Museum of Art provide a picturesque setting for portraits or simply strolling amidst the flowers. These blooming trees are only around for a short time and they are an absolute must see!

2. Daffodil Hill at Lakeview Cemetery

While Lake View Cemetery is beautiful to walk through all year, in the spring it is bursting with beautiful colors. Usually in late March/early April, the famous Daffodil Hill comes to life. It has an expansive area just filled to the brim with daffodils.

3. Brookside Reservation

This incredibly popular location is a hot destination for portrait sessions of all kinds. And if you are there during Cherry Blossom season, you will easily understand why! While a tiny area dedicated to these spring trees, they are stunning to see when in full bloom! Typically in bloom the first part of April, you can always check the Cleveland Metroparks website for updates! (I recommend going early morning to avoid the crowds!)

4. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens 

This well known mansion is a must during the holidays for it’s over the top light displays and decor. However – it is just as jaw dropping in the spring time! The 70 acre estate features breathtaking gardens, lush landscapes, and architectural marvels that provide endless opportunities for stunning photographs. In spring, the gardens burst to life with vibrant tulips, daffodils, and flowering trees, creating a kaleidoscope of colors that is simply enchanting.

5. Schoepfle Gardens

Located in Birmingham, Ohio, just a short drive from Cleveland, Schoepfle Gardens is a true hidden gem. This enchanting garden sanctuary spans over 70 acres and features meticulously curated landscapes, winding paths, and serene water features. In the spring, the gardens come alive with a kaleidoscope of colors, blooming flowers, fragrant shrubs, and towering trees that is simply breathtaking. You must stroll through the vibrant azalea and rhododendron gardens!

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Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Maternity, Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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Best Children And Baby Thrift Stores In Northern Ohio

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As a Cleveland newborn photographer, I understand the joy and excitement that comes with preparing for the arrival of a little one. From adorable clothing to essential baby gear, finding the perfect items to welcome your bundle of joy can be both thrilling and overwhelming. I’ve curated a list of the best children and baby thrift stores in the Northern Ohio area. Whether you’re a parent-to-be, a seasoned mom, or a savvy shopper looking for budget-friendly finds, these thrift stores are sure to delight you!

Best Children And Baby Thrift Stores In Northern Ohio

1. Once Upon a Child – Multiple Locations

With several locations across Northern Ohio, Once Upon a Child is a great spot for parents seeking gently used children’s clothing, toys, and gear. From newborn essentials to trendy outfits for toddlers, this chain offers a wide selection of high-quality items at affordable prices. Keep an eye out for their regular sales and promotions for even greater savings!

2. Reruns For Wee Ones – Fairfield

Located in Fairfield, Reruns for Wee Ones is a sweet little shop offering a curated collection of children’s clothing, accessories, and toys. Whether you’re searching for classic pieces or unique finds, this shop prides itself on its carefully curated inventory and friendly customer service.

3. Pete & Polly’s – Brunswick

Located in the heart of Brunswick, Pete and Polly Children’s Resale Shop is a charming children’s store carrying clothing, toys, baby gear, and more. They are adding new styles daily so there is constant new inventory. Too, the reviews about their great customer service is a plus!

4. Hipster’s – Chagrin Falls

For budget-conscious but stylish parents in the Chagrin Falls area, Hipster’s is a must-visit destination. This family-owned shop offers a thoughtfully curated selection of gently used named brand children’s clothing and gear. They also work with several local non-profits that benefit from donations with a goal to keep everything within our local community to those in need. How great!

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From clothing and accessories to toys and gear, the Northern Ohio area is home to a diverse array of children and baby thrift stores for parents who love to thrift shop. Whether you’re searching for everyday essentials or unique finds, these thrift stores offer a treasure trove of gently used items at wallet-friendly prices. Happy shopping!

Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Maternity, Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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Displaying Portraits Around Your Home

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One of the most heartwarming ways to add a personal touch to your decor is by displaying portraits around your home. As a Cleveland Family Photographer, I’ve had the pleasure of helping countless families bring their cherished memories to life in their homes. I’m excited to share some creative ideas on how you can showcase your precious memories with classic and sophisticated style.

Gallery Wall:

Transform a blank wall into a captivating gallery by arranging a mix of framed photos in various sizes and shapes. Experiment with different layouts until you find one that speaks to your family’s personality. Whether it’s a symmetrical grid or an eclectic mix, a gallery wall adds visual interest and tells your family’s story in a beautiful way.

Statement Frames:

Make a bold statement with oversized frames that serve as focal points in your home. Choose a few favorite photos and showcase them in large frames to draw attention and create a stunning visual impact. Place them strategically in high-traffic areas such as the living room or hallway to spark conversation and evoke fond memories.

Floating Shelves Display:

Utilize floating shelves to display a rotating selection of framed photos. Arrange them along the shelves along with other decorative elements such as candles, plants, or trinkets to create visual interest. This versatile display allows you to easily update and swap out photos whenever you want to freshen up your space. (A perfect suggestion for babies first year!)

Coffee Table Heirloom Album:

Turn your coffee table into a conversation starter by crafting a family album filled with your favorite photos from your session. Choose a beautiful linen or leather album with a personalized cover that reflects your family’s style. Display it prominently on your coffee table, inviting guests to flip through and relive cherished memories together.

Choosing a Cleveland Family Photographer who offers printing and framing services can make the process of decorating your walls a breeze. Too,not only could I capture stunning portraits of your family, but also provide professional-quality prints and frames that are ready to display. With my expertise, you can trust that your memories will be showcased in the best possible light, adding warmth and personality to your home.

Remember, the key to displaying portraits around your home is to infuse your personal style and tell your family’s story authentically. After all, there’s no better feeling than surrounding yourself with the people and moments that matter most.

Brittany Serowski Photography is a Cleveland Newborn & Family photographer specializing in a joyful & pleasant portrait experience for sincere mothers looking to capture their legacy with tender, timeless portraits. Serving mothers in Cleveland & the surrounding areas; Bay Village, Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake, Shaker Heights, Chagrin Falls and beyond. All motherhood sessions include pre-session online consultations for portrait preparation & style assistance, a curated guide for preparing & making the most of your session, portrait coverage on location at my exclusive scouted areas & high resolution edited digitals portraits delivered in an online gallery.

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