Why I Don’t Do the Froggy Pose in Newborn Photography: A Focus on Natural Comfort and Safety

Discover the newborn froggy pose – a pose that sparks both love and hate! But, here’s the crucial thing to know: it’s not a natural position for a baby, and no baby can safely support their own head in their hands like that. It’s simply a clever Photoshop trick!

In my journey as a photographer, I have chosen to no longer include this pose in my newborn sessions (yes I used to do this pose!). This blog post aims to shed light on my decision, emphasizing the importance of natural comfort and safety in newborn photography.

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Is the Froggy pose safe for newborns?

The safety of newborns is of utmost importance in any photography session. The Froggy Pose involves delicately balancing the baby’s head with hands under the chin, creating a frog-like position. While some photographers have mastered this pose and can execute it safely, it is essential to remember that not all babies are suitable candidates for such intricate posing. In my practice, I prioritize keeping the baby relaxed and content in more natural poses that align with their innate comfort.

What is the froggy pose position for newborns?

The frog position is a pose where the baby’s legs are tucked up towards their body, resembling a frog’s posture. While it can look adorable, as a newborn photographer, I believe in capturing poses that mirror how babies naturally curl up, akin to their positions in the womb. I prefer to avoid manipulating babies into positions that may feel unnatural to them.

How to do the froggy pose?

Below is an example of how I used to achieve the Froggy Pose. To achieve this safely you never take your hands off baby and use 2 images and make a composite in Photoshop. The baby is also propped up under the elbows so their bottom is down lower to make it more comfortable.

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Why I choose not to do the Froggy pose?

Over time, my photography style has evolved to center around natural and authentic moments. The Froggy Pose, though it may be popular, doesn’t resonate with my core values as a photographer. I have come to believe that what truly matters is capturing the baby’s genuine comfort and happiness, rather than creating overly stylized or posed images.

Although I had the ability to execute this pose (like I did previously above), I chose not to. My photography sessions revolve around prioritizing the baby’s comfort and providing a tranquil environment for parents.

Even if the baby was happy and settled in this pose, it didn’t align with my values anymore as I could see that most babies more easily settled into poses closer resembling their natural environment when inside the womb.

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Warrnambool Newborn photographer

How do I put my baby in the Froggy pose?

While many photographers can safely achieve the Froggy Pose, I have chosen to no longer practice it due to the potential risks associated with this complex pose. Instead, I prefer to engage in poses that are easier on the baby and promote their natural comfort.

Is it normal for babies to have frog legs?

Yes, it is normal for babies to exhibit a frog-like leg position, especially in the early weeks after birth. Babies naturally adopt positions similar to how they were in the womb.

How long do newborns have frog legs?

Newborns tend to retain some of their fetal positions, including the frog-like leg position, for a few weeks after birth. Each baby is unique, and their positions and movements will gradually change as they grow and develop.

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What is a frog position baby hypotonia?

Frog position baby hypotonia refers to a condition where a baby’s muscle tone is reduced, resulting in their limbs appearing floppy or loose. As a responsible photographer, I take extra care to ensure all poses are safe and comfortable for babies, especially those with specific medical conditions.

Frog position baby hypotonia is a condition where a newborn or infant lacks muscle tone, making it challenging for them to maintain the typical “frog-like” position with their legs and hips flexed. Early intervention with a healthcare professional and therapy are essential to help babies with hypotonia develop their muscle strength and achieve developmental milestones.

In conclusion, my decision not to include the Froggy Pose in my newborn photography sessions is rooted in my commitment to natural comfort, safety, and authenticity. Many talented photographers can execute this pose safely and beautifully. My sessions focus on embracing the uniqueness of each baby, allowing them to shine in their natural element.

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It's Jess, your go-to newborn photographer, and today let's chat about one of those adorable quirks that often steal the spotlight during our newborn sessions – hiccups!


Ever wondered why those tiny, hiccupping symphonies happen? Well, fear not; I've got the inside scoop for you!


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1. Baby's Superpower: Developing Diaphragm

Newborns are like little superheroes in training, and their hiccups are a sign that their diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing, is flexing and getting stronger. It's like their own mini gym session, preparing them for those hearty belly laughs and future superhero feats.



2. Gastrointestinal Adventure

Sometimes, those cute hiccups are just a part of your baby's digestive journey. Their tiny tummies are navigating the ins and outs of processing milk, and hiccups can be a natural outcome of this gastrointestinal adventure.



3. The Learning Curve

Just like we stumble while learning to walk, newborns might hiccup as they figure out the whole breathing-and-swallowing coordination dance. It's all part of the learning curve, and trust me, they'll be mastering it like pros in no time!



4. The Calming Effect

Believe it or not, hiccups can actually have a calming effect on your little one. It's like a rhythmic lullaby, creating a soothing pattern that might even help them drift off to sleep. Ah, the magic of baby hiccups!

So, the next time your precious bundle of joy breaks into a hiccuping melody during our photoshoot, know that it's just another note in the beautiful symphony of babyhood. 🎶



Common Questions about hiccups:


How do I stop my baby's hiccups?

To ease your baby's hiccups, try gentle burping, offering a pacifier, or letting them suck on a small feed. Patience is key; hiccups often resolve on their own.


Do hiccups mean the baby is OK?

Yes, hiccups are usually harmless and common in newborns. They often signify a developing nervous system and are not typically a cause for concern.


Why does my baby hiccup for no reason?

Newborns hiccup frequently, and sometimes seemingly without cause. It's a normal part of their development, linked to the maturation of the diaphragm and respiratory system.


What is the purpose of hiccups in infants?

Hiccups in infants serve a developmental purpose, helping to strengthen the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. While their exact function isn't fully understood, they're considered a natural part of a baby's growth.


Should you sit the baby up with hiccups?

While it's not necessary, you can try holding your baby upright or allowing them to suck on a pacifier. However, most hiccups will resolve on their own without intervention.


How long should newborn hiccups last?

Newborn hiccups are typically short-lived and can last anywhere from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. If they persist for longer periods, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician.


And hey, if you're curious about capturing these delightful moments (hiccups included) in a frame, I've got you covered!


As a seasoned newborn photographer, I'm not just skilled at handling these little ones; I'm also your guide to creating timeless memories that celebrate every adorable nuance of your baby's journey.



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I'm Jessica Van Den Berghe, a small-town

Camperdown girl with big dreams.
I'm hooked on Netflix, in-door plants, candles and crispy pork crackling with apple sauce.


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