The Making of a Mini-ModelWritten by Anita Chaperon
Baby modeling isn't an exclusive art - nor is it as potentially fraught with danger as modeling opportunities for older children or adults.
Unlike modeling aspirations of someone older - a teenager or an adult - a baby-modeling career doesn't demand that tiny one stand out among crowd. She or he doesn't have to have pearliest smile, greatest physique, wiggliest walk or any of those accoutrements that older model wanna-be's must have to be chosen from ranks of competitive hordes.
After all, how many babies do you see that aren't just down right adorable? Yours certainly, isn't that right?
As for danger, you're right there with your little tyke as she or he goes through motions, or words, or as she or another holds him. Your infant or toddler is protected by those who have most vested interests in his or her protection - mom and dad.
So how do you get your baby started in a modeling career? Or at least a few modeling gigs?
First, your baby must get noticed. You can help with that by entering your wee one in as many baby photo or modeling contests as you can find. Nor do you need to commit a ton of time and travel. Many Web sites, such as Baby Zone, host contests.
Baby Zone gives away hundreds for infant or toddler winner of each month's themed photograph contest. The money is not best part of winning, however. The sponsors - folks who cough up winner's dough - are very people that you want noticing your child. These sites, vendors and publications - Breyla, Baby Slumber, Babies 'R' Us, for example - are always on lookout for a new diaper-laden diva to tout their wares.
Showered with Mom-to-Be MerrimentWritten by Anita Chaperon
Your friend's having a baby. What an exciting time for her! You, best buddy, have a little work ahead, however. You need to gather together her friends and family for a baby shower. You need to determine who to invite, pick out some great invitations, choose location, date and time, decorations, refreshments and, of course, determine what you're going to do for fun while celebrating birth of your buds first wee one.
Generally, you don't need to go out and rent a hall for a baby shower. You probably have invited 10-20 of mother-to-be's closest friends and surely you, or someone else, can accommodate group in your home.
The step-by-step process for baby shower planning:
[+] At least two months prior to baby shower day make your list of whom you're going to invite. [+] Determine your party theme. [+] Buy or create and then mail out invitations. [+] Plan decorations, refreshments and games. [+] Enjoy your party.
There are no rights or wrongs in creating a baby shower theme. The idea is to bestow baby-to-be bounty on mom and to have fun. You might choose a theme around something that mom-to-be is especially interested in, such as tennis or classical music. Perhaps baby's room is already decorated in a Raggedy Ann and Andy motif. There is your theme!
Let's take aforementioned Raggedy Ann and Andy as an example. You could decorate with new or used Raggedy dolls. You could give miniature dolls as game prizes, provide Raggedy Ann and Andy cookies or cake as refreshments, and let balloons that look like these two beloved characters run rampant.
Wouldn't it be fun, too, if you costumed yourself to look like Raggedy Ann, and found a cohort to dress up as Raggedy Andy!