When you have a new baby, you probably spend a fair amount of time gazing at their perfect, tiny face, and when that gets old, you may stare at their perfect, tiny face... through the camera lens of your phone. Sweet pics of you and your baby, whether they be quick selfies or gorgeous professional photos, are bound to wind up on Instagram, and for images this cute, the baby emoji followed by a bunch of cartoon hearts just isn’t going to cut it (sorry). The
best Instagram captions for pictures of babies and mothers can be sweet, earnest, nostalgic, or funny; sometimes all four at once.
In a perfect world, everyone you love would be able to meet your new baby right away, but between living far apart and scheduling conflicts, often people close to you
first see your baby on the 'gram. The right Instagram caption for pics of moms and babies can connect with your audience; it makes the image feel more substantial and gives a glimmer into what's happening in the picture and how you were feeling when it was taken.
"Part of the power of captions is that sense of community they cultivate. Experts say they serve as the bridge that makes us feel more connected to the person we’re following," per
the BBC. And if you can't see someone in-person, it's nice to feel connected through a photo. Read on for 17 Instagram captions that will make the (millions of) pictures of you and your baby even more memorable. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” Jill Churchill
Jill Churchill is actually a pen name for a prolific mystery writer, Janice Young Brooks. This quote will remind new moms and seasoned pros (and yourself) that there’s no way to be a perfect mother, but there are so many small ways to be a good one (and you’re already doing most of those things).
“In memory of when I used to sleep.” SBenitez/Moment/Getty Images
Ah, long stretches of uninterrupted sleep, a lovely distant memory. It probably goes without saying that you’ll have dark circles or puffy eyes in those early selfies with your baby, but that’s to be expected and you should still 100% post them. After all, when you look back on your Instagram, it’ll be a reminder of those tiring, baffling, sweet first few months.
“There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This caption is for you if you find yourself putting your baby to sleep, then scrolling through pictures of your baby (you’re not alone). Writer Ralph Waldo Emerson apparently knew a thing or two about motherhood because there’s nothing quite like successfully putting your baby down for a nap or bedtime… and then wondering whether to sleep, shower, or do laundry yourself, and even briefly considering waking them up because you miss them.
“Being part of a family means smiling for photos.” Harry Morgan
Best to make your selfie expectations clear from the smart. This funny quote comes from American actor, Harry Morgan, who passed away in 2011 before smartphones really took off, but still seems to understand how one family can take an amazing amount of photos, especially when you’re covered in milk and tethered to your couch.
“Some people are worth melting for.” Olaf
Frozen will get a kick out of this sweet quote from Olaf. You may not be literally melting like a snowman, but your new baby will make you melt in the “you’re so cute, I’ll do anything for you” sense of the word. At times you may feel like you’re literally melting from sleep deprivation, but a quick selfie will help you capture the delirium and the joy of this time with your baby. 1.“You are my sun, my moon, and all my stars." E.E. Cummings
E.E. Cummings is known for his short, perfectly odd poems, and this line is taken from a poem of the same name. In a whimsical way, it perfectly summarizes how it feels when a new baby becomes your whole world.
“The world is your oyster.”
This common saying actually originates from Shakespeare's play,
The Merry Wives of Windsor. It shows the world (or at least your followers) that you believe your little one has an adventurous future ahead, plus you may finally get to use that oyster emoji. "No one puts baby in a corner."
This classic quote, said by Patrick Swayze's character in
Dirty Dancing, is a light-hearted, funny caption that most will immediately recognize. It works especially well if you and the baby are in fact, in a corner. "I think every working mom probably feels the same thing: You go through big chunks of time where you're just thinking, 'this is impossible — oh, this is impossible.' And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible." Tina Fey
This Tina Fey quote is so relatable for any mom who is struggling to find a tenable balance in their lives. It's a gentle reminder to yourself and to others to just keep going.
“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”
This quote comes from the famous
children's book, Love You Forever by Robert Munsch. The caption is guaranteed to make someone cry (ahem, possibly you). "My daughter introduced me to myself.” Beyoncé Knowles Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Queen has spoken, and this time it's a tender sentiment to which most mothers can relate. Sometimes becoming a parent feels like meeting a part of yourself that you never knew existed. Plus Bey always garners lots of likes.
"He's a mother lover."
Much sweeter than its antonym, a mother lover is a fun play on words that's fit for a pic of your babe snuggling up to you.
"Isn't she lovely?" Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder actually wrote this song after the arrival of his daughter, Aisha. You can actually hear audio on the track from baby Aisha's bath time, according to
HuffPost. "You have to have faith that while your kids can seem to be selfish and concerned only about the word 'mine' sometimes, overall, they are watching you really carefully, and if you care about other people, they will too." Jennifer Garner
A reminder to any parent whose toddler is in a bit of a "mine" phase: They're doing their best. This quote is so relatable (especially if your older one is having a tough time adjusting to their new little sibling).
"I've been looking for you, baby in every face that I've ever known." Adele
Adele wrote the song
Sweetest Devotion, which this lyric is taken from, after the arrival of her son. Plus, anything that the Grammy-winner touches turns to gold. "Taking Bets: Is Liam Smiling Or Pooping?"
Sometimes you just don't know what their faces mean. This caption is sure to make people smile, and may garner a bunch of comments as people weigh in with their guesses.
“Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh
Who can resist a classic quote from the world's sweetest, pantless bear? For pics when you feel like your heart may burst, this is your caption.
"I’m leaking through my shirt and I didn't know I could be this tired, and it's worth it."
Sometimes you've just gotta keep it real. You're tired, you probably haven't showered in days, and yet nothing else besides your new baby seems to matter.
"What motherhood shows you is how selfless you can get. I’m ragged tired. Who cares? My kids are healthy, I’m happy." Mila Kunis Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Kunis said this relatable quote in a 2017 interview with
If you're too tired to say it yourself, you might as well have Mila say it for you. Marie Claire. "Wherever you go, go with all of your heart."
This quote is often attributed to Confucius and captures the love, hopes, and dreams you have for your new little bundle.
"A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them." Victor Hugo
Perfect if the baby is asleep in your arms, this quote from Victor Hugo (who wrote
Les Misérables and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame) captures how peaceful it feels to hold a sleeping child. "When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” Sophia Loren
You may feel like you're thinking for two now... because you kind of are. Sophia Loren perfectly captures how, for better or worse, motherhood means you're never truly alone (and parents with toddlers who follow them into the bathroom will certainly relate).
This article was originally published on
Jan. 15, 2020