Watching a newborn sleeping peacefully is a sight to behold. It’s a time worth savoring and a brief pause from consistent nappy changing and feeding. This is especially true for new parents.
By capturing these pleasant moments in a series of photos of babies in the earliest stages of their lives, Tracy Lynn Sweeney, owner of Elan Studio and Rhode Island photographer, dismisses the myth that sleep is a foreign concept to newborns.
Spending hours upon hours, photographer Tracy, 34, from Bristol in Rhode Island, U.S., took pictures of newborns from just seven days old up to a couple of weeks.
These lovable pictures illustrate the first two weeks of an infant’s life where they are at their most teeny and delicate state.
This cute newborn is relaxing with her hands resting behind her head.
This little bundle of joy can be seen looking cool in shades while sleeping.
This young one has been positioned with a thoughtful expression on his face.
One sleeping child has even been dressed up as Yoda from the Star Wars movie.
Small babies are still comfortable curling themselves into cute and comfy positions while they sleep as portrayed. This is due to the fact that they have much more soft cartilage in their bones during this early stage in life.
A tiny baby is held by his father, who is dressed in his US soldier uniform, in another poignant shot.
A baby has around 300 soft cartilage bones during this time of their brand new lives. The soft cartilages fuse together to make 206 bones as they age.
In their first two weeks, they are more comfortable sleeping with their legs tucked under their bottoms. They imitate their fetal position while sleeping due to the number of soft cartilages in their bones.
For the first 14 days, these compacted positions are very unique. However, once they pass this period, they get accustomed to stretching out in their cribs while sleeping.
These pair of twins are sitting upright in a pair of workman’s boots.
This infant may be having a bad dream due to her facial expression or maybe it’s because of that very bright light. Regardless, she’s still very cute and pretty to look at.