Stacey Solomon shares stress of trying to get a baby passport picture, joking 'Send help!'
Stacey Solomon has shared her hilarious attempts to capture a passport photo of her baby daughter, Belle, and new parents will definitely relate.
The Loose Women panellist urged her followers to "send help" as she explained how she was struggling to get a useable shot of the newborn in order to get her first passport.
In a short video clip shared to Instagram stories the camera revealed some of the potential photo options –one which showed Belle crying and another of her poking her tongue out.
Solomon, 33, was heard laughing as she said: "Send help. I’m trying to get Belle’s passport picture done. It’s not going well."
The Sort Your Life Out presenter in the caption: "I am actually full-on sweating in this booth. It’s IMPOSSIBLE.
"And we have her passport appointment tomorrow. Send help," she added, alongside laugh-crying emoji.
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Thankfully it seems Solomon's dad has stepped in to help out with the problem, with the next story showing Belle's grandad with his camera round his neck.
"Thank goodness for Dave," Solomon wrote. "I rang my dad in the end. I didn't want to take it at home because I thought it would be easier to do in the post office where they can check it. I was wrong," she added.
Solomon and her husband Joe Swash, 40, are also parents to three-year-old son Rex and one-year-old daughter Rose, while Solomon is mum to Zachary, 14, and Leighton, 10, from previous relationships.
Swash also has 15-year-old son Harry, who he shares with former partner Emma Sophocleous.
Since Belle's arrival last month the star has been keeping her followers updated about life as a mother-of-five.
Last week, she revealed that she hadn’t washed her hair since giving birth to her daughter Belle almost two weeks earlier.
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She was also praised by fans for sharing a relatable post about the realities of life with a newborn, alongside an image of her post-birth baby bump.
Sharing a collection of sweet mother/daughter photos to Instagram, Solomon wore a pair of soft grey, jersey pyjamas as she cradled her newborn on top of her post-pregnancy baby bump.
"Snuggle Saturdays with Belle. The last time I stood here and took a picture you were inside my tummy ready to come out," the star wrote in the accompanying caption.
"The pjs have been washed but I can’t say the same about my hair, I love that I still have our bump too.
"The best memory of growing you and the perfect little ledge to sleep you on. Happy Saturday everyone. Lots of love from us. P.S I’m as tired as I look."
The star was quickly praised by fans for highlighting post-baby bodies and normalising the existence of an after-birth bump.
"When I had my baby, no one had told me, and certainly no TV or film had showed me, that you still have a bump afterwards!!!" one user wrote. "Thank you for being such a viable and beautiful role-model!"
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How to take a baby passport photo
The government has shared some tips on taking acceptable pictures of babies and children for their passports.
It advises that children must be on their own in the picture, while babies must not be holding toys or using dummies.
Unlike in adult passport photos, children under the age of six do not have to be looking directly at the camera or have a plain expression and children under one do not have to have their eyes open.
Parents are advised that they can support their baby's head with their hand, but the hand must not be visible in the photo.
Children under the age of one should lie on a plain light-coloured sheet and the picture should be taken from above.