When I’m selecting different props to use for a newborn or baby shoot sometimes it’s best to look at it through the camera.  What looks good to the eye can change in appearance through the lens depending on the setup and lighting.  For my newborns I usually have a darker setup and a lighter setup.  I use both, but sometimes one or the other looks better depending on a baby’s skin, hair, and eye coloring.  Here is an example of props laid out and in use.