Before our oldest was born, we knew we had a family reunion in Thailand when he'd be 6 months old and that we'd need to get him a passport. Having only gotten passports for ourselves (and it had been quite a few years) we had to do a bit of research to figure out how to get one for a baby. We ended up having to drive to a neighborhood far away in order to get it in on time.
When our youngest was 2 months old, we decided to plan a trip to Europe for when he'd be 6 months old. We went online to look for the form. I found one here. I was able to fill it out on my computer and then print it. Then, I searched online to figure out which post offices near me accepted passports and had to check appointment days/times to see what worked with my family. The hardest part was NOT SIGNING the form until we got to the Post Office to apply.
After we had the form filled out (but not signed) I took some passport photos of my baby. We have white bed sheets on our bed, so I just pulled the covers off the bed and laid my son down. To avoid shadows on his face, we just used daylight and a flash on my iPhone. We took several photos so we'd have options, as passport photos can be really specific. Here are passport photo guidelines. My husband found this website to be especially helpful when printing the passport photos at home.
Our experience at the post office was meh. We waited in line for 10 minutes past our appointment time. We had our 3-year-old and our baby with us. There wasn't enough room for us all to be at the counter at the same time, so it was cramped. The appointment took about 20 minutes. At then end, we were asked for a check for the passport fee. We didn't bring it with us, but thankfully we were able to get a money order for a small fee.
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