WITH their snowy skin, plump cheeks, teeny fingers and toes, these newborn babies really do deserve their Sleeping Beauties nickname. It was coined by sisters Tracy Raver and Kelley Ryden, who took most of the photographs at their studio in Nebraska - which can be seen in a new book - when the babies were fewer than 10 days old. Some are swaddled in knitted scarves, others are snuggled up in hammocks, snoozing on a fluffy rug or curled up in a wicker basket - but they all have in common their unique, gently-contorted poses. To curl the babies into these positions, Tracy, Kelley and a third Canadian photographer, Stephanie Robin, have a simple trick: they photograph the babies when they are between five and 10 days old. At that age, they sleep soundly and they are malleable to be moved into 'curly poses, as Kelley calls them. It also helps that Stephanie is a physiotherapist, which helps her understand their joints and reflexes. The photo shoots usually last between three and four hours at a studio (with nice natural light, a good temperature gauge and lots of props). The babies either wear white clothes or nothing at all. It takes around a fortnight for the photographs to be processed before theyre presented to the besotted parents. Whats their first reaction when they first see the snaps of their snuggled-up baby, all fuzzy-haired with scrunched-up eyes? Surprise, surprise, many of them burst into tears. As Stephanie says: 'How could they not love these adorable little subjects? Daily Mail