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Mom dresses up daughter while she naps and creates adorable photos

Update: After her adorable Instagram photos went viral in 2016, Laura Izumikawa continued dressing her daughter, Joey, up during her nap time — collecting enough photographs to release a photo book titled "Naptime with Joey."

Today, Joey is 1 year old and, according to her mom, still sleeps deeply enough that the costume changes and photographs do not wake her.

"As a photographer, I always dreamed of creating a photo book of my own but I never imagined it would be about my baby," Izumikawa told TODAY Parents. "I'm trying to document all that I can so that Joey can see just how much joy she brought to people, simply by just sleeping."

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New book showcases mom's photographs of her child sleeping in hilarious costumes

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Parenting can be stressful. Playing dress-up can help.

(Even if your kid's not old enough to participate.)

If anyone knows this, it's photographer Laura Izumikawa: She had the bright (and hilarious) idea to take advantage of her child's nap time by dressing the 4-month-old up in costumes while she sleeps. Now little Joey Marie Choi is better than any other kid on her block at the age-old pastime ... and she doesn't even know it.

It's only Monday and I'm dreaming of #Hawaii 🌺

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While Joey dreams away the afternoon, her mom gets to work selecting and adjusting props to turn Joey into everything from a wizard to an In-N-Out Burger server to a sushi chef, and even Ariel from "The Little Mermaid."

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It's a painstaking process, requiring serious creativity and dedication. And she's got to do it all before the little one wakes!

Joey dreams of sushi 🍣

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If there's anything better than the photos Izumikawa posts of her final efforts (though it's honestly a close call), it's the behind-the-scenes videos she posts alongside them on occasion. The videos answer many of our most burning questions, such as "How do you get a felt gold medal on a sleeping baby without waking her?" and "How does a baby transform into Beyoncé in just 10 minutes?"

Below, a few of our favorite looks.

Party on Wayne. Party on Garth. 🤘🏻#waynesworld

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What was the most popular dance in 1776? Independance. 💃🏻 #4thofJuly

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Hey babygirl, let me take a pik at chu. #pokemon

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Why can't Cinderella play soccer? Cuz she keeps running away from the ball.

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If you work out like a viking, you'll be Thor in the morning.

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