The year after a baby is born can be considered both the longest and shortest of a parent’s life. Months are spent preparing for a baby’s arrival and suddenly they’re singing Happy Birthday to their one-year-old.
To hold onto those memories that pass in a flash many mothers and fathers turn to a baby book. They are a great way of recording the photos, the milestones, and all those stories.
But what form should a baby book take? The modern baby book is a beautiful and simple way of documenting all those darling moments of a baby’s first 12 months. For all moms, it should be an easy method of recording all their special memories, without needing to spend many hours on the task.
Baby books are perfect as gifts and enable all concerned to recall a youngster’s first year forever.
Because every day with a new baby is an adventure packed with memorable events, behaviors and comments any new parent wishes they could slow downtime. They want to soak in all the special moments. Custom baby keepsake books allow all those memories to be captured in one place.
That first bath! The introduction to the first beach! There is so much that none of us would want to forget.
But which is the best idea for recording your baby’s first year. Here are some thoughts.
Writing letters to a baby is a lovely idea during pregnancy. It’s a unique way of sharing the emotion of becoming a parent and then recording the baby’s first year from your particular viewpoint.
The babies may not read them for many years, but when the time comes the impact will be powerful.
The milestones come thick and fast in a baby’s first year. To keep track of them the creation of a baby keepsake book enables each first to be documented. That first smile. The first sit up. The first appointment with the doctor. Those first steps.
Everything from your photos, any relevant documents, lists of foods served, favorite toys, can make a powerful reminder of those all too fleeting discoveries in a baby’s new life.
To see just how much a baby can change in 12 months can be achieved by documenting progress in a baby photo book.
Use it as a diary and schedule a particular day and date each month to snap a picture of your baby. You could even place a toy or prop in the photo to highlight just how big they have become each time!
The baby keepsake book can also be peppered with all manner of other pictures from family vacations, special occasions, and trips here and there.
- A Star is Born
The day a baby is born is one of the most special days in any mother’s life. The complete story can be documented from the preparations and contractions to the arrival at the hospital, and of course the journey home.
This can be added to a custom baby book. All the details – the time of birth, weight, who was there, and how long labor lasted – can be kept in one place, along with the birth certificate and other curios.
- Family Tree
Create a family tree so you can show your baby the wider family. Begin by sketching a tree and list all the relatives. The pages can be filled with pictures of family members. If you take pictures of your baby with uncles, aunts, grandparents, and cousins include those too.
There are bound to be many mementos of your baby’s 12 months. The first ultrasound, cards, poems, songs, nursery rhymes, the baby shower invitation, the birth’s announcement in the local press, a lock of hair, the birth certificate. The list is almost endless of what could be included.
- Picture Album
A picture is worth 1,000 words, which is good because you are bound to be taking a myriad of pictures of your baby. Keep them in an old-school custom book. Include everything. The pictures can be sweet or silly.
You could use your baby book as an educational tool by creating a storybook based on the Alphabet. The tome could be filled with appropriate pictures to go with the different letters. They could include favorite toys, liked foods, beloved pets, and other animals, as well as family members.
“A” could be a favored aunt. “B” could be a birthday picture, “C” could be the first crib, etc.
- Vacation Book
The first family vacation with a new baby is an unforgettable event. The pictures and memories from that first adventure together would make a fascinating keepsake of your baby. You could create a new book for each vacation you take together.
- A Book of Wishes
New parents are bound to have many hopes and a plethora of dreams for their children’s future. Your friends and family can also get involved by writing down any wishes they have for your baby. It could those things they’re looking forward to sharing with them when they are growing up.
Keeping a track of your baby’s special moments will bring plenty of joy for many years to come.
Looking back on those early days, with all the fun memories you won’t want to forget, is possible with a go-to book where you are able to store all the things that will trigger reminiscences – whether they be photos, baby announcements or notes you made at the time. Choosing the ideal baby book is tough but whatever you choose it will be worth it.