I'm A Baby Book Drop Out
I’ve been confessing a lot here on here lately… and here I go again: my children’s baby books are pathetic. As in pages and pages of empty… pages (my mother will cringe when she reads this). Oh, the basic info is there: weight and length at birth, doctor’s name, that sort of thing. I even have a photo of my first child’s nursery in hers. But, that’s where I lost steam. And the second child… sheesh. It’s a wonder I can even remember where we put her birth certificate.Thankfully, there are plenty of baby book alternatives out there that give traditional recording a run for its money. Click through for some beautiful and unique ways to remember your child’s early years!
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Ella Jane Crafts
I love this personalized chalkboard-style print from Ella Jane Crafts on Etsy. What a clever and fun way to remember your child’s first year! I also love that you can hang it on the wall and enjoy it, instead of watching your child’s baby book collect dust on a shelf somewhere (errr… not that mine is doing that, of course…)
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Milestone Baby Cards
I’ll be honest. I’m a little bit annoyed that I did not know about Milestone Baby Cards when my littles were REALLY little! The whimsical illustrations on each card mark everything from the first time your child sits up to their first experience with solid food. On the back of the card, simply write the date and snap a photo of your child with the card. Great way to keep yourself organized, with a cute visual to go along with it!
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Strange Birdy Studios
Strange Birdy Studios creates a baby milestone and first year print which is just perfect for new moms… or moms who are just too darn busy for the baby book. Their designs capture all of your baby’s firsts, with over 30 fields to fill in, all in one place. From first words to least favorite food, these prints really takes documenting your baby to the next level. Love it!
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If you’re more of a visual person, Blurb is the way to go. There are many options in photo books, but Blurb stands apart from the pack. I made a small one to document Millie’s “first days,” and I love that it was fully customizable. You won’t be limited to any particular format or color palette, so the sky’s the limit. Plus, you can save your work and come back to it when you have the time.
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When in doubt, just put all your baby’s documents, your hospital bracelet, “going home” outfit, and whatever else you can find in a pretty box and be done with it (again, not that I would know about this or anything…). Paper Coterie makes a beautiful line of memory boxes that are perfect for this kind of storage. Easy peasy!
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