How to Organize Your Baby Book
Determined to capture the many moments and milestones during Baby's first year of life? What's key: Choosing a baby book that is fun to update (and not a chore), and a pleasure to look at for posterity. These are the basics you need.
Pre-made books are the most common kind of baby books with fill-in-the-blanks for info and spots for photos. Although not very versatile, they’re the perfect fit if you want something super-quick and need guidance on what to document.
Scrapbook Baby Albums
Feeling crafty? Try a scrapbooking baby album from sites such as Scrapbook.com. You choose how to organize the book and can include as many pages as you’d like; just know that scrapbooking takes time, so it’s tougher to keep an album updated.
This style combines the fill-in-the-blank ease of pre-made pages with the versatility of a scrapbooking album. You create the pages, then slip them into page protectors; ditto for memorabilia, like greeting cards or the hat you brought your baby home in.
Lots of moms are going the byte-size route with digital baby books. You choose the time frame or event such as Baby’s first year, and with the touch of a button, you can print out a beautiful book. Shutterfly, Snapfish, and iPhoto offer great choices.
File It Away
To stay organized, set up folders or large envelopes for each month of the first year. As you collect photos, memorabilia, or notes, drop them into the correct month. When you go to update the baby book, you’ll be very grateful to have all the info in one place.
Your pregnancy is a part of your baby’s story—as in, the very big-deal beginning! Be sure to include a page with pictures and copies of the ultrasound. Share stories about pregnancy cravings, how you found out you were pregnant, and how you picked the baby name.
Record all that exciting baby prep. Did someone throw you a baby shower? Did you find out your baby’s sex? Why did you choose the theme of your baby’s room? These are all important stories to include; a mix of photos, journaling and mementos will bring them to life.
Watch Baby Grow
Portraying just how much your baby is growing is easy if you include a toy in a monthly picture. Choose a date each month and add it to your calendar to remind you take the picture. After one year, take a picture of your child with the toy on his birthday each year.
Show Off Your Family Tree
A family tree layout is a great way to highlight where Baby fits in!
Fill Out Your Family Tree
Gather information on relatives from both sides of the family. If there’s room, include photos—all the better to show where certain family traits come from. Does your baby have your Great Grandpa’s nose? It’s always fascinating to see family resemblances.
Ask a family member to save newspapers from the day your baby is born and add it to the book. Or, mention current events such as front-page stories, President, popular music and movies, and cost of milk and gas. Years from now, you’ll all enjoy reading all about it!
Write a "Dear Baby" Letter
You and your spouse can pen one together, or do separate letters. Include your thoughts, fears, and joys about having a baby—as well as your hopes and dreams for him, if you’d like. You will enjoy seeing the letter years later as much as your child will.
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