There are a variety of ways to make a baby book. You can capture only the baby's "firsts" or plan to document your child's life through high school. This article will teach you how to get started and provide the flexibility for you to add pages as your child grows.
Things You'll Need
- Notepaper and pen
- Glue stick
- Photo corners
- Archival paper
- Self-adhesive photo pocket (available at craft stores) or photo page from an inexpensive 4x6 photo album
- Archival-quality double-sided tape
- Acid-free markers or pens
- Scrapbook or binder
Steps to Creating Your Baby Book
Roughly outline the pages of your baby book in a notebook. What will you include? What will be on each page, and in what order will the pages go? Which pages will have photos and mementos?
You don't have to start your baby book on the day he is born. You could also document your pregnancy or your family history. Here are ideas on what might come first in your baby book:
Pictures of your positive pregnancy test
Pictures of you in various stages of pregnancy
Your baby shower invitation and pictures of the shower
A family tree to show where your baby fits in
Family photos of you or your parents as children to show family resemblance
Other ideas to include:
Baby's first photo in the hospital
What was happening in the world on the day your baby was born, including newspaper clippings
Mom and baby's hospital bracelets
Religious celebration, such as christening
Lock of baby's hair
Copies of your baby's footprint and handprint
Health record, like immunizations and allergies
Milestones like first bath, first haircut, first smile, first Christmas, first Halloween costume, first tooth, first birthday, first words, and first steps
Growth chart to record baby's height and weight
First day of school
Use a glue stick and photo corners to attach photos to archival paper.
Attach mementos. You can buy self-adhesive photo pockets from a scrapbook store or use scissors to remove a photo page from an inexpensive 4x6 photo album. Attach the photo pocket to the page with archival-quality double-sided tape and store things like a lock of your baby's hair in the photo pocket.
Write the captions with acid-free markers or pens.
Put the finished pages in a scrapbook or binder.
Tips & Warnings
- Remember that not every page needs to have a photo --- you can make your pages more like journal entries. You might want to use a page to write what your baby's name means and why you chose it.
- Use only acid-free ink. Most pens sold in regular stores are not acid-free so visit a scrapbook or craft store. This will ensure that your baby book lasts and that the ink doesn't bleed over time.
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