Babies change far too quickly, so documenting their first milestones is a fantastic way to remember and treasure those precious moments. Keeping a record of their first tooth, that magical first word and their stumbling first steps can also be pretty fun to do. The question is, how should you document them?
There’s a lot of options open to new parents when it comes to documenting baby’s first year. If you’re looking for something a little more unique, below you’ll discover some awesome ways to document baby’s first year.
As babies change so quickly, taking plenty of photos is a great way to document your little one’s first year. Taking comparison photos gives you a unique look into just how much your baby does change, even in just a matter of weeks.
You can choose to have baby pictured with their favorite toy each month. Or, take a picture each week or month of you holding baby. That way, you’re in the photo too and they’ll have a collection of beautiful memories they can look back on when they’re older.
Comparison photos are easy to do, and they provide lifelong memories you can treasure.
Use A Memory Jar
If you’d rather just document baby’s first milestones, a memory jar is an excellent idea. Each time you notice your baby doing something new, write it down on a piece of paper. Add the milestone and date then fold it up and place it into the jar. You can then empty the jar at the end of the year, or in years to come, and remind yourself how far your little one has come.
You could also jot down a little note to your baby alongside each milestone, which they can read when they get older. This is a unique, sentimental idea which could even be used for each year of your child’s life.
Create A Memory Box
If you want to go a step further, why not create your own memory box? Rather than just placing little notes to record each milestone, you can fill the box with anything you want to remember from baby’s first year.
You could add the first strand of their hair, photos, clothing your baby outgrows and even hospital mementos. You can either cerate the box yourself if you’re into arts and crafts, or you can buy one. In years to come, you and your child can take the box out and go through all of the precious memories you saved.
Create A 1st Year Poster
A 1st year poster is a creative and fun way to document baby’s first year. You can actually find pre-made posters online which enable you to just fill in the blank spaces. However, if you’re good with a computer, or you’re pretty skilled in arts and crafts, you can always choose to make one yourself.
It can be used to document the most important milestones from the 1st year and it doubles up as a personalized piece of artwork too. Stick it on baby’s wall and use it as a poster. They’ll enjoy being able to see their personal milestones as they grow up.
Create An Infographic
Similar to a poster, an infographic is the most modern way to document baby’s first year. This would need to be created on a computer, so you will need some basic IT skills.
It’s basically a lot like a poster, only it uses more visuals to record the most important milestones. Customize it with your baby’s name, date of birth and then decide which milestones you want to record. If you aren’t confident in your creative ability, the good news is there are some fantastic sample templates available on sites such as Etsy.
You could even add how many photos you’ve taken of your little one and add their photo to the infographic to fully customize it.
Record It On An App
Another modern way to record baby’s first milestones is to use an app. You can find lots of different apps you can download on your tablet or smartphone device. They basically do all of the hard work for you – all you need to do is fill in the details and the app will store it for you.
The Ovia Baby Development Tracker is one of the most popular milestone recording apps currently available. Not only does it let you record milestones, it also lets you share them with loved ones. The app also provides expert advice and links to over 1000 different parenting and child development articles.
You’ll find a lot of different apps available so take your time to compare them and see which one you prefer.
Give Your Baby An Annual Report
Creating an annual report for your little one can be a really fun way to document their first year. It’s a step up from the poster idea, helping you to track your baby’s progress each month.
It’s basically a calendar where you can write down memorable things which happened that day, add photos, record baby’s mood and even your own mood on any given day. Don’t feel confident in your ability to make one? You can purchase ready-made annual report calendars which you can simply fill in.
Create A Baby Clothes Quilt
Your baby is going to grow at an alarming rate. This means, you’re going to have a lot of outfits your little one has outgrown throughout the year. While giving them away to friends, family or colleagues is a noble gesture, why not keep some and create a baby clothes quilt?
You can combine all of your little one’s favorite outfits and create a quilt they (or you!) can keep forever. This is an especially great idea for those who love to knit and sew.
365 Day Project
Our final idea is going to be tough, but totally worth it! There’s a growing trend of parents taking part in 365-day projects to develop a comprehensive record of baby’s first year. There’s numerous ways you can do this depending upon how much time you have to dedicate it and how creative you are.
The most basic idea is to take a photo of baby every single day and then compile the photos into a large collage at the end of the year. If you want to take this idea up a notch, you can use the photos to create a time-lapse video. You can teach yourself how to do this online, and it really does provide a beautiful platform to treasure your little one’s first year.
You could even take a video each day, rather than a photo, then edit them all together at the end of the year.
These are just some of the awesome ways to document baby’s first year. Whichever method you choose, you’ll be able to look back on all of the important milestones you might otherwise forget. They can be treasured by you and your child for many years to come.
How did you choose to document your baby’s first year? Share your stories below!