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How to Create a Memory Book for Your Baby
There are many ways for you to create a memory book for your child. You can use standard photo albums or you can purchase memory books that already have a structure set in place for photos and information you want to record for your child. The choice is up to you. You can even have a few different memory books for your child and family to enjoy and look back on in the future!
Standard Photo Album
You can use a standard photo album to create a memory book for your child. Photo albums allow you the freedom to design it any way you wish without having to follow a specified predetermined format. I used a standard photo album for each of my children. Each album is filled with photos and other items that are unique to just them. I created one for each child individually so that they can look through their "own" book whenever they wish to relive their past memories and experiences.
I included pictures from the hospital where they were born along with any paperwork we received while in the hospital. I have their signs that hung on their cribs during the hospital stay as well as their ankle bands. I even went as far as to include their "belly buttons" after they had fallen off. My kids think it is gross that I put that in their books but for me it was a memory I wanted to keep forever!
As my children go through the pages of their memory books they can see how much they changed from month to month and year to year. They can relive birthdays, holidays, and everything in between. I also enjoy looking through their books and seeing how much they have changed since I first met them after they were born.
Baby's Memory Books
You can choose to use a memory book for your child that already has set pages for you to add pictures and other information. These books can help you to easily record all of your child's milestones as they grow from their first tooth to their first steps and so on.
These memory books are great but they do not always work for everyone. You really have to make sure that you are on the ball when it comes to adding the dates of each milestone your child reached. I have to admit that this type of memory book did not work out so well for me because I was horrible with writing in the dates and other information for my children.
Memory Books for Babies
My youngest son has a set of photo memory books that were just for him. They are similar to a standard picture book you would give your baby to look at and play with except for the fact that it was filled with pictures of him. Each book had a different theme and the photos inside matched the theme of the book.
One book is titled My Baby Book and each page includes a paragraph with a space on the opposite side to include a photo of your child. The first page reads: When I was a baby I learned how to crawl. I couldn't walk yet because I was too small. Now I am big and I know how to run. I run everywhere because running is fun!
The second book is titled My Vacation and each page includes a paragraph and a space on the following page to place a picture. The first page in this book reads: We're going on vacation! It's time for me to pack. Books and toys go in my bag, plus crayons and a snack. On the following page I included a photo of our van packed before we left because it matched the words of the paragraph in the memory book. Each page is set up this way in both books and it creates a really neat personalized book for your child to enjoy over and over again.