What is the Best Way to Record Your Child's Lifetime Milestones?
other alternative is to get and develop a photo for every milestone and put a caption at the back, then put it in an album and print the caption legibly putting it beside the photo. Store the photos in digital format and copies. Others use videos!
A Christmas 'ornament' in his or her Christmas stocking that depicts in some way the milestone to highlight for that year. Put the year, like "2012", onto the ornament in some fashion and some kind of hook or string so that it can hung on the tree.
Hey J.S., one of my favorite things to do is write a letter to my child on their birthday. I don't give them the letter, I just write down all of the cute little things they are doing and then store it away. I think I might give it to them when they are 21:)
Definitely keep a digital camera on hand with the date set correctly and take as many photos that capture those milestones as possible. Joining a photo site like Shutterfly where you can create personalized photo books is great as well. I use Shutterfly because the quality is great, they have reasonable prices, amazing sales and free offers on a regular basis.
You can also opt for the typical baby book but I always forget to write in ours . Another idea would be to simply jot down the milestones in a calendar or keep a journal.
I have been incline to scrapbook the things that my kids and grandchild does . This way they are always able to look back over what they have done.
I keep a scrapbook which contains every milestone that my daughters have achieved in their lives so far. Photographs are important along with stickers from school,report cards, medals, certificates etc. I also have a "memory box" in which I keep the larger items eg. first baby shoes, lock of hair, christening candle, birthday cards etc. Every now and then my 10 year old likes to look through this. I intend to give her the scrapbook and memory box when she is 18 and hopefully she will start one for her children when she is older.
When my children were growing up all I had was pics. Video recorders were available then but I hadn't purchased one. I as a saver. Every peace of paper the scribbled on I saved until it fell apart.
Now with the digital age you can download anything you want to what ever you want.
Those digital frames a so cool. Put videos with sound even. Make a slide show and add the moments that are special to you. Walk over to it. Press a button and it plays.
Ms.Dee the Christmas ornament thing is great. Take the little ones to a ceramic shop and let them make some of their own.
There is some great software for PCs that creates a page-turning ebook in which you can add narration. Out of all the software I've tried for the children's ebook I wrote, Desktop Author is the most user friendly in my opinion. If I had little ones, I'd add jpgs, text, and their voices regarding the milestones and record the those moments in that way. In a similar vein, my little company, in answer to my question of "What did we do LAST Christmas?" (which is a similar need for keeping records of milestones) created a physical Four-Year Journal. The writer, records a weekly summary for each week of each year. So for example, as the book is open, you can see what you did for the Week of Dec. 23, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and read across the pages. It's a great motivator to do something special each year and a really nice way to view your family's progress. I don't think I can advertise here, but you probably can find my company if you google my name. But, all in all, reading the suggestions in the answers here, I do LOVE the letter on the birthday idea from frugalfamily. Oooh, that reminds me of a tangent (A.D.D much, Billie?) I have played the birthday song from Captain Zoom, "Hey Beth, It's your birthday..." every year for my daughter no matter where she was for the past 20 some years. They now have download versions at captain zoom, and it's easy to make that a tradition. But I digress, so adios
I use my camera and videos a lot to capture milestones. I also write about them.
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