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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Baby Book

Am I like totally old-fashioned because I bought baby books for both of my children?

I remember my mom having one for each of her children and as a kid, I liked looking at my stats (birth weight, height, etc.), my footprints, and pictures. It was also fun to compare the stats amongst the four children to see who was the biggest baby at what age or who walked first...

When I was pregnant for the first time 7 years ago, the baby book was one of my favorite purchases. I bought BABY BOOK By Sara Midda. It was small, free-form and I loved the artwork in it. It was so much fun putting together for Pukey that I got the same one for Poopy. I think a few tales girls bought them as well....

So, I have been trying to find it online again as a possible baby gift, but they seem to be sold out or pretty over-priced. I haven't delved into searching that much because I am totally close-minded to my top pick. I am also hesitant because I wonder if moms are actually doing the baby book thing anymore. Are they filling out immunization records? Are growth charts plotted? Are there any printed pictures anymore? Is a paper baby book a totally lame book, or is it still pretty mainstream to have one and use it?

Alternately, are there websites that are not a blog, that allow you to track your baby's milestones and progress on it, similar to a baby book?

For all of you out there who are budding with offspring and totally into all aspects of becoming a mother, is this part of your research, and if so what have you found and what are your thoughts?


  • I have no idea what the rest of the world does, but I do babybooks! My Mom did them for all of us, and so I do for my kids. I haven't bought mine, but I make a baby scrapbook that includes the same photos, stats, charts, snips of hair, hospital bracelets, footprints, and the like. That can never go out of style. :)
    posted by Blogger Katie at 6/03/2008 05:46:00 PM  

  • check out design mom's (www.designmom.com)giveaway today - as luck would have it, it's a baby book. And a darling one at that! It was also an "ask design mom" question that she and others answered. Good luck. I love baby books and would love to have had one of my own.
    posted by Blogger m e l at 6/03/2008 08:43:00 PM  

  • I got a babybook for my daughter but... It's sitting in her closet. I'm writing in a journal for her. I plan on including her footprints (they're around here somewhere...) and her stats and everything. And then, at some birthday (or when she asks), I'll get her her own journal and she will be responsible for it then.

    I could only do one or the other. I chose this.
    posted by Blogger Erin Marie at 6/03/2008 09:34:00 PM  

  • I did baby books for both of my girls as well. I used ones made by CR Gibson that were purchased from Babies R Us. I've been to several showers over the past couple of years and have noticed that Babies R Us doesn't carry this type of thing anymore. I don't know if it is out of fashion right now, but I love filling out their info and they love to see how they compared to each other as well as their baby cousins. I hope the stores start carrying these again, it's such a nice and easy keepsake.
    posted by Anonymous MKC at 6/04/2008 08:54:00 AM  

  • It was because of Kage that I purchased the same two Sarah Midda baby books for my kids - LOVE them. And now I can't find them anywhere.

    I kept old school baby books for my two, though my second's isn't quite as fleshed out as my first...bad mom...
    posted by Blogger Chloe at 6/04/2008 09:48:00 AM  

  • Love my Sarah Midda books too, but like Chloe, #2's is far less used than #1. The Design Mom post is good. And this looks good for computer types.
    posted by Blogger TftCarrie at 6/04/2008 10:34:00 AM  

  • Found your site today while searching the net for a rowdy diaper bag and couldn't help but comment....I personally love baby books and I am a blogger and my child has a blog. But when it comes to memories I prefer something more tangible than the computer or internet to store my precious memories. My first baby book was actually in the form of a scrapbook w/pages that had prompts. But now those pages aren't sold in stores anymore so I broke down and bought a book from babies r us for child #2 coming in August. Plus my son likes to look through his book and see the pictures of himself and he's only 3. I hope to be able to pass on completed baby books to my children when they are grown. I also plan on keeping up w/#2 b/c people always tell me that you don't do as much for #2 as you do for #1 but I'm determined to do otherwise.
    posted by Anonymous amber at 6/06/2008 01:51:00 PM  

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