How to Make a Memory Book for Your Baby

26 June 2020 • Memories

How to Make a Memory Book for Your Baby

One of the most precious moments in parenthood, besides your child graduating or getting married, is when your child was born. In fact, it's probably the most important event in your life since becoming a parent. You look at your baby and see a miracle, a new life you've brought into the universe. One of the best ways to commemorate this life-changing moment is to create a baby memory book. A physical memory book you can hold in your hands would also make a great companion piece to a Memories page, which is the digital version. 

What is a memory book?

A memory book is any kind of scrapbook or photo album that securely archives photos and other thin materials, like paper items or pieces of textile like a gender color ribbon. For example, you can place baby photos into your memory book or a print out of the sonogram of your baby before he/she was born. Also, a memory book is more personal than a regular photo album, because it's dedicated to a particular special event or person, like your baby and their birth. A memory book is like visual diary that you can open up to revisit the past. Memory books are similar to a memory box. Both memory books and memory boxes contain keepsakes and photos of your baby, as well as other materials that can fit into the book or box. best baby memory book

Baby memory book

1. Gather and Curate

First things first, gather the materials you would like to include in your memory book. Remember, this is not your grandma's old-fashioned scrapbook, although you're making this memory book in the spirit of that tradition. Don't be afraid to get creative and think outside the box. Therefore, you shouldn't just gather stacks of film photos. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a regular photo album. 

Collect photos, postcards, and holiday and birthday greeting cards. Other memorabilia include sonogram photos, baby footprints, gender color ribbons, and even a lock of hair. You can even press dried flowers from bouquets that were given to you while you were in the hospital. It'll remind you of the support and love people gave you during the momentous event.

Think like a museum curator. What "artifacts" from your child's birth would you like to display in your family museum? By viewing your memory book like a tangible version of your family history, because that's what it essentially is, you'll be able to come up with creative ways to tell stories. 

2. Choose the Memory Book

One of the most important aspects of the memory book is the book itself. There are many choices out in the market. If you're an online shopper, don't forget to check out a good old physical store as well. There are some unique albums and scrapbooks available in actual stores that you might not find in an online one, especially stationary boutiques handmade by local book binders. 

To save costs on adhesives like glue, which can be messy anyway, we suggest you check out photo albums or scrapbooks that already have adhesive applied on to the pages. It's faster, cleaner, and you can easily rearrange your content. There are aslo many cover types you can choose from, but the most popular are hardback, which are usually made of tough recycled cardboard. Since your memory book is special that you want to last for many decades, think about investing in leather-bound memory books, even if they are a little bit more pricey. 

Another important aspect to consider is their capability of archiving precious materials like photographs. Most photo albums and scrapbooks use protective film that is acid-free and are certified for professional archiving. However, it doesn't hurt to take the time to check the product description if your book is indeed archive-worthy. 

Below is a selection of baby memory book for boys you can purchase online. 

Pearhead First 5 Years Chevron Baby Memory Book

Baby memory book for boys

Pearhead’s gray chevron babybook is the perfect keepsake to cherish every moment with your adorable baby; includes 50-guided journal pages with space for photos, a clean-touch ink pad to create baby’s prints, and 3” x 3” cover photo insert.

Pages include: who this book belongs to, baby’s introduction, about mommy, about daddy, mommy and daddy’s story, family tree, mommy’s pregnancy journey, doctor visits, baby shower, gift and guest list. Pages also include: delivery/birthday!, special page to include prints from hospital, birth announcement, visitors/gifts, homecoming, the world I came into, baby’s first bath, laugh, words, crawl, steps, and more, favorite things, growth chart, sleep, eating, and bathing schedule.

Pages also include: 1st - 5th birthday, friends, favorite activities, preschool, kindergarten, art made in school, first holiday, other special memories, family moments. There’s also space to include photos throughout the journal of mommy, daddy, baby’s sonogram, the family, mommy while pregnant, baby shower, baby’s first picture, homecoming, baby sleeping, bath time, birthdays, friends, activities, pre-school, kindergarten, art, and holidays. Easily create your baby's precious print with Pearhead’s clean-touch ink pad ensuring baby's piggies never touch the ink. You can display baby’s print on the front of the book and inside the book in the prints section; two-time use maximum; for newborns only; ink pads will accommodate hand/feet up to 2.25” wide x 3.5” long.

Pearhead First 5 Years Baby Memory Book with Sonogram Photo Insert, Black and Gold Polka Dot

Baby memory books

Pearhead's baby memory babybook is the perfect gift for any baby shower, baby baptism or christening; includes 50-guided journal pages with space for photos and a 4” x 5” cover photo insert. Pages include: who this book belongs to, baby’s introduction, about mommy, about daddy, mommy and daddy’s story, family tree, mommy’s pregnancy journey, doctor visits, baby shower, gift and guest list.

Pages also include: delivery/birthday!, prints from hospital, birth announcement, visitors/gifts, homecoming, the world I came into, baby’s first bath, laugh, words, crawl, steps, and more, favorite things, growth chart, sleep, eating, and bathing schedule. Pages also include: 1st - 5th birthday, friends, favorite activities, preschool, kindergarten, art made in school, first holiday, other special memories, family moments.

There’s also space to include photos throughout the journal of mommy, daddy, baby’s sonogram, the family, mommy while pregnant, baby shower, baby’s first picture, homecoming, baby sleeping, bath time, birthdays, friends, activities, pre-school, kindergarten, art, and holidays.

Here is a selection of baby girl memory books.

Lil Peach Birdie Baby Five Year Memory Book

Baby girl memory book

Lil Peach Birdie Baby Memory Book is the perfect gift for any baby shower, baby baptism or christening; includes guided journal pages with space for photos, a 3” x 3” cover photo insert and a protective plastic cover.

Pages include: who this book belongs to, baby’s introduction, about mommy, about daddy, mommy and daddy’s story, family tree, mommy’s pregnancy journey, doctor visits, baby shower, gift and guest list.

Pages also include: delivery/birthday, prints from hospital, birth announcement, visitors/gifts, homecoming, the world I came into, baby’s first bath, laugh, words, crawl, steps, and more, favorite things, growth chart, sleep, eating, and bathing schedule. Pages also include: 1st - 5th birthday, friends, favorite activities, preschool, kindergarten, art made in school, first holiday, other special memories, family moments

There’s also space to include photos throughout the journal of mommy, daddy, baby’s sonogram, the family, mommy while pregnant, baby shower, baby’s first picture, homecoming, baby sleeping, bath time, birthdays, friends, activities, pre-school, kindergarten, art, and holidays.

Pearhead Hello Beautiful First 5 Years Baby Memory Book with Photo Insert

Memory book for baby girl

Pages include: includes 50-guided journal pages with space for photos and 3” x 3” cover photo insert. Also includes who this book belongs to, baby’s introduction, about mommy, about daddy, mommy and daddy’s story, family tree, mommy’s pregnancy journey, doctor visits, baby shower, gift and guest list.

Pages also include: delivery/birthday!, prints from hospital, birth announcement, visitors/gifts, homecoming, the world I came into, baby’s first bath, laugh, words, crawl, steps, and more, favorite things, growth chart, sleep, eating, and bathing schedule. Pages also include: 1st - 5th birthday, friends, favorite activities, preschool, kindergarten, art made in school, first holiday, other special memories, family moments.

3. Get Creative with Layouts

As we said earlier, the memory book is not just any old-fashioned scrapbook. You have the freedom to get creative not only with the content you choose, but with the layout design as well. You can go with a clean minimalist style to direct focus to the content itself, or you can make complex collages to tell a unique story about your baby and their birth. You can even draw or write on the pages themselves, especially if your memory book has film covers on top of the content. It will give your memory book an extra dimension.

The important thing to keep in mind is that each piece of content, whether a photograph or other material, should shine as if they're a superstar. This means you should probably avoid overlapping materials too much if you're trying to make a multi-piece collage. In order to tell a coherent story, the sentences must be clear. So, visualize the story you want to tell before arranging the content on to the pages. 

Baby memory books

4. Create a Narrative

Once you've figured out your layout, think about how you want to present your baby boy or baby girl's story. You can also arrange photos like a timeline, showing their sonogram photos first and then their birth photos from the hospital. You can then include photos of their first birthday and continue adding more photos and keepsakes up until they're 5 years old (which is when the toddler phase ends and they begin their journey into adolescence). 

5. Collaborate

Collaboration is a natural part of being in a family. Doing things together, like an art project that everyone will be a part of, is a great way to bond with each other. Encouage other members of the family to collaborate with you. It's simply a good bonding experience with your busy family members who you might not always have the chance to converse with regularly. Also, this will give your child different perspectives from various family members about their birth and toddler years. 

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