3 minutes a day is all it takes to capture precious moments for a lifetime. I really believe that is true. I even think that is MORE time than you need to create an amazing baby book. Echo Art’s Memory Book is applicable up to age 4 so don’t feel pressure to get it all done on day one. The days are long when your babies are small (if they are good sleepers) and sometimes not a lot happens. Milestones don’t happen overnight, things like crawling take time and practice. Julia crawled backwards before she went forward and spent days doing something, that clearly wasn’t crawling, but I thought might one day become crawling. I had plenty of time to write somewhere “working on crawling.”
When I was designing the memory book I had a two year old and a newborn so I had “baby book” on the brain a LOT MORE than most moms. They are now 6 and 8 so it’s been a process and the things I discovered that worked the most for me in terms of writing it down were: knowing that it was important to me and jotting it down before I put it in the book.
#1 – Knowing that it was important to me? Why is having a baby book important? I’m not sure I thought about that much with my first baby aside from, because you do. You get diapers, clothes, toys, the gear and a baby book. By the time I had my second baby I knew that I wanted to remember and to share with them their very distinct personalities that came through in everything that they did. That was it for me; if I could somehow capture who they were as a newborn and toddler and show it to them when they were grown-up then I wanted to. I thought about that a lot as a created the pages for the book. What would my grown-up baby want to read?
#2 - Jotting it down before it went in the book. This, for me was key! I wrote my little moments on a chalkboard in the family room. When the chalkboard filled up I took a picture of it with my phone and then when I felt like it and had a quiet minute I wrote it in the baby book. It doesn’t have to be a chalkboard; it can be a note on your phone or an actual notebook as long as you write it down b/c trust me you’re not going to remember. I can’t tell you how many times I have said to my husband “she did the cutest thing today…but I can’t remember what it was.”
It also doesn’t hurt to have an amazing video to illustrate key points…this one captures my girls personality traits to a tee (and still does).