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How to document your baby’s first six months of life

The first months of your baby’s life are filled with precious moments and major milestones. We’ve rounded up our favorite ways to document the memories you won’t want to miss.

Milestone cards

Photo credit: Milestone Baby Cards

Milestone baby cards

Dutch mom Gemma Broekhuis wanted to remember the first time her baby rolled over, so she jotted down the milestone and the date and snapped a photo of her son with the card. Now moms everywhere can do the same with Gemma’s milestone baby cards. A set of 30 illustrated cards helps to document baby’s age as well as special milestones like sitting, standing, eating solid food and every mom’s favorite — sleeping through the night.

Ruby Love baby book

Create a cherished keepsake with a custom modern baby book from Ruby Love Baby. Choose your album cover and album page color schemes to create a memory book that suits your style. Each handmade three-ring 9-inch by 8-inch album includes 52 custom-designed pages to record specific memories from your baby’s first year. Ruby Love Baby albums include pages for adding information to a family tree, your baby shower, the birth day, milestones, a growth chart, health history and more.

Ruby Love baby book

Photo credit: Ruby Love Baby
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Month-by-month baby photos

Document baby’s first months by taking a monthly photo in the same spot with an object that helps to show scale. Prop up your baby in a favorite chair with an interesting backdrop (like you see in these adorable photos from the letter b. photography), and then put all the photos together and see how they grow!

Photo credit: The Letter B Photography

Kidlee online baby journal

Go digital with the free Kidlee app. Kidlee lets you use your iPhone or computer to quickly jot down notes and attach photos to your child’s profile, creating a searchable and printable timeline of events. This modern alternative to a baby book lets you quickly document everything from the practical (feeding schedules and doctor’s visits) to the profound (toothless grins and first words). Add family and close friends as followers, and they’ll receive weekly email updates with baby’s special moments. Kidlee is a great Facebook alternative for parents who want to let the grandparents know about Junior’s colossal poop, but would rather not share that milestone with their 200 closest friends.

kidlee online baby journal

Photo credit: Kidlee
Photo books

Photo books

Keep things simple with a photo book that highlights one photo each month, alongside the highlights from that month. You can purchase this chalkboard baby book template from Hanna Mac Photography, add your own captions and photos and then upload and order a photo book from a printer like Shutterfly.

Photo credit: Hanna Mac Photography

Quick tip:

Feeling crafty? Find out how easy it is to make a children’s memory book in this She Knows how-to video.

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Photo credits: Milestone Baby Cards, Ruby Love Baby, The Letter B PhotographyKidlee, Hanna Mac Photography

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