I (obviously) was thrilled that my child (tiny genius in the making) had learned that french fries and cheeseburgers were commonly eaten together. It was a journal-worthy moment.
But how do we as parents keep track of all these seemingly-epic milestones (that only a parent can truly appreciate) without adding another task to the endless list of things we already have to do?
I've compiled here some of my favorite easy ways to keep track of the milestones (big and small) that will help you cover each and every moment.
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Keep a notebook
You don't have to get fancy. Did you know that most parents never fill out more than a few pages of those expensive baby journals? (I saw one poll that said only about 70% of moms remember to fill more than the "About" sections!) I didn't even finish my son's 'About' section, and only filled out a couple of the milestone pages. My daughter's book is still sitting on the same shelf I stuck it on after I put away my baby-shower items. I just didn't have time for any of it!
What I did have time for though, was scribbling a note to myself in a plain-old wide-rule notebook. It started out as a place to jot notes that I could enter into the baby book later, and it ended up being a baby-journal. Easy, cheap, and quick.
Get a Polaroid camera
These are a bit outdated, but they are amazing for chronicling a baby's life. Keep one handy for when baby has a 'first', and snap a picture. Write the date and the event on the picture, and you're done. It's photo-journalism at its finest. Store them in a special photo-book just for baby's milestone pictures. I like this one that holds 200 photos (comes in pink or blue) and this one that holds 100 photos (comes in pink or light orange).
Create a memory jarYou know those jumbo jars of pickles at the store? Grab the biggest one you can find and (after you've eaten all the pickles) clean it out well. Using a large flat chisel and a hammer, carefully puncture a slit into the top of the jar. It should look just like the top of a piggy bank when you're finished.
Decorate the jar by hot-gluing ribbons or even fancy scrapbook cutouts to the outside of the glass. Keep a pad of paper & a pen next to the jar so that when memories happen you can just jot them down and then stick them in the jar. It's a bank for your most precious of moments!
Ditch the baby book and do a baby calendar insteadEven with the lack of time to fill out a baby book, most moms still want to chronicle the first year of their child's life with something that comes with stickers. (Even I have fallen prey to this clever marketing tactic.) So go ahead, give in.
But to give you a fighting chance towards actually finishing your baby's incredible-first-year-as-told-by-stickers, you definitely want to go the calendar route. Calendars are easy to keep on a desk and don't generally require a lot of time, which makes them perfect for new moms. I like this one by Carter's that is easy-to-use, but still has a section in it to add in important details like an 'About Mommy/Daddy' section, an 'About Baby' section, and a family tree.
Are you tracking your baby's first year now? Do you have a cool way to log milestones?
Chat with me in the comments below, I love hearing from my readers!
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