DIY baby book

My “baby” turns two next month! Time flies. I’ve been a little busy these past two years trying to chase after both my boys, but I decided it’s finally time to finish up his baby book. πŸ˜‰ At least I’ll have it done before he’s off to kindergarten!

I’ve always been a journaler, and I knew that I wanted to be able to keep track of my baby’s milestones in a fun way. Most of the baby keepsake books I found were pretty generic and didn’t leave a ton of room for writing — they just didn’t feel like a good fit for me and my style. So, I decided to go the nontraditional route and create my own version of a baby remembrance book.

I wanted a unique, handmade book with ALL blank pages, so I could fill them up as I wished. (My friend Paige runs an Etsy shop of handmade books, take a look at all the amazing things she’s created!Β I ordered both my boys’ books from her and loved all the unique pages and hand-stitched binding.)

Baby book interior

That allowed me a nice blank canvas to do what I want. Throughout his first year, I printed out my favorite photos and Instagrams and glued them into the book, in chronological order. The photo pages are interspersed with keepsakes and lots of writing — I kept track of all the little nicknames we used, or cute things his big brother said to him. And, every month during his first year, I wrote him a letter about what was happening in our lives, the milestones he hit, and what he was like as a baby.

six month milestone in the baby book

Like I said, I’m just finishing up some of the photo organization in the book (luckily I got all the journaling done in real time, so no catching up there!) but it’s already so fun to look back and see him as a tiny baby when he’s now a full-fledged, walking, talking toddler. This is one keepsake that our family will treasure forever.

How do you keep records of your kids? Have you used traditional baby books, or taken aΒ different path like me?