Any parent understands the thrill of every first in their baby’s life – from the first step to the first Christmas, and every trivial moment in between that your Facebook friends surely can’t get enough of! Sure, scrolling through these lovely images on your phone or sending them to your friends and family will make your day, but taking this a step further and turning the most important ones into something tangible is a priceless way to have these precious moments in sight at all times and for years to come.
With the help of some of the many platforms and tools out there, it’s easy to make a beautiful photo book to document these memories for yourself and your loved ones. This could be done through a totally digital approach with a platform such as Shutterfly or the old-fashioned, DIY way, using the help of a pre-made book that you can fill in and add to.
Occasions to Document
When it comes to your new baby, there are few occasions that are unworthy of documentation, but you’ll surely be able to narrow down a selection of the most important ones that deserve to be put on paper. Some of the most popular themes to include in ‘Baby’s First’ books are moments like first holidays (Christmas, birthday, etc.), first outings, first foods, and first steps. If you want to make a book documenting the entire first year of a baby’s life, it’s good to include a picture from every month, if not every couple of weeks (especially early on), since babies are known to change so quickly.
The look of a baby’s firsts book should, of course, be light, cheerful, and playful. Online platforms offer plenty of theme-specific designs, so you’ll be sure to find a template that is almost as cute as your baby. Embellishment add-ons like stickers, chat bubbles, and other graphics are perfect for finishing off the look. If you’re going for a DIY approach, you can really get out your artistic skills and start doodling, adding on real stickers and other tassels, and experimenting with some calligraphy writing styles. For either style, collage-style photo arrangements are popular and useful for those who have trouble narrowing down their photo choices for a single event.
Digital or DIY
Whether you choose to use an online platform to make a more modern photo book or you opt for a classic, cut and paste approach depends on a few things, including how much time you’re willing to spend on this project, how confident you are in your crafty skills, and how much customization you’re looking for. In any case, one thing is for sure: quality photo prints will be a must. Companies like Mixbook can be used simply for getting prints of your favorite pictures if you prefer the DIY option or can be taken a step further and used to make the actual photo books. Regardless of what you choose, baby’s first photo books make a fantastic gift, to your relatives, to yourself, or to your baby in a few years from now.
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