The birth of your baby is a miracle. So it is natural that you want to preserve every single moment you spend with the newborn, from the first Christmas to the first steps. But then what?
Storing pictures on your computer is not enough, posting them on Facebook, Instagram etc. could cause problems when the child reaches legal age and printing them one by one is so 20th century.
Furthermore, this is your little baby we are talking about, so his/her pictures should get special attention, right? This is why photo books exist. Nowadays photo books can be built with just a few clicks thanks to the auto-fill option, advanced photo enhancing features and countless baby themes. Plus, photo books can be created from mobile devices as well, therefore you can still enjoy spending time with your baby while you prepare a special gift for yourself and the family.
Baby Photo Book Ideas
A good middle size baby photo book with a soft or hard cover starts with good pictures. However, do not worry if your pictures are not pitch-perfect: like we already said in a previous article, your baby is perfect the way he/she is and you are not a professional photographer, so if needed, take more pictures and pick the best ones. With that said, try not to overcrowd your photo book with pictures: choose the best ones and put 3–4 pictures tops only on each page.
Best Photo Books of 2018
As for captions, the best thing is to write down your own feelings and memories or ask others to do the same. It’s all the more fun when you make your picture sets consistent: try to dress your baby in clothes with similar patterns or colors. The same goes for the story you want to tell: you can put your pictures in chronological order or organize them based on a specific theme to present the first year of your child.
However, these are just our tips. There are plenty of suggestions you can find on social media, baby blogs or even the blogs of photo book builders. So feel free to combine those with the above ideas.
Baby Shower Photo Books
A baby shower is a great occasion for creating a photo book, or in fact a guest book, mostly because others will take pictures of your baby too and want to leave messages for his/her future self (giving you enough material for your next photo books).
Just like in the case of creating a regular baby photo book, you can apply the same principles suggested in our baby photo book ideas. In addition to that you can ask family members and others to collaborate on the photo book online by either putting up pictures into a shared album or actually making modifications on the book. Or, if that feature is not present, you can still share the photo book with others via email or social media so they can not only see the product as it will appear in real life, but they can ask you to order a copy for them too.
Recommended Baby Photo Books
Simple and user-friendly; these are the two main attributes of Mixbook and its top-notch app, Mosaic. This online photo builder is almost pitch-perfect as it gives you complete freedom regarding customizations. Whether you work on your book alone or with the help of contributors, you can (retroactively) select from 24 different baby themes (301 in total), personalize the layout any way you want and change the background without deleting the settings of the selected theme. There is unlimited photo storage for your pictures, which you can auto-fill into your book, your captions are spell-checked and your works are auto-saved.
Baby photo books, available in 3 shapes, 7 sizes and 5 cover types, start from $15.99 (shipping excluded), but if you use discounts such as the newcomers’ coupon and bulk order, you can radically reduce the total.
A worthy and long-time competitor of Mixbook, Shutterfly is available on desktop/mobile browsers and an iPad app for greater flexibility. Your books can be built using 2 methods (simple or advanced), or you can have it completely created by the company itself. The photo book builder doesn’t limit users at all regarding customization options, so you can do basically whatever you want with layouts, backgrounds and the 31 baby themes (some of which cost an extra). The 6 book sizes and 6 covers – including cloth, genuine leather and ivory crushed silk – can be modified retroactively which you can also do with the 2 shapes and the 3 paper types (layflat included) of the book.
Shutterfly’s pricing policy is almost the same as Mixbook’s, and like that company, you can reduce the total with bulk order discounts, newcomers’ coupons, and referring Shutterfly to family members, friends or colleagues.
Snapfish is an ideal choice for those who prefer seeing app-like interfaces in modern software. Their simple and user-friendly editor allows users to customize the preset layouts, (retroactively) change the 72 themes (4 of which are baby related), and add embellishments from an already enormous list. If you want to adjust the photos, which can be auto-filled to your book even from Instagram, you can make the most necessary modifications. As a nice little extra, there is a price calculator that always modifies the price according to your latest updates.
Snapfish offers its books starting from $12.99 with 5 sizes, 6 covers (including linen, leather and layflat) and a maximum 8 business day processing and shipping time. To reduce the total, just use the countless coupons and discounts like occasional free shipping, refer a friend rewards, free samples and so on.