Recently I was talking to some friends about working on my little one’s baby book, and I was surprised to learn how many people aren’t doing them any longer. The primary argument against baby books seems to be that they are time-consuming and unnecessary when so many memories are already published online through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc…
I will be the first to admit that I’m not the most social-media savvy gal on the block. I have Twitter and Instagram accounts, but I’ve only logged into them a handful of times. I have a Facebook account that I check daily, mostly out of curiosity to see what people are doing and what issues everyone is talking about, but I rarely actually post anything myself. So for me, making a baby book for my daughter has always been a given. However, I understand how it is more time-efficient for those who are frequent social-media posters to forgo creating a separate baby book when they can just scroll back through their timelines…because let’s be honest, how many people have the time to sit down and carefully document in neat handwriting baby’s every accomplishment when there are already too many things to do each and every day? Nonetheless, here are four reasons why even frequent social-media-posting moms should still consider making each child a baby book:
1.They are physical books. It is a different experience to sit on a sofa with your own mother or your child, open a book, feel the age of the pages, see a mother’s careful pen strokes, and know that every word, picture, and item was chosen with love and a purpose, versus sitting down with a phone or tablet and watching someone else scroll through a timeline looking for that funny picture they posted years ago.
2.Baby books do more than just record monthly milestones. They are a place where special baby items can be stored and documented. I like to think that I’m a fairly organized person, but there’s no way I could keep up with all of the baby keepsakes if I didn’t have a definite place to store them over the years. Such items include ultrasound photos, hospital wrist bands, decorative birth certificates with baby’s foot and hand prints, a lock of hair from baby’s first haircut, or some people even include umbilical cords (Not us though. We threw our daughter’s away thinking it was something the dogs dragged in when we found it…although I’m not sure we would have kept it anyway. That’s a debate for another blog post.).
3.Your children may regret it if you don’t make them baby books. Just after my daughter was born, my parents and I had the best time reading back through the baby book my mother made for me. It was so heartwarming to see the time and attention to detail that my mom spent in filling the pages with all of the special moments of my first year, and it was interesting to compare her notes of when I first smiled, giggled, rolled over, etc… to my own daughter’s milestones. However, I’m the oldest of three kids and my mom had the time to fill my book, but I’m not so sure about the size of my younger brothers’ books. Baby books are often begun with the best of intentions, but their completion doesn’t always come to fruition, especially with younger siblings. While it may seem like an annoying chore at the time, making a baby book for each child will be a gift that you can share with your grown baby (and grandbabies, just to embarrass their parents) years from now, and it will help avoid younger siblings from feeling left out.
4.You may regret not making a baby book. My daughter is just about to reach seven months old, and I’ve already struggled to remember some of her earlier milestones and the little quirks she had as a newborn, like the funny moaning sound she made when she ate or took a poo. If I hadn’t recorded these little moments, over time, I may have forgotten them completely. While your children will love looking back on their baby books when they are older, you as the parent will also love reliving those special times you thought you had forgotten.
Did you make a baby book for your children? Why or why not?