Scrapbooking for Baby

Scrapbooking is a great family activity no matter the topic, but scrapbooks about baby are a way to really bring your family together.  It gives you a chance to preserve the precious memories of baby's early days, while helping your older children to express their appreciation for their younger sibling.  Print up pictures of your youngest one, then call your family together and gather up some supplies.  Get everyone's input as you put it together; this is a group activity and should be enjoyed by all!

A compilation of scrapbooks.

As an art form, scrapbooking is a wonderfully homey way to keep your memories safe that allows you to express your unique side and that of your family while still retaining traditional aspects.  A baby's scrapbook is especially great because it's easy enough to gather up all the information and pictures you'll use, and then to place them in such a way that you express your baby's personality perfectly.

Here are some vital things to include in baby's scrapbook:

-       His or her birth date and birth weight

-       The day he or she first opened his or her eyes

-       The date he or she crowned the first tooth

-       The first step

-       The first word (this is fun to emphasize! Make a big collage featuring the word, or place a             photo of baby with a speech bubble)

-        Favorites: toys, foods, people, pets, times of day, etc.

Infants and toddlers are attracted to bright colors and bold patterns, so use these to reflect that time in your child's life.  Giant polka dots and stripes are good background paper patterns, especially in black and white or primary colors.  You can also cut out custom shapes from bold cardstock to contrast with or provide frames for photos you're securing to the pages.

Are you going to make the scrapbook for baby now, or for your child when he or she has grown out of infancy?  The former means that you should really emphasize the colors, patterns, and pictures, and take the advice of both your youngsters (they know what kids like to look at) and educational Web sites (they can give you ideas for filling the pages of baby's scrapbook with simple concepts baby can understand).  The latter means you should record lots of memories -- and, again, rely on your older kids to help you retell stories in an engaging way.

Have your baby sit with you in the room as you gather to make his or her scrapbook.  If you can, let them be a part of the process, even if it's just by mangling some paper with blunt plastic scissors!

What do you like to do with your family?  Shoot us an email at with your tips and ideas; we'd love to feature them in a future blog!

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