It’s the longest and shortest year of your life, or so they say. You spend months preparing for baby’s arrival and before you know it, you’re singing Happy Birthday to a bright-eyed 1-year-old. So how do you hold onto the memories—all those little moments that make up the first year and beyond? Many parents turn to a baby book to record milestones, photos and stories. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites from easy to tackle one-liner memory journals to scrapbook-friendly tombes with completely customizable pages.
Photo and Memory Books
Log month by month milestones and 4x4 photos of your baby as she grows. Additional envelopes are perfect for storing mementos, like a lock of hair from the first cut or a letter to your child. Choose from baby pink or preppy chambray covers, both with shiny gold-foil accents.
Buy it: $85, SugarPaper.com
“The Story of You” is meant to make it easy on parents thanks to prompt-filled pages. This fabric binder comes with a pen, adhesive for pictures and mementos, plus a set of everyday prints to get you started. Choose from four colors, each with foil detailing.
Buy it: $120, ArtifactUprising.com
This memory book will take you from 0 to 5, with monthly pages for the first year. Prompts plus blank spaces leave plenty of room for all your favorite photos and memories. This classic yet modern book is available in pink or blue.
Buy it: $62, Amazon.com
Ronica First Year Baby Book
Think of this book as a photo album and diary in one. This illustrated book has places for memories, pictures and keepsakes from pregnancy through age 5. You can choose from boy and girl designs or gender-neutral farm and jungle themes.
Rag and Bone Bindery
Personalize the front of baby’s book with his name, birthdate and a beautiful illustration. Interior pages include prompts and plenty of room for photos and big milestones, and vellum envelopes are spaced throughout to store mementos. The customizable pages make this the perfect choice for same-sex, single and adoptive parents.
Buy it: $75, RagAndBoneBindery.com
Ruby and Love
Choose your color scheme, personalize the exterior and add a mix of extra pages (think: first holidays, sibling pages, etc.) for a completely custom keepsake. If you love keeping a baby book, Ruby and Love also has a school year book so you can keep recording memories through your child’s high school graduation.
Buy it: $65, RubyAndLove.com
Document memories of baby’s arrival and their first three years with this ribbon accented baby book. Choose from a series of bonus pages, like pregnancy, holidays and even keepsake envelopes to ensure every memento is captured and saved.
Buy it: from $75, TesseraPublishing.com
Letters To Baby
If you love to journal, this is the baby book for you. This prompted write-in book will take you and from pregnancy through baby’s 18th birthday (there’s also a book for adoptive parents). Record your family tree, growth, milestones and more on the lined pages of this linen journal.
Buy it: $36, Promptly-Journals.com
Letters To My Baby
Capture your baby’s first years in a series of fold and “mail” letters. The letters can be post-dated for your child to open in the months or years to come. Helpful prompts make the words flow easily even for non-writers.
Buy it: $7, BarnesAndNoble.com
One Line A Day
Short on time? This one-line-a-day book will take you through age 5, highlighting all the early emotions, memories and quippy toddler catch phrases of your child. And because you’re only committing to a line a day, it feels doable.
Buy it: $10, Walmart.com
Published May 2018