The 16 Best Baby Memory Books for Marking All Their Milestones
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 one-year-old. So how do you hold onto all those little moments that make up the first 365 days and beyond? Many parents turn to a baby keepsake book to record milestones, photos and stories. We’ve rounded up a few of the best baby memory books, from easy-to-tackle one-liner journals to scrapbooks with completely customizable pages.
Want to go all out with baby’s memory book? Fill one of these baby photo books with every snapshot, note and other keepsake your heart desires.
Artifact Uprising The Story of You Baby Book
This gender-neutral favorite is meant to make it easy on parents thanks to prompt-filled pages. The fabric binder comes with a pen, adhesive for pictures and mementos, and a free set of Everyday Prints to get you started. Choose from a range of timeless color palettes even more gorgeous in person (bonus: each has luxe foil detailing). Reviewer Samantha K. compliments the baby scrapbook’s “beautiful fonts and layouts that aren’t cheesy or too babyish.”
Buy it: Starting from $99, ArtifactUprising.com
Lucy Darling “Baby’s First Year” Little Camper Memory Book
Lucy Darling creates baby memory books with some of the trendiest themes out there—this woodland version is really just one shining example. Use the baby photo book to commemorate each of baby’s first 12 months. The prompts are really helpful, but there are also a bunch of blank pages for you to get creative with. Talk about a true baby scrapbook.
Buy it: $35, Nordstrom.com
Tree by Kerri Lee Welcome Home Baby Album
How sweet is this house-shaped baby photo album? It has slip-in sleeves to store notes, photos, cards and other precious keepsakes. And the hand-painted album is made from responsibly harvested wood, so it’s sturdy enough to keep all your precious memories safe. Plus, it’s pretty enough to leave out on display.
Buy it: $48, Maisonette.com
Ronica First Year Baby Memory Book and Journal
Think of this album as a baby photo book and diary in one. The illustrated keepsake has places for notes, pictures and other memorabilia from pregnancy through age 5. You can choose from boy- and girl-specific designs or gender-neutral animal themes.
Buy it: $35, Amazon.com
Chronicle Books “Le Petit Baby” Book
Log milestones and photos of baby as they grow in this charmingly illustrated memory book. It’s organized into handy sections for pregnancy through their first year. Additional envelopes are perfect for storing extra keepsakes, like a lock of hair from the first cut or a letter to your child.
Buy it: $30, Anthropologie.com
RubyRoo Baby First Year Baby Memory Book & Journal
This baby photo book was created with inclusivity in mind. The binder-style format makes it easy-peasy to only include the pages you want to include. It’s adaptable for all families and captures your child’s first five years.
Buy it: $30, Amazon.com
Want to go the extra mile when it comes to customization? These brands let you design a bespoke baby keepsake book by personalizing the text, colors, layout and more.
Rag & Bone Bindery Personalized Baby’s First Book With “Zodiac Blue” Cover
Personalize the front of baby’s first year book with their name, birth date and a beautiful illustration. There are different themes to choose from, but this stellar one displays their zodiac sign. Interior pages include prompts and plenty of room for photos and big milestones, and vellum envelopes are spaced throughout to store mementos.
Buy it: $90, Etsy.com
buybuyBABY Made With Love Personalized Baby Memory Book
Here’s another baby memory book you can really make your own. Personalize the cover with baby’s name, birth date and weight (or any details you’d like). Then slot in a picture of your new arrival on the front cover. This baby book has handy journal prompts and enough space to record all of your highlights from the first 5 years of parenthood.
Buy it: $44, buybuyBABY.com
Print Smitten Custom Adoption Baby Memory Book
This Etsy seller makes beautiful personalized baby books for adoptive families. You pick the color scheme, and you also get to request additional customization on the cover. Better yet, all of the wording is gender-neutral—for baby and their parents. You can even tear out certain pages if they’re not applicable to you.
Buy it: $65, Etsy.com
Shutterfly Modern Baby Photo Book
Leave it to Shutterfly to give parents an extensive amount of personalization options. Upload your favorite snapshots from baby’s first year, type in whatever text you wish, accessorize the pages with cute frames or digital stickers—it’s really all in your hands. This baby photo book is as bespoke as they get.
Buy it: Starting from $20, Shutterfly.com
Mixbook Photo Co. Baby Magazine
Star baby in their very own glossy with this completely customizable baby photo book. Pick the size, shape, paper type and cover type (from softcover to leather jacket-bound), then get to work designing what’s inside. This is the ideal baby memory book for ultra-creative parents who want to wrap up baby’s first year with the ultimate keepsake. (FYI: Mixbook also sells adoption photo books.)
Buy it: Starting from $16, Mixbook.com
Don’t want the standard baby scrapbook? These baby keepsake books break the mold with their original prompts and designs.
Promptly Childhood History Journal
If you love to journal, this is the baby record book for you. This prompted write-in book will take you from pregnancy through baby’s 18th birthday (there’s also a book for adoptive parents). But what really sets it apart is the tech it comes with. Download Promptly’s app and you’ll get reminders to add to your baby keepsake book, so you never forget to record special milestones. How genius is that?
Buy it: $35, PromptlyJournals.com
Chronicle Books “Letters to My Baby”
Capture baby’s first years in this unique baby milestone book: a series of fold and “mail” letters. The letters can be post-dated for your child to open in the years to come. Helpful prompts make the words flow easily even for non-writers.
Buy it: $15, UncommonGoods.com
Little Pickle Memories New Baby Book Gift Box Set
Here’s a baby book gift set that offers serious bang for your buck. Each gift-wrapped set includes a baby record book, a scrapbook and sticker sheets. Parents can record their happy memories and create a custom scrapbook that they’ll cherish forever. Inclusive language is used throughout, making this set the perfect gift for all types of families.
Buy it: $63, Etsy.com
Rockridge Press “Baby, You’re Here! A One-Line-a-Day Baby Memory Book”
Short on time? This one-line-a-day book will take you through baby’s first year, highlighting all of the early emotions and memories without too much pressure. It’s a great way to remember the smaller, everyday moments you might not think to put in a traditional baby book.
Buy it: $14, Amazon.com
Uncommon Goods Baby Keepsake Library
Let’s round up our list of the best baby memory books with something a little different. This unique baby keepsake library is just the thing to keep all of your precious mementos organized. It comes complete with labels, envelopes, files and acid-free drawers; so you can store everything from sonograms to their graduation certificate.
Buy it: Starting from $80, UncommonGoods.com
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