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Q&A: How to Choose a Baby Book?

There are so many keepsake baby books on the market. How should I choose?

A baby book is a fun and meaningful way to record those special moments and milestones of baby’s first year — and beyond. And it will be a good keepsake to share with baby when she becomes a big kid. The only problem? There are so many adorable options, it’s tough to pick.

If you’re going with a typical bound or binder-style book, consider just how much control over the content you want to have. Some baby books have pages already decorated with spaces for you to fill-in specific information, like funny anecdotes or baby’s height and weight at each age. This is a good choice if you don’t have a ton of time to spend on baby’s book, or if you sometimes have trouble finishing projects. Another option is a “flexible format” style, where you can move pages, add inserts and attach tabs and stickers for reference. Some books give you free rein to style and write. This is a great idea if you’re particularly crafty or love to keep a journal. Flip through and see what sort of content various books have. Some focus mainly on factual stuff about baby, like dates and stats. Others ask fun, out-of-the ordinary questions. They get you thinking, so that you can record some things you may never have thought of, and reading them later is that much more personal.

Looking for some not-so-traditional options? Think high tech. An online baby book is a great way to track your pregnancy progress — and, later, baby’s growth and development — and share photos and stories with family and friends no matter how far away they are. We can’t help but recommend using The Bump’s Baby Websites to do this. It’s free, easy to use and the templates are adorable. If you still want a physical book, you can create a photo-oriented one through a site like Kodak and add any pictures and text you want — then have the completed book printed and mailed to you when you’re done.

There are no set guidelines when it comes to baby books, so have fun with it! It’s something you and your family will cherish for years to come.

—Ali Wing, founder and CEO of Giggle

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