10 Precious Baby Keepsakes to Capture Lasting Memories

These unique mementos will remind you that no matter how big your child gets, they’ll always be your baby.
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By Emily Platt, Associate Editor
Updated August 6, 2020
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You’ve heard it from countless parents: The years fly by. (Sorry, but they really do.) Baby will be all grown in the blink of an eye, so make a point of savouring your child’s early life. One smart way? Start stocking up on baby keepsakes now to cherish later on. Use a baby keepsake book to record your little one’s impressive milestones, a baby handprint kit to reflect on how amazingly tiny they were, or even a personalized children’s book they’ll remember as a beloved bedtime ritual. Here, we’ve gathered up our favorite memento ideas to kickstart your collection of meaningful tokens.

Image: Courtesy Little Hippo

Baby Handprint Kit

Is there anything cuter than little hands and feet? Preserve baby’s prints in a mold you can display (and “aww” at) for years to come. This easy-to-use kit comes with everything you need, from non-toxic clay to a three-window frame so you can pair the finished product with baby photos.

Buy it: Little Hippo Baby Handprint Kit, $20,

Image: Courtesy Made 4 Me Treasures

Personalized Piggy Bank

A personalized piggy bank teaches the importance of saving—both money and memories! Customize this one with baby’s name and birth stats for a truly unique piece.

Buy it: Made 4 Me Treasures Personalized Bank, starting from $45,

Image: Courtesy Dust and Things

Baby Keepsake Box

You’ve probably seen plenty of vessels for storing baby keepsakes, but this wooden box is especially pretty. Pick from three sizes (one comes with a compartmentalized tray ideal for stowing away separate items) and engrave it however you like.

Buy it: Dust and Things Personalized Baby Keepsake Box, starting from $35,

Image: Courtesy Stan’s Gifts Handmade

Baby First Year Frame

Baby will change so much during the first year. Keep track of their month-by-month growth with this popular customizable frame. Cute quotes serve as placeholders until you add each photo.

Buy it: Stan’s Gifts Handmade Baby First Year Frame, $65,

Image: Courtesy The Patchwork Bear

Custom Patchwork Bear

If you can’t imagine ever parting with all those adorable newborn clothes, turn them into a keepsake teddy bear baby can cuddle with once they’ve outgrown their duds.

Buy it: The Patchwork Bear Memory Bear, $120,

Image: Courtesy Memory Vase

Photo Memory Vase

Put your favorite baby photos on display with this custom memory vase, which you can use as home décor in or out of the nursery. Choose a vase style, upload your pics and they’ll transfer them onto the glass.

Buy it: Memory Vase, starting from $120,

Image: Courtesy Peter Pauper Press

Baby Time Capsule

There’s something extra-special about baby keepsakes you can turn into a family activity. Take this baby time capsule, for example. Stuff the sturdy container with mementos, then seal it until a selected date—preferably when both you and your child can enjoy opening it together.

Buy it: Peter Pauper Press Baby Time Capsule, $28,

Image: Courtesy I See Me!

Personalized Children’s Book

Choose a story and make your kid the star of their very own baby keepsake book. Reading it will become a ritual your child will one day feel super-nostalgic about. While there are plenty of versions on the market, this one screams “memorable bedtime story.”

Buy it: I See Me! Sweet Dreams personalized children’s book, $40,

Image: Courtesy KDD Laser Designs

Baby Name Blocks

We’re big fans of stylish wooden blocks—especially personalized ones! Build your child a set that spells out their moniker, but don’t stop there. These baby name blocks can be engraved with other details, like their place of birth, newborn weight or even their zodiac sign.

Buy it: KDD Laser Designs Personalized Wood Name Blocks, starting from $7,

Image: Courtesy Artifact Uprising

Baby Scrapbook

Artifact Uprising makes it easy to compile a baby keepsake book. Their beautiful baby scrapbook comes in gorgeous colors and features pages for photos and hand-written captions.

Buy it: Artifact Uprising The Story of You Baby Book, starting from $120,

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, some of which may be sponsored by paying vendors.

Updated February 2019

Plus, more from The Bump:

10 Baby Keepsake Books to Commemorate Baby’s Beginnings

Why the Little Moments With Your Kids Matter—And How to Cherish Them

21 Memorable First Birthday Gifts

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