Here is a selection of the baby journals I own. They’re lovely books really, except for the fact that they’re all but empty. The sad thing is, when I look at them I feel guilty that I never found time to fill them out properly. And let it be known, these are books I bought for myself. They weren’t bought for me, so the guilt I feel is all something I brought upon myself.
One is a standard baby journal, where your glue-in your ultrasound pictures, record special memories, and all the usual milestones. Another is a book where you record all the funny things your children say. I also bought some acid-free notebooks to use as scrapbooks as I felt conventional baby books were too limiting for me.
The problem with these books is that they become a monument to our good intentions. Do we purchase these things out of guilt? Or does the guilt come later when we realise we’ll never have time for them?
Looking after a baby is a 24-hour a day occupation. And getting rest and time away from the baby is just as important a task for the mother as what she does with her baby. But all parents want to record these fleeting moments and create a keepsake to pass on.
I think I have found an easier solution…
Why not record your child’s special moments in the diary or planner you’re already using? Then the information is kept in context with the other things that were happening in your family at the time. For instance, you’ll be able to remember that your child decided to eat a particular food three months after you started giving solid food, or that they walked a week after their birthday.
Keeping a diary is a good thing for a mother to do anyway. When you are trying to function on broken sleep, you become very forgetful, and if you record important dates and To Do lists in your diary you’ll feel more in control.
All you need to do is choose a roll of washi tape to record your memos for each child. That way you can find the information easily later. Or simply use a different coloured pen for each child.
Maybe later you’ll want to turn this record into a keepsake for your child. Or maybe you could send it off to a professional scrapbooker who might be able to do it better and cheaper than you could. Or perhaps it’s enough to just keep your diary as a record of your life as it is.
For more inspiration, have a look at Angela from Paper Lovestory’s My Week series. She shows how beautiful a simple planner can become with a couple of coloured markers and a few stickers.
If you have a baby book that you have filled out, I’d love to know your secret! Let me know how you found time to fill it out in the Comments.