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Everything You Need to Know About Baby Journals-2

Everything You Need to Know About Baby Journals

As a parent, we soon discover how fast the time goes, and how quickly we can forget the special moments along the way. We all want to capture some of these memories, and for many a Baby Journal or Baby Book is a way of preserving photos and milestones, tracking our baby’s first few months, and later recording our child’s developments and achievements.

One of our most frequently asked questions is how to choose between a Baby Book or Baby Journal, and why to use one at all. We began in 2015 with a single journal, and have now grown to a collection of more than 20 keepsake books to suit each family, so you could say we know a thing or two about Baby Journals!

1) What is a Baby Journal?

A baby journal is more than just a book, it’s a treasure trove of photos and memories for your little ones – something that you and your partner fill in as they grow up. A Baby Book or Baby Journal is a physical keepsake designed to document the journey of your child’s early years – from the first smile to the first steps, every milestone and moment worth remembering finds its place within the pages of a baby journal.

You can turn any book or binder into a baby journal, if you are into crafting and scrapbooking you may enjoy designing it yourself, otherwise you can choose from one of the pre-made baby journals available to purchase.

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2) What is the greatest benefit of a using a Baby Journal?

Of course, you don’t need to use a Baby Journal to have memories of your baby or child’s life. All of us take photos on our phones and cameras, some of us will print photo books or individual photos for albums, and others will simply browse their phones or computers to view precious photos.

Of course, it goes without saying you should store a back-up of these storage methods, and this can be a convenient way to store your photos and videos – but it can lack personalisation and there is little way to record written memories, which to some are an important part of capturing baby and children’s lives.

A Baby Keepsake Journal is a physical heirloom, able to be filled with more than just photos, there is space for handwritten notes and physical mementos, preserving them in a tangible, lasting format. If you are concerned about privacy, of course there’s no possibility of a physical baby book being hacked, which may be especially important when adding any photos of babies or children unclothed or in swimming clothes.

2) What is the Best Baby Journal?

The best baby journal is the one you will actually use. As parents, time to ourselves is sometimes few and far between, so choose a baby journal you will really want to fill in during your limited ‘down time’. If you are concerned about keeping up with all the pages of a more traditional baby book,

When it comes to the best baby journal, two options stand out: “Your First Years” and the “to my” range of journals.

Your First Years: “Your First Years” is a traditional baby book that guides you through capturing every aspect of your child’s first five years. With a linen hardcover adorned with gold foil detailing, this gender-neutral baby book is perfect for all couples. Its 120 pages are meticulously designed to accommodate details of baby’s arrival, first times, special milestones, and memories. The monthly and yearly sections allow for structured recording, while spaces for photos and mementos make it a complete memory keeper.

“to my” Range of Journals: On the other hand, the “to my” range of journals offers a personalized and flexible approach to baby journaling. These journals, available as ‘to my son,’ ‘to my daughter,’ ‘to my child,’ and grandparents’ journals, feature high-quality linen covers with gold foiling. What sets them apart are the 140 unique gold foil journal prompt stickers that allow you to create a journal tailored to your needs. Whether you want to start at any age, choose your own prompts, or add photos and mementos as you please, these journals offer versatility and customization like no other.

3) How to Write a Baby Journal

Writing a baby journal is a heartfelt journey that starts with consistency and personalisation. Here are some tips to make the most out of your baby journal:

  • Set aside regular time for journaling to capture moments as they happen, even if it’s only once per week
  • Use the prompts provided in a Baby Book or create your own with a Baby Journal like the sticker-prompted ‘to my child’ range to reflect your unique experiences.
  • Incorporate photos, drawings, and mementos to add a personal touch.
  • Write from the heart, expressing your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for your child’s future.

4) How to DIY Make Your Own Baby Journal

For the creatively inclined, making your own baby journal can be a rewarding project. Here are steps to DIY your baby journal:

  1. Gather materials such as a blank journal or scrapbook, decorative papers, stickers, and pens.
  2. Plan the layout by dividing pages into sections for milestone prompts, memories, and space for free-writing.
  3. Add personal touches like hand-written notes, drawings, and collages.
  4. Use prompts or create your own to guide your journal entries.
  5. Customise the cover with your child’s name, birthdate, or meaningful symbols.

5) Baby Journal Prompt Ideas

Stuck on what to write in your baby journal? Here are some prompt ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Describe your baby’s first day, or what it’s like to spend a day with your baby.
  • Share memorable outings or family tradition.
  • Record special moments with grandparents or siblings.
  • Write a letter to your future self or to your child on their birthday.
  • Reflect on the joys and challenges of parenthood.

6) Baby Book or Journal

While both baby books and baby journals serve as invaluable keepsakes, they differ in their approach and functionality.

Baby Book: A baby book like ‘Your First Years’ offers a structured format with dedicated sections for each year up to age five. It provides prompts and spaces for recording milestones, photos, and memories in a chronological order. It’s ideal for parents who prefer a guided approach to journaling and want a comprehensive record of their child’s early years.

Baby Journal: The ‘to my child‘ range of baby journals provides flexibility and personalisation. With gold foil journal prompt stickers and ample writing space, these journals allow you to start at any age, choose your own prompts, and customize the journal to suit your preferences. Whether you want to focus on specific milestones, add photos and mementos, or write letters to your child, these journals empower you to create a unique and meaningful keepsake.

Baby journals are more than just books or photo albums; they are portals to reliving cherished moments and creating lasting memories. Whether you choose a structured baby book like “Your First Years” or a personalised journal from the “to my” range, or make one yourself, the joy of documenting your child’s journey remains unparalleled. Start journaling today and treasure the memories for generations to come.

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