I received two beautiful baby books when The Bug was born. One I’ve written in a handful of times, the other is still in the box. It may be shocking considering she’s my first and usually baby number one has everything from a blink to the first haircut recorded. But that’s not to say I don’t have a few of her milestones noted, they’re just digital.
So without further adieu, baby book alternatives:
1. Blog: I started a blog for The Bug when I was still pregnant. I use the Blogger app on my phone which is free, easy and makes it really convenient to include photos or write quick updates. My blog for her is private, but you could give family members or friends access if they’re interested in following along. The other nice thing is you can print the content using a program like Blog2Print when you’re finished.
2. Email address: Sign your baby up for his or her own email account then send him or her emails occasionally. You could include articles you want her to read when she’s older, letters, photos of events or important milestones.
3. Calendar: My mother-in-law kept a paper calendar for my husband. It’s filled with “baby’s first tooth” and “started crawling” entries. It doesn’t allow for photos and video like a blog or email would, but it’s definitely quick and easy to keep updated. You could use a digital calendar like iCal or the app “Organizer” which allows you to attach photos.
4. Monthly photo shoot: I take a photo of The Bug sitting on our bed every month. You could simply prop baby up on the same chair each month or go as far as setting up an elaborate white backdrop. Add some text using a photo editing app like Pixlr Express and voila! a monthly visual timeline of baby’s growth.
5. Facebook account: The jury is still out in my mind on the morality of this one, but I know some people who created Facebook accounts for their children. Some just use it as a place to store photos and videos, others act as their child, posting things like “had my first bite of sweet potatoes today” or “missing grandma.” Either way, make sure it’s as private as possible, your child may not be too pleased you told the world about her bowel movements when she was 2-years-old.