Even if your Insta feed chronicles your baby’s every move, having a spot to record big milestones and not-to-be-frogotten memories isn’t a bad idea. We promise you, and your child will treasure it forever. That doesn’t mean you have to follow tradition though, from app-powered baby logs to sleek hardcover options, here are 14 modern takes on baby books for you to choose from.
Record the first 12 months of baby’s life with the Chalkboard Baby Book Template from Hanna Mac. Download the template that features hand-drawn titles, choice of color for each page, and a fun chalkboard theme. Use your words and photos to complete the story of Baby’s first year. The template does not include a printed book, but you can upload your completed pages to any online photo book design site.
Available at hannamac.com, $35.
Immerse your little one into the world of her birth year with This Is Your Book by graphic artist and father Ryan Maconochie. In addition to all your baby’s vitals, this book includes prompts about current events, pop culture, your favorite things and musings on baby. No matter who the family historian is, mom or dad, this book is a winner.
Available at amazon.com, $17.95.
No matter how far away, your loved ones can feel like they are right there with you for all of baby’s firsts with the free Moment Garden app. All those precious moments are backed up and kept private for you to share with only those you approve. Want a tangible book too? Print a hard or soft cover book whenever you're ready.
Available at momentgarden.com, $9-$49.
The Dreamcatcher black-and-white baby book from Mushybooks offers a sleek design for contemporary parents. No need to know baby’s gender to get started on documenting memories and milestones. Its 50 pages include all the moments you would expect from a baby with an aesthetic that's clean and simple.
Available at etsy.com, $62.08.
Mini Brag Book
Take photo books to tiny dimensions with Minibooks from Social Print Studio. Compile all your favorite baby photos from Instagram or your computer into laminated, spiral-bound photo books. Slip them into your purse or pocket, so you always have pictures of mini-you to share with friends and family.
Available at socialprintstudio.com, $15.
Take a non-traditional approach to memory keeping and celebrate all of those alternative baby moments with Baby’s First Tattoo by Jim Mullen. Never forget 'Baby’s First Tantrum in a Crowded Grocery Store' or 'Places Baby Crawls That Parents Didn’t Think Possible' with this humorous approach to baby books.
Available at amazon.com, $14.
Box It Up
Not every baby milestone fits into a photo or book. The fabric boxes of The Library: Baby Keepsake Box can be displayed like books but hold so much more than a traditional page turner. Save Baby’s favorite blanket, a lock of hair, his first pair of shoes and beyond with this handcrafted memory box.
Available at savor.us, $79.95.
Do you have trouble remembering to actually jot down those milestones? My Own Little Story is an online baby book that offers a free memory system to help you keep track of Baby’s special moments -- it sends you email prompts. It even has a snooze button for those milestones baby hasn’t hit yet. You can print your book once you have 10 milestones, but can also wait to create a larger memory with up to 36 milestones or 72 printed pages.
Available at myownlittlestory.com, $38.99 and up.
Easy Phone Photos
Boasting a viral video that has over 50 million views, Chatbooks took a candid look at the craziness that is motherhood and offered this simple solution to printing photos from your phone. The app will automatically arrange the photos in chronological order for you. All you have to do is add captions and pick your cover to capture all of baby’s special moments.
Available at chatbooks.com, $8.
With an emphasis on your baby’s interactions with the natural world, The First 1000 Days: A Baby Journal by Nikki McClure was designed with the nature-loving, activist parent in mind. Tell your baby’s birth story as well as record her first tree, moon and garden. The bold illustrations will captivate even the youngest eyes.
Available at amazon.com, $15.95.
A Noteworthy Book
The Mom's One Line a Day book simplifies the baby book by having moms write one short note a day to document an event, experience or feelings. With five years' worth of notes, you're sure to memorialize countless memories during your little one's early years.
Available at amazon.com, $9.97.
Create a Treasure for the Future
Letters to My Baby allows you to put into a letter your hopes, dreams and memories of your little one, for him to read when he is older. Each of 12 letters provides a unique prompt. Your child is certain to treasure these letters.
Available at papersource.com, $14.95.
The Guilt-Free Baby Book
No need to spend countless hours creating a scrapbook-like memory book because Lucy Darling does the work for you. The illustrations and layouts throughout the book are darling (we can see why this book has that word in its name!).
Available at lucydarling.com, $34.99.
Planner Meets Memory Book
Document your baby's first year in this planner-like baby memory book, easy to update and record events and memories. As a bonus, you can also customize the front and interior cover of all formats with your little one's name and photos.
Available at minted.com, $16.
What are your favorite ways to record and save your baby’s milestones and memories? Share in the comments.
–Katie L. Carroll & Jane Putnam