You’re probably taking pictures of your baby every day, but a time-lapse style monthly mash-up is a cool keepsake that’ll help you see how fast your baby grows in the first year. We found eight ideas that’ll blow you away. The key is to pick an element and stick to it, like marking the months with a matching number of apples, or using the same suitcase to show how big Baby is getting. It might seem unnecessary and time consuming, but no one regrets the outcome and they’re perfect to put on display at Baby’s first birthday party.

photo: Jolanta Zygmunt-Więzik

Regional Flair

Maybe you live in the great state of Washington and have a thing for apples, or maybe your baby was born loving New York bagels. Either way, you can mark the passing of time with a slight nod to your baby's birthplace (think Georgia peaches or Florida oranges). Use one apple for month one, five for month five and so on.

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How are you recording your baby’s growth from month to month? Share your creative ideas in a Comment.

–Anna Knoebel