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: Becca Armstrong

Blowin' Up

For this simple series, created by Becca Armstrong at Who-Arted, all you need is a bag of balloons (in just one color). Every month, blow up the corresponding number and toss them into your baby's crib. At 12 months, she'll be sitting pretty and having a blast in a homemade balloon pit.

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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