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: Famille Summerbelle

Alphabet Soup

This simple but eye-catching idea from Famille Summerbelle pairs colorful felt letters and numbers with a bright white background (a blanket or sheet works). As with many of these techniques, you could continue with the photo shoots well past your baby's first birthday.

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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