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: Tonya Teran

Dear Diary

When everything's brand new, it's hard to keep track of all the firsts, which makes this idea, executed by photographer Tonya Teran, especially brilliant. Combine each month's photo with a record of your baby's size, favorite foods and songs, and physical milestones like sitting up. Tonya used Photoshop to add text.

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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