Ultimate Blog Swap

Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap. You’ll find me posting over at Little Orso about capturing your child’s first year of life through photography, and I’m excited to welcome Sherri from Clara’s Closet to Spoon Fed Baby:

With all the busyness that comes with caring for an infant, keeping track of the events that occur during the first year can be daunting. If you enjoy scrap booking and want to record the first year this way, then there are some tips that will help you along the way. Having a child is one of the most important events in our lives and baby’s first year is a busy, lively, ever changing journey of discovery. It is full of important memories that need to be captured and remembered forever.

You can start scrapbooking for babies before they are born! Take belly photos throughout your pregnancy.  Take a photo once a month (on the same day of each month) that shows what month you are in. You can either make a sign to hold up in the photo, or you can simply hold up the correct number of fingers that tells what month you are in.

My favorite baby layouts are of the monthly photos that my daughter takes of my granddaughter.  Clara’s photos have her lying on a blanket with her monkey stuffed animal next to her. At first Clara looked so small compared to her monkey, but now Clara has grown so much, the monkey looks small. You can also have your child sit in a favorite chair or rocker with the stuffed animal.

You can use monthly stickers to put on your baby’s Onesies for your monthly pictures.   Place the monthly sticker on your baby’s Onesie or T-shirt each month on their birthday, starting with their birth. Then grab your camera and take a picture to start documenting how quickly they grow. This is an easy, fun way to keep an exciting record of your little one. These pictures are excellent for blogging and sending to friends and family. Once you have a collection together they are great for birthday invitations and calendars. You can do a search on Etsy and find many sources of cute stickers.

Did you know that you can request a presidential birth greeting from the White House?  To get a personalized greeting from the President, just send a note to:

The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
Washington, D.C. 20502-0039

You need to include the following information:

  • Name of baby
  • Address of baby
  • Date (month, day, year) of birth
  • Your name and daytime phone number

You will receive a card “signed” by President Obama and the First Lady. The envelope will have your baby’s name and address handwritten on it. The two items together make a wonderful keepsake. The presidential birth greeting must be requested within baby’s first year.

I have heard a lot of mommy bloggers say “But I am not a scrapbooker, I don’t have time to write down everything my child does, I have a blog to write”.  Do you ever write about your child in your blog? Well, then you are a memory keeper.  Blogging is an excellent form of preserving memories. There are companies that will make hard bound books out of your blog posts, or you can make a hard bound book with the pictures and entries from your blog. Did you know that companies are out there that will convert your blog to a hardback book?  What I have done is used my daughters to pull content from when making photo books. You can also use Facebook updates for a hardbound book. So, if you are a blogger, remember that you are telling your family’s story. And that is a valuable gift! Shutterfly makes beautiful hardbound books.

Go on give it a go. Make yourself a baby scrapbook to savor and keep all those incredible memories. You’ll find it’s much more than just a scrapbook; it will become a precious family keepsake that you’ll treasure forever.

Sherri is he mom of two great kids and a beautiful granddaughter. She works in an Emergency Room for her “real” job and is the founder of www.clarascloset.com. Sherri enjoys helping her local newborns with warm clothing, books and toys.

Visit Life Your Way to see all of the Ultimate Blog Swap participants!

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