4 creative baby book ideas
By Aimee Heckel
Forget the old-fashioned, fill-in-the-blank, boring baby book.
There are so many more interesting ways to document your baby’s important milestones (and everything in between). Here are some of our favorite creative baby book ideas.
1. A baby blog. This is nothing novel, but it’s sure fun. Blog about your little one and share it with others, either publicly or make your blog invite-only for relatives. Our favorite easy website is blogger.com, although if you’re a bit more savvy, WordPress has more options.
2. A Facebook group or page. You already use Facebook for everything, from messaging to invitations to photo sharing. Use it to share your baby news, too, by creating a separate private group or fan page for your kid. The pros: You can update this from your smartphone whenever you have a moment, and it can just be a few sentences; no novel-writing required.
At the end of the year or on your child’s birthday every year, print out your baby status updates and photos in a hardbound book. Our favorite website for this is Mysocialbook.com, which allows you to print all statuses from a specific group or page in color on glossy paper — and it’s surprisingly cheap. Even if you update it every day, your book will be hard to push $100. Your child’s book will even include comments and likes from other “fans.”
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Resnap.com is another way to make social media books, although it only picks your most popular statuses and photos, which doesn’t work for a comprehensive baby book.
3. A personalized book. Make your own book by hand at Walgreens.com. Walgreens has a variety of different photo books, from big to small, hardbound to simple and floppy. Add captions, milestones, cute quotes and other notables.
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4. Creative photos. Chronicle your baby’s growth and changes in a visual way. Here are some clever ideas for photos of your baby’s first year, from chalkboard stats to onesies with the baby’s age on them.
Upload your photos to Blurb.com and make a beautiful coffee table book out of photos of your baby’s first year. Are you an excellent photographer? You can even sell your books via Blurb.com.
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