Your guide to parenting in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

baby fingers and momWhen my brother and I were young, my mother did a fabulous job of writing everything down (and I mean everything...bless her) in our baby books. With a little help from modern technology, there are a number of different methods for documenting your baby's early milestones. Here are just a few:

- Start a blog–Many Internet-savvy moms find blogging the easiest way to journal these days...and to share the special moments of their baby's life with faraway family and friends. Check out www.blogger.com.
- Internet picture sharing–Now that we are in the digital age, we can easily share our photos over the Internet (and all sites can be password protected). We can share, store, and print our photos with the click of a button!
- Create a photo book–Photo sharing websites such as kodakgallery.com and shutterfly.com allow you to create your own photo album (as well as lots of other paraphernalia with your personal pictures on it). Why not create an album for each year of your child's life?
- Hire a professional photographer–There's nothing like professional photos of your precious little one to have as a keepsake forever. Photographers are skilled at capturing the special moments as well as the wrinkles and folds of your baby which will disappear in the blink of an eye.
- Capture your baby's prints in pottery–Create a permanent and artful record of your baby's hand- and/or footprints. You can do it at home with a kit or hire a professional (check out places such as Salt Marsh Pottery)

Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW, the co-founders of RI New Moms Connection, provide affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout Rhode Island. In “Tips for New Moms” they share their knowledge, resources, and helpful ideas for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms who may need a little refresher.

Editor’s Note: Although “Tips for New Moms” is written with the new mom in mind–to support women in their journey through motherhood–it is certainly not the authors’ intention to exclude dads. Every new parent will find their tips, resources, and insights helpful. I invite all moms and dads to share ideas on how they manage their new role as a parent with Kidoinfo in the comments below.

Photo Credit: www.kharberphoto.com

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