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Tips for New Moms: Modern Ways to Document your Baby’s “Firsts”

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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  • Anyone else with more than one kid have a tinge of guilt for not keeping up with the “firsts” as well as the “first’s firsts”? Just me?

    My daughter’s first year of life is highly documented in photographs, journal, and baby book. My son, born two years later, not so much. (“First steps…sometime in March, 2005”)

    I must have been too busy pulling my daughter out of the litter box and away from electrical fixtures.

    The one thing I made sure I did for both kids was to set up a little photo shoot on their “monthly birthday” for the first year, and tuck my favorite photo into an special album. Babies grow so much in the first year, and you don’t get those chubby cheeks back. I cherish those two little albums, and don’t sweat the details that I didn’t record.

  • for each of my boys, my sister bought me a blank baby calendar. i kept the calendar in their room and would write things on it daily. no need to log-on or even take a book of the shelf. it helped me not only keep track of say, dr’s visits, but of the smallest details of our days. first trips to the park, visits from friends. now that i am into blogging, i’m sure i would have a baby blog for family but there’s nothing as easy as a simple calendar. easy to pack away later, too.

  • I have journals from my kids’ baby years–obsessing about their first jibber jabber, how often they poo, etc. and I LOVE reading them. Now that I use facebook so often, I barely write in a journal–I have to force myself to remember to write down funny things that happen or just descriptions of what the kids are like…my father-in-law tells me having these to re-read will be key in making it through the teen years.

    If I were to have a baby this year, I’m sure I’d have a baby blog. But a composition book is a treasure too.