While most people are keen to save some mementos of their little one’s milestones, it can sometime be hard to decide what to keep AND to find the time or the best way to coordinate them – particularly when your baby is sick or prem and you’re busy just getting through those first few months.
Things like the name plaque in the isolette and name tags are a given. I did have a friend who told me that her baby’s name plaque was spelt incorrectly and she didn’t say anything!! Oh dear.
If you are taking a picture of your prem with the name plaque it’s a good idea to place something like a special teddy (that you plan on keeping) or a common item close by bub so you can do a size comparison – in photos sometimes the size is relative.
Name tags from the wrists and feet can be marked or have a tiny cut placed along it to show the actual wrist or ankle size – things that I’m sure you’ll marvel at years down the track. Some people even do little hand and foot plaster casts which look gorgeous.
A lock of hair is always a good one to keep but I am open to tips on how you can store this in a nice and tidy manner…
As children get older, the list of ‘firsts’ gets longer and longer and the number of paintings adorning my wall could have provided trees for any number of forests. I am sure some of them really need to be ‘re-gifted’ in case my place starts looking like a scene out of that TV show ‘Hoarders’.
I searched high and low for a baby book that wasn’t too ‘babyish’. I ended up finding one that was fantastic and have one for both my girls. It is so interesting to see how different they are and how they did things at different stages.
I just hope that one day my babies see how much I love them, that I just want to drink in everything they do and are, and that I’m not just a crazy hoarder. After all, they’re not little for long!
Quick reference for recording your nursery memories:-
- Name Tags
- Foot & Hand Prints
- Take lots of Photos – remember to include a size comparison ie teddy/doll
- Keep a Diary - ask your nurses to write a couple of sentences on your baby’s progress
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