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You wait forever to hear the news that you are having a child, and then you have the long wait for the child to arrive. Whether your child is your own or through adoption, they grow so fast. Memories are made every second and there will be many times in life when you struggle to remember when they were cute. Here are a few ways to preserve your child’s memories for you and them.
Baby books are an excellent way to preserve your child’s memories. Baby books offer parents the ability to document everything about birth and all of your child’s milestones. You can document their first words, birthday party attendees, and the family tree. If your family is not traditional, you will want to look at places such as Babystep Books to customize a book just for you.
Journaling is therapeutic, but it is also a great way to preserve memories. One sweet way to journal for your child is create a log of letters to your child. At the end of each day, write a letter to your child about the day. It may not always be a sweet and loving letter, but they will enjoy reading it when they are older. You can bundle them and give them to your child as a graduation gift or a wedding present.
Websites offer you the ability to upload digital photographs and create printable photobooks. When you take a trip, you can take photos and then journal about it. You are then able to have a memory book of the vacation you took as a family. So often digital photographs just sit on your computer or DVD drives and get lost. At the end of each year, take notes on the pictures so you do not forget the stories and emotions behind them.
Another great way to preserve memories is through crafts. Have your child create handprint crafts that can be displayed to show how much they have grown. You can also find picture frames that offer slots for each year’s school photo, with a large spot in the middle for the senior photo. You can also make an ornament each year and then let them have the ornaments when they graduate.
Children grow so quickly that those firsts seem to fly by. Whether you document them through baby books or crafts, you want to make sure you preserve the little time you have with your child.
How do you preserve your child’s memories?