Or, at least they say that. It’s the longest and shortest year of your life, or at least they say. After a long time, you’re singing “Happy Birthday” to a happy one-year-old. So how do you keep all the little things that make up the first 365 days and more? Parents use a book to keep track of things like milestones, photos, and stories about their babies. We’ve put together a list of some of the best baby memory books. They range from simple one-liner journals to scrapbooks with pages that you can make yourself.
Classic Baby Photo Albums and Baby Scrapbooks
If you want to go all out with your baby’s memory book, this is the book for you. Fill one of these baby photo books with every picture, note, and other thing you can think of.
Artifact Uprising The Story of You Baby Book
To make things easier for parents, this book has a lot of prompt-filled pages. With the fabric binder you get a pen, sticky tape to put photos and mementos in, and an extra set of Everyday Prints to start with. Choose from a wide range of timeless color schemes that look even better in person (bonus: each has luxe foil detailing). She says the baby scrapbook has “beautiful fonts and layouts that aren’t childish or cheesy.”
Lucy Darling “Baby’s First Year” Little Camper Memory Book
Lucy Darling makes baby memory books with some of the most popular themes out there, and this one is just one of them. It’s a good idea to keep a photo book of your baby’s first 12 months. As you write, you can look at the prompts. There are also a lot of blank pages that you can use to make up your own ideas. Isn’t this the best scrapbook ever?
Tree by Kerri Lee Welcome Home Baby Album
What a cute way to keep your baby’s pictures. It has slip-in sleeves where you can put notes, photos, cards, and other important things. And the hand-painted album is made from wood that was grown in a way that doesn’t harm the environment. This means it’s strong enough to keep your most important memories safe. Plus, it’s pretty enough to put on show.
Ronica First Year Baby Memory Book and Journal
This album is like a baby photo book and a diary all in one, so think of it that way. You can write down things you want to remember about your child’s pregnancy, birth, and first five years in an illustrated book. You can choose from designs for boys and girls, or animal themes that don’t care about gender.
Chronicle Books “Le Petit Baby” Book
This lovely-looking memory book will help you keep track of important events and photos of your baby as they grow. Pregnancy through the first year of their life are all in separate sections in this book. Extra envelopes are great for storing extra things, like a lock of hair from the first haircut or a letter to your child.
RubyRoo Baby First Year Baby Memory Book & Journal
This baby photo book was made with everyone in mind. As long as you only want to include the pages you want, the binder format makes it easy to do. It can be used by any family and captures your child’s first five years.
Personalized Baby Journals and Baby Record Books
When it comes to personalization, do you want to go the extra mile or not? These brands let you make a unique baby book by changing the text, colors, layout, and more.
Rag & Bone Bindery Personalized Baby’s First Book With “Zodiac Blue” Cover
Add your child’s name, birth date, and a beautiful picture on the front of the book. There are a lot of themes to choose from, but this one shows their zodiac sign. The inside pages have prompts and a lot of space for photos and big milestones, and vellum envelopes are scattered around to keep things safe.
BABY Made With Love Personalized Baby Memory Book
Here’s another baby memory book that you can really make your own, so you can remember all the fun times you had together. Add your baby’s name, birth date, and weight to the cover. On the front cover, put a picture of your new child. This baby book has a lot of space for you to write about your first five years as a parent. It also comes with a lot of journal prompts.
Print Smitten Custom Adoption Baby Memory Book
This Etsy seller makes beautiful personalized baby books for adoptive families who want to keep them. If you want to make the cover even more unique, you can ask for that. Better still, all of the words are gender-neutral for both the baby and their parents. if you don’t need some pages, you can even cut them out and throw them away!
Shutterfly Modern Baby Photo Book
Shutterfly is the best place for parents to get a lot of options for personalizing their kids’ gifts. Upload your favorite photos from your baby’s first year, type in whatever text you want, and add cute frames or digital stickers to the pages. It’s all up to you. This baby book is as unique as they come.
Mixbook Photo Co. Baby Magazine
Baby will be the center of attention in their own glossy with this baby photo book that you can make your own. Get to work on the inside. Choose the paper type, size, shape, and cover type (from softcover to leather jacket-bound). Then start working on what you’ll put in there. If you’re a super-creative parent who wants to end your baby’s first year with the ultimate keepsake, this is the book for you. As a side note, Mixbook sells adoption photo books as well.
Unique Baby Keepsake Books
Have a different idea for a scrapbook? These baby keepsake books are different from the rest because they have unique prompts and designs that break the rules.
Promptly Childhood History Journal
If you like to write, this is the book for you. This prompted write-in book will take you from when you are pregnant to when your child turns 18. There is also a book for adoptive parents. But the technology that comes with it is what really makes it stand out from the rest. Download Promptly’s app, and you’ll get reminders to add to your baby’s keepsake book, so you never forget to write down important things. How clever is that?
Chronicle Books “Letters to My Baby”
This unique milestone book is a series of fold and “mail” letters that you can use to record your baby’s first years. It’s possible to date the letters so that your child can open them in the years to come. Even people who aren’t good at writing can write quickly with help from prompts.
Little Pickle Memories New Baby Book Gift Box Set
Here’s a baby book gift set that will give you a lot for your money. Each gift-wrapped set comes with a baby record book, a scrapbook, and sticker sheets, among other things. Parents can record their happy memories and make a scrapbook that they’ll keep for a long time. This set is a great gift for families of all kinds, because inclusive language is used all the way through.
Rockridge Press “Baby, You’re Here! A One-Line-a-Day Baby Memory Book”
Short on money? This one-line-a-day book will take you through your baby’s first year without making you feel like you have to remember everything. People often forget about the little things that happen all the time, so this is a great way to remember them.
Uncommon Goods Baby Keepsake Library
To finish our list of the best memory books for babies, let’s add a little something different to it. This unique baby keepsake library is just what you need to keep all of your special things in order. Labels, envelopes, files and acid-free drawers are all included in the box. You can store everything from their sonogram to their high school graduation certificate in the box.