Creating Keepsakes with your Baby

This is a collaborative post.

Our babies, they grow up too fast. Before you know it they’re spitting out words and taking their first steps. Don’t you just want to bundle up all that newborn little baby goodness into a jar and keep it forever? I know I do. My baby is already getting so much bigger and I’ve already packed away his newborn and up to 1 month clothes. Which is absolutely heartbreaking. We’re not too sure if we’ll ever have another baby since the delivery of Theodore was traumatic, so I want to make sure we ‘capture’ all his baby-ness whilst he’s still a baby.

I want to remember how tiny he is, I want to remember the sounds of his little coo’s and gaa’s. I want to remember the little grip of his hands whilst he grasps your pinky so tight, I want to remember all of it. I don’t want all that to just fade in my memory.

So lately I’ve been using all sorts of different creative methods to make sure I don’t miss a single detail, and I want to show you all these ways I’ve been capturing Theodore’s baby-ness so you don’t miss the chance with your little ones, because one day you’ll wake up and you’ll be dragging your teenager out of bed wondering how time escaped you at such a speed.

Photographs

Yes, we all take photos, but do you actually print them? We do. I already have hundreds of printed photographs of Theodore and he’s only three months old. A while back I spoke about the importance of printing photographs and why you should do. There’s lots of reasons why, but of your child it’s obviously for memories. Imagine, how heartbroken you would be if your phone/computer broke, and you lost all those first photos of your precious baby. Absolutely gut wrenching. I would hate the fact of never being able to look back on those days.

The next question about photographs is how to store them. Framing your favourites is a clear use, showing them off around your home, and even sending them out as gifts (easy quick Christmas present btw!) gives other people chance to keep those memories closer to heart. But there are different ways depending on how much effort you want to put into it.

  • Photo albums
  • Scrapbooks
  • Baby Record Books

I actually do all of the above (please don’t think I’m obsessed, I studied photography for 7 years), and I use them all in different ways. Photo albums is where I stick any photographs in any order, just to keep them safe and all in one place, not in any particular order. Although I always date my photographs on the back. With the scrapbook I focus more on special days or outings. Group the same day of photos across a page, perhaps with a little bit of written information about what we did that day. I’ll stick in the receipt or ticket if that day included something like that. I also have pages about the baby-group’s he attends, the friends he makes and will stick in anything he’s (I’ve) made.

Baby record books are easy because there’s usually some kind of guided structure to what you should stick in each page, and what you should write about. I would say this is the most simple way of keeping track of memories because it reminds you of what you should include, like important milestones and month-birthdays.

Imprints

Creating imprints are a perfect way of insuring you can always touch that teeny tiny hand. There’s so much difference compared to just creating a hand and foot print with paint, because with these imprints you can actually feel the definition and structure of your little ones hand and foot. I got my set from BabyArt, which comes with all the tools and how-to’s to make the clay-like mixture to insure you get it just right. When I did mine I knew I definitely wanted both the hand and foot so I could cherish how small they both were forever. When you create yours I must tell you to do the hand first, because it will most likely take a few attempts since Theodore just loved crunching his hand up in it, meaning I had to re-roll the mixture. The feet are easier just because they can’t move them as much…

I actually had a little bit of mixture left over that didn’t fit in the tin, to which I rolled out into a longer little strip and did his foot again, I then created a little hole in the top and added some ribbon, which I gifted to my Nana as I knew she’d love it.

Hospital Tags/Info

Whilst leaving our long stay at hospital after birthing Theodore I made sure to take anything I could with me, even my own hospital tags which they tried to cut off me before I ran straight out that door (the cheek of it!). I knew I would just want to hold on to any physical detail of that scary but special time with Theodore. I’ve added one of his tags into his record book, and the others I’ve kept in a special keepsake box which I’ve started to build up. Usually in your babies red book they’ll be a little keepsake card with all their birth information on, which I decided to keep separate and store in a safer place.

Umbilical cord clip. I know that in my personal baby record book that my mother kept my clip, so I knew I wanted to keep Theodore’s. Don’t be freaked. But yes, that is still part of his cord on the clip. I’m not too sure if I actually want to keep that bit, but I feel like I can’t just throw it in the bin, it’s a part of him. Perhaps it’ll just start to rot away or worse turn into liquid *shudders*. I’ll decide what to do with it when that time comes.

3D Sculpture

Who hasn’t seen these 3D casts knocking around in those beautiful displayed cabinets in Mothercare?! Seeing them created so beautifully is one reason creating a sculpture keepsake was high on my to do list. These ones are brilliant,  they’re actually from BabyArt too. It’s just like chopping off your little ones hand and foot and storing it on a shelf forever (apart from all the blood, gore, and jail sentence). With Theodore’s I plan on displaying it proudly in his nursery once we’ve moved and I’ve decorated it for him.

Family Print

Your little family, holding hands as if the world was at complete peace. Then one day they’re suddenly 15 and hiss at the thought of touching you let alone holding hands, well, at least you’d still have this Family Touch Print to reminisce about the times your hands used to touch. This again took a few attempts since Theodore loved just smushing his hand around on the perspex, but once complete it’s actually beyond cute. It actually comes with four sheets of perspex, I didn’t intend on keeping the fourth sheet, but Bradley insists “incase we have another” – hell no.

1SE (1 Second Everyday)

For those of you that are a little more digital savvy, this is a beautiful way to capture the everyday and compile it into one large group for easy viewing. 1SE is a memory making app, where you add a 1 second video clip of each day, it then puts it all together for you into a lovely video for you to hear and see your babies everyday life. You could create a months worth of clips or a years it’s up to you. I’ve been doing it everyday since Theodore was born, and it’s already shaping up to be an amazing video I’ll always adore. The perfect thing about this is that you can watch your baby grow in front of your very eyes, over and over again. Once we reach his first birthday I will save and download the whole file to have forever and always. This is much easier than having thousands of videos to save and show people, it basically sums up your little ones year and does not take a long time to watch over. I also feel like it’ll be very emotional to watch once its complete, to show the rate and speed he’s grown at. I plan on creating a video each year of these early years.

‘Firsts’

Theodore hasn’t done or got many ‘firsts’ yet, being so little. No first tooth or first hair cut. But I do have a special place in my heart for his first teddy. Which was bought by mum, who brought it to the hospital when she came to meet Theodore for the first time. He’s already started to chew the back of its head so he’s obviously taken a liking to it, and I intend on keeping it forever even when he outgrows cuddling teddies and tells me it’s not cool to have teddies sat on his bed or even in his room. But for me it’s important to keep significant things like that. To treasure always and remind myself of these early days when Theodore was a tiny little soul, and I’m sure when he’s older he’ll appreciate all these little things to which he might show his own children, and even his grandchildren one day.

Creating baby keepsakes is something we should all be doing, before it’s too late and we regret not taking the chance whilst we had it.

 

17 Comments

  1. April 3, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    Love all these! I did the hand prints, casts and printed ALL the photos with Eloise. Poor Lily’s just got a clay handprint. Printing photos is lovely though, I always have my faves printed, they’re not quite the same on a screen are they? Xx

  2. April 3, 2018 / 8:10 pm

    Oh we have so many keepsakes for our lady. A big ole box with hospital band, socks and news paper announcement. I also got a hand cast made for my husband too. A must do.

  3. April 4, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Why do all of your baby posts get me crazy broody?! Little Theodore is already so gorgeous and these ideas are so beautiful as gifts and keepsakes! I’m already a photo hoarder so god help me when it’s my turn!

  4. April 4, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    This is such a sweet post! the one thing I did with all three was make sure to do a handprint and foot print, I am not the most creative person but I do try and make little things for keepsakes.

  5. April 5, 2018 / 11:53 am

    I had a scrapbook for Ru and I’ve never had time to keep up with it, I’m kicking myself for it now really but thankfully I have thousands of photos to look back on x

    • caitylis
      April 6, 2018 / 8:04 am

      I mean, I might give up after a while or start doing it less and less, but at least there is a little something ey!

  6. Lisa
    April 5, 2018 / 3:14 pm

    You’re just like me and it makes me so happy. I’ve saved every single scribble, I carry her cord around with me, every card and message anyones wrote to her and I’ve backed up all her photo’s on two harddrives for when I’m ready to make the massive splurdge and spend £100’s on prints. It’s such a special time in both of your lives and there’s nothing better than documenting it all. I wish I knew about that app before hand. It would been amazing to document Imogen’s first year on this planet with something like that. Lovely post babe.

    Lisa | Oh Luna

    • caitylis
      April 6, 2018 / 8:03 am

      Someone that understands the cord saving…! Everyone thinks I’m gross! Why not start the app now? Much love, Caitylis x x

  7. April 6, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    I’m obsessed with making keepsakes! We used the 1SE app for Tyler’s first year too! I love the hand prints and the 3d sculptures!! We never did either but they look so cute and certainly a super special keepsake! x

  8. April 8, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    So lovely! Its really important to capture those little memories as much as possible. They pass by way too fast xx

  9. April 8, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    I LOVE the new layout! It’s so wonderful to keep all the best memories, you will remember his first little steps in everything forever. 🙂

  10. April 9, 2018 / 9:08 am

    Ah this is beautiful Caitylis! I am ashamed to admit that Freddie’s book is barely filled in! That whole time flew by so quickly but I have lots of photos and the memories which will be with me forever.

    Amy

    X

    • caitylis
      April 10, 2018 / 7:22 am

      To be honest I’ve fallen behind lately, I haven’t printed any photographs since the end of Jan. And I really need to play catch up. Feels like I’m playing catch up with everything lately! x

  11. April 11, 2018 / 2:39 pm

    Love all of these – I’m such a hoarder when it comes to anything to do with Stanley!! I still have my pregnancy test which is a bit ridiculous but every time I go to throw it away I can’t seem to bring myself to actually do it!! I’ve got his clip too in a memory box!!

  12. April 13, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    It definitely is sooo important to take as many pictures as possible when they are still so small! I absolutely love these imprints, so personal and also a fun thing to look back on when they get older! Xx

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