Welcome to parenthood! There is nothing sweeter than a baby’s smile, nothing cuter than a baby’s laugh and definitely nothing more ear-piercing than a baby’s cry. Trust us, you will not want to miss a single precious moment!
The first days, weeks and months of a baby’s life provide lots of special photo opportunities that you will want to capture. A photo book is a great way to keep track of all the amazing moments. From baby’s first steps to baby’s first trip, it will be something you’ll love looking back on for years to come.
Sam’s Club is here to help you create your baby’s first photo book with tips for preparation, design, layout and special moments. It’s the perfect gift for grandparents, aunts and uncles or simply for you to treasure!
Preparation is Key
Putting together a baby photo book is not a tough job. But choosing the photographs and giving it a personal touch does require some proper thought and effort. Here are some tips that can help you in that regard.
- ORGANIZATION—Have all your photos saved in a folder, rename them to make them easy to find and be sure to have no duplicates. Saving the photos in chronological order and adding comments will help to recount key moments when you are putting the book together.
- STYLE—The shape and style of your book will dictate some of your future layout options. Will you choose a leather cover, or give a sneak peek with a window style photo book? Is your preference rectangular, or square? There are no wrong answers here, just how you envision your final photo book.
- LAYOUT—Choose to build your own book and add photos and text in any arrangement you like, or opt for one of the Sam’s Club templates which feature sweet themes, like “To the Moon”, “Baby Love” and “ABC”, for you to choose from.
Celebrate the Milestones:
There are moments in your baby’s life that might seem small to most people, but to a parent they are enormous!
The important moments to remember are the ones that are over all too soon.
- First time crawling
Get down on the floor with your baby and get a sweet shot of them excitedly crawling towards you.
- First steps
First steps are giant leaps for your baby! Take a few photos in succession and dedicate some room in the book for these action shots.
- First word
Take a cute photo while they are saying their first word and include the word in text below the picture in your book.
- First tooth
Get a close-up of that winning smile with the new addition of the first tooth.
- First playdate
If a friend of yours also has a baby document the special moment of your babies meeting for the first time. This could be the start of a lifetime of memories!
- First feeding
Precious moments like these are fleeting. Document the special connection you develop in these quiet moments.
Each little achievement is something worth celebrating, so don’t hold back. These “big-little” milestone moments absolutely count!
Making it Personal
Make sure your baby’s photo book does not look like somebody else’s. Plan a section at the beginning of the book that shows the preparations for the baby’s arrival—prepping their nursery, mommy’s growing tummy and the ultrasound are wonderful things to include.
Add some anecdotes from the pregnancy, odd cravings, songs you enjoyed playing to them and perhaps a nickname you all had for your baby when they were still a bump. Set aside the first page of the book to include all the birth information like time, weight, location and footprints. You’ll look back in amazement at how small they were!
Who to Include in Your Baby Book
Make sure your baby photo book includes the people who mean the most to you and your child. They won’t remember these moments themselves, so having photos of them with grandparents, cousins, and their big sister who wasn’t quite that big yet will be extra special. You may even want to include the doctors and nurses who helped bring your little one into the world, what a special moment they were a part of in your life.
A “Little” Extra
Don’t forget their super tiny features! Fingers, toes, button nose and pouty lips. They will never be this small again, so make sure to include close-up photos of these features.
Remember, anything that you can scan or photograph can be used in baby’s first photo album. Think about digitizing certain documents or memories to include in the book. Scan the invite from their first birthday party or your birth announcement is a great way to document meaningful memories.
With your baby’s photo book, you can take all these photos and memories and create a story of your child’s first year and how they interacted with the world around them. When your child is older, they will have this wonderful collection of their own history and heritage to look back on.