If you’ve ever looked for a baby book that you actually like, you know it’s hard to come by. In this post, I wanted to talk to you all about the DIY Baby Book I made, and how you can create your very own DIY baby book to have as a keepsake for your baby. (And don’t worry, if you aren’t into DIY, this is a SUPER easy DIY baby book! No creativity needed.)
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Before my daughter was born (and probably before I was even showing!), while most moms were probably reading “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” or diligently researching tips on breastfeeding or sleep training, I of course was doing more important things. Like using Photoshop to map out the design and layout of her nursery with all the Restoration Hardware furniture that I couldn’t afford. I was also spending way too much on fake flowers to re-create the below DIY flower mobile that cost me way more to DIY than it would have been to buy it. And, lastly, I was scouring the internet for the OH SO perfect baby book, which obviously turned out to be harder than I’d imagined! Which is also why I had to create my own DIY Baby Book.
From 80s to Now
I knew I wanted a beautiful and unique way to capture all the wonderful (and not so wonderful!) memories that my daughter could look back on later in life. And since my mom did such an excellent and detailed job with my baby book that I now love to look back on (especially as a new mom), a baby book was one of my top priorities to have ready when I brought my daughter into the world.
All that said, my baby book isn’t exactly, shall we say, the prettiest book I have ever seen… SORRY MOM! I mean, can this baby book get any more 80’s?
Therefore, after reading several blog posts about different ideas for DIY baby books, I set out to create my own Baby Book that was unique, beautiful, and just my (I mean my daughter’s! Whoops) style.
I showed my DIY baby book on a Facebook Live recently. And you can watch that video below:
How to Start a Baby Book
So what do you need in a DIY Baby book? All of the pages you need, and none of the pages you don’t! Most importantly, I wanted my DIY baby book to have the ability to add or remove pages whenever I chose. That way, the DIY baby book could expand over the years, should I decide to include something I forgot down the road.
Therefore, my DIY baby book is a binder that opens and closes easily, so be able to add or remove pages. I found a customized binder option from Zazzle! It was such a perfect option to have a beautiful front and back cover for the DIY baby book, and still have the ability to add or remove pages!
Baby Book Pages
So then I had to figure out what to fill it with. All the pages I found on Pinterest weren’t my style. So, of course, I put on my A Touch of LA hat and created my own pages for my baby book!
I started with a cover page for the baby book with her name and date of birth.
Then I put her footprints in…
This is my favorite page of the DIY baby book! This “major milestones” has all her firsts! From her first bath to her first wave.
Then I wrote a little snippet for each of her first months so we can remember each and every special moment as we look back through her DIY baby book.
Next, I wanted to make sure all of the baby book pages were protected. Thus, I bought a ton of page protectors. You can get a ton of them on Amazon, and I have included a few of them below.
DIY Baby Book Keepsake Pages
The other thing I wanted to do in this baby book was to store ALL THE THINGS. You know the things. The ones that you have that you’re keeping at the bottom of a shoe box. For example, the pregnancy test, the sonograms, the baby bonnet, etc. SO MANY THINGS, amiright???! That’s where pocket pages came into play in this DIY baby book. See below, why these pages are PERFECT for this purpose.
I’ve included some great ideas for your pocket pages of your baby book pages below.
And another DIY Baby Book
You are going to think I am crazy, but I ended up buying a second binder! This one is for even more of the keepsake items, since it ended up overflowing very quickly! So now I technically have two baby books now. One baby book is for the content, and one for the keepsake items. I really think it beats having all your memories crumpled at the bottom of a shoe box.
Now I can pull both Baby book binders out and enjoy the memories whenever I like! My favorite thing is having the option to add or remove pages overtime. And since I have the original pages on my computer, I can change the colors or design any time.
Lastly, thank you so much for taking the time to read about my very own Baby Book! I hope this gives you some ideas about creating your own baby book! I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and positivity! But above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat. You can also get started on celebrating your life with your FREE gratitude journal printable or by subscribing to my podcast, The Celebration Effect Podcast! I can’t wait to connect with you more.