If scrapbooking just isn't your thing, not to worry — we're sharing five unique, book-free ways to hold onto the most special memories from your little one's early years. From themed shadow boxes to bronzed objects to a quilt made with clothes, these original ideas will help you celebrate your child's everyday milestones and save the must-have mementos. Can't stand the thought of sliding another piece of paper into a plastic sleeve? Try these five keepsake options for memories you'll remember forever!
Instead of the same old traditional keepsake book, go with one that captures the uniqueness of your tot. Memory books have moved beyond the traditionally sappy journals where mom jotted down a few notes. We've found books with fun themes that aren't a chore to keep up to date. Click through this collection of unique memory keepsake books with themes from following school achievements to documenting birthdays, and find the perfect one for your new family.
If an aspiring mama believes that her home pregnancy test is for keeps, then she should steer clear of the digital variety. LilSugar reader lawchick explained what happens when women use the types of devices that have a limited lifespan. She said:
Mine was digital and died after about 24 hours, so it wasn't an option to keep it. I took a picture though! Not sure if I would've wanted to keep a stick with my pee on it, though, ha.
Expectant mothers may want to have the camera ready even if they use the standard line test. User Niami said, "the lines from my first son have faded since the test was taken in 1992." Even if that happens, Girl Jen acknowledged the obvious treasure. She commented, "I got my permanent keepsake of that positive pregnancy test about 8 months after I took it."
Sometimes memories aren't enough . . . even when they involve peeing on a stick. Expectant mothers who can't part with their positive home pregnancy tests consider them keepsakes. And now, one manufacturer is offering the mamas-to-be a case to store the treasure in (with proof of purchase, of course!). According to a study conducted by E.P.T., the urine strips ranked right up there with items like ultrasound photos and hospital wristbands in terms of things mothers cherish. Since the test isn't normally something parents display on the mantel, most people stored theirs in a plastic bag. What's your opinion?
Books with inscriptions make for wonderful gifts, but LilSugar reader schnappycat had an even more inventive idea when it comes to incorporating children's texts in celebrations and building her son's library. Here's what she said:
We do something similar for my son's birthdays. We choose a book that matches the theme of his party and ask the guests to write a greeting inside. It acts as a guest book so we can remember who was there, but it's also a really nice keepsake. I hope to continue this tradition!
If you want to put this tip to good use, here are a couple of books that fall in line with popular party themes.
- If you're throwing an animal affair, Never, Ever Shout at the Zoo or We All Went on Safari might do.
- When pirates are walking the plank at your celebration, have them gather around to hear The Barefoot Book of Pirates.
- If it's a royal celebration, check out The Princess and the Pea.
- For an art party, try When Pigasso Met Mootisse or Art Dog.
- If the celebration is going to get kids cooking, check out Fanny at Chez Panisse.
Share your party theme and book suggestions below!
Beautiful pillows can be the perfect accent to any room, but if your kids' creations adorn them, that will brighten your surroundings and their smiles. We told you how you could wear your children's designs around your neck, but now you can rest your pretty lil head on them, too.
Submit your child's masterpiece to Deseta where they will translate the image onto a charming pillow. Make sure it's your favorite piece because it's not cheap. It costs about $180 for one of the posh cushions. But, it will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.