Baby Journals & Lifestage Charm Bracelets…you have to do it!

Baby Journals & Lifestage Charm Bracelets…you have to do it! For all new parents-to-be, if there is any advice I could share it would be to start a baby journal immediately. I’m convinced it’s never too late. We were encouraged to start one while we were pregnant with our first daughter. I started journaling the day we found out we were pregnant. We are just coming off a family vacation where we captured a lot of thoughts in our daughters journals…and as I read back to the initial entries, I thought to myself this is one of the BEST gifts we can give our daughters.

We make an entry every couple of weeks but never let a month go by without entering some thoughts and stories. It is so easy to forget the little stories, some of those silly FIRST experiences and how you were feeling when your children were passing through different life stages. My favorite entries are from my husband – I love to see what dad’s perspective is and the love he has for these little girls.

Another idea that was shared with me and I have done this for 2 years with Bear and plan to do it with Love Bug is a life stage charm bracelet. I have purchased charms for the different interests, events or trips we’ve experienced with our daughter. Imagine…a ballet shoe for her first class, a Hershey kiss from a park visit, a cross from her baby dedication, the London Bridge from her first international trip and a baton for her first parade debut. Okay…it will be a pretty full charm bracelet by the time she is 18 but what stories I will have to share when I give her that bracelet. And who likes wearing an empty charm bracelet? My husband & I are still discussing the appropriate time to give these journals and bracelets…we have yet to decide if it will be at 18 or on their wedding day but for now we find great joy in documenting these amazing memories in a variety of ways.

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3 Responses to “Baby Journals & Lifestage Charm Bracelets…you have to do it!”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? October 25, 2008 at 8:12 am #

    I love the charm bracelet idea!

  2. Jessie October 26, 2008 at 11:21 am #

    I am horrible at keeping up with my girls journals, good for you! We did start the charm bracelet for my oldest on her 1st birthday (she is 3 now) and also have 1 for the youngest. They get a charm a year depending on what they are into – we also haven’t decided on when to give it to them.


  1. Graco Heart to Heart Blog - Scrapbooking my Pregnancy - December 22, 2009

    [...] Kim’s recent post on baby journals and charm bracelets had me thinking about how I journaled my first pregnancy. Around the time I found out I was expecting, a girlfriend asked if I would be interested in coming to a scrapbook workshop/party. Similar to a Tupperware party, a scrapbook consultant brings all her “wares” to the hostess’ house for the party. Guests are asked to bring some personal pictures to the party with the plan that everyone will leave with a “scrapbooked page”. Your page would be ready to frame or to start your own scrapbook. I attended the party, made my page, and had a wonderful time. I also decided this was the perfect way for me to document my pregnancy going forward. [...]