Ideas on How to Measure Your Baby’s Growth

Do you ever wonder if your baby recognizes you more easily with a camera in front of your face than without? I have a feeling many mama bloggers may agree.

Gracie turns six months old tomorrow, so I know what we’ll be doing tonight: Photoshoot!! I’ve come to really love my monthly recordings of my daughter’s growth and development. With the busyness of life, I never did get around to reading cover to cover in the “Your Baby’s First Year” type books, but as the 29th day of each month approaches I do take the time to read about that particular stage, think about what happened over her last month, and write a special letter to my daughter recording our special moments.

And, thanks to the creative couple behind Young House Love, I also have a very fun way of recording Gracie’s physical changes each month. I love picking out fun fabrics for her to lay on for each snapshot – and I’m thinking I’ll make a quilt using all twelve when Gracie’s first year is done. (Full disclosure: I did totally hesitate to show y’all the how-to link since I get SO MANY compliments about each month’s onesie. Most people didn’t have a clue that it was Photoshopped.) If you don’t have Photoshop available to you and you want a similar effect, search etsy – there are lots of creative ladies out there selling “Month to Month” badges like Jenny uses on her blog.

I know lots of mommy bloggers have similar creative ways of measuring their little one. Have you guys seen Eleanor’s photos on Making it Lovely? They’re one of my favorite sets.

Another super easy and fun thing to do would be to pick out a favorite stuffed animal (not tiny – probably as big as or a little bigger than your baby when she comes home from the hospital) and take a photo of Baby & Stuffed Lovey next to each other each month. It’s fun to see them trade roles: first the baby lies there looking tiny next to the stuffed animal, but then before you know it the little one is towering over the lovey and trying to chew its ear! I tried to Google this to put an example here, but no avail. Has anyone done this who could share a link? So fun!

I love the creative energy that flows from blog to blog – most of my best baby ideas seem to come from one online friend or another. Do you have any ideas to share with us about how you measure your little one?

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5 Responses to “Ideas on How to Measure Your Baby’s Growth”

  1. Lindsay January 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    Here’s our little guy by his monkey each month. He’s only three months, but you get the idea.

    I love the fabric idea though! Maybe if my next one is a girl… :o )

  2. Karen Hartzell January 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    You are so creative, Kate! I want a do-over on my baby #2 so I can go back and take pics like this!

  3. Jodie February 1, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    Here’s my daughter with her Bunny – she’ll be two on Friday :) I also took weekly pics during her first year along with a Monthly pic in the same outfit, on the same blanket. I made a really cute “My First Year” book on Shutterfly with the pictures and the details I wrote in her baby book each month.

    I’m expecting my 2nd in April, I plan to do the same thing, but get the onesie stickers for monthly pics and will find a different big stuffed animal for him.

  4. Kate February 1, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Lindsay, what a handsome little man you have! I love the monkey you’ve got him posing by and – my goodness – you can already see quite a difference between the first month and the third. Be sure to check in with us later and share your album as it continues to grow!

    Jodie, Haven is darling. I think my favorite pics are her eight month shot and her twenty-third – LOVE her smile. I hope you’ll keep in touch with us, too, about Baby #2 – would love to see the onesies you make him.

    Karen, you’re too kind :)

  5. dani February 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Great ideas! I love the photoshopped onesies – what a great, easy way to record it and look cute too!