Before Ellianna’s arrival, I did lots of research on how I wanted to document her life. My mother took the time to scrapbook and record the best moments my childhood and it’s one of the things I cherish most as an adult. Looking back through those wonderful years is a blessing and it was something I wanted to give Ellianna as well. I stumbled upon Emily Ley and her company several years ago when I was looking for a personal planner. I could go on and on all day about my love for The Simplified Planner. However, this post is about Emily Ley’s beautiful baby book and why I’m absolutely in love with it.
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Important elements of a good baby book
When I was searching for a baby book there were several different elements I was looking for. First of all, I wanted a place for photographs. I love the fact that baby books are a place to document, but I believe that photographs are a major part of documenting. Who doesn’t love looking back through pictures of the day they were born, or their first tooth, or their first Halloween costume? There is something comforting about that, and it was important to me. Not only does Emily Ley’s baby book provide a place for pictures, but she gives suggestions on what types of pictures to include! This took the guesswork out of it for me and provided me with structure when I was planning and printing. As a new mom, it can be hard to stay organized and on top of things. She’s done the work already. It’s great.
The second thing I really wanted in a baby book was a place to chart her growth month-by-month. I spent so much time prepping her monthly photo props and outfits that I wanted a place to keep those photographs and chart her milestones all in one.
In addition to those amazing features, Emily Ley also provides a place to write your birth story, make predictions about what baby will look like, and even write a letter before baby’s arrival.
The letter portion of the book was HUGE for me. It inspired me to write letters to my daughter on every birthday rather than just at her birth. I documented it in this post.
The book comes in a beautiful white box with the words “The Story of Me” written on the front. It’s a great place to store loose keepsakes such as hospital bracelets, your pregnancy test, a copy of his or her birth certificate, etc. It’s one of my favorite features.
What if I’m Done Having Babies?
If you are done having babies and are on to the next phase of life, Emily Ley has that covered too. She has beautiful books for little boys and girls to document their school years. What a beautiful gift to give your children. What a beautiful memory for you both.
How do you document your child’s life? What baby books have you found that you are just in LOVE with?
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