Your baby grows up so quickly; before you know it, you have young children running around your house! When your baby arrives, why not make some keepsakes that will help you remember those precious early days? There are all sorts of keepsakes that you can create either yourself, or buy through services from professional companies. Here are a few ideas:-
- Photographs: The simplest and yet most powerful of all keepsakes - make sure you photograph your baby from the early days so that you have a visual record of their arrival into the world. Why not create a record of their early development in ToucanLearn's Daily Diary?
- Hand and Footprints: There are plenty of companies offering hand and footprints of your baby in their first few weeks, but you can create these yourself too! You can create prints in various mediums, such as paint or ink prints on paper, prints modeled into clay, even hand prints on ceramic mugs or other items that you can arrange in a local ceramics workshop.
- Lock of Hair: You may want to keep a lock of hair from your baby. You may have to wait a while before there is enough to cut, but this could be a keepsake that your baby appreciates later in life too!
- Baby Book: There are plenty of baby books that allow you to record different aspects of your baby's early life, and early milestones. If you buy one, make sure you fill it in and return to it regularly so that you create a full record!
- Hand and Foot Casts: Similar to prints, casts can be made by professional outfits and will remind you just how tiny your baby was once they have grown up and you have forgotten just how delicate they were when they arrived
- Commemorative Jewellery: Treat yourself and congratulate yourself on the arrival of your children! Why not have a nice bracelet engraved with the names and dates of birth of your children, or add a charm to a charm bracelet for each baby?
- Birth Certificates: When you register your children's births, you can request copy registration certificates for your own use. Why not frame them and hang them in your house?
You can find details of professional services in your area who can help you create keepsakes in most hospital maternity wards, health centres, baby magazines, and, of course, online. If you opt to create your own keepsakes, be careful to use safe paints, inks etc. Use only water based materials and watch out for any sign of allergic reactions, your young baby's skin is very delicate.