January 31, 2017
Believe us when we say that the first year of your baby’s life will fly by so quickly, you will wonder where it went. It might not feel like it at the time, when you’re changing nappies and getting up for night feeds, but these precious moments are over in the blink of an eye.
It’s important to cherish and document as many of your baby’s ‘firsts’ as possible – they’re wonderful mementos to look back on, and they can be passed down as family heirlooms when your little one is old enough to have a family of their own. Take a look at this list of important items and moments to document and keep from your baby’s first year.
Your child’s first ever outfit is certainly one to keep forever. For some parents, this is the simple outfit they put them in while they’re still at the hospital. For others, the first ‘real’ outfit is the one they wear to bring their new arrival home – these are often heirlooms themselves, and are certainly worth holding onto.
The first pair of shoes your baby wears should never be thrown away! When your little one is heading off to school for the first time, or preparing to graduate from university, you’ll look back on their tiny footwear and wonder how your cherished child was ever so small.
Creating a cast of your baby’s handprints and footprints is an increasingly popular thing for new parents. You can purchase sets online which help you to make the moulds yourself or you can even have them professionally cast in sterling silver or gold plated. They make a lovely keepsake, or even something you can hang in their nursery.
Not all new parents will want to keep this, but some certainly do choose to save the small stump which used to link mother and baby. It’s symbolic of the unique connection that mothers have with their little ones. There are lots of weird and wonderful things you can do with this keepsake. If you have a garden a nice thing to do is to plant it with a new tree and you can watch it grow with your child as a family.
There is nothing as innocent and beautiful as the incredibly fine baby hair your little one will have for the first few months of their life. When they have their first haircut, many mothers and fathers choose to keep just a small lock of hair to remember how fragile and delicate their baby once was.
You will never take as many photographs in your life as you do when you have a child! Every small moment will be documented – their first time breastfeeding, the first time they lift up their head unassisted, the first time they roll over, the first time they sit up without help.
With all the amazing technology we have at our disposal these days, it is easy to capture all of these significant moments – but try to avoid simply leaving them on your phone or your computer hard drive forever.
Have them printed professionally and place them into a chronological album showing your baby’s progress in their first twelve months.
Did your parents save any of your 'firsts'? Let us know in the comments below.
December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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