A toddler memory book will help you preserve the precious moments you and your child experience during his or her toddler years.
Making Memories Last
One of the most common gifts given to new parents is a baby memory book. These books offer plenty of pages for parents to document all of those milestones their babies achieve. In addition, baby memory books typically feature pages for photos, special mementos, and more. A toddler memory book basically serves the same purpose. However, because this book focuses specifically on the toddler years, it provides an opportunity for parents to get more detailed on those memories they want to preserve.
Memories can be in the form of handwritten documentation of a child's weight and height, as well as details on language development, special aptitudes, and unique characteristics. Memories may also be in the form of treasured photos, the toddler's artwork, and even cards and letters from friends and family members. What you choose to place in your toddler's memory book is a uniquely personal decision.
Toddler Memory Book Options
What should the toddler memory book you choose look like? This may very well depend upon whether you purchase a book or make your own. Keep in mind that if you decide to purchase a memory book, you may not have a lot of choices in what features the book offers. If you have definite ideas about what you want in your toddler's book of memories, then your best bet may be to create your own.
What kind of toddler's book do you need? Once you decide how your book should look, you can then focus on whether or not you need to create or purchase it based on your needs.
- Do you want to include only information, memorabilia, and fun facts about your child as a toddler and omit anything related to her days as a baby?
- Do you want this book to include information from all the months since she was born?
- Do you want the book to mainly feature photos of your child?
- Do you prefer a simple book in the form of a journal, or do you want to create a scrapbook that combines written information and visual images as well?
- Will you need a book that features pockets for a variety of keepsakes?
- Will you want a book that offers you the option to add pages if needed?
What should go in your toddler's memory book? Again, the answer to this question is based on personal preference, but many parents choose to include some or all of the following in their children's memory books.
- Milestones - Whether your child's memory book is in the form of a journal or has pre-printed categories and charts for you to fill in, you'll want to keep track of all the milestones she's reached throughout her toddler years. Document when she spoke her first sentence, when she learned to hop, funny words she said, funny things she did, and more.
- Photos - If the memory book doesn't have pockets or sleeves to hold those precious photos, you can add a couple to the inside covers of the books by taping cardstock on three sides and leaving an opening at the top to insert your cards, photos, etc.
- Artwork - While you won't have room to hold all of your child's artwork, you can place a few special pieces in the memory book. If you just can't choose which items to keep, consider taking pictures of larger collections of artwork and placing those photos in the memory book instead.
Finally, if you are handcrafting your child's memory book, consider covering the outside of her book with a special blanket cut to fit the book's size. In doing so, you also create a keepsake out of another special object that holds precious memories for you and your child.