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Choosing a Baby Shower Sign-In Book for Guests

Michele Meleen
close-up of open guest book

A sign-in book can be a beautiful keepsake, as well as a record of the shower attendees, that any mom-to-be will treasure for many years to come. There are plenty of great ideas for baby shower guest books! You can purchase a sign-in book for a baby shower, or you can make one. Either way, this will be an important memento of a very special day.

Baby Shower Sign-In Books to Buy

You can buy a beautiful pre-made baby shower guest book online from a variety of retailers.

Rag and Bone Bindery Custom Sign-In Book

Rag and Bone Bindery has a beautiful personalized guest book that can be used as a keepsake baby shower sign-in book with your choice of blank pages to record special memories or printed signature lines. It comes over ten colors from blush to silver. This book is fully customizable, and you can emboss either one or two lines on the front cover with baby's name and the shower date. It retails for $36 plain and costs an extra $10 for each personalized line.

Purple Trail Custom Book

At the Purple Trail, you can create a custom sign-in book for a shower. Start by choosing whether it's a ladies-only event or shower that involves men then select from dozens of different cover designs. There are nearly ten page layout options including blank pages or framed pages that feature places to write wishes, memories, and contact information. Price depends on the style and size you choose with prices ranging from $30 to $55.

Guest Registry With Pen

Available from Walmart, the Baby Shower Butterfly Theme Guest Book with Pen is a classic option. This simple white book is embellished with ribbon and butterflies in pink, purple, and green. It has 60 pages for guests to record notes to the mom-to-be, as well as a space to record the gift each guest presented. This book comes with a matching pen to make signing in easy for guests. It retails for about $40.

Personalized Rubber Ducky Guest Book

Another affordable choice is the Yellow Rubber Ducky Baby Shower Guest Book from Zazzle. This 80-page spiral notebook has plenty of room for guest messages, a record of gifts, and more. It features a sweet gender-neutral motif of a rubber ducky and retails for under $15.

Gold Foiled Oh Baby! Guest Book

Target sells the Ginger Ray collection of party supplies including the Gold Foiled Oh Baby! Guest Book. This modern square-shaped white book features the words "Oh Baby!" on the front in gold. There are 32 blank pages inside the hardcover book that sells for under $15.

Do-It-Yourself Sign-In Story Book for Baby

One creative idea for a homemade sign-in book is to make a special bedtime book for baby. This also makes a fun activity for guests at the shower, especially if you're using a storybook theme. It helps if you choose a familiar fairy tale for guests to illustrate.

baby shower story sign in book

Things You'll Need

  • Blank book
  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Text of a fairy tale
  • Computer and printer
  • Scissors and glue

What to Do

  1. Before the day of the shower, type up the text of the fairy tale, and divide it into sections. You'll need the same number of sections as the number of guests who will be at the shower.
  2. Print out the sections. Then cut them out, and glue one section to each page in the book.
  3. On the day of the shower, set out the markers and colored pencils. Tell each guest that she should draw a picture to accompany the text on one page of the book. Below her picture, she should sign her name.
  4. After the shower, decorate the cover of the book as desired to match the fairy tale. Present the book to the mom-to-be as a special bedtime story for baby.

Handmade Baby Instruction Manual for Mom-to-Be

Many first-time parents wish that babies came with an instruction manual. Between dealing with colic and figuring out how to get enough sleep, there's a lot to learn in those first few weeks. Fortunately, the guests at a baby shower can share their collective wisdom, and offer the mom-to-be some much-needed support in the form of this special idea for a baby shower sign-in book.

mom to be instruction manual

Things You'll Need

  • Blank book
  • List of challenging scenarios
  • Pens and markers

What to Do

  1. Before the shower, take some time to jot down some common scenarios that prove challenging for new moms. These might include getting the baby to stop crying, helping the baby sleep through the night, and many others. Have at least one scenario for each guest. Create a list of the scenarios for guests to reference.
  2. On the day of the shower, set up a table for the sign-in book. Place the list of scenarios on the table, along with a pen for crossing off those that have been covered already.
  3. When guests arrive, ask them to choose a scenario, and write down some advice for the mom-to-be to help her get through that challenge. Below their advice, they can provide a special message, and sign their names.
  4. After the shower, give the sign-in book to the mom-to-be to keep handy when she's feeling overwhelmed.

Do-It-Yourself Printable Guest Book

You can easily compile your own custom guest book using free printables. Look for pages that can be used for signatures, memories, wishes, addresses, and keeping track of gifts to get the most out of your sign-in book. Print out one or more copies of each page as needed and insert them into a three-ring binder for a sturdy guest book with keepsake pockets.

DIY printable guest sign in book

Things You'll Need

What to Do

  1. Purchase a three-ring binder in white, blue, or pink.
  2. Print off all the pages you want to include in the book.
  3. Add special wording or notes to the printables so their purpose is clear.
  4. Use the hole-punch to poke holes along the left side of each page.
  5. Insert pages in the binder in the desired order.
  6. Decorate the interior and exterior of the book.

Children's Book Guest Book Alternative

An easy way to create a baby shower guest book and keepsake all in one is by using a hardcover picture book. Look for a classic children's book such as a Little Golden Book or a popular picture book that matches your shower or nursery theme. For a more affordable option, consider printing your own free, full-color kid's book such as this adorable alphabet book then binding it with staples or in a binder.

Children's Book Guest Book Alternative

Things You'll Need

  • One hardcover children's book
  • Paper
  • Pens

What to Do

  1. Make a guest book table sign that tells guests how to sign the picture book. It's best if they keep their messages short and contained to the pages at the beginning and end of the book before the story actually begins.
  2. Open the book to the first page where you want guests to sign.
  3. Leave pens near the book.

Homemade Keepsake Photo Guest Book

Photos are a great way to capture the special day in a unique way, especially when they include each guest and the mom-to-be. Before using this personalized idea for a baby shower guest book, check with the mom-to-be to make sure she feels comfortable being photographed. If she does, this will be a wonderful keepsake.

baby shower photo sign in book

Things You Need

  • Blank book
  • Markers and pens
  • Notepad
  • Digital camera
  • Photo backdrop or nice background for pictures
  • Computer

What to Do

  1. On the day of the shower, find a location that will make a great background for the photos. You can always hang a sheet to serve as a backdrop.
  2. As guests arrive, snap a picture of each one with the mom-to-be. Jot down the person's name and the number of the photograph in a notebook, so it will be easy to identify guests later.
  3. Have each guest write a message, or relate a memory for the mom-to-be in the guest book. Below the message, the guest should sign her name. Instruct them to leave the facing page blank.
  4. After the shower, upload the photos and have them printed up. Paste each photo into the sign-in book next to the message from that guest. Then give the sign-in book to the mom-to-be.

Treasured Keepsake

Whether you choose to make a baby shower sign-in book for guests or purchase a beautiful pre-made option, this is one keepsake that the mom-to-be will love to receive. It's also a wonderful way to honor guests and make them feel welcome at the big event.

Choosing a Baby Shower Sign-In Book for Guests