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Q&A: How to choose a baby book?

There are so many keepsake baby books on the market. How should I choose?

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There are so many keepsake baby books on the market. How should I choose?

The Bump Expert

A baby book is a fun and meaningful way to record those special moments and milestones of baby’s first year -- and beyond. And it will be a good keepsake to share with baby when she becomes a big kid. The only problem? There are so many adorable options, it’s tough to pick.

If you’re going with a typical bound or binder-style book, consider just how much control over the content you want to have. Some baby books have pages already decorated with spaces for you to fill-in specific information, like funny anecdotes or baby’s height and weight at each age. This is a good choice if you don’t have a ton of time to spend on baby’s book, or if you sometimes have trouble finishing projects. Another option is a “flexible format” style, where you can move pages, add inserts and attach tabs and stickers for reference. Some books give you free rein to style and write. This is a great idea if you’re particularly crafty or love to keep a journal. Flip through and see what sort of content various books have. Some focus mainly on factual stuff about baby, like dates and stats. Others ask fun, out-of-the ordinary questions. They get you thinking, so that you can record some things you may never have thought of, and reading them later is that much more personal.

Looking for some not-so-traditional options? Think high tech. An online baby book is a great way to track your pregnancy progress -- and, later, baby’s growth and development -- and share photos and stories with family and friends no matter how far away they are. We can’t help but recommend using The Bump’s Baby Websites to do this. It’s free, easy to use and the templates are adorable. If you still want a physical book, you can create a photo-oriented one through a site like Kodak and add any pictures and text you want -- then have the completed book printed and mailed to you when you’re done.

There are no set guidelines when it comes to baby books, so have fun with it! It’s something you and your family will cherish for years to come.

--Ali Wing, founder and CEO of Giggle

Plus, more from The Bump:

Top 10 Baby Keepsakes

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The Bump Editors

Q&A: How to choose a baby book?

No one can tell you what type of baby book to choose. This is a subjective choice you have to make. It depends on preferences. Anyway, someone people used to choose pink for girls and blue for boys but lately things have changed so it doesn't really matter. I got a very nice one when I was still pregnant. I found it a couple of days ago when I decided to make some cash for books by selling some.

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I choose my nephew's books by using a sell used textbooks program and I received free assistance by doing so. I would have to agree with Allie though, that no one can tell you what type of baby books to choose. With the first book that I bought him I kind of failed but after I started to talk to him more the next books were gold!

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Have you ever tried searching for such books in the Sacramento classifieds section? I did some shopping there and you can find some great products, including books for children or about children. Good luck!!

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In my opinion it's harder to choose a good soy baby formula. When it comes to books just buy or borrow a few and see which one appeals more to you. After that just stick with one or two books. Good luck!!

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One of my friends has a successful hospital career. She brings us all the time books and leaflets on pregnancy an nursery. If you's like me to, I can actually give you a list of all she brought and thought to be useful.

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Q&A: How to choose a baby book?

I got mine at Hallmark, they have a great selection of baby books, calenders, frames, and also pregnancy journals and calenders. Best of all, their books are binder style with sheets that you can take out, in case you are a single parent like myself.

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I would say go online and look at baby books to see which one you want like I went and got 100,000 Baby names by Bruce Lansky because my sister had the book for the first time she got pregnant and when I did I decided to get it or you can ask friends for what you should get or if they have one you can borrow.

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I made a book for my little girl using www.mybabybabbles.com and absolutely love it! Its easy to do; you can upload pictures from your phone and fill in the milestones at your own time. The themes are gorgeous and creating the eBook is free! I will be ordering the printed book soon so will post my review soon after

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