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Top 10 Baby Keepsakes

Our favorite keepsakes -- there's something for every type of mom in here.

Photo: Antonis Achilleos

You've heard it a million times: They grow up so quickly, so enjoy it now. That's why we all want to have something to remind us of the days when baby depended on us fully (and couldn't talk back). Luckily, we aren't limited to little boxes of never-used silver spoons -- there’s a ton of fun, stylish (even functional) products to choose from. From hip wall hangings to handmade pendants, here are some of the best keepsakes I've seen.

Fingerprint Portrait

Come on, keepsakes don't get much cooler than this. The folks at DNA 11 are all about genetic art, and with the Fingerprint Portrait, you get an amazing wall piece that baby will never outgrow. You just use the fingerprint collection kit they send you to get a little baby print, and they'll make it into an uber-personalized work of modern art. You can order whatever color combo you fancy, so keep in mind that it doesn't have to match the nursery -- you might want this one displayed for company to see! From $190, DNA 11

Children's Personalized Nature Namebook

Okay, so this one is pretty much just a storybook (a cute one!) with your child's name added in. But if baby doesn't gnaw it to pieces, you'll want to keep it around for years and years, reminding you of a time when the little one was just learning letters. The bonus is that it's educational: learning tool now, sweet memory later. $35, Frecklebox

I Wear Your Handprint Necklace

A hip piece of mom jewelry, this stylish trinket by Birth Designs lets you wear baby's handprints or footprints right around your neck. And, yep, they can actually use your baby's real prints. You send digital files or a real print on paper, and they etch the image onto a copper coin. They also solder a silver coin on the back, stamped with whatever words you choose. $115, Etsy

Everyday You Write The Baby Book Set

This set helps you record everything about baby's first months. There's a "Feed Me" log to record baby's eating habits and a "Look What I Got" gift log—but what you'll really want to hang on to is the "Special Moments Journal," made for helping you freeze a few moments in time. $26, The Land of Nod

Silver Leaf First Year Frame

This frame from Pottery Barn Kids is a classy way to show off baby's first adventures. You'll have to wait a full year to fill it up, but hey, it lasts forever. $59, Pottery Barn Kids

My Japanese Garden Growth Chart

Every kid needs a growth chart, and this one is chic enough that baby might just keep it in her room through the full 60 inches. Plus, it can travel with you if you happen to move houses. (Door frames don't make very good keepsakes.) $54, Giggle

Molly West Red Tricycle Baby's First Year Book

Baby books have come a long way. The Red Tricycle Baby's First Year Book by Molly West was just too cute for me to pass up (though her "Sock Monkey" version has got my eye too). The design is adorable and nostalgic, and the book has just enough space inside to hold all of your baby's firsts. $55, Jenni Bick Bookbinding

Reed & Barton Child Cup

There's nothing more classic than a silver baby cup, which is suitable for a boy or girl. It holds up to 6 oz. and is designed for easy sipping (the side is sloped so that all of the liquid doesn't rush out at once when tilted). It's functional, makes a beautiful ornament in the nursery, and is a traditional memento for years to come. $53, The Nest Baby Shop

The Nursing Necklace

Straight from a real-life mom, the whole Julian & Co. line is keepsake worthy, but this one's my fave: a multi textured oval pendant that gives baby something to do at feeding time (you know, other than pinch you or grab your hair). There's plenty of space on both sides to engrave baby's full name and all of the birth specs. And when baby grows up, you can hand this down as an extra-sentimental heirloom. $99, Julian & Co.

Your Words on Custom Canvas

It's nothing new to put baby's name on the nursery wall, but I’ve never seen it done in a way this stylish. These canvas works of art are custom-made by hand to give it a personal appeal. On top of that, you can include any lyrics, a quote, or a message that you'd like behind the name. $55, Etsy

*All prices are subject to change

-- The Bump Editors

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