Photos: in this digital age, it’s simple, convenient and cheap to keep pictures of your child while they are growing up! You should invest in a good camera that allows you to print the date and create personalized pictures, and most of all, to get high-quality pictures. The software provided with the camera usually offers different options like slideshows, commentaries, image correction, etc.
Your photos should be kept on CD (one copy stored in a safe place) and on photopaper (you want to see the pictures!) to keep your memories for years to come! The photo must-haves: birth, family members, first room, house, Santa, Halloween, zoo outings, etc.
Baby of the year: every year, La Presse offers to print your baby's picture in a special edition dedicated to the babies that were born that year! Furthermore, pictures are posted and archived on Motherforlife.com, so it doubles the fun! It’s a beautiful souvenir to keep, and costs about $40. You can also buy a small ad with a picture published a few weeks after your child’s birth.
Tooth and hair: you can keep their first milk tooth and a strand of hair! Either in a small container you made – scrapbooking is popular after all – or by buying a kit in gift stores (add this to your wish list). Your child will be happy to look at these relics from their past.
Items to keep
- Hospital bracelet
- Umbilical cord (many people do it)
- Birth and christening announcements
- Favourite plush toy
- Blankie (even if all torn and patched!)
- Hospital pyjamas
- First shoes
- Christening gown
- First Halloween costume
- Letters to Santa
"As a souvenir for my 2 girls, I kept their first bank statement from when they opened their first account. I kept each of them in a different box so they could see how much they put in it over time." - Iza
Do you have good ideas on how to keep mementos? Did you keep something original? Let us know!