My new favorite baby gift to give is the One Line a Day Memory Book.
The concept is so simple and in the same lines with journaling & scrapbooking but IT’s DOABLE for everyone.
The idea behind the book is that you have 6 lines for each day of the year. The brillant part of the book is that it lists 5 years on one page. So you get to see what your little one or yourself was doing on January 1st for 5 years. Just think of all the changes you will see this way.
I bought each of my children their own book two months ago and both my husband and I have been faithful to make sure there is something written for each day.
Sometimes we write how their school day went, which friend they talked a lot about, games that they played at home, what they ate or refused for dinner, favorite books, funny stories they told us – really anything is open for an entry.
Here are a few of the examples I have for each of my kiddos:
Alex (10 yrs) – You played “French Resistance Army” with Andrew and Caroline. You each had on a toque and gloves. You all built a trench (made of toy boxes, chairs, and play kitchen furniture) coming out from the tent – loving the Tour de France right now.
Andrew (7 yrs) – Ran errands with Dad & Alex – went to Alex H’s for birthday party and sleepover- at lunch, you said, “Look at me, I can eat like a yak.” And you did.
Caroline (3 yrs) – We play Candy Land almost every day. No matter where you are on the board you always say, “I’m almost winning and you’re almost losing.”
I have enjoyed writing in this book so much that I bought one for my sister for a baby shower present.
To jazz up the gift a little, I decorated a little bag for the book to go in.
I used a blue bag that a pair of sheets had come in and some pink fabric.
I cut the side of the bag since I need to be able to put the bag on my sewing machine.
Cut out a letter “C” (initial of her last name) out of the pink fabric.
I sewed the “C” onto the bag and added a little decorative trim.
Hopefully my sister will enjoy this book as much as I have – Although I have a feeling she might be recording sleep durations and blow outs in the beginning 🙂