Rethinking the baby book: Carry a yearly notepad instead
Baby book guilt. We've all got it (on some level) because it's impossible to capture EVERY moment and milestone. Meghan has a different strategy: she shares the work and fun of recording memories with her daughter:
Here's an easy way to capture kid memories without running to the baby book each time. Every year since my daughter was about 2 years old, I have kept a little notebook in my purse of cute things she would say, or just simple memories of that age.
As she has gotten older, the notebook has filled with her drawings/writing/etc when she needs something to keep her busy (at a restaurant, while running errands, in the car). That little notebook has turned into a memory book of all of her accomplishments as well.
I change the notebook out each year around her birthday. She is 5 now and her favorite drawings include Santa Claus, dogs, cats, and her favorite stuffed animals. It's fun to show her all of the drawings she has done (and how they've changed) over the years.
Also, it's a cheap hack because you can find little notebooks in the dollar section at Target or at a dollar store!
If you're still attached to the baby book idea, you can always transfer notes and moments (and even artwork) to the baby book. In the meantime, you can enjoy the moment with your kid, knowing you've got something written down.
In that case you can just snap pictures and take notes on your smartphone and transfer those. (Take notes in your calendar app and they'll be sorted by date.)
Aside: you can pick up cheap notebooks for a song during school supply season. Our local store was selling them for a quarter apiece.
How do you keep track of your kids' quotes and milestones during your very busy days?
Related: Track baby milestones on a calendar