Memory Treasures For Every Family

I’m going to be brutally honest with you.

As soon as I've dared to think that I've overcome one challenge of being a parent another one begins & it's exhausting. There’s been pregnancy sickness, sleepless nights, nappies, toilet training, sitting in car parks while my babies slept, weaning – I could go on & on & on BUT when I look back now the finer details of the challenging times are actually really hazy. The times that I do remember the most are the fun memories that we’ve made - going to the park, reading, playing, first steps, painting, trips to the beach, dog walks, tree climbing, tickling, laughing - again I could go on & on & on!

However these memories are bitter sweet, while they are always guaranteed to put a big smile on my face they are tinged with sadness as those precious moments have been & gone. As my boys grow I’m all too aware that they’ll become less dependent on me and most likely think I’m really uncool (I’m ok with that, honest!) so, as well as having these precious memories tucked away in my mind, I’ve collected other mementos to remind me of these treasured times. You’ve no doubt been collecting them too; baby scans, hospital name bands, baby book achievements, special clothes, toys, drawings and of course a phone full of photos. My two boys love getting their memory boxes down from the attic and having a good rummage through them, they marvel at the what I’ve kept , love listening to the stories I’ve written in their baby books and can’t believe how small their coming-home-from-hospital baby grows were!

I have a few inexpensive ideas for baby & toddler memory treasures that you can do at home...

Baby Book

Baby books chronicle a baby’s journey from pregnancy, through the first year & sometimes beyond. It’s a great place to safely keep scan pictures, record the many ‘firsts' & jot down memorable stories. My mother-in-law kept a baby book for my husband and it’s been lovely to show my boys their Dad as a baby. They love looking at the photos and hearing about what he did as a baby! Maybe one day, they’ll be able to show their children their own books too.

Height Charts

Children grow far too quickly and a height chart is a really lovely way for you and your children to marvel at how much they have grown. We measure and record every year on the boy’s birthdays and our chart has become a really lovely keepsake. Even visiting kids like to measure themselves on our height chart to compare heights!

Christmas Decorations

Salt dough Santa handprint decorations are easy, cheap and fun to do! We made them as 1st Christmas gifts for grandparents and every year we all bring them out to hang on our trees. My son loves putting his growing hand against his teeny baby hand amazed at how small he once was before carefully choosing the perfect branch to hang it from.

Hand & Footprint Art

If you do an internet search for ‘Handprint art’ you will find loads of fun ideas that you can make with hand prints. There’s something for everybody, from flowers to superheroes, that make really lovely personal wall art or greetings cards. I’ve used the boys hand and foot prints for Birthdays, Christmas’, Fathers Day and thank you cards; they are always well received! As a family, just after our youngest son was born we made our own print that captures all our hand prints which now hangs as the centre piece of our family photo wall.

Every stage of the parenthood journey has brought me happiness and anxiety in equal measure, but I'm grateful for all the memories they have made and they many ways I can keep them.

Louise Bowers

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