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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Baby Book... great alternative for the sentimental but not so soppy!, 1 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Eric Carle's Very Special Baby Book (Baby Record Book) (Hardcover)
After finding out I was pregnant at 6 months I was a bit sad I had a lack of scan photos etc. so wanted a nice book to record as much info as I could from the time I had left, and indeed, the first year. I was having a boy and while there is no shortage of baby record books for males, I wasn't too keen on them as they seemed really dull and boring and page after page of blue bear illustrations didn't really do much for me (and I didn't think they would for a child either!). I took a chance ordering this from the site going on other peoples reviews alone, and I am glad I did. The landscape book which is a very decent size, contains the most beautiful illustrations. If you were to read this to your child, they would be captivated by the info and the keepsakes that are slotted in around beautiful images. The envelopes provided inside for things like babies first curl or hospital wristband are strong, durable frosted plastic so they aren't going to become damaged over time and fall out. There are pages for stories from family and friends which I particularly like and haven't seen a lot in other books. I especially like the section for what was happening on the day baby was born; you can put in what was #1 in the music & film charts, what was in the news etc. There is a section for the birth and it has how mummy felt, then how daddy felt. As my birth partner will be my mum and sister, it is a shame that they specify with the 'mum and dad' feelings bit, but fathers views can still go in here (how he felt waiting for news, how he felt when he was told mum had gone into labour) even if he isnt witnessing the birth. I believe it is American, and as a result there are two bits that I was a bit unsure of what to put in at first. The page for the Baby Shower contains space for info on who came, presents recieved and pics etc. Baby Showers are becoming more common in the UK now but aren't always the done thing. However, it gave me an excuse to have something that resembled one- a BBQ for family the day before birth, and this will fit in just fine and gives a great opportunity to collect info for the friends & families feelings section and get there little stories on how it felt to feel the baby first kick, watching their mummys tummy grow etc. etc. As for babies first holiday, this refers to Christmas, Easter etc. but you could use it for literally Babies first holiday away from home, its up to you. I will use it for Xmas as mine will be an August baby. The book is hardback, and is so pleasant. It is so pleasing to the eye and I can see it being a firm favourite with my son when he is older. Kids love to hear about their life story, and this accompanying that will make it a lovely experience each and every time you share it with them. Whereas other books contain bears etc. these illustrations are timeless, and as a result, kids aren't going to outgrow it like they would others. i think this especially applies to boys, while this book is gender neutral, it is especially suitable for them as its not girly or babyish- who doesn't love Eric Carles books? Purchased going on others positive feedback alone, I wasn't disappointed when this book arrived. It is absolutely perfect in every way and doesn't contain any sections or parts that are unusable or not applicable to us Brits. Infact, I would say country and culture is not an issue with this baby book at all. I would go with this everytime, and will certainly be keeping it in mind whenever I am due to buy a babyshower gift. It is such great value for money, it looks a lot more expensive than it is and you will have immense fun filling it out along with reading it to baby over the years as they grow. Cannot wait to continue it over the year filling in babies milestones, like when he walks, talks etc. along with other little gems like his favourite foods.
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