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Humble Bumbles Baby Journal: A Keepsake Journal for Baby's First Three Years Diary – 8 Aug 2002
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It covers just about every aspect of babyhood to toddlerhood up to 3 years of age that you could possibly imagine. Everything from the before the baby is born: a place for sonogram pictures, a family tree chart, biographies of mom and dad, a part to record the baby shower (all of these sections include a page for you to put pictures in), setting up the babies nursery and a personal spot to write to your newest before they are born.
Then it covers in detail all the aspects of the birth (weight, height, how the baby was welcomed into the world (birth story) and where he/ she was born. Theres a little envelope for keepsakes that we keep our sons hospital bracelets and other hospital memorabilia followed by a page for the hand and foot prints (I always bring the baby book with us to the hospital so the nurse can put the foot and hand prints into the book and I can record my feelings and thoughts right in those first moments). There are 2 pages for pictures of those first couple days in the hospital, followed by a page for the first day home; what house you lived in, siblings reactions, what the babies temperament was like as well as how much it slept and ate. Theres also this neat two page section about the world where you record simple things about the world they were born into: the president, price of gas and milk, toy fads, popular sports and fashion trends (which are all going to be fun to look back on the child becomes an adult). Next there is a portion where mom and dad can write letters to baby called "Thoughts on the first few weeks of your life." This book makes things very personal and gives plenty of room to write to your child and paste pictures of many important moments.
Theres a spot for the babies favorite things and for the grandparents as well as other family moments- all that special stuff that you would partially remember but mostly forget the details of.
The next two sections are some of my favorite: The growth section where you record from month 1 to month 12 the date, weight, height, length and any other comments regarding your changes followed by a page where you can write about how how these changes effect you and your husband and how fast it all goes.
Next is a section for babies "firsts", including the first time baby laughed, held their head up crawled, walked, slept thru the night, ate solid food, stopped wearing a diaper, sang a song, made a friend, wrote the alphabet, etc etc etc. I add in the margins all the firsts my husband and I find important as well. It gets more specific after that, including a page for the first haircut with an envelope for the lock of hair, a tooth page where you can record when each tooth came in and the first dentist appointment, first steps, holidays and pets (each has a side for recording and a side for pictures).
After that the book focuses on the first 3 birthdays: what was done for each one, a page for recording our first years growth and accomplishments as well as favorite things. At the end of these sections is a page for the mom or dad to write a letter or how they feel about your first birthday and that first (or second or third) year of babies life.
This book is the best baby book I can imagine for recording all those special moments and landmarks of your childs first 3 years, including before they were born. In the front of the book there is a big envelope for any keepsakes important to you and a table of contents for each of the sections so you can turn to pages easily. I love how I can compare each child's growth because Ive gotten the same book for each so its easy. There are little quotes: some from the bible (Im not religious but the quotes they use are more general), Carl Sandburg, a Haida Indian saying, Helen Keller, etc. Ive read in some of the reviews of this book that its "too religious" but its really not= theres an equal amount of quotes from all different sources; all are very sweet and very appropriate.
I would recommend this book to any new parent who really wants to record all of those important life moments for their baby and likes to maybe scrapbook a little or personalize things. Im not much a scrapbooker but I love to make each book personal for each baby. I cant imagine a better book than this for all that!
Things I dislike: it contrasts too much with my first child's halmark baby book, it's smaller, and it definitely looks lower quality. Which would be fine if my children both had this book. This is a great baby book, but it isn't a big, solid, ringed binder that you can add pages to. I also dislike the covers, especially the back cover with an unremovable price tag and dumb writing. They make the book about the book when the book is supposed to be about the baby. I also wanted to use some of the emptier pages for additional pictures, but the illustrations make it hard because there's always something sticking out from behind the photo somewhere. The illustrations are for the most part cute additions but they should never be a focal point and on a few pages they are. They are hard to cover up without the book looking awkward. I also dislike some of the illustrations: I don't want images of bottles, diaper pins, pacifiers, and baby powder when my baby never used them.
I think the author should make another edition and correct the above because this book has potential. In the meantime, I bought another hallmark book for my second child and I'll use this book for inspiration.
They were extremely pleased and excited about all the features it includes. Here is an edited version
of the email I received from them.
".... We did receive the Baby Journal on Saturday from Amazon and we could not have been more happy! My Mother read the entire book to us both. YES! The ENTIRE 80+ pages! She was so excited herself. She said she has never seen one like this. It has EVERYTHING!!! I wouldn’t even know where to begin? It had so many inserts likes picture frames, ruler poster to monitor the child’s height. Oh my, it was fully featured."
Love it, and I can't wait to start filling it out. I think I'll start today. :)