Ask Design Mom Week: Baby Memory Book

June 3, 2008

Ask Design Mom Question:
Hi Design Mom,
I’ve just been blessed with my first child — a big beautiful boy called Spencer — and am at a loss as to where to find a great memory book/album to record all of his milestones. My husband and I were lucky enough to have wonderful mums who recorded all the little, and big, details of our youth and we would like to do the same for our son. Particularly those events that happen in the first few years. Any advice or suggestions you have on where I can find one will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance, new mum, Stephanie (Cairns, Australia).

Design Mom Answer:
Hi Stephanie. Congratulations on your new baby! And thank you for the question. Discovering the perfect baby book is a treat. And luckily, there are lots of interesting choices out there — and new ones created everyday. I’ve posted about some of my favorites here and here. Rachel, a previous Guest Mom showcased a couple of gorgeous custom books here.

Of the several I own, my favorite is a smallish one that is sold at the Metropolitan Museum (for less than $20). It’s called simply Baby’s Journal and it’s written and illustrated by Marie Madeleine Franc-Nohain. It was adapted from Le Journal de Bébé, a book in the collection of the Museum that was first published in Paris in 1914.

It’s lovely. Full of mostly blank pages with charming illustrations across the top, where you can record thoughts or attach photos. It’s beautifully made and very well-loved by my kids. (As you can see, the silver ink on the book cover is wearing off from all the handling by little hands.) The current printing has a cover that’s different than the one I own. If you’d prefer the cover I have, it looks like Amazon lists some vendors here.

Another favorite, although I don’t own one, is the Binth Baby Book, which I’ve exclaimed over before. But I’ll wait until the next post to tell you a bit more about it (wink).

What about you, Design Mom Readers? Do you have a favorite Baby Book to recommend?

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 momquixote June 3, 2008 at 11:36 am

Oh my! A page for “First Silliness.” Too precious.


2 sam's mom June 3, 2008 at 11:54 am

I have a wonderful journal that is 10 years worth of space for writing. You get about 4 lines per day and bonus pages.

I find that it’s really useful as four lines is not a huge burden and then I can write in it everynight. This way it’s not just the milestones that get recorded but the everyday moments that make being a mom such a blessing as well.


3 Jeanne_2008 June 3, 2008 at 3:37 pm

What cute dolls!! Pick me!!


4 Stephanie Ford June 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

I wish I knew about these baby books when I had my son! I ended up with a book I thought was ok, but I’m not interested in some of the prompts, and I hate the idea of blank prompts all over the book.

I also love the option of making a book using blurb or another service for your own custom baby book like the one featured on Good Stock.


5 Kiasa June 4, 2008 at 8:50 am

I never liked the baby books I saw (you know “fill in the blank”), so I never got one for my daughter, who is now 20 months. I think I might just run over to the Met and buy one today.

Our blog has been a nice way to write memories and have photos, so maybe we’ll make a blurb book for her 2nd birthday.


6 Rami, Danielle, Eva and Libby June 4, 2008 at 12:19 pm

I have been looking for a cute baby book for our upcoming addition and these are beautiful.


7 Stephanie June 4, 2008 at 10:48 pm

That is a pretty book! I love the illustrations and the vintage look.


8 Zeynep March 31, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Hi Gabi – the Binth Baby Book link is broken – FYI:


9 Laura March 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm

We love Eric Carle’s “Very Special Baby Journal.” Beautiful artwork like you would expect from any E. Carle book.


10 jonaki December 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

well i bought my baby’s book from and its very easy to follow and use. Over there you can even write down your experiences as an expecting mother till those important milestones of the baby.


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