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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?