It’s easy to make a DIY baby book. Don’t buy one from the store, use an online photo service such as Shutterfly instead.
I can’t tell you how many times this past year I have looked through my baby book. I’ve loved comparing Robert’s milestones to mine. Look at this adorable shot of me and my parents.
When I was a teenager I thought my baby book was stupid. I couldn’t understand why my mom wanted to hold onto all those memories. As a new mom, I totally get it! Why wouldn’t you want to hold on to them? When my mom gave me my baby book I was so excited and I love knowing that she put so much time and effort into recording my first few years.
When it was time to start Robert’s baby book I searched high and low for one that was similar to mine. I wanted to put all sorts of information in it, while also putting in tons of pictures. I couldn’t find anything I liked. Then it dawned on me, I could make my own. I’ve been making yearly family photo albums with Shutterfly since I got married, so I figured we could do the same thing with a baby book.
I was so happy to find that Shutterfly was one step ahead of me. They already had tons of templates already set up to make baby books. You could pick out a pre-made one, or custom pick pages to fit your needs. I am picky so I did the custom kind. There is no difference in price whether you decide to do a pre-made one or custom because they simply charge by page.
I started my DIY baby book the week Robert was born so I wouldn’t have to do it all at once when I was ready to order. The site saves projects which made it easy for me to spend 20-30 minutes on it every month until we were ready to order. It was also a God send when my computer was fried. At least most of our pictures were saved on this site.
The best part of using Shutterfly is the deals! We had a $20 off coupon that we got from our hospital when Robert was born. I stacked that coupon with a 50% off offer and only paid $18.73. We ended up saving $60.29! I couldn’t believe it. Make sure you know that Shutterfly does not automatically let you stack offers. You have to go in and manually check each offer you want. Add all the offer codes and when it tells you that you can’t use both, click on the box that says manage offers and it lets you click as many as you like. It’s a little loophole that always saves me tons of money!
Here is the one that I made for Robert:
My friend, Mary, made one that people could sign during her daughter’s birthday party. What a cute idea!
I’m not paid by Shutterfly, I just genuinely love their products. I’ve used Picaboo before and loved them as well. For some reason I see more coupons and offers with Shutterfly which is why I continue to use them.
Have you ever made your own baby book? What were your likes and dislikes?