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6 Baby Journals We Love

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6 Baby Journals We Love

If you’re about to have a little one, chances are someone has told you to cherish these moments. But the first year of your baby’s life can be a bit of a blur! To help you, new mamas, remember each sweet moment with your new bundle of joy, we’ve combed the Internet for the best baby journals out there. In an Instagram world, there’s just something so special about saving memories the old fashioned way. From tracking smiles and first words to saving pictures and birth announcements, these journals are incredible keepsakes you’ll love sharing with your child down the road. They also make great gifts for the parents-to-be in your life.

Here are 6 of our favorite baby journals to record your baby's special moments.

1. MUSHYBOOKS. These books contain amazing details and allows you to customize. They are bound in soft faux white leather and sheathed in sturdy chipboard. Mushbooks also come in multiple themes for boys, girls or gender neutral, and their 50 pages include birth story, mom + dad, firsts, favorites and lots of space for photos. There are also additional pages available for same-sex parents, single parents, birth parents, and life events like baptisms and NICU stays. There is an envelope to save small items like hospital bands and baby shower invites, and it even comes with a test page to try out different pens. $79 CAD, buy here.

2. MY FIRST YEAR: A BABY JOURNAL. This journal is for the on-the-go mom. It’s designed to keep in your purse or diaper bag, so you can write down memories as they happen. Its 120 pages include recipes from author and blogger, Jacqui Saldana of Baby Boy Bakery, and room for you to write your own favorite recipes for your baby. It even has cute baby emoji stickers to keep track of how much your little loved, or didn’t love, each bite. Small vellum envelopes are included to save mementos, as well as a large back pocket. $29.99, buy here.

3. BABY’S FIRST YEAR: LITTLE ARTIST MEMORY BOOK. This is the ideal book for the visual mama. Each colorful page is a work of art waiting to store precious memories for your little bundle. There’s space for baby’s footprints and birth announcement, a photo of the house you brought your baby home to, pictures at each month, and even a reserve of blank embellished pages for you to choose your own memories to save. $34.99, buy here.

4. LE PETIT BABY BOOK. If you're looking for a whimsical, spiral bound journal to record special moments from your baby’s first year, this is it. Le Petit Baby Book by Chronicle Books is full of interactive pages that include pockets, pop-ups and spinning wheels that display your baby’s zodiac sign and a pullout growth chart to hang in your nursery. The book’s 72 pages are full of thoughtful prompts, and plenty of space for photos. $30, buy here.

5. MOTHER STORK’S BABY BOOK. If this baby journal feels like it’s from another lifetime, that’s because it is. This elegant reprint of a 1904 baby book is full of classic illustrations and beautiful poems. But of course, its content is updated and ready for a 21st century baby, with pages for baby’s first baths, letters from family and friends and details about baby’s pets. This baby journal is in it for the long haul: it’s made with archival-quality paper and comes with a special archival-quality gel pen. The book is hardbound, with cover and spine foil stamped and packaged in acid-free tissue for long-term storage. It’s a classic that will never go out of style. $150, buy here.

6. THE STORY OF YOU. Any well-organized mama knows the value of an Emily Ley planner. Now you can keep your baby’s first year just as orderly! Each of the book’s 64 modern pages are adorned with beautiful gold foil details. The book makes space for photo pages, memory pages and month pages for you to write about additional highlights. The book is available from many retailers, but if you order from Emily Ley direction, you can have it monogrammed. It also comes in a keepsake box. $62 + $6 for monogramming, available in spring, buy here.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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