ways to document your child growing up

How to document your child growing up

Time flies by so fast.

One day your babies are being born, the next it seems their off to school and then to work or university. Your children will be young adults before you know it, and you’ll be left with just memories of their time growing up. 

Your children will grow so fast. They’ll change every month, and if you blink, you’ll miss it. It is essential that you document your children growing up. This will make a big difference for you looking back. 


But what are the best ways to document your child growing up? 

In this article, we’ll look at some creative ways of making sure you preserve the memory of your children growing up. 


Make a note of key milestones in your child’s development 

Whenever something monumental happens in your child’s life, you may not be thinking about what day or date it is, you may just be amazed that your baby has spoken for the first time, or is walking around without help.

But these little things should be recorded for posterity. Make a note of the dates that things happen so that you can mark your baby’s progress. 

There are many different products available that allow you to track important dates like the day that your child grew their first tooth. 


Use height charts to record how quickly they’ve grown

One of the best ways to record how quickly your child is growing is with a height chart.

If you place a marker and a date on your child’s height chart every month, you’ll be able to see exactly how fast they are growing. 


Have a family photoshoot at different stages of their lives

Photos are one of the best ways of documenting a child growing up. Book in with a professional photographer and have a photoshoot with your entire family.

You can repeat this at different stages during your child’s development so that you have a range of different photos to look back on. Professional photos will always bring out the best in people and will really stand out, so they are worth the investment. 


Take a photo on the first and last day of every school year

A lot can change over the course of one single school year. While many parents will take a photo of their child on the first day of school each year, many people overlook the last day of school. Take a picture of both and have them printed using Pixa Prints


Take a photo next to a list of their favourite things 

It’s not just the appearance of your child that will be changing as they grow up. They’re interests and tastes may be rapidly changing. 

Every year, take a photo of your child next to a chalkboard filled with a list of their favourite things.

For instance, you may wish to include what they like to eat, their favourite place, what they like to do, their favourite book, and what they want to be when they grow up. 

Tracking their personal growth and people is just as important as documenting their physical development. 


Take a photo each Christmas 

Every year, take a photo of your child in front of the Christmas tree. That way, you’ll have a series of photos that are all the same only your child is growing in them. 

Taking the same photo each year could become a family Christmas tradition. 


Back-up your photos to the cloud

In the digital age, we take photos and record videos all of the time. Our phones and tablets are stuffed full of images, and we rarely print these off anymore. 

The last thing that you would want would be for your device to get lost, stolen, or damaged, and all of the photos and videos of your child growing up would get lost. 

It is essential that you back-up all of your photos to the cloud. By doing this, you won’t have to lose any of your family’s precious memories. 


Start a blog 

Whether you want to share your family’s life with the world, or just document it so that you can look back on it in years to come, a great option for you could be to start a blog

Use your blog as though it was an online journal and make sure that you document everything that you have been doing together as a family. Make sure that you include plenty of photos and videos, and you can even use sound recordings. 

There are plenty of different options when it comes to choosing the right blogging platform. You could choose between Tumblr, Wix, Blogger, WordPress, and more. 


Keep a memento box 

For each of your children, start a memento box. That way, when they are still very young, you can keep different mementoes as they age. Each memento should be a milestone.

For instance, you may want to keep a lock of their hair from when they were a baby, keep things like pacifiers, hospital wristbands, first teeth to fall out, their first drawings, and so much more. 


Create a photobook 

There are plenty of companies such as Blurb that allow you to make and publish your own books. You could create photobooks crammed full of memories of your family’s time together along with photos and keep them on your shelf for posterity.


Use social media 

Social media is a great place to start when documenting your child growing up. The memories feature on Facebook will allow you to look back on posts from previous years. 

Be careful not to overshare too much, because you are sharing to social media it can be difficult to know whether your friends may be a bit tired of seeing so many updates about your family. 


Make a growing handprint craft 

Each year, your child’s hands will grow. Cut out their handprints each year from different coloured paper and stack them on top of each other with the smallest hand on top, you’ll get a cute piece of wall art that grows with your child. 


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