Sunday, October 19, 2008

The New Baby's Baby Journal

Michelle Sinclair Colman, Illustrations by Nathalie Dion
Tricycle Press

If you are anything like me, you want to be the guest at the baby shower that shows up with the *good* gift. You secretly want the others to admire your present and covet your good taste. Baby showers are typically an avalanche of tiny clothing and battery-operated toys. This baby journal is a gift that will stand out from the crowd, and still be appreciated twenty years down the road.

New parents need to write down the baby milestones because the first year is just one big sleep-deprived blur. This particular journal is ideal because it provides all the necessary creativity. The only thing new moms should be creative about is where their next nap is taking place. Answer the journal's cute questions, affix photos where indicated and voila! - an adorable summation of baby's young life. On a practical note, photo corners are included, as well as a small pocket for the first haircut, and a larger pocket at the back for mementos. There is also plenty of blank lines provided for parents to jot down their own thoughts.

The journal is an updated version of the traditional baby book, but with more fun stuff. Name? Check. What we almost named you? Funny. Expecting parents can get right to work on completing The Family Tree and Waiting for Baby sections. These include a space for the shower invitation and a pregnancy photo, and queries such as "Nickname before you were born." All the traditional "first" pages are there, plus a few more just for fun. Overall, this is a well done journal that would make an excellent gift for any new parent.

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For a great gift, pair with . . .

Eeboo Alphabet Wall Cards - Animal Parade from Sugarplum Dreams. Alphabet Cards are a wonderful learning tool for little ones. Printed on heavy laminated card stock, these are every bit as beautiful as they are useful. Twenty-six cards come in a lovely gift box tied with a grosgrain ribbon. Cards sized 8 x 10. $27


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