While picking out a baby memory book may not seem like a big to-do now, just you wait until your little lima bean arrives and you’re experiencing a wave of “firsts.” These are mega milestones, people! The first time baby lifts their head, the first time they do the army-crawl and break out of their play yard, the first time baby says “ma-ma” or “da-da” (write it down, you’ll fight about it for years). In the span of 365 days, trust us, the simple everyday moments start to add up. No pressure or anything! Before you know it, you’ll be researching toddler step stools instead of baby books! Time flies mama, and you’re going to want to remember every second of their first year.
Shopping for a baby boy (or girl) memory book isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all experience. We get it: Not everyone is into zoo animals and soft pastel hues… nor are you a budding Martha Stewart scrapbooking queen. Whether you decide to document solely your baby’s first year or everything that happens between then and high school graduation (you’re not a clingy mom or anything), these are the moments that will last you a lifetime. Even if you don’t think you’ll have time to keep up with it, you may find a personalized baby memory book useful for storing important mementos like your ultrasound pics and hospital bracelet.
Keep reading for the best baby memory books of 2021—from minimalist day journals to fancy photo books—to fill up to your heart’s content. Pssst: If you know of an expectant mama, they make fantastic baby shower gifts, too.
Best Baby Memory Books
Oh, baby! From birth to five years old, be prepared to record every step of BB’s journey. Whether you’re a first-time mama or you’re going on your second (or third!) pregnancy, you’ll never run out of new “firsts” to jot down. This memory book from Bobee will give you the creative freedom to journal at your own pace—aka, you won’t be forced to fill in any silly milestones that aren’t relevant to you. This journal is very inclusive and welcoming to all family situations (same-sex couples and single parents included). One Amazon customer shares, “Forget those useless baby journals that require a ton of overwhelming details that get shoved in a drawer without being completed. This baby journal provides amazing flexibility in your entries while providing simple guides/suggestions throughout. The layout is beautiful and has a timeless color scheme. The best part is that it doesn’t just capture the first year – it has pages to capture all the big milestones/memories for 5 years! It even includes blank pages so you can add important memories/vacations/etc. that aren’t typically seen in books. This is the go-to book for gifts and to keep for yourself. This will definitely be cherished and not shoved in a drawer!”
With 645 ratings (86 percent of buyers give it five stars), this modern wonderland-themed memory book gets our vote. You’ll never run out of cute/random/aww-worthy things to jot down—the simple prompts will help guide you along as you record all of baby’s special milestones and firsts. Unlike some memory books that solely target the parents, this one is filled with whimsical woodland creatures so that you can include BB in the storytelling. One Amazon customer weighs in, “Simple and easy. Put together well. Love the binding. Beautiful illustrations. I like all the holiday firsts and firsts in general. Lots of great questions and spaces to put photos. There is even a decent-sized pocket in the back to put any extra photos. Also, I must add how I love that it is gender-neutral. You wouldn’t even notice that it is and I love that even more.”
A picture is worth a thousand words… especially when you’re the type of mom that likes to document every little moment, every little “first,” every little cute thang BB does. This customizable Baby Photo Book from Mixbook is seriously the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen. The unicorns and ice cream theme by Hello!Lucky, a letterpress print and design studio, is so thoughtfully done. From the coffee table-worthy cover to the page layouts sprinkled with whimsical illustrations of lambs and ladybugs, no detail goes unnoticed. Upon signing up for a Mixbook account, the process of designing your photo book is pretty seamless. You can choose the shape of your book (landscape, square, or portrait), as well as the size and paper finish (ranging from semi-gloss to premium lustre). While a layout is already provided, you can still customize it to your liking by inserting photos and text or adding stickers to give it your own personal touch.
Start documenting your little bear’s first adventures with this super cute camping-themed memory book. Busy expectant parents who like to do creative $h!t (PSA: Bring the washi tape) will appreciate the multi-functional format. Part journal, part scrapbook, part baby photo album, this bad boy is loaded and ready for you to make magic.
This mama raves, “Love this Lucy Darling brand so much. I received one of these keepsake books as a gift a few years ago for my baby shower and have given one as a gift a few times since. Love the design and the simple layout. My 3-year-old LOVES to look at her special book even though we’re not done filling out all the pages.” Another customer chimes in, “I love the Lucy Darling baby books! They are the right price, more modern design but with a touch of whimsy and cuteness (unlike some of the super modern minimalist books). I have one for my daughter and got this one for my baby boy due in a week. Love the design and can’t wait to start filling it out!”
This modern linen memory book combines hand-drawn illustrations with a timeless (gender-neutral) design to help you record all your special moments. The open-ended structure even works for foster/adoptive moms and extended families. Simply remove pages that aren’t applicable to your story and write your heart out. Simply put, “I’ve just had my third girl and over the years I have searched for a baby book that wasn’t doused in pastels and splitting at the seams with generic cartoon animals (i like cartoon animals…but after your third girl in 4 years…it’s no longer cute and feels stale). So when I saw this beauty…heard the words “linen” and “modern” I was willing to go for it. And was so glad that I did. It’s filled with beautiful illustrations that are gender neutral, clean, stunning and quality.”
Time flies when you’re having fun, or rather, raising a baby. Introducing RubyRoo’s highly acclaimed memory book. From the floral theme consisting of vintage-inspired flowers, bouquets, and wreaths to the Instagram-friendly square photo frames, you’ll have no problem filling this 56-page scrapbook up with all your baby’s firsts (and then some). Bonus: It makes the perfect baby shower gift for expecting moms. Check out what this fellow mom had to say, “LOVE LOVE LOVE this book… I currently own the Woodland version for my little boy who is 2 months. The design of this journal is not the standard “baby girl” journal of solid pink pages and bows but this is still feminine and adorable. It honestly could be used even as a seasonal spring baby book. The layout makes it super easy to add pictures and key notes. It keeps it simple! When you are tired with a new baby but don’t want to forget key milestones, this book makes it easy to remember what to capture and update between naps, feeding and diaper sessions.”
You’ve got to hand it to Lucy Darling. Her “simple book of firsts” not only caters to busy moms but the pages (animal theme FTW!) are cute AF. You will not—repeat, will not—be required to fill out copious amounts of info. Instead, use the provided templates (or the blank pages in the back) to record darling memories and observations. With so many baby books to choose from, you’ll want to make sure to pick one that speaks to YOU. Says this Amazon customer, “This is such a cute little memory book for baby’s first year. While I love the idea of journaling and writing down lots of memories for baby, I know myself, and I would just fall behind if I had to keep up with too many milestones! This book has the perfect amount of space to write a few memories/milestones for each month, and the pages have very sweet little illustrations. I love the animal theme for baby boy. I also appreciate that there are some blank pages in the back where I can write down more details, of the day of birth for example.”
Oui, oui! This keepsake baby book is one that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Besides the beautiful illustrations and pop-ups, there’s space for photos as well as mini envelopes to stash personalized notes to le bébé. Amazon reviewers weigh in: “If I could give this 10 stars—I would! FANTASTIC!” She adds, “This is an absolutely lovely baby book. I was overwhelmed when it arrived in the mail today – the book is much bigger than I expected and has pages and pages of beautiful illustrations, places with envelopes for special momentos and wonderful illustrations. This baby book is a true treasure. The quality of the paper and the binding of the book is fantastic. The book has nice tabs for the different sections. There is plenty of room for adding photos, stories and comments. This will truly be a treasure for documenting baby’s first year.”
Fans of Emily Winfield Martin’s bestselling children’s books will be delighted to get their hands on this gem. Inside you’ll find her whimsical illustrations accompanied by ample space to record all those magical, fleeting firsts and can’t-miss milestones. To find a baby book that ticks all the boxes (and then some) is truly rare but this Amazon customer couldn’t have been more pleased. “We love Emily Winfield Martin’s book, especially her illustrations. When I found this baby book I had to try it, if it was as good as her books then I needed it for our baby! When it arrived all of my expectations were exceeded. The book has a great weight to it, it’s clean, the illustrations are incredible, and it’s adorable.”
If you love journaling, then documenting every microsecond of your newborn’s life (we kid, we kid… sort of) should be a cinch. While there are pages devoted to photos, family history, and milestones, don’t expect to do a lot of scrapbooking. Promptly’s childhood history journals—spanning from pregnancy through the 18th year—encourage you to be as verbose or concise in your writing as you see fit. (It’s also available in six different colors so if pink isn’t your #1 preferred choice, just know you’ve got options.) This customer chimes in, “I am so glad I found this “baby book.” I’m a very minimal person and the idea of a typical baby book or even scrapbook didn’t appeal to me, and I’m sure my son wouldn’t want to lug all those mementos with him as an adult. This journal helps us really emphasize what we found most important about our son’s life each step of the way, and asks meaningful questions, too.”
It’s a girl! Once she arrives, we know that you’ll hardly be able to contain your excitement. Get ready to record all those precious “firsts” (and every milestone along the way) with this girly giraffe memory book consisting of 60 pages of beautiful illustrations and prompts. Inside, you’ll find Instagram-friendly square photo frames, monthly birthday pages, and plenty of space to record special memories and stories. Doubling as a scrapbook and photo album, the Ronica Baby Journal makes for the perfect baby shower gift (a little hint-hint-nudge-nudge if you know of an expecting mama…). Beyond toddlerhood, it also allows you to document years 1-5 so you’ll never have to worry about missing a moment. It even comes with monthly stickers and a keepsake envelope to store small mementos (like hospital bracelets and lost teeth) that you’ll want to hold onto forever.
Let the adorableness ensue with this super heartwarming baby scrapbook from KiddosArt (peep the zoo animal-filled cover… we’re dying). Tell the amazing story of your L.O. through photos, memories, fill-in-prompts, and random facts (everything from the “cost of milk” to “famous celebrities”) that reflect the year in which your baby was born. Not into arts and crafts? Say no more. You don’t have to have an aesthetic eye—or even love scrapbooking for that matter—to fill this bad boy up. In the span of 72 colorful pages, this book lays everything out for you so that you’ll never feel stuck. Amazon customer Theresa L. weighs in, “I don’t feel like this book was SO detailed that I would never fill it out, but I felt like it was the perfect amount for how much I would like to capture.”
We love the creative possibilities presented by making a custom board book for your babe. You can fill it with photos of family members or use snaps of your little one to chronicle the stories you’ll be telling for years to come. Consider putting into storybook form a family road trip, that time Baby made a mess with pureed squash, or simply fill the book full of baby “firsts.” And if you’re feeling really creative, dream up a fairytale or superhero adventure that stars your LO. Whatever the case, these personalized stories will become the most cherished books on the nursery bookshelf.