When you have far-off friends and family who don’t get to see your precious bundle in person, posting their big moments – and, let’s be honest, little moments – on Facebook and Instagram can be the next best thing. But for your own private perusal, nothing beats the old-fashioned appeal of a baby record book. After all, it’s much more fun to pore over a physical book in years to come when they’re horrible teenagers than it is to scroll endlessly down a Facebook wall, and hopefully, you might just find the best baby memory book for you in our top list.
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Depending on your tastes, a lot of what goes into a good baby book might be the design, and our list has both more traditional and contemporary options that are sure to keep their appeal across the years. As with so many things, though, it’s what’s inside that counts. With this in mind, our best baby keepsake book is the Illustries Baby Journal and Record Book, which performs as both pregnancy journal and baby book and leaves lots of room for photos and notes throughout.
1. Illustries Baby Journal and Record Book
Capture every moment from ‘we’re pregnant!’ to ‘happy birthday!’ with this extensive book
Best for: Pregnancy and beyond | Type: Journal and record book | Hardback?: Yes
Handmakers Illustries at notonthehighstreet have lovingly created a book that’ll be with you from your first weeks of pregnancy up to baby’s first birthday, creating a compendium of all those exciting memories in one place. Pregnancy journal, baby memory book and guestbook in one, this handmade baby book features advice, room for messages from family and friends, dedicated spaces for a names shortlist, labour countdown, gender reveal, ultrasounds, first birthday photos and more, as well as all the prerequisite bits and bobs like weight and eye colour.
2. Julien Macdonald Hello Baby Record Book
Parents always need more pockets, and baby books are no exce
Best for: Storing keepsakes | Type: Record book | Hardback?: Yes
We love this contemporary baby book by Julien Macdonald for its minimal white and gold script design, with a few Kate Spade-esque polka dots thrown in for good measure, but there’s more to it than meets the eye, and that’s what gives it our second spot. Reviewers loved this book’s ample spaces for writing and photographs, as well as dedicated pages for first birthday, Christmas, holiday and Christening or naming day. What really sets it apart, though, is the wealth of pockets for keepsakes, such as the hospital bracelet.
3. Pearhead Chevron Baby Memory Book
With over 60 pages to fill out, this is one for the master note-taker
Best for: Taking prints | Type: Memory book | Hardback?: Yes
Like the Illustries baby journal, this baby memory book by Pearhead is part photo journal, part memory album, with over 60 pages for you to fill in from the moment you find out you’ve got a bundle of joy on the way all the way, all the way through their first milestones. It’s available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, ideal for multilingual families, but it’s the included in pad we like the most, engineered with a clean-touch design that means baby’s hands and feet don’t have to touch the ink, but you still get prints to treasure.
4. Mothercare My First Record Book
With gorgeous traditional illustrations and pockets for precious things, this is one thoughtful baby book
Best for: Baby pictures | Type: Record book | Hardback?: Yes
This adorably illustrated baby memory book has an appealing scrapbook style with its inclusion of the touchable as well as writing and photographs. Like the Julien Macdonald baby book, there’s a pocket to hold precious keepsakes, plus a magnetic closure to ensure nothing goes astray, and the 3D photo frames throughout are a lovely tactile touch too. It’s also a nice alternative if you prefer a more traditional design to those of the contemporary record books in our first three spots, with its sweet sheep motif and palette of soft greys.
5. Lucky Baby Moments Memory Book
It’s certainly a lucky baby who gets to flick through this lovely memory book when they’re old enough
Best for: Storytelling format | Type: Memory book | Hardback?: Yes
This baby book’s neutral design ensures it won’t look dated in years to come, and the thick sewn-in pages are built to stand the test of time too. This is good news for avid scrapbookers, as it means they’re built to withstand the weight of pictures, notes and small keepsakes, and those of a creative inclination are sure to love the storytelling format too. A mix of journal, photo album and scrapbook, with space to record details from the world around your baby (pop culture, current events, and all that good stuff) as well as their milestones, it’s a great all-round time capsule.
6. Next Baby Record Book
For avid jotters, this Next baby book leaves lots of room to record
Best for: Illustrations | Type: Record book | Hardback?: Yes
For those who find more pared-back baby books a little dry, this colourful, gorgeously illustrated is sure to appeal. Its adorable front cover gives it something of a picture book style, but inside, reviewers were pleased with the abundance of space to record all those milestones of baby’s first year and beyond, with well thought-out sections from About Mummy and Daddy and Before I Arrived to My First Holiday and My Fourth Birthday. There’s plenty of space for little details too, including a Just to Say section, which users loved.
7. John Lewis Baby Shower Collection Guest Book
Capture all the excitement with this guest book especially for your baby shower
Best for: A parents’ keepsake | Type: Guest book | Hardback?: Yes
It may not be a book for milestones, but this baby shower guestbook is no less a memory book for it. Sweetly illustrated with animal characters, just like our previous pick, it leaves lots of space (40 lined pages, to be exact) for your shower guests to record their memories and well-wishes for the new arrival. With its thoughtful high-quality packaging, it makes a great baby shower gift in itself, although with a personalisable inner for the parents to be, you might want to fill that bit in first. Whatever you choose, it seems that you’re in for a beautifully put-together package.