Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Photo Books for Babies and Toddlers

Our children were born in California, and we moved (back) to Texas when they were 6 months old.  We have family in both states, and as a parting present, my sister-in-law in California made an ingenious gift.  She bought one of those plastic baby books that have an opening on each page for inserting photos, and made a scrapbook/photo album for the boys.  Each page had a picture of one of their 3 cousins, their aunt and their uncle.  Next to the picture was a little typed description of the person and their memories with the babies.

Enjoying their photo books a year after receiving them!

We would regularly flip through the book, and I would name the family members and read the descriptions to the boys.  I thought it was such a good idea, I used a similar book we had to insert other family photos.  Too lazy to actually develop pictures, I would just print some off on computer paper and cut them to size.

I think both albums were Sassy brand from Target, but I can no longer find them both online there.  The book I used can be found in a set of 4 baby books at Target here (the "Love Bug Photo Album), and the one my sister-in-law used, or at least a similar product, can be found at Toys R Us here.  (However, you wouldn't necessarily have to purchase these kinds of things, you could just get an inexpensive, yet sturdy pocket photo album meant for regular use and have the same end result.  We just happened to have these books as gifts anyway.)

Photo albums can be a great way to help your child remember people who are important in their lives but who they may not see on a regular basis.  I also added name labels to some of the pictures so that as they get older, they could even use them to start reading/spelling/writing family member's names.  It's also fun for them to see pictures of mommy, daddy, and themselves. :)

Now the twins are almost two years old and the photo albums are still among their favorite books to look through!  I need to make some more...


  1. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. Hello! I just found your blog. We have (almost) 6mo twin daughters and we are relocating at the end of this year from NY back to Texas, where I am originally from. Can you write a post with any tips/how you did it? We are currently planning on driving it and using the PODS service for our stuff. We are finding jobs when we get there so somewhat stressful! Well, we are applying to jobs before we move but haven't gotten an offer yet. If you drove, did you book hotels in advance? How often did you stop? Etc? I would love to hear about your experience!! :)

    1. Thanks for reading! What a great idea for a post. We had a slightly different situation than yours sounds like (we flew instead of driving, which had its pros and cons), but I do have a few tips. Thanks for the idea!