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Easy ways to remember your baby's first year

Wondering how to remember your baby's first year? Here are 9 ways you can do just that with ease!

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Time flies with a new baby

Whether it is your first baby or your fifth, the first year of their little lives can fly by and before you know it, they’re toddling their way towards the biscuit tin! So much happens in the first year, and chances are you’ll be sleep deprived and focusing on survival and so it can be hard to record all the milestones and moments that mark your baby’s development.

There’s no doubt that parenting a baby is a hugely demanding job and it’s easy to feel like you should be documenting everything and simply don’t have the time or energy. So we’ve pulled together our top list of ‘moments’ you may want to capture and we're pretty confident you’ll be glad you did when they’re suddenly all grown up in the blink of an eye!

When you first met

When you first met your baby

The best moment ever: when you first met your newborn. The moment you took in their beautiful baby features, touched their soft skin and heard their first sounds. The only time hearing their cry is a relief. Holding them for the first time and watching everything they do, finding every expression adorable and filling up with love when they wrap their hand around your finger for the first time.

Babys first smile and laugh

Baby's First Smile

These have to be standout special moments for every parent. When you know it’s no longer wind and they are actually smiling back at you. Treasuring the image of their faces lighting up when they are so tiny is so precious. Then hearing their first chuckle at you doing the smallest or silliest of things, then repeating it over and over just to capture that beautiful sound. Even more so in recent times as the joy in these tiny little people is infectious.

When your baby cuddles you back

First cuddles with baby

We spend so long holding our babies, rocking them to sleep, cuddling them, longing for the moment when they will cuddle us back. Then they get a bit bigger and stronger and finally put their little arms around your neck and hold on tightly. Such a tender moment between baby and parent making our bonds even stronger.

Sleep journey

Baby's firss year sleep journey

Did your baby lull you into a false sense of security by sleeping well as a newborn only to hit the 4-month regression and wake you almost every hour? Have you been lucky and blessed with a really good sleeper or a cheeky little one who likes to keep seeing you all night long? Sleep is such a big factor when becoming a parent and I am sure we all know what it’s like trying to get through the day on very little sleep; even harder when you’ve not been able to go anywhere or have anyone to help you. But that day when they finally sleep all night, or even just a long chunk of sleep for the first time is the most amazing feeling. It’s great to celebrate these moments.

Weaning journey

Baby's first year weaning

This is always a fun time. Experimenting with food, figuring out if they prefer purees, finger foods or just like playing with it. Watching their little faces and sounds when they enjoy something for the first time or equally funny, witnessing their disgust when they don’t like it at all. Did you feed your baby yourself or allow them to try it themselves? Even though weaning can be a messy journey, it’s great to capture their grubby faces or the mess they make all over the floor to show them when they are older.

Baby talk

Baby's first year - talking

Hearing your baby coo for the first time or babbling with different sounds is such a great moment. Then watching them as they start to recognise your voice and the words you say. Seeing them wave when you say bye bye or looking towards you when you say their name. All these milestones are very precious but when the babbles mean something for the first time and they say their first word, it’s very exciting. Did your baby say mum or dad first or something completely different?

Baby’s developmental milestones

Baby Milestones

There are so many exciting milestones in their first year like when they get their first tooth or move for the first time; from rolling over to crawling to walking. The first time they recognise your voice and face. When they start copying your actions like waving bye bye, giving cuddles and kisses. Remembering the stories behind each milestone is so special, like crawling for the first time to reach something they love to play with.

Baby’s favourites

Baby's first year favourites

Being stuck inside for the past 2 years has probably made you even more aware of things that bring your baby joy. A favourite song they move their body to, a book they love to read and a game they love to play. Is there something they take comfort from like a soft toy, dummy or a cuddle with you?

Baby's first birthday

Remembering baby's first birthday

You’ve made it. They’ve turned one. You have watched your beautiful baby grow and develop over the past 12 months. This feels like such an achievement and sweet occasion for parents to celebrate. It’s a lovely time to reflect on the past year and look back on all the precious photos and memories when they were so small.

It’s important to remember, it’s the small moments that matter most. The love you have for each other and the strong bond as a result of being together all the time is what they will take from this year. I’m sure they would love to know all about their first year.


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