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A Nursery That Grows with the Baby

By Debbie Williams

One size does not fit all

When it comes time to plan for your baby's nursery, don't just hit the shops until you have a plan. A smart plan emphasizes safety and convenience, facilitates organization, and can save you both time and money. Put first things — like safety — first.

  • As you purchase furnishings for your nursery, remember that little hands like to explore. Cracks, crevices, holes, and slots are there for prodding — virtually nothing is off-limits in the mind of a child. Think safety first when making your wish list for furniture, bedding, and accessories.
  • Hand-me-down cribs and changing tables initially save on expenses, as long as you make sure they are safe. If the slats on the crib are not up to code, a child could get his head or arm stuck between them and get hurt.
  • Also remember that gliders can pinch curious fingers, rockers can smash fingers and toes, and flimsy shelves can fall onto baby as she is trying to stand or walk. Toy chests provide storage and additional seating when closed. However, they can injure or even trap a child if not equipped with a special safety hinge that remains open until closed by an adult.

Stow away!

Nursery storage is not limited to the traditional changing table or decorative wooden shelves.

  • Provide additional storage for your child's growing wardrobe by installing a customized closet organizer in the nursery closet.
  • If you relocate frequently or don't want to install a permanent unit, hang a three tiered crate over the dowel rod in the closet.
  • If you have limited wall space, move baby's chest of drawers into the closet to increase floor space. Or invest in a heavy-duty bookcase made from plastic to store toys, clothes and out-of-season clothing in your closet.
  • Use under-bed storage to store baby clothes that are out of season, too big or outgrown. Keep an extra one on hand for outgrown clothes, then take to your favorite charity, resale shop, or hand down to relatives when full.
  • Make a home for all those treasures you will want to keep for years to come. Photographs, baby's footprints, and other memories can be stored in a box under baby's bed, filed on a regular basis.
  • Don't forget the little things in life, because they truly do multiply. Rattles, teethers, socks, mittens and anything with small parts will take over the living areas in your home if you don't contain them from the very start. Clear plastic shoeboxes hold all types of small items for baby. Invest in boxes with good-fitting lids so that you don't have frequent spills on the nursery floor. Plastic boxes with hinged lids carry blocks, locking rings, and bath toys for an active child.
  • Corral the plethora of stuffed animals you will quickly accrue by hanging a toy hammock in the child's room, or use a doll playpen. If you would like to store toys that are not frequently used, wrap a tension rod or dowel with Velcro, then wedge it between floor and ceiling. The furry toys stick to the Velcro, adding height and dimension to your room.

Ages and stages

Bear in mind that your baby will not stay little for long. Your newborn will quickly outgrow a bassinet, so if you don't have room for one, consider using a Moses basket or heavy-duty stroller. Both are small, easily stored and portable.

  • Try to stay a step ahead of your baby's exploration by baby proofing before he arrives home from the hospital. You are never completely prepared for crawling, pulling up, sitting or walking. Each baby develops at a different rate, and although your baby is not sitting up yet, he soon will be. Maybe he'll be a roller and will roll into a fan or humidifier on the nursery floor. Be prepared for anything by organizing in advance for safety. You'll soon be so busy with the daily routine of feeding, bathing and cuddling your baby that these milestones will creep up on you when you least expect it.
  • Once baby begins to crawl and pull up, you will probably want to move stacked clothes and toiletries from the changing table to a closet or high ledge where they can't be rearranged by your little decorator. Convert the changing table to a toy shelf. Remove the changing pad after your child grows too big, securing the straps underneath. You now have additional shelving for toys or stuffed animals.
  • Nurture your child's need for independence by hanging a second clothes rod in the nursery closet (or use a hanging crate as described above). This allows toddlers to help decide what to wear, reducing the temptation to climb and reach favorite outfits.
  • Storing toys in plastic tubs eliminates clutter, but it also teaches your child to pick up on a regular basis. Tape or glue colorful pictures or stickers to describe the contents within. Baby will have fun matching, and it teaches early math and language skills.
  • Purchase a set of colorful stacking bins. Use in a single layer when baby is small, then stack two and three high as she grows. Keep them in the kitchen, by the phone, in the living room and bathroom. They're practically indestructible and grow with the needs of your baby.

Closing thoughts

Planning for the arrival of your first baby can be fun, creative and practical. Be as frivolous or frugal as you like, and still be well-organized. Plan, shop, and plan some more. Remember that you can always change your system at any time when it stops working for you and your child.

Keep an eye out for creative uses of wicker baskets, baby wipe containers and other things to contain the clutter in your nursery. No matter how much you organize it, you'll find that it mysteriously multiplies, taking over your entire house. But don't worry — by that time, you'll be so enchanted by your little one that you won't mind at all.

You will grow with the flow of things, adapting your standards to focus on more important things, like rocking, singing, bathing, and catching stolen moments with your baby.


Top 10 Nursery Must Haves Before Baby Is Born

There is so much excitement surrounding the impending birth of a baby that sometimes the nine months just fly by. OK, maybe not the morning sickness phase, but after that, time seems to accelerate until the birth day. Each of my three pregnancies went by quickly, but it's funny how my level of preparedness decreased dramatically with each progressive pregnancy.

With my first pregnancy, I read all the books nightly, kept a pregnancy journal, bought tiny little onesies, washed them in the gentlest baby detergent, arranged the changing table with diapers and wipes and had a fully stocked nursery. All at around seven months pregnant.

During my second pregnancy, I was busy with a toddler in tow, so naturally, I didn't have as much energy and time. Nonetheless, I still managed to get some hand-me-downs and stock up on the essentials with probably a month to spare.

Pregnancy No. 3 was a whole different scenario. We had gotten rid of our crib after our second child moved to a regular bed and we didn't have even the barest baby essentials. With just a few weeks left in my pregnancy, we realized we needed to get into baby mode-and fast. Those were busy weeks! Luckily, we got it all done in time and had a stocked nursery when the baby was born.

Based on personal experience, here are 10 things I'd recommend stocking in your nursery:


Of course! When you're changing these 10 to 12 times a day at the beginning, these are a stock-up must-have. I'm talking multiple boxes of size 1 diapers. Yes, you do go through that many.


Necessary accompaniment to items mentioned above.

Wipes warmer:

Some people see this as unnecessary, but I personally used one for each baby. Those middle of the night diaper changes are a lot less jarring when the wipes are nice and warm.


Regardless of what time of year it is, short- and long-sleeve onesies are the easiest to change your little baby in and out of.

Waterproof changing pads:

I put these anywhere I change the baby's diaper to protect whatever I'm doing the changing on. And they're also great to stuff one into your diaper bag as added insurance during your one of many daily diaper changes.


I try to use footie pants or zippered sleepers whenever possible, but if not, socks are a must-have for keeping those little tootsies warm. They also make a great stand-in as mittens to keep babies from scratching their faces.

Hand sanitizer:

I bought several pumps and dispersed them around the house, especially at the front door. With so many visitors and people who want to touch and hold the baby, hand sanitizer is your friend.

Nursing pillows:

Between ones passed on from friends and ones I held onto, I somehow ended up with four nursing pillows by my third baby. While that seems excessive, it was awfully nice to have one in each of the main rooms I was nursing in, without having to constantly schlep one upstairs and downstairs.

Receiving blankets:

I always had a few receiving blankets on hand to use as swaddlers, blankets, play mats, burp cloths.

Burp cloths:

Speaking of burp cloths, these are a must have for those spitty-uppy babies and to wipe the constant drool that starts flowing at around four months.

There are lots of lists of "essentials" out there, but the truth is that you don't need much for a newborn. The items listed here are recommendations, and of course, there are things you can't get by without, such as diapers and wipes. But ultimately, lots and lots of love is what you'll be fully stocked with after baby arrives, and that certainly goes a long way.

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Nursery Design: How to Create a Nursery That Grows with Your Baby

Creating the perfect space for your baby-to-be is one of the most enjoyable activities of pregnancy. While you are designing and decorating the nursery, you are dreaming of the little one who will soon occupy it and fantasizing about who that person will be.

These days, for both value and versatility, it’s a good idea not to go too “baby” when designing the nursery. Since your little one will only be a baby for a short while, why not think long-term and create a room that will grow with your child? You won't have too much added cost or effort with items that do double-duty now and later.

Designing your nursery can be a process that helps you get accustomed to preparing for the future,” says Patricia Davis Brown, a professional interior designer from Vero Beach, FL, who blogs at Almost any parent will tell you that your baby will grow up faster than you ever thought possible. By planning ahead, you can purchase items that can transition to a toddler or beyond, enabling you to make easy and inexpensive changes to the nursery decor as it morphs into a fun bedroom that reflects your growing child development and the emergence of his or her personality.

Here are some tips for creating a practical nursery:

Select non-permanent.

Instead of expensive wallpaper or hand-painted murals, choose from the wide array of removable wall decals and borders that can change with the season or your child's interests. Does your little boy love Disney one day and become fascinated with dinosaurs the next? No problem! Simply peel and stick and you'll have a whole new theme for the room.

Go neutral.

Instead of painting a room pink or blue, consider a neutral color on the walls and add splashes of color throughout with throw rugs, matching picture frames, coordinated art prints, chair pillows and curtains. You can always switch those details out at a later date and get a whole new look without a major investment or a big paint job. Don’t forget doorknobs, light fixtures and storage containers in the color scheme.

Or choose colors you love.

Thankfully, stores are filled with children's furniture and décor in a wide palette of colors, way beyond the traditional nursery colors of days past. Love black and white? Perfect for babies who see those colors first. Or consider colors in the green, turquoise, melon or primary color family.

Multi-functionality is key.

Choose “grow with me” furniture,“ says Brown. “One function is wasteful.” Ditch the changing table and opt for a dresser topped with a changing tray (make sure it is the right height before purchasing). Buy a convertible crib that turns into a toddler bed and then becomes the foot and headboards for a full-sized bed that can last until your child heads to college. Instead of white, choose a wood finish that won’t be too juvenile later on.

Think long-term.

Since your infant will soon be crawling, make sure everything you buy will pass the baby-proof test. Safety first.

Use ingenuity.

Can the adorable toy chest decorated with bears and rabbits be easily painted to give it a new life later on? Can you switch out the pastel cloth storage baskets on the shelves for something sturdier when baby is crawling?

Who says a nursery has to be “cute.”

Feel free to let the nursery reflect the style you use elsewhere in your home, whether you favor traditional, classic designs or a minimalist, modern look. Furniture and accessories that aren’t meant for a baby’s room can work just fine.

Of course, there are some nursery essentials that only work for baby – a mobile, crib sheets, etc.– so have fun choosing those, too. You can always save them for your next baby or pass them along to a friend or relative when baby grows up. 

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15 Powerful Flower Names for Girls

You may be seeing a blanket of snow and ice out your window, but spring is less than two weeks away. To celebrate, we're looking for colorful, fragrant flower names that are off the beaten path.

They move beyond today's much beloved favorites like Violet, Rose, and Lily to florals that are a bit less expected. Some feel old-fashioned, others modern, but all are charming, evocative, and perfect for this Spring and beyond.


A beautiful genus of flowers, with origins in South Africa. The red blooms make a stunning alternative to poinsettias during the holidays, and since they received their name in part from the Greek amarysso, meaning "to sparkle," they are especially festive and bright. As a name, Amaryllis is elegant and charming, with loads of options for creative nicknames (Amy, Marie, even Rylie or Mary).


This gorgeous floral name is no longer a well-kept secret. Azalea took an intense leap in popularity recently, ranking at 631 after its second year in the top 1,000. The vividly colored flowering bush is native to several countries, but it's a true southern favorite in the U.S. Between the beautiful image this name evokes, its southern charm, on-trend sound, and the irresistible nicknames it inspires (Zalee, Zalea), Azalea is sure to please.


Botanist Carl Linnaeus may have mistakenly named the gorgeous calla lily, but we're glad the name stuck. Coming from the Greek word for beauty, Calla is a natural for a girls' name. Its sound has similarities to Callie, Kayla, and even Isla or Bella. The elegant white flower with deep green leaves is a favorite for weddings and often plays a role in Easter celebrations, not to mention religious works of art. In Victorian times the Calla Lily represented faith and purity, or wedded bliss for a newly married couple. It was used a bit as a given name in the 1800s, and we think now is the perfect time for a Calla revival.


This flower may not be an easy sell because of its spelling, but it has a charming sound and is the star of a beloved children's book about a mouse who overcomes teasing despite herperfect name. Though we have Spring on the mind, mums are a beautiful fall favorite and make a fitting namesake for autumn baby too. Possible nicknames could include Chrys, Annie, and more.


This sweet floral often blooms in a dazzling geometric that resembles honeycomb. It's another southern favorite, and the national flower of Mexico. Its sound is gorgeous. Unfortunately, "Black Dahlia" is the nickname given to a murder victim in the 1940s (the nickname was based on the film noir Blue Dahlia.) But that dark association isn't hand-in-hand with the flower, and ranked at 431, Dahlia is the most popular of the unique florals we're featuring.


There isn't a more lush, floral name that declares "garden" quite like Gardenia does. The flowers have a boldly sweet scent and are most often a brilliant white color. It may seem like a mouthful, but it's a nice mouthful, and shortening it to Denia is a possibility that makes our hearts swoon.


Lavender is a lovely flowering shrub that wears a famed soft blue-purple hue. It's incredibly versatile, prized for its use as an herb, a fragrance, an essential oil, and an ornamental in the garden. But as a name, Lavender has yet to catch on. It's too bad, because aside from its very positive floral and color associations, and a Harry Potter character to boot, it has a wonderful sound. Forty-seven baby girls were given this name in 2013.


We hope it's only a matter of time before Lilac catches on. With similarities to Lyla and Lyric, Lilac is a natural contender for the top 1,000 and is just waiting to be discovered. Its sound is truly trend-worthy, and it's a floral star, known for its pale violet color.


Add two simple vowels to the end of botanist Pierre Magnol's name, and you have a very good thing. This gorgeous name is inspired by a flowering plant species known for its snow-white petals. The flowers hold a special place in the heart of the South, especially since the debut of the play and movie Steel Magnolias. We've seen it on a character inHart of Dixie and as the home design company of Fixer Upper fame. This name recently appeared in the top 1,000 and we expect it to climb quickly.


These flowers have qualities any girl would like to share, with their bright, cheerful, and sunny blooms. The two simple words that inspired its common name come from early Christians who would offer the flowers at the feet of statues of the Virgin Mary. These sweet flowers, together with their history and religious namesake, make for a familiar floral that's anything but ordinary.


The vivid color of poppy blooms, their tasty seeds, and their medicinal properties are just some of the reasons we love these flowers. They are also a symbol of remembrance for soldiers who have died during wartime. As a name, Poppy can be given in reference to the flower, but it's also a tried-and-true nickname for Penelope and Calliope. It's darling and contemporary, a bit unusual but definitely not unheard of, which makes it a perfect pick for many. Poppy was chosen by chef Jamie Oliver and his wife for one of their daughters (sister to Daisy, Petal, and Buddy), while the most recent Poppy in bloom is the daughter of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent.


In Victorian times, "posy" was used much more often than it is today to describe a small flower or a small bouquet of flowers. Meanwhile, the name Josephine gives us the darling nicknames Posey and Posy. Posy is a sweet "little" name with floral overtones and a sense of vintage whimsy.


It's one of the earliest flowers of the season, making the pale yellow primrose a perfect way to welcome Spring. In fact, that's how it was named, from prima rosa, meaning "first rose." Shakespeare referenced the flower in Hamlet with the (already established) phrase "primrose path," or an easy, pleasurable life that may end badly. It's also a Scottish surname, and now it's known for a character in The Hunger Games trilogy. All of these facts point to one sure thing: primrose is a flower that's seen as pure, innocent, and cheerful, which are great qualities for a name.


Another name of The Hunger Games fame, Rue is a flowering herb that has a simple, sweet sound. It's also a word that means "bitter regret," though in French it translates to "street." We think this name is lovely, but for some it lives in the shadow of the book and movie series. Twenty-seven girls were named Rue in 2013.


This energetic floral name is ready to hit the playground with friends like Sienna or Savannah. It starts with an ever-desired z, and moves on to repeating consonants and a splash of femininity with its ending. Add the attraction of this bold-colored blossom, and there's no reason why Zinnia shouldn't make your list of favorites.

This article was written by Laura Emerson from CafeMom and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Pro Tips for an Organized Nursery

As a proud mommy-to-be, you’ve probably already received some very generous gifts and hand-me-downs from family and friends. Maybe you’ve even started to do some significant shopping of your own to prepare your nest for baby.

If you’re starting to feel panicked by the growing pile of bags bursting with baby swag, it’s probably time to put nursery organization at the top of your to-do list. But are you really ready to take on the challenge?

“One mistake that many parents tend to make when trying to organize a nursery on their own is that they don’t come up with an overall plan before they get started,” says Mandy Pinkston, certified professional organizer and co-owner of the Denver-based professional organization company Major Mom. “They look around at everything they have to organize and feel extremely overwhelmed because they don’t know where to start.”

Timing is critical too. Your second trimester is the perfect time to start organizing your nursery because you will likely have officially announced your pregnancy. You might want to avoid starting major organizational tasks in your third trimester; you’ll probably be feeling way too exhausted by then to take on big projects.

Feeling motivated now? Here are some professional organization tips for your nursery to help get you started:

Think big picture

This is where you come up with your plan. Consider how you want to set up your nursery. Think about the furniture you have and the pieces that you want to buy. It might even be helpful to sketch out the furniture arrangement to help you envision how everything will fit into your space.

Clear out the clutter

You probably don’t have a room or space in your home that is completely empty and ready to be converted into a nursery—so you’ve got some work to do. “Clearing out the nursery space is the biggest organizational challenge parents face,” says Pinkston. “Starting with a clean slate is important, so anything that does not belong in a nursery should be taken out of the room.” Sorting things by what will be stored or donated can help keep the process manageable.

Create a kid-friendly closet

If you don’t have a closet system in place yet, consider choosing one that is adjustable. Not only will this help produce an organizational system that works for you, but it also takes into consideration the needs of your future toddler. Having shelves or hanging rods that can be lowered when the time is right helps make clothing accessible for little ones who want to wear their favorite shirt (again) or are ready to learn how to get dressed on their own.

Set up a clothing rotation system

According to Pinkston, one of the toughest things to keep organized in a nursery is baby clothing because it gets outgrown so quickly. Storing new clothes without removing items that no longer fit baby will quickly result in overloaded closets and drawers. To avoid this organizational mess, keep an empty bin or basket in the closet so that you can immediately rotate out any outgrown items that turn up in the laundry basket. Stash a second bin with baby clothing in the next size up under the crib or in the closet to stay super organized and make it quick and easy to rotate new items in.

Plan a space for keepsakes

Special items like baby’s footprints and congratulations cards can be damaged, stained or even destroyed if they’re stashed and stored in random places. That’s why setting up a designated storage space for these precious mementos before baby is born is a must. Placing a special keepsake box on a high shelf in baby’s closet ensures that these items will be protected and preserved.

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baby clothes on a clothing line outside

Baby Basics: What You Need For Baby’s First Wardrobe

You know how they say you shouldn’t go food shopping when you are hungry? Well the same should be said about shopping for baby clothes when you are pregnant. After all, who can resist all the adorableness that fills the shelves and racks of any baby store?

Of course, babies arrive into the world naked and do need to be clothed, but they certainly don’t need everything you see (as cute as it all is).  Plus, you’ll probably receive a lot of clothing as baby gifts, most in tiny sizes that will be outgrown almost instantly.

You’ll also get many impractical outfits that may work for those celebrity babies who are already fending off the paparazzi. Don’t save them only for special occasions or you’ll find baby has already outgrown them. Instead, do a fun photo shoot, perfect for Facebook or Instagram posting. You’ll also get some great pictures for thank you notes and grandparent presents.

But what are the practical layette items that baby really needs on a daily basis? We asked baby clothes designer Uli Belenky of Zutano to give us her “Sensational Seven,” essentials for any baby’s wardrobe:


“The onesie is the foundation of any layette,” she says. The side-snap style allows it to lay completely open “so you simply place baby in, wrap, snap and go.” No pulling over the head. Recommended: 6-8 in a variety of colors and prints so they can be worn as a regular shirt or undershirt.

Kimono Tops:

A requirement after the onesie. “After dressing so many newborns, we know how hard it is to pull fabric over delicate, growing noggins,” says Belenky. “A soft body-wrap is so easy to slip onto baby by gently rolling him/her into it because it opens completely flat.” Kimono styles are also very ‘belly button friendly’ and ideal for baby’s comfort until their umbilical cord falls off.  Recommended: at least 4-5 so there is always a fresh one on hand.
Note: Be sure to pick up Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers with Umbilical Cord-Cut Outs as well, which are perfectly shaped to protect healing belly-buttons.


Soft and cozy, booties keep little toes warm. Find ones with snaps or ties so they don’t fall off or get pulled off. Recommended: at least 3-4 or as many as you want in different colors and patterns to complete an outfit.

Receiving Gowns

The ultimate garment for flexibility and comfort, especially for the first few weeks of life. These gowns slip on easily and cover the body from neck to toes. Look for ones with fold-over cuffs to keep fingers warm and to prevent babies from scratching themselves. Recommended: 3-4


These one-piece garments also keep baby toasty from top to bottom. Look for those with easy access snaps from neck to tush to make middle-of-the-night changes easy. Recommended: 3-4


Newborn hats are warm and protective day and night. Recommended: 3-4


Wool, fleece or cotton blankets add an extra layer of warmth and can be tucked into the carriage, car seat or swing. Recommended: at least 2-3. Keep one in the car, one in the diaper bag and another at home.

Once you’ve got these bases covered, the sky is the limit. There is no question that you’ll need lots of little outfits. After all, babies are notoriously messy and need to be changed more than any runway model.

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How To Throw a Baby Shower Raffle

Preparing for a baby shower is a lot of fun. Registering for gifts, planning games and coming up with cute food ideas are all part of the process, and now there is a new trend for baby showers – the guest raffle.  Holding a raffle during your shower is a great way to involve guests right from the start, and a nice way to put some attention on your guests in the midst of baby madness!

Planning a raffle begins with asking for an entry item right on the invite. One of the most popular items to use for the raffle is one pack of diapers or wipes, which guests can bring in exchange for their raffle “ticket.”  You will be stocked up on diapers and wipes in no time!

Prepare a bowl beforehand from which you will draw names during the party.  Create paper tickets that are given to each guest as they arrive and hand in their diapers or wipes. You can customize the tickets to fit your shower theme and have each guest write their name on the ticket.  Or, you can buy a roll of preprinted raffle tickets at an office supply or party supply store. 

You may choose to have one big raffle or a few smaller ones that lead up to the grand prize, but you don’t want to do too many or the shower will become all about the raffles.  

Once you’ve decided on how many raffles you will hold, you need to create your raffle prizes. Gift baskets are a creative way to put together prizes that look impressive and come from the heart.

Here are some gift basket ideas:

Local Pride basket:

Do you live in a town or city with a lot of local bragging rights? Fill a basket with local food specialties, branded city swag, and tickets to a local venue or a gift card for a local restaurant if you have attendees from nearby. 

Spa basket:

A wonderful way to reward a lucky guest is a relaxation themed basket. Fill with bath salts, soaps, lotions and an aromatherapy candle.

Sweet Treats basket:

If you’re a baker you can fill a basket with homemade treats. If cooking from scratch is more than you want to take on, fill the basket with high quality chocolate, small jars of candy, cookies and other sweets.

For smaller prizes:

Gift cards to online stores, coffee shops or bookshops are nice ways to reward your guests.There are also gift cards that can be used like credit cards, which people appreciate since they can be used almost anywhere.

Throwing a guest raffle is a definite crowd pleaser and a really creative way to thank your guests for being a part of your exciting time, while making sure you get fully stocked up on the diapers and wipes you will certainly need very soon!

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15 Creative Ideas for Monthly Milestone Pictures!

It is remarkable how quickly babies grow before our eyes. So many changes occur: They begin to develop those little charming personalities we end up falling in love with, they learn new things, and take on favorites and as well as dislikes.

Many times, I have found myself saying how I wish I could turn back time — or how I wish my children were little babies again. I think as parents, if we could, we would keep them small forever. No matter how fun they get as they grow, there is something very special about those early months.

It is almost impossible to capture every moment, even though many of us have tried, But what we can do, instead of having hundreds of blurry photos with poor lighting in our camera roll, is to set aside a little time each month to take a milestone photos.

Below I have listed some creative ideas for these types of pictures. Monthly milestone photos are a great way to not only capture your child in that specific age, but are also a great way to see how much they have grown and changed. Want to take it to the next level? Try combining some of these ideas for memorable and unique pictures.some of these ideas for memorable and unique pictures.

15 Creative Ideas for Monthly Milestone Pictures!

  1. Use belly stickers: Simply peel and stick on baby’s outfit. 
  2. Sit baby in a chair to compare how much he has grown every month.  
  3. Put your child in an article of clothing that is big, such as a hoodie or cap, to see how he or she fills it in a little more with each passing month. 
  4. Take photos with a white background, and then add in the current age, as well as three or four milestones with a photo editing program. 
  5. Take pictures of the baby with a stuffed animal beside them — you’ll see how the toy looks smaller each time. 
  6. Use a chalkboard to write in age, current milestones, likes, statistics and features. 
  7. Use balloons for each month. Before you know it, your little one will be in a room full of balloons! 
  8. Sit baby in a bucket or basket. Soon they will be standing on it or holding it themselves. 
  9. Use baby blocks with numbers to write out their current age. 
  10. Each month use different items to write out the age, like pebbles, shells, jelly beans, etc. 
  11. Use a desk calendar to put/lay baby on, showing each time the corresponding month. 
  12. Use a small canvas to paint their age. 
  13. Carry/hold baby in front of your belly. 
  14. Use a rocking horse or tricycle. At first it will be in the background, but as baby grows, they will start to play/interact with it. 
  15. Make an imprint of their feet or a handprint on the same large canvas each month.


To get the best photos, make sure baby is well rested and under good lighting. Natural light is best; the next best alternative is daylight bulbs.

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A Dozen Darling Ideas for Baby Growth Charts

Last weekend, we had some friends over and they brought their 5-week-old baby along. My 7-month-old daughter still seems like a baby to me, but when I saw her next to this little newborn, she looked like a giant! It definitely reminded me how fast babies grow up (and then I look at my kindergartener and I’m reminded all over again).

If you want to document your little one’s growth over the years, there are so many cute ways to do it. 

Here are a dozen of my favorite:

The Classic Pencil and Doorjamb.

Some of our family friends have lived in the same house for decades and I love seeing the marks on their kitchen pantry door of their now-grown children. It’s just such a staple! Plus, all you need is a pencil. (And if I ever bought a house that had someone’s growth marks with names and dates, I don’t think I could bear to paint over it).

Washi Tape.

I love washi tape and how you can put it up anywhere without damaging your walls. Just do a long vertical strip and then smaller horizontal strips at the heights of your children (you could use a different color tape for each one!).

Burlap Hanging Chart.

Burlap is so cheap and easy to make your own. Buy a long strip and sew or glue it onto a dowel on one end so you can hang it up wherever you’d like! Use a fabric marker to add height, dates, and names.

Mirror Growth Chart.

Use an inexpensive wall mirror and use stickers or a permanent marker to mark your child’s height on the sides. Plus, then they can see themselves grow over the years.

A Giant Wooden Ruler.

There are tons of tutorials on the internet for making your own giant ruler out a piece of plywood and a little paint. Easy and eye-catching!

Photo Growth Chart.

A Polaroid photo each year, with their name, age and height makes a fun and simple display hung vertically up the wall.

A Vintage Measuring Tape.

Those classic yellow measuring tapes with the metal ends make for a gorgeous vintage growth chart. Hang up a regular one or make a giant version yourself.

Scrapbook Paper.

You can use any combination of fun (and low-cost!) scrapbook paper to make a pretty chart to measure your little ones against. Just tape them up the wall in a straight line and you have an instant original growth chart.

Paint It Into a Mural.

If you have a mural in your baby’s nursery, painting a growth chart right into the scene is a perfect way to incorporate it into the decor. The tall trunk of a tree or a giraffe’s long neck or the rope ladder hanging from a hot air balloon all make great candidates for a few numbers to be painted right on.

A Quilted Growth Chart.

If you (or a family member) loves the quilt but you don’t need another baby quilt, a long quilted growth chart is a beautiful and different way to use your skills.

A Handprint Growth Chart.

Instead of measuring height, try doing your child’s handprint each year. You can stack them one after another (with the smallest one in front and getting progressively bigger) in a frame for a fun, ever-changing display in their bedroom.

A Shoe Growth Chart.

Every year, pick an outgrown shoe and hang it from a hook board. After a few years, you’ll not only have proof of how they’ve grown, but also the memory of favorite shoes from every age. You can write their age and height on the bottom of each shoe, if you wish!

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