How to Organize a Simple Baby Book {Just in Time for Back to School}

How to Organize a Simple Baby Book {Just in Time for Back to School}

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with a pack of other bloggers today to give you some Back to School tips and ideas. Read through to the end to get in on a big fat giveaway that I’m sure you could use just about now.

Sure, there are thing to do and buy for back to school. But if you’re like most moms, as you are taking those adorable first day pictures, you are thinking just a little bit about the early baby books that are left undone. I’m going to let you off the hook, and give you and easy way to “complete” some simple baby books so you can move on to enjoying the new photos and keepsakes that will come with this school year.

Organize a baby book in about 30 minutes

This project should take you about a half an hour per kid.

Gather Keepsakes to Organize Your Simple Baby Book

You’ve probably got a good idea of where most of the baby’s keepsakes are, even if the “baby” is now 5, or maybe 15. Maybe they are mostly in a desk drawer or a pile on a bookshelf, next to but not actually in a baby book. Those things like baptism programs, early greeting cards, tickets to first events like baseball games and the circus, and precious first haircut clippings have been gathering for years.

Gather and organize baby's keepsakes

You might even have a baby book that someone gave you at your shower. I have one for each kid. These are where we’re going to put all of those baby book keepsakes.

Use a three ring binder for baby's keepsakesIf you don’t have one of these baby binders, then you are in luck, because during back to school season, you can pick up any cute binder for this project!

Let’s face it. Perfectionism has NO PLACE in this project. If your kid is going to back to school and you are desperate to start or finish their baby book, then we’re in “Git ‘Er Done” mode today.

NO Perfectionism

It is most important that you do the next few steps so you can preserve the keepsakes. What you preserve them in is secondary to actually getting the project done (in about 30 minutes or less). Whether the keepsakes survive the next decade or more trumps whether they are perfectly placed in an award winning book today.

Gather Supplies to Organize Your Simple Baby Book

You probably already noticed that your baby book is mostly set up for flat paper items, and some of your keepsakes are 3-dimensional. In order to deal with this, you need some very specific supplies.

Supplies to organize a simple baby book

These aren’t expensive or hard to find supplies, all available on Amazon (my affiliate links are below) or your local office supply store.

Add photos into a simple baby bookNow work your way through the pile, adding full-size photos into the 8×10 photo pocket pages. If your kids are under 10 years old, you probably don’t have many loose photos because they are mostly digital. The portraits we have taken at places like Sesame Place and pre-school portraits are the kind of thing that belong in this book. Be sure to use acid-free photo sleeves. You can also put award certificates and newspaper clippings in these large sleeves.

The smaller 2-pocket sleeves are great for the kind of things I mentioned above, like keepsake tickets and hair clippings. Dried flowers.

The 10-pocket sleeves are made for flash drives and camera cards, and you can certainly use them as such. But you might also have smaller keepsakes that would go great here. Your hospital bracelets. Locket sized pictures. Even baby teeth if you want to keep them. I’m not saying you should…I’m just saying you can put them here.

The CD pages and CD/DVD marking pens are great for…you guessed it, DVDs. You want to be sure to use special CD/DVD marking pens because they won’t eat through the disk layers like normal permanent markers will. The CD’s you bought of the newborn photo sessions, a copy of their first Christmas pageant, and the DVD that the preschool teacher handed you can all be safely stored here.

Can’t put your hands on all of these keepsakes today? No worries! If you have a binder and the supplies on hand, you can stash these keepsakes the next time you see them in a random drawer or under a bed. And then, when it comes time to make the graduation book, you’ll have all of the early years documented neatly and in an organized way.

Where to Store Your Organized Baby Books

Store these books, along with digital photo books that you’ve made, on a bookshelf in the main part of your house. Avoid storing them in basements, garages and attics, which are notoriously prone to water, mold, and critter infestations.

Organized baby books

The best part is knowing that you are DONE. The second best part is throwing away all of the stuff that was taking up space but you don’t want to keep, like the extra pages from the baby book, the envelopes from photos and newspaper pages that didn’t have your kid in them, and other such things. Remember when something like that used napkin from the drive-thru where you stopped on the way to the delivery room seemed like an important keepsake? Now that a little time has passed, maybe some keepsakes aren’t as treasured as you thought they might be.

Organize a simple baby book

I know how it is. Really, I do. There are so many cute and inspiring ideas out on the internet, and you’ve always wanted to give your kid the best, so you want to make sure their baby book is done perfectly or not at all. Trust me. Take 30 minutes to organize a simple baby book for each kid, as outlined here. I promise you, it will feel awesome!

Happy back to school season.

Organize a baby book in about 30 minutes

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Back to School Giveaway

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11 Responses to How to Organize a Simple Baby Book {Just in Time for Back to School}

  1. […] Part of the decluttering and organizing that needs to happen is to get my kids baby books finished (Inspired by this post at Heartwork.org) and a filing system set up for school papers and artwork (Inspired by many many posts on […]

  2. This is a really cool tutorial. When I graduated high school, I kinda put together my own baby book. Well, more like a binder of things I did when I was growing up. My mom had been keeping all this stuff in a box and we wanted it to be safer, so I sat down and just put it all in the leftover pages from the two terms of digital photography I took in high school. There was so much stuff and I kept most of it because most of those memories were my mom’s, to be honest.

    • Deanna, that’s a great story. I wonder if your mom felt a lot of relief that you had done that. “Wanted it to be safe” is definitely a big concern.

    • Thanks. I’m glad you like the steps. People get overwhelmed with this project, but it honestly does take only about 30 minutes…if you stay off the phone and facebook and all of those other toys.

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