You were all about documenting your babe's every move in those first few months, but now that your no-longer-a-baby (sniff) is speaking new words every day, it's nearly impossible to keep up with the latest.
Or maybe not. Ratchet down the best-baby-book-ever pressure, and instead simply take 30 seconds every day to write down what you really want to remember years from now: the cute, funny, and weird gems that come out of your kid's mouth. Here's what will make you actually do it: The gorgeously illustrated Words to Remember journal is small enough to fit in your purse so you have it handy to jot down your kid's conversation with the dog, his first swear word (aren't you proud), and his probing questions (what makes wind?). Conceived by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a writer and mother of three, it's meant to become your "verbal album." To provide inspiration, quotes from real kids, including Rosenthal's, are sprinkled throughout the book, and range from funny ("Isn't it so cool how I was born on the same day as my birthday?") to touching ("You can be sad, but not cry."). Delicate cut-paper collages, by the artist Ida Pearle, make it keepsake-worthy -- and you didn't even need to break out the pinking shears.
Words to Remember is $15.95 at crownpublishing.com and is also available at bookstores nationwide.
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