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Keeping a Baby Journal

Even though it may not feel like it when your baby is in the middle of a crying spell, her first few weeks and months will pass by quickly, and before you know it you'll be sending her off to preschool. Since your sleep-deprived brain won't hold on to recollections as well as you'd like it to, writing about your baby helps preserve memories for the future.

Spend a few minutes a day keeping a journal. Jot down notes about what your baby did that day. Don't worry about using a beautiful leather journal or writing with your best handwriting or crafting long, descriptive paragraphs. Put pressure like that on yourself and you'll abandon the journal after a week. Instead, keep a regular notebook someplace where you'll see it every day, such as the kitchen counter next to the coffeepot or in the bathroom beside your toothbrush. If it gets stained with coffee or toothpaste, you can copy it over into a beautiful memory book or type it up on your computer in the future when you have more free time.

Write down quick notes, such as "Heather stretched a lot today" or "Grandma took Thomas for a ride in the stroller today" or "Jasmine seems to be getting a tooth." Notes like these are not particularly telling in and of themselves, but when taken as a whole, a month or a year or five years of little notes will remind you of the small but meaningful details of your baby's life that you might otherwise forget.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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