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The Best Non-Tacky Baby Books and Memory Books

They're not just for saps.

It might seem a little hokey to write a whole book about your baby’s first year. You don’t want to be the parent who obsesses over your son’s first avocado, or tells long stories about how your daughter slept through the night. But memories are fleeting, and a year from now, you’ll have forgotten the milestones and funny events of those early days. A baby memory book — an understated one: no glitter, cherubs, or baby booties motifs here — can be a decidedly non-hokey way to record those moments and details that you’ll want to remember: First words, first steps, first avocado.

Creating a baby book is a pretty solid way to kill some time when you’re in COVID-19 lockdown, as well, and if you’re a parent with a newborn at home during a pandemic, suffice to say this is a moment in history worth recording.

This sleek linen-wrapped hardbound journal is a keepsake for recording moments from a child's life, all the way up to age 18. It has 254 pages to record every moment, and has room for photos, footprints, and milestones.

A modern keepsake that partners well with online memories, this beautiful baby book lets parents document their infant's first year through words and pictures. The cover is fabric, and the 100-page book is a four-ring binder, which lets you add, remove, or rearrange pages. The coolest part is that the book can be paired with an app, so you can order prints and connect directly to your Instagram.

This book's strength lies in its super-minimalist and customizable aesthetic: You choose the cover design and color, the number and design of pages. Layouts are simple, with plenty of white space, so you can showcase moments that mean something to you, and add corresponding captions and dates.

A clean, crisp book that resembles a magazine (remember those?), this memory book is one that you create in one fell swoop, rather than as you go along. You design the whole thing online — choose layouts and headlines, add extra pages, add commentary — and then have the hard copy sent to you. Obviously, once this one's done, it's done.

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