Baby books have been a traditional part of the baby years for generations. Keepsakes, milestones, foot prints and photographs are lovingly stored in a special album that can be presented to the child and used as a record book.
When your baby is small it’s hard to imagine that you could forget your child’s babyhood, but a couple of years down the road you may find yourself wondering “how old was he when he said his first word again? He was walking by 11 months, wasn’t he? Or was it a year?”
The child him or herself may ask one day “what was my first word? What foods did I like as a baby? When did I first go to the zoo?”
Our children can’t remember their own lives before age three or so, and the parents give themselves the job of logging those first steps, those first foods, those early illnesses and special events.
Unfortunately, paper albums are becoming less and less convenient.
Do You Have The Time?
Busy and tired mothers are realizing more and more that their baby’s album is devoid of photos, because the photos are all on the computer. They keep meaning to get some printed for the book, but it’s just one of those little chores that never seems to get done.
As for logging mile stones, baby’s newest word or today’s cute little sentence, it’s so easy to fall behind. Whenever you think of it, you are in the middle of a shopping trip, or at work. By the time you get home and get the baby to sleep, you have forgotten again or you’re too tired to pull out the album.
One day the mother does pull the book off of the shelf and realizes guiltily that she hasn’t updated it in months. She sits on the couch going through the book and trying to remember – when did he learn the word “dog”? When did she sit unsupported for the first time? When was that trip to the cottage?
Parents of second and third children have even less time than parents of single children, and those babies often don’t get baby albums at all – Mom and Dad keep meaning to do it, but never seem to have the time.
When they do get a moment, they are more likely to spend that time uploading photos to Facebook or emailing them to distant relatives. These days more people than ever are living far away from their close family, and are resorting to the internet as a way to keep in touch.
Anxious grandparents living halfway across the country love to receive photos in their email, or sign up for Facebook just so that they keep track of their growing grandchildren.
Paper or Internet? What’s the Best Way?
Neither the paper album nor the Facebook route seem like an ideal way to track your child’s babyhood.
The paper album cannot be sent to grandparents when it is updated, and may get lost or damaged over the years.
Facebook provides a good way to share pictures, but not a single coherent story line devoted entirely to the child. Instead, cute things your kid has said, a status about taking him to the zoo, will all be lost in the backlog of other status, comments and wall postsings.
You can’t sit down and show your daughter your Facebook wall and say “here is the story of your baby years.”
Besides, many parents worry about privacy concerns with Facebook and other social networking sites. Once those photos are uploaded, they are out there for the world to find – and misuse. Parents might want to share a cute picture of their baby naked in the bath, but be hesitant for fear that the photo might be spotted by a sexual predator.
Such privacy concerns are not unjustified. One woman discovered that an old junior high acquaintance that she had “friended” on Facebook had stolen 83 photos of her baby daughter. The photo thief used these photos to convince an ex boyfriend that the baby was actually hers, weaving an elaborate deception using photos of this child.
“i am tha babys REAL MOTHER and i put pictures on fb so my family who lives miles away could see her growin up….” she wrote in a comment on the linked news article. “THINK OF HOW U WOULD FEEL IF SOMEONE DONE THIS TO YOU?”
She’s not the only parent to have this happen – many parents have discovered that their photos have been taken without permission and reproduced, often under false pretences. Another mother posted a photo of her family on her blog… only to later learn that the photo had been taken off of the internet for use as an ad in the Czech Republic.
What’s A Proud Parent To Do?
Happily, a new service is arising that gives parents the ability to privately log photographs, drawings, videos, milestones, and other memories while still sharing those same memories online with trusted family and friends.
Tiny Years is an online baby book that keeps a dedicated chronological storyline of your child’s babyhood, from first smile to first day at school and beyond. The uploaded material is private, but you can choose to share it with select family and friends so that they can watch your child grow from afar.
By keeping an online baby book, you don’t have to worry about saving your baby’s records in the case of a fire or flood. It is easy to upload photos from your computer or mobile device instantly. Best of all it is completely private – except for the certain special someones to whom you give access.
Now your baby’s every word and every discovery can be logged safely, easily and best of all, privately online. You will have a detailed story of your child’s babyhood, logged adorable sentence by adorable sentence, so your distant loved ones can watch your child grow day by day, and so you can relive those wonderful moments whenever you like, or even on the go from your mobile device.
If you run into an old acquaintance on the street and want to show them pictures of your baby, you don’t have to trawl through your phone’s camera roll or through your Facebook page, trying to get through the superfluous stuff to the picture you want to find. Instead you can go right to Tiny Years and show them an unfolding story of your child growing up.
When he or she is older, they will love to look through their Tiny Years album with you, watching themselves grow and develop day by day. That is the kind of memory that lasts a lifetime.
We have now added or fixed the following features in our online diary:
- Pregnancy period with many pregnancy predefined moments
- Drag and drops from one moment to another
- Copy and paste from one diary to another
- Many bugs have been fixed in the program
If you currently have a diary with us, we invite you to view these changes and make use of them. If you haven’t signed up yet, please free free to do so. There is no charge to use our diary!
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We welcome guest author Leah Fink to Tiny Years:
Perhaps you’ve been there: called on to purchase a gift for a virtual stranger. Rubbing my temples and shaking my head, I searched ONE last time through the registry computer for my husband’s business partner’s daughter’s baby shower registry…to no avail. It simply wasn’t there. Not entirely sure that I wasn’t messing up the spelling of her last name, I began to despair – the baby shower was in 2 hours, and I had no idea what her tastes were, or what she needed. I was left to wing it and hope for the best. Procrastination 1, Me 0. As I headed for the baby department I rolled up my mental sleeves and called on my experience as a mom of three to guide me. Let me share with you my personal hints and tips for choosing a practical baby shower gift when you have no personal knowledge of the gift recipient to guide you.
1. Go practical. There are some items that a new mom can truly never have enough of: diapers, wipes, baby bath items, etc. The problem with these everyday essentials is that they make exceptionally dull baby shower gifts. To ramp up the oohs and aahs a bit, use an infant bathtub instead of a gift bag. Infant tubs are very inexpensive and their tiered shape lends itself perfectly to displaying an array of baby bath time gift items beautifully. Fill the tub with a bag of diapers, a box of wipes, a sampling of different washes, lotions, and powders, baby washcloths, nail trimmers, small bath toys, and anything else that will add color and interest to your gift.
2. Avoid outfits. Mom-to-be might love frilly dresses, or she might hate that zebra-striped hot pink onesie that says “Little Diva.” With no way to know, you risk wasting your money on clothing that baby will get little use out of. If you just can’t resist those tiny baby clothes, go for pajamas instead! Even if mom-to-be can’t stand the footy pajamas you couldn’t pass up because of the funny slogan, she can still hang on to them and baby will still get to wear them – but only in his crib, where no one will see. A point of practicality here as well: consider purchasing size 3-6 months instead of size 0-3 months. 90% of the clothing baby receives will be size 0-3 months and chances are good that she will outgrow most of it after only one or two uses. Having a few pieces that are the next size up is a relief when mom realizes how quickly her new bundle outgrows her tiniest little clothes. Consider the season when buying the next size up – what will the weather be like when baby is 3 months old? Buy accordingly.
3. Purchase consumables. Head for the Health and Beauty Aids aisle for baby. Unlike diapers and wipes, you can frequently find pre-assembled gift baskets of soaps, oils, and lotions that can serve as stand alone gifts. If mom doesn’t care for the bath products, no problem. She won’t know until she tries them, so you will have done her a favor by saving her from spending her own money to find out. And unlike a nursing pillow or an outfit that she would need to return, bath products will be appreciated and used up, even if mom decides not to purchase them again. Buy organic if you think the mother will prefer organic bath products.
Remember to keep it all in perspective. If you don’t know your gift recipient well enough to be familiar with her tastes, then she should be gracious enough to appreciate your effort to celebrate her family with a gift, even if it turns out to be something she wouldn’t have chosen herself. The old adage is true: it’s the thought that counts, and your warm wishes and presence at her celebration are the real gift you are passing along. No gift receipt is necessary for those…but include one with the other gifts…just in case.
About the Author:
Leah is a mom of 3 small daughters and the owner of Diaper Cakewalk, an online retailer of diaper cakes and baby shower gifts.
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To our USA based readers we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day. Here are a few of our favorite quotes about dads!
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
– Jim Valvano
The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother.
– Anjaneth Garcia Untalan
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
– Clarence Budington Kelland
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”
– Harmon Killebrew
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
– Mario Cuomo
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Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day quotes:
– Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
“All mothers are working mothers.”
– Author Unknown
“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”
– Lin Yutang
“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.”
– Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
“A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.”
– Author Unknown
“Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”
– Elizabeth Stone
“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.”
– Albert Einstein
“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”
– Agatha Christie
“You may have tangible wealth untold: Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be I had a Mother who read to me.”
– Strickland Gillilan
“When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.”
– Nancy Friday