After a lot more research, my top pick for best baby memory book is the All About Me Baby Journal by RubyRoo. Why is it the best? It is so flexible, it will fit any family situation, which is ultimately what you look for in a baby book.
The All About Me Baby Journal is my personal favorite because it is so versatile. But not everyone is sure to like it! Here it is, along with some other bests, that vary depending on what you are looking for.
Best Baby’s First Year Books
All About Me Baby Journal
So why the All About Me Baby Journal from RubyRoo? You want it to match your story and be tailored to your family.
The most important aspect in looking for a baby journal was that I wanted it to fit my story. I didn’t want to have blank spaces in it where I wasn’t able to fill in the information. For example, I’m not married. Some books have a whole page about getting engaged and married. This isn’t something I wanted in my baby book. The All About Me Baby Journal has a space to talk about parents but doesn’t go into detail about the engagement and wedding and so on.
This book works for any parent. A lot of baby books out there have a page that says something like “All about Mommy” and one that says “All about Daddy”. The All About Me Baby Journal gets rid of those specific terms and just says “parents”, thereby working for same-sex couples, unmarried couples, etc.
In filling out my baby memory book, I often came across milestones that I hadn’t recorded the exact date of and then felt stressed trying to fill in certain pieces of information. Filling out a memory book for your child shouldn’t be a stressful exercise. The simplistic All About Me Journal makes sure it’s not too difficult to fill in the blanks after some time has passed. Just by looking back at photos, you should be able to fill in any blanks even if you’re like me and don’t take detailed notes!
Some baby memory books are religious or centered on a particular worldview, really limiting the audience that they will fit. The All About Me Journal is not religious, although if you wanted to include something like a baptism in it, there is room to do so.
I’ve seen some books with 3 or 4 pages dedicated to the baby shower. If you didn’t have a baby shower, this probably isn’t something you want in there. The All About Me Journal does have a spot to put a picture from your baby shower, but you could easily put a different picture there if you didn’t have one.
Footprints and handprints
There is a place for footprints and handprints. I do like that this book isn’t super bulky either, so it isn’t a whole lot to pack if you want to bring it in your suitcase to the hospital to get these prints done when your baby is born.
Around the world
Most baby books have a space to describe “what the world was like when you were born.” Some are really detailed and ask for the price of a gallon of milk, the current price of a stamp, popular songs, and so on. The All About Me Journal does have a section for this, but it isn’t very detailed. It asks who the president was, what was in the news, and a couple of other current event-type questions.
It isn’t super informative
The All About Me journal doesn’t ask for every single detail. I personally like this, but I know people who have a journal that they write in every single day for their children, so if you are someone like this, it may not be what you are looking for. Instead of asking for every single milestone, it has a page for each month and a space to fill in a special memory from each month.
You can easily find an array of options for half the price of this book. Is it worth the extra price? If you are struggling to find a baby book that fits you and your family’s story, I’d say it is worth the price.
Like I mentioned before, I initially ended up getting a book that I wasn’t fully happy with just because I was running out of time (and wanted the book in time to get my baby’s hand and footprints done at the hospital!) Then I was left with some empty pages because they just didn’t fit my story. I ended up spending more, in the end, to get the book that better fit my needs.
So yes, in my opinion, it is worth spending a little bit more to get a book that matches your story.
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The Ruby Roo All About Me Baby Journal comes in 3 designs and has the highest number of neutral pages. Unlike the C.R. Gibson Little Man Perfect-Bound Memory Book and the C.R. Gibson She’s Magical Baby Memory Book, it’s gender neutral. It also has more holidays and fewer detailed pages than the Ronica First Years Baby Memory Book.
Ronica First Years Baby Memory Book
While most baby books really focus on that first year, this book distributes the attention and spaced evenly across the first 5 years. You can buy it in gender-neutral or gender-specific themes. No matter which design you choose, the pictures inside are cute and fun, and bright. 60 pages have room for a 4×6 photo and a few notes. You capture monthly ages, plus the big days like dentist visits, doctor visits, holidays, and even pregnancy. There’s room for a family tree, too. If you want a classic and fun first years memory book for your child, then the Ronica First Years Baby Memory Book is for you!
The Vault Baby Keepsake Box
The Vault Baby Keepsake Box doesn’t allow for a whole lot of writing. But some moms find more meaning in items rather than words. This archive-quality memory box has a space for 10 vertical files on one side and 2 caddies and 2 drawers on the other side. All of it is acid-free and customizable. This baby memory book option comes with many labels to create the perfect memory book and file box for your family. My favorite idea? Keep the important keepsakes, like a hospital hat or a favorite outfit or snuggly blanky on one side and have files on the other side for things like ultrasound photos, birthday cards, artwork, and a section with yearly letters from mom and dad.
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The Vault Baby Keepsake Box has more space for storing items than the All About Me Baby Journal, or any other baby book for that matter. It also doesn’t require lots of writing like the Promptly Journals- Childhood History Journal. This is a great option for busy families.
Letters to My Baby
This 9-inch by 4-inch book has spaces for all of baby’s memories. The unique thing about the Letters to My Baby book is that it only comes with 12 pages. There are prompts that will help you write down all your thoughts and feelings together with milestones and information about the first year into sealed letters for your child to read when they get older. Honestly, there are fancy companies out there selling something similar for a much higher price, so this is a great idea for a baby memory book on the cheap! Plus, they make other Letters to My Daughter or Letters to My Son for the older years, so you can have a cute set.
Best Baby Memory Books for Girls
Lucy Darling Baby’s First Year
When you have a little girl, you want something that’s just as sweet as she is. That’s when you can turn to this adorable First Year Baby Memory Book from Lucy Darling. The whole book features a rustic floral theme that perfectly reflects the current trends. This book starts with some pregnancy pages, then it has pages for each month after baby is born. There’s an area for handprints and footprints, as well as areas for baby’s firsts and holidays. This book covers all the way until the 5th year, where you can put your kiddo’s first school picture! Even though there is limited space to write, there are some blank pages at the back for any extras. It’s just one of the top baby books, period.
Best Baby Memory Books for Boys
C.R. Gibson Little Man Memory Book
The C.R. Gibson Little Man Perfect-Bound Memory Book is a great option if you’re looking for a less expensive, but still a cute baby book. It includes a place to put a family tree, baby’s firsts, and a page for each month. It has a few pages about the mother’s pregnancy as well. There’s lots of space for photos and mementos. Best of all, it comes in a lovely box for storage or gifting!
This baby book is for boys and has space for 5 years of memories!
Best Pregnancy Memory Books
Promptly Journals – Childhood History Journal
If you are like me, you got older and got married, and your mom handed you about 5 different memory books to span your first 18 years of life. The Promptly Journals- Childhood History Journal book looks to consolidate all that. So rather than just documenting baby’s first year of baby’s first through fifth years, it goes from pregnancy to age 18. There are 254 pages to fill, and the book has prompted just in case you aren’t sure what to put. There are spaces for photos, footprints, and other keepsakes, too. The linen cover is gorgeous and timeless, so it will grow easily with your child.
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The Promptly Journals- Childhood History Journal has more writing space and nearly double the pages that The Baby Memory Book has. It also has more blank pages for scrapbooking and footprints. And unlike Le Petit Baby Book, it doesn’t have any illustrations or characters. Instead, it is more stylish and neutral, with a hardbound linen cover with gold embossing for a touch of class.
The Baby Memory Book
Landing somewhere between a baby scrapbook and a baby journal, The Baby Memory Book is a gorgeous addition to any bookshelf. The light linen cover with gold foil makes it look gorgeous outside, and the inside is equally beautiful, with gold printing and foil accents on the pages. This baby book has writing prompts, pages with facts (from things like birth and what a popular song was when baby was born), and plenty of mostly blank pages just waiting to be scrapbooked! My favorite part of this book is the “Unforgettable Quotes” section, where you can capture the things that your child says that you want to remember forever! This gorgeous book makes a fabulous baby shower gift.
Le Petit Baby Book
What I love most about the Le Petit Baby Book is that it feels almost like a fun story, complete with illustrations and all. The cute bunny characters featured in the book grace nearly every page, along with other cute characters like ducks, squirrels, birds, and even an octopus. There are even illustrated pop-up pages that are adorable. This baby memory book has all the major milestones and information that you’ll want to capture for your little one, including birth information and events like the first bath. There is a large envelope for storing ultrasounds and other keepsakes, as well as mini-envelopes to keep little notes for baby throughout. Also in this baby journal are a large, fold-out baby growth chart and a multi-page family tree.
Best Five Year Baby Memory Book
Baby Memory Book
If you’re looking for a book that hits all the big milestones, without a bunch of extra stuff that you really don’t want or need, I do recommend the C.R. Gibson She’s Magical Baby Memory Book. It’s pretty simple but fun and beautiful. And while you can’t capture every single day, you can get all the big things that you need to give your child a great snapshot of their first 5 years.
P.S. The C.R. Gibson Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Memory Book is the boy version!
You’ve got a section with lines for recording height, weight, percentile, and age. You’ve also got sections for birthdays 1-5. Then there are the big ones: first step, first tooth, the first day of school, etc. There are sections for all about mommy and daddy and other family aspects, so keep that in mind if you come from a non-traditional family.
Pearhead Linen Baby Memory Book
Some parents don’t want the slightly kitschy and childish design that a lot of baby memory books have. The Pearhead Linen Baby Memory Book is amazingly simple. It has a nice fabric cover, real binding, gold foil lettering, and over 50 pages to fill. It has some of the normal baby firsts and baby book pages, but it’s updated and truly modern, with blank pages that help you focus on the little moments that make up life. It even comes with a non-toxic, clean-touch ink pad to capture those tiny little footprints for the cover of the book.
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This baby book has more pages than the C.R. Gibson She’s Magical Baby Memory Book and C.R. Gibson Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Memory Book. Although more expensive than the Mom’s One Line a Day, it does come with an ink pad and spaces for pictures on the cover.
Mom’s One Line a Day Baby Journal
If you’re someone who keeps a daily journal, it’s worth taking a look at Mom’s One Line a Day. This is a different style of baby book in that it doesn’t have room for pictures and doesn’t ask for firsts or anything like that. But it does give you a place to keep a daily account of things that your little one did that day.
It has one page for each year and spans five years. It’s kind of neat in that once you hit the one-year mark, when you write in it each day, you will see what your child was up to a year ago that day.
Baby Memory Books Compared
The table below compares only the recommended products on this page. A low or high Price means it is low or high compared to the other products listed. The Popularity Score reflects how often readers click on and buy the product. The Quality Score is our assessment of the overall performance and satisfaction with the product compared to others in the table.
|The Vault Baby Keepsake Box||$$$$||9.6|
|Lucy Darling Baby's First Year||$$$$||9.0||9.6|
|Promptly Journals - Childhood History Journal||$$$$||9.5||9.8|
|Ronica First Years Baby Memory Book||$$$||9.0||9.6|
|Le Petit Baby Book||$$$||3.9||9.6|
|C.R. Gibson Little Man Memory Book||$$$||7.6||9.6|
|Pearhead Linen Baby Memory Book||$$$||9.9||9.6|
|All About Me Baby Journal||$$$||7.1||9.6|
|Baby Memory Book||$$$||7.0||9.6|
|The Baby Memory Book||$$||9.3||9.4|
|Mom's One Line a Day Baby Journal||$$||8.3||9.4|
|Letters to My Baby||$$||9.1||9.6|
FAQs – Baby Memory Books
Which baby memory book has the most pages?
The All About Me Baby Journal, our top choice, has 56 pages, which is more than most.
The Mom’s One Line a Day book has space for journaling every day for a year, for a grand total of 372 pages in the book. It has more pages than the Promptly Baby Journal, which has 254 pages.
All other baby memory books on our last contain between 48 to 98 pages, with the exception of the shorter Letters to My Baby, which has only 12 pages, and the Vault, which technically has none!
What do you put in a baby memory book?
It varies, of course, depending upon which book you purchase and what you would like to have in your book. Available memory books range from highly detailed books containing space and prompt for every possible bit of information to simpler books that amount to a mother’s journal.
Possible contents of baby memory books include photos and mementos, recorded milestones (sitting, crawling, first word, first step, first birthday, etc.), family history, information on showers, parties, and baby gifts, cards of congratulations, information on mother’s pregnancy, and mother’s memories of any kind.
Should I buy a baby memory book?
That’s totally up to you. What you should do is find some way to regularly record your special memories about your baby/child. You may want to keep a mother’s journal. You may want to get a large paper calendar and write a few notes each day or week, detailing those things which stood out to you about your child and his or her development.
You may choose to record your own memories on your computer, take photos, and create a photo memory book online rather than follow a formatted book of prompts. On the other hand, a purchased baby book may serve as a help, guiding you to write down those things most worth remembering.
Remember, if you have several children you will want to try to provide documentation for every child that is roughly equal to what you recorded for the first. (:
How do I choose a baby memory book?
Take time to look at some books and see which ones most appeal to you. Choose one that is attractive to you, that will make it easy for you to document those things that you most want to remember about your child’s babyhood, but which will not overwhelm you (especially if you plan on having several children — available time for documentation tends to decrease with each child added to the family).
The most important thing is to take pictures and to regularly record those things that stand out to you.
Do I need a pregnancy book?
No, but you may wish to buy one. You might like to note the details of your pregnancy either for reference in future pregnancies or for sentimental reasons.
You may enjoy recording your experiences and feelings and even looking back on this record years after your child is born. Your child, on the other hand, may or may not have an interest in that information.
How can I take better photos of my baby?
Use available, natural light. Gentle outdoor light or side lighting from a window is particularly nice. Do not use flash unless it is necessary, or you are a practiced photographer. Move in closer. You don’t always have to get the whole baby.
Concentrate sometimes on only the face. You might want a close-up of a tiny baby’s hand or foot. Be patient. Take pictures of baby’s face looking over parent’s grandparent’s shoulder. Take close-ups of baby when happily engaged by parent or sibling.
What years should be covered in my baby memory book?
At least one year. After the first year, it may be harder to find time to get to your book to record memories. Also, those first 12 months are the ones in which your baby changes and develops most quickly.
Don’t stop recording memories after that first year, though, even if your book is complete. Scratch down or type up firsts, developmental milestones, and especially the words that your child speaks.
As Art Linkletter said, kids say the darndest things, and the things that they say reveal their developing personalities most clearly. Do not fail to write them down (along with a little context so that, later, you will fully understand the circumstances around those memorable words).
I strongly recommend the All About Me Baby Journal for anyone looking for a simple, and broad baby journal.
That being said, overall, it is important to try to get any details about the baby book you’re purchasing beforehand because you don’t want to get a book that makes what should be a fun exercise overwhelming or stressful for you! If you are someone who jots down every detail about your little ones, then you may want a more descriptive book. If you have more of a non-traditional family like me, I’d strongly recommend checking out the All About Me journal because I found it broad enough to fit into any family.