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If you don’t already back up the information on your personal computer, now’s the time to start. Pick up an external hard drive and create baby-specific folders of pictures and documents throughout her childhood.
Pull photos off your phone via email, a cloud program of your choice or SD card (for Android phones) and save them to your hard drive as often as you’d like. You can also use a flash drive to save your photos and take them to a nearby photo-processing kiosk to print.
Depending on the size of your photos and the flash drive you use, you’ll be able to fit between a few hundred and several thousand photos.
Have a stack of blank CDs you haven’t thought about since baby was born? Put them to good use by burning your photos onto CDs, each of which can hold about 700 MB of data.
The amount of pictures you can add to the CD will vary depending on the size of the photo, but expect to fit a few hundred on each one. Bring the CDs to a photo kiosk for printing and then store the CDs in a fire-safe box.
Once you’ve got your photos on a computer, sort them chronologically and make a DVD slideshow of baby’s first year using free software on your computer, like iMovie for Macs or Photo Story and Movie Maker for Windows. Add music and transitions to your video to help tell the story of your first year as a family.
If the first one goes well, consider adding to it or making new DVD slideshows for every year of your child’s life. You’ll both love looking back at all of her firsts, from her first Halloween costume to her graduation day.
Use those Instagram, Facebook and iPhone photos to make a unique and useful keepsake, with websites like Pinhole Press, Stickygram, Shutterfly and Shutterstock dedicated to providing affordable and fun printing options.