When it comes to making preparations for motherhood, a baby book is a no-brainer. Of course you want to chronicle all those milestones and adorable moments from the minute you meet the little guy or girl. But don't forget the road that got you there. Cute pregnancy keepsake books and journals are a perfect way to track the nine—almost 10—months of maternity changes, cravings, thoughts and wishes. True, at the time you may not feel like strutting your ever-expanding bump for the camera, but you and your child will look back at those days with love (if not a slight wince at the recollection of some of those aches and pains). Here are seven reasons to start taking notes now.
What to Expect
The book: Expecting You: A Keepsake Pregnancy Journal by Amelia Riedler
Why it's cute: With its pretty, simple graphics, this journal offers writing prompts that allow you to record information you (and your child) will look back fondly on, such as biggest cravings or the names you were considering at the time.
The book: The Belly Book: A Nine-Month Journal for You and Your Growing Belly by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Why it's cute: Organized by trimester, this book is all about Mama and documenting those nine months leading up to the little one's arrival. Pages leave room for ultrasound images and growing bump photos, plus there are plenty of prompts to keep you writing even when "pregnancy brain" strikes.
The book: Notes to My Baby from makemynotebook
Why it's cute: Does inspiration strike at the oddest of hours, naturally when you're not at the computer or with a pen and paper at the ready? This classic-style notebook fits in your purse or can be kept on the nightstand, so whenever the urge to jot down a wish for your baby or a pregnancy musing strikes, you'll be ready.
The book: Pregnancy Journal: Journey to Birth from Pearhead
Why it's cute: With more than 30 journal pages, plus 20 pages for maternity photos and seven keepsake pockets for things like ultrasound photos (or Ben & Jerry's receipts?), this classic book is perfect for moms-to-be who want to keep a traditional-style pregnancy journal.
The book: Pregnancy Journal Photo Book from Shutterfly
Why it's cute: We know a lot of pregnant women shy away from the camera, but, trust us, you—and your child—will appreciate those images (and, yes, you look beautiful in each and every one of them) some day. This part-DIY book allows you to easily place photos in a template (there are 30 idea pages to choose from).
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The Final Countdown
The book: The Nine: A Pregnancy Countdown Journal by Kelly Sopp
Why it's cute: From the time you see that positive pregnancy test to the day you deliver, waiting for baby is really just one long countdown, right? This fun book offers a great (and easy) way to keep track of things. Think fill-in-the-blank pages, prompts (how you told your partner the news, weird dreams) and more, in a week-to-week format.
From Pea to Pumpkin
The book: From Pea to Pumpkin: A Pregnancy Journal
Why it's cute: Don't want to have to think too hard when it comes to filling out a journal? You'll love this book, complete with Mad Lib-style and multiple-choice pages, so you just have to fill in the blanks. (Example: At this point, sleep is... Or, I'm spending my extra cash these days on...) Bonus points for the sweet fruit-measuring drawings that mark each week.