Some of these products were gifted, but the words and opinions are all my own!
I’m a sentimental person – even more so since having a baby. Just last week it was Ruben’s first hair cut and you better believe that I chose a salon specifically based on the fact that they provide you with a certificate and a lock of your baby’s hair – I’m not even sorry. There are loads of lovely ways to celebrate your baby growing (*sob!*) and here are a few that I have been able to test out over the past few months.
I found it hard to part with some of Ruben’s baby clothes. There were some items I was happy to pass on to friends, after all, I know the joy of a good hand-me-down; but others I knew I wanted to keep. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them, just that I wasn’t ready to part with them just yet. When I found Danique Keepsakes I fell in love. She takes precious clothes and makes them into teddies (of all different animals!) and blankets, and does it with so much love and care, I knew I had to have one! Danni kindly gifted me a cot size blanket (160 x 80cm|) which costs £95. You can get them from a pram/Moses basket size at £75, right up to a huge King size at £175!
Despite the fact that she works for the NHS, she managed to turn it around super fast and I was so happy with the finished result. She also sent back any items she didn’t use, and my plan for these is to keep them for Baby Number 2 (whenever that may be!) and take some cute recreation pictures. Then I’m going to send them off and get a teddybear made. This is such a lovely way to display those precious outfits that you loved, rather than leaving them in a dusty loft!
This was actually given to us as a Christmas present when Ruben had just been born and we waited until he was 6 months to use it, as a milestone. There were loads of options at Crafting Corner, where you could get plates with a footprint that looked like an animal for example, but we wanted to keep it simple and special so we decided on one foot and one hand, painted, on a plaque. Even the experience of getting it done was lovely, and we made a bit of a day of it, as there is a cafe and animals on the farm too. This hangs up in our hall and I love seeing how much bigger he has gotten already! This will be a lovely keepsake for years to come.
I have kept every single card that Ruben has received in his 18 months (and honestly, a huge amount of the cards I’ve received in my 28 years!) but when I saw Keeping Special Moments on Instagram and her beautiful card frames, I knew I had found an option a lot better than just keeping them in a box on top of his wardrobe. Not only does she cut out intricate hexagon shapes for the frame, she also takes the little embellishments from the cards to give it a beautiful 3D effect.
One thing I really appreciated with Keeping Special Moments, above others, is that the writing side of the cards get made into a lovely book to keep too – I would really have missed being able to read through them, so this is a lovely touch. An A4 frame is £39 and A3 is £49 plus £5 postage.
I’m going to end up with a house full of cute keepsakes… and I love it! I think these things are really special to look back on with your children as they grow up and can be treasured keepsakes for you and for them.
What are your favourite keepsakes for your children? Let me know in the comments!