Personalized Baby Gifts and Keepsakes for Your Newborn

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A keepsake is commonly referred to as something given or kept, a memento or an item of sentimental value, or a souvenir or remembrance. Personalized baby keepsakes are more than just a treasured gift for parents. They are something that you want to hold onto to remember your baby and the day your child was brought home. Many baby keepsakes become more special as time goes on, and some are even destined to become family heirlooms. Baby gifts personalized with your newborn's name have the potential to become a special part of their lives and hold a special place in their hearts.

Consider Cara, a 25 year old young professional who is newly married and is decorating her first Christmas tree. When she left home for her first apartment, she took a small box of mementoes with her so that she will have those memories to share with her new husband, and as time goes on, her own children. Tucked into this box of holiday decorations is her first Christmas ornament that hung on the family Christmas tree the year that she was born. This ornament holds a special place in her holiday celebration. From the time she was old enough to hold the ornament; it became her job, and later her privilege, to hang it on the family Christmas tree.

When you are choosing personalized baby keepsakes, keep in mind that these keepsakes can and should be passed on to your child when he or she is old enough to appreciate them. Choose your keepsakes carefully to make sure that the special gift of memories is of high quality and will survive many years of handling.

Of course, Christmas ornaments are not the only personalized baby keepsakes that can carry the magic of memories within them. There are many traditional and not so traditional newborn baby gifts that your child will treasure both in childhood and throughout the course of their life. You might even consider purchasing a personalized keepsake box so that you can pull out those sentimental trinkets and share them with your child as he or she grows up. These trinkets and their associated memories will become a part of their favorite childhood recollections, all with stories to be shared with their own children and grandchildren someday.

If you are putting together a Keepsake Box for your newborn, you should carefully consider keeping items that commemorate your baby's "firsts". A baby's first pair of shoes, their first steps, their first tooth, and their first haircut are all occasions to collect a memento which the child will cherish for a lifetime. These are all milestones that are memorable marks in your life as a parent, and are special moments that your child will never know unless you share them.

The Well-Furnished Newborn Baby Keepsake Box

So what should you include in your Baby Keepsake Box? You should always include keepsakes of moments that touched your heart. There are also many personalized baby keepsakes that are traditionally collected. Here's a list of things you might want to consider saving:

1. Your baby's first picture is a true treasure. Don't leave it just floating loose in a box or tucked into a folder. Frame and personalized it with their name and date of birth to both protect it and add a personalized touch.
2. A baby name bracelet from the hospital always holds a special meaning for children as they grow up. Baby name bead bracelets are very cute and can be added, but nothing takes the place of the original hospital bracelet.
3. A baby's 1st lock of hair is a traditional keepsake. Usually, the lock of hair is kept in a locket or tucked into an envelope. Preserve it in a special silver case engraved with baby's name and a special message.
4. A child's first tooth is another keepsake that many mothers keep. While you won't be seeing that tooth for years to come if your baby is a newborn, you can think ahead and buy a lovely engraved silver set of cases to hold both his and her first teeth when the time comes.
5. A baby's fingerprint can become a very special keepsake. You can buy a kit that allows you to take your child's fingerprint in a mold of clay, and then return it to be reformed into a .999 fine sterling silver pendant. How precious is that?
6. If your family is religious, you may want to include something to commemorate your baby's entry into the world. There are many beautiful sets of rosary beads that are specially designed to become keepsakes. There are also baby bibles in blue, pink or white can also be personalized with baby's name and birth date that can later carried for First Communion or Confirmation.

Don't pass up the chance to build a memory Keepsake Box for your child. The special mementoes contained inside will provide years of special memories that will last well into adulthood.

Lucinda Jones is a freelance writer who writes about family, parenting and pregnancy, often describing great gift ideas such as personalized baby gifts

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