Hey-lo Marsha here from DoYouSalut! Today we're creating a pregnancy/baby journal for one of my dearest friends. I'm always amazed by people who are able to bring life into this world. Having a journal to mark this journey can be a great gift to give to a sister/best friend/partner, etc.
Recommended Supplies For Pregnancy Journal
- Personalized B5 Archer and Olive dot grid notebook. (I'm using the special sized notebook from the Journey Sub box)
- Pencil and eraser
- Calliograph pens (Archer and Olive's latest creations)
- Arcylograph pens or Markers
- optional: printer, stamps, washi stickers
If you are interested in getting any of these items from Archer and Olive feel free to use my affiliate code : Salut10 for a 10% discount on most items. ( I get a small commission if you use this code)
Here are the sections I added to my friend's journal:
First section is the cover page. This can be a bit tricky because some parents want to wait until the baby is born before giving them a name. Some parents just can't pick a name until they absolutely have to. For the cover page spread you can have "Welcome" in nice lettering and then leave a space for the baby's name to be added later. You can also have the first initial of the last name. For example for Baby J.
This page is there so she can write interesting things about herself and her partner. I left it blank so they can write anything they want (birthday, favorite color, etc).
Baby Names & Reactions
This section is for potential names for the baby and gender reveal. This section can be a bit tricky because not everyone is binary and some people might want to raise their children with this mindset. Be sure to ask your friend if this is something they would want.
Reactions are a great thing to add. Was the baby a surprise or planned? Did family and friends suspect that a baby is on the way.
I added a section for each trimester to write down the following: how I'm feeling, Best Parts, Worst Parts, Cravings, and appointments. Sometimes we forget these little details and they might not seem important now but might be in the future.
A place to baby's first pictures!
Birth Plan & Birth Story
Do you know your birth story? This is a great spread to share the story.
Each month brings new adventures for the family and baby. Having space for each months' adventures is a great way to keep memories.
Instead of leaving the page blank you can also add milestones for example first tooth, reaction to eating solids, etc.
Hip hip hooray! Baby is one year old.
Miscellaneous Section Ideas
Here's a list of other sections you can add to the journal:
Family tree & history
Story behind why given name was chosen
How parents met
Hopes and dreams for baby
Advice from family and friends
Letters written by parents to baby for the future
Religious introduction (Baptism/Christening,etc)
Baby footprints from birth
Favorite poems or sayings
Other life milestones
Check out the full journal here!
You can add to this journal every year and then give it to the "baby" when they're all grown up.
Note: if you don't have great drawing skills you can always use Canva's clip art and print the images on sticker paper. You can use stickers, stencils,etc. I'm sure the person who receives the journal will be happy for such a thoughtful gift.
Here is a free printable of a baby shower card that can be a companion to the journal if you are giving it as a gift.
Do you have a baby journal from your birth? If you have kiddies have you made a journal for them? What are some things you'd add to this?
If you recreate this don't forget to tag me at @doyousalut and @archerandolive. Also don't forget to tag @archerandolive.community for a chance to be featured on our community page.