Baby Milestones

See which milestones to track as your baby grows, hear from other parents experiencing these firsts, and get great ideas for how to record each big (and small) baby event.

15 Creative Monthly Milestone Photo Ideas!

It is quite remarkable how fast babies grow, right before your eyes. So many changes occur: They begin to develop lovely little personalities, come to love, learn new things, and take on favorites as well as dislikes.

Many times, I have found myself saying how I wish I could go back — or how I wish my children were little babies once again. I think as parents, if we could, we would keep them tiny forever. No matter how fun they get as they grow, there is something so special about those first few months.

It is nearly impossible to capture every moment, although many of us have tried. But what we can do, instead of having hundreds of blurry photos with poor lighting in our camera roll, is to set aside a little time each month to snap a few milestone photos. Below I have listed a few creative ideas for such photos. Monthly milestone photos are a great way to not only capture your child at that specific age, but are also a great way to see how much they have grown and changed.

Want to take it up a notch? Try combining some of these ideas for even more memorable and unique photos.

15 creative monthly milestone photo ideas_alicia gibbs

15 creative monthly milestone photo ideas_alicia gibbs

"Is He Walking Yet?"

It’s the question we hear over and over again: “Is Judah walking yet?” The answer is, of course, no, Judah is not walking yet… but here’s why we’re not worried about it.

3 Things I Wish I'd Done for Our Baby's Baptism

Curiously, with every baby I have had, their baby hood seems to zoom by faster and faster. 

By the time we had our fourth baby, I swear I blinked and she was already almost two months old–how did that happen?

It was about the time when I figured out how fast time really does go by that I finally got around to setting up my daughter’s baptism–and of course, as most things go with kids, things didn’t exactly go as I planned.

7 Reasons I Think My Toddler is Ready to Potty Train Early

They say that most children are ready to potty train between the ages of 22 and 30 months. My daughter was a late bloomer; she wasn’t fully potty trained until the age of 3 or so. One day, she just took off her Pull-Ups® training diaper and said she didn’t need it anymore because she was a big girl.

However, my 17-month-old son is already showing signs that he is ready to quit the diaper now. Here are seven reasons I think he may be ready to potty train.

I think my toddler is ready to potty train

I think my toddler is ready to potty train

Why Leaving Your Baby Can Be a Good Thing

Last weekend was a first for both Macks and me. I left him overnight for the very first time. I was actually very excited for the trip, because it was a much needed girl’s weekend that I haven’t had in a very long time. While I was sad to leave my kids, I was more excited to have time to myself.

To be honest, I haven’t really had any time for myself in years. When I did travel alone, it was always for work, which isn’t exactly the long relaxing alone time that you dream of. It was becoming more and more apparent to me just how hard raising three little ones can be. As much as I love being their mother, I was becoming so focused on that, that I forgot to focus on me. 

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