The hours and days straight after your baby is born are a total whirlwind! You have just welcome precious new life into the world; this will become your priority. However, in the months or years to come, there may be some things you wish you’d thought of at that time. One of those things might be items you wished you kept safer- or kept at all! So, what are these items? Let’s look at a few that you may want to get hold of early on, before something else distracts you! Some of these items are baby essentials; others are purely for nostalgia. Collect them all, or just a few. But make sure you get the first one, and keep it safe and sound. You’ll need it in years to come for a number of things. Of course, we are talking about the…
When your baby is born, he or she will be issued with a birth certificate. Rather than a cute and official looking piece of memorabilia, it is really important to keep it safe! He or she will need it for things like travel, education and healthcare. That being said, don’t panic if you do need it further down the line, and can’t find it. This is one of the few items from your baby’s first moments that can be replaced. Or maybe it’s just tucked far away in a box upstairs, and you need it quick! Whatever the circumstances, you can now order a birth certificate online. Phew!
This tradition tended to be more prevalent in years gone by but is still a super sweet thing to do today. Ask somebody, be it a friend or a family member, to pick up the day’s newspaper on the day your baby is born. In years to come you can look back on all the different things that were happening in the world on that day!
If you have a hospital birth, to identify your baby, the nurse will put a little hospital tag around your baby’s foot! This just shows things like his or her name, as well as other basic details. Lots of parents like to keep this as a special momento. If your nurse goes to cut it off before you leave, be sure to ask him or her if you can keep it. Pop it in a safe place and be sure it doesn’t get thrown away by anyone thinking it is rubbish.
A physical copy of the first photograph
Computers, social media and our phones now all mean that our photographs tend not to be printed out. However, be sure you make a physical copy on the first photograph, or photographs, of your baby. Keep it somewhere safe, where it won’t get damaged. Don’t keep this copy out in the bedroom either, even in a photo frame. Sunlight can fade photographs. That way, even if you lose your digital copies of these photos in the future, you will still have a physical one.