Best New Baby Book 2019 - A Story of YOU

The Story of a New Kind of Baby Book

In Family, Pregnancy by Punita Rice

The story of “A Story of YOU” baby book

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When I was filling in a page of my younger son’s baby book one day, I thought I was going to lose my mind. Because what I wanted was to jot down some notes about what my son liked and disliked at age 1… but the baby book had no room allocated for such matters.

Instead, I found myself flipping through ridiculous pages with teeth diagrams and doctor visit records (right, because when my son is an adult, maybe a new parent, reading through the baby book his own mom painstakingly made for him, THAT’S what he’s going to want to read about in his baby book… Exact dates each tooth emerged, and immunization records. WHAT!?).

I basically had to squeeze notes about my son’s favorite books and songs in, next to spots designated for descriptions of his dentist’s office.

(WHAT EVEN ARE THESE BABY BOOK QUESTIONS!?)

There had to be a better way. A baby book should not be full of nonsense.

Instead, a baby book should just focus on the things that matter in the story of your baby (until they’re not a baby anymore… We’ll say that’s at 13, AND NOT AT AGE 5 THANKYOUVERYMUCH, OLD BABY BOOKS!).

A baby book should be a place to record the important stuff from birth until at least 13. And it should be a place to record the memories, celebrations, ans firsts (that can be recorded in an intuitive, chronological order) that matter, without a bunch of clutter.


Enter “A Story of YOU – A Simple Baby Book of the Important Stuff from Birth to Age 13

Best New Baby Book 2019
A Story of YOU – A Simple Baby Book of the Important Stuff from Birth to Age 13

So, since I couldn’t find a baby book that met my needs, I decided to make one, and make it available for other families that hated the existing baby book options.

A Story of YOU” (the name of the baby book I’m going to insist is the better path) is the best baby book for new parents, imo.

It’s simple, and focuses on helping you keep track of the most important stuff from birth to age 13 (when your baby becomes a teen!).


Why “A Story of YOU” is a new kind of baby book

A better question is, why are so many existing baby books so weird?

Unlike most baby books that include a ton of confusing and unnecessary pages and prompts, this simple baby book gives you what matters: space for recording your baby’s important milestones and favorite things and celebrations and firsts… Without a bunch of filler.

This baby book was designed thoughtfully by a teacher and mom of two (me).

I had previously filled out two different kinds of popular baby books for my kids and through both processes found myself thinking, WHAT EVEN ARE THESE QUESTIONS AND PAGES!?, before eventually designing what I think a baby book should be.

And truth be told, even this baby book might not have exactly what every mom or dad is looking for (it’s not pizza, it can’t please everyone), BUT it comes pretty close.


What’s Inside

Here are some of the kinds of pages in the world’s greatest baby book

  • First days at home with the baby 
  • Memories from the first few weeks
  • Two page spreads for each month of the first year, with room for a picture, and likes/dislikes
  • Fun “about” spreads (to record memories and firsts and information about your child) for EACH year from age 1 to age 13 
  • Birthday celebration pages for every year with a space for a photo 
  • And a page for you to write your child a letter each year

Why you should buy this baby book

…Seriously, there’s no other baby book out there like this. (I know, because I’ve looked.)

This is also probably the perfect baby book for second time parents (first time parents too, definitely, but they might not appreciate just how much better this is, without having suffered through regular baby books first!).

Some of that was a little tongue in cheek but for real: Get this baby book for every expecting mom or dad you know. You’re welcome.

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About the Author
Punita Rice

Punita Rice

Punita C. Rice, Ed.D is a mother, educator, writer, and founder of ISAASE. She is the author of Toddler Weaning: Deciding to Gradually Wean your Toddler & Making it Happen, and the forthcoming South Asian American Experiences in Schools: Brown Voices from the Classroom, and blogs about motherhood and being intentional about being a happy mom at Happy Mom Guide. Her education work centers around multicultural education and equity, and South Asian American experiences in school. You can read more about Punita and her work here.

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