Cherishing Every Step: Celebrating Milestones and Documenting Baby’s Firsts

Written by: Kelsie Grossen



Time to read 3 min

As parents, we get a front row seat to our baby's first everything! The first smile, the initial wobbly steps, first words – these are not just mere moments but cherished milestones that mark the incredible development of our little ones. Not everything can be captured or celebrated right when its happening, but if you are able to catch these wonderful moments here are some fun ideas on what to do with them to make them even more special! 

Documenting Baby's Firsts

Create a Baby Journal

A baby journal is a great way to document all the precious firsts. From the first smile to the first tooth, jot down these moments when they happen. Include dates, little anecdotes, and even stick some photos to make it a visual delight. This does require organization and time, so if you're like me who wants to remember all these things buuut not sure you want to keep a journal, jotting down dates of these milestones in your phone notes is the next best thing! Whatever way you do it, it will be great! 

An open baby journal with hand and foot prints.


Sometimes this can be the hardest one especially if youre trying to catch those first steps or first crawl, these little humans are fast! But if youre able to get those shots, you can create a visual timeline of these milestone photos. Another option is keep first moment pics in a folder saved on your phone thats separate from just everyday pictures of your babe. This also helps as a journal too because the date and time will already be there for you when you take the picture or video! You can title the folder as your childs firsts and watch as it fills with wonderful memories Whether it's the first time your baby sits up, stands, or grabs onto your finger, these photos will serve as timeless reminders of these special moments.

A baby laying in a basket with a "three months" sign pinned to their outfit.

Create a Memory Box

Keep a memory box filled with mementos from each milestone. Tiny baby shoes, hospital bracelets, and handwritten notes can be included. This box will become a treasure trove of memories that you and your child can revisit in the years to come. 

Baby memory box filled with first pair of baby shoes, a jacket, and foot prints.

Scrapbooking / Photo Books

Not sure if people still do this one, so this might be throwing it back to the early 2000’s and earlier. My mom wasnt very crafty so we didnt get one of these, but a lot of my friends had one. An updated version to this would be chatbooks! The hardest part will be narrowing your pictures down to a select few, but once you have it finished it will be so fun for you and your family to look back on.

A baby looking at the scrapbook with photos of their parents holding them.

Why Celebrate Milestones?

Acknowledge Growth and Development

Celebrating milestones is a way of acknowledging the remarkable growth and development of your baby. From those tiny, curled-up newborn days to the moment they take their first steps, each phase is filled with unique accomplishments. 

Builds Parent-Child Connection

Celebrating milestones strengthens the bond between parents and their little ones. It's an opportunity for shared joy and excitement, creating lasting memories that will be cherished by both parent and child. 

Boosts Parental Confidence

Parenting can be challenging, especially for new parents. Celebrating milestones provides a sense of accomplishment, boosting parental confidence. It's a reminder that you're doing a great job in nurturing and supporting your baby's growth.

Encourages Positive Development

Positive reinforcement is crucial for a baby's overall development. By celebrating milestones, you are encouraging a positive environment that fosters a sense of achievement and motivates further exploration and learning.

Celebrating milestones and documenting baby's firsts is not just a sentimental practice; it's a way of preserving the magic of the beginning of their life. These moments go by fast, and before you know it, your baby will be off exploring the world independently. So, take the time to savor these precious milestones, create lasting memories, and revel in the joy of parenting. After all, it's the little firsts that make for the biggest and most heartwarming memories.