Time flies when you’re living out your life’s purpose, surrounded by love and attention from your little bundles of joy that just can’t seem to stop growing for a second and let you admire them just a little bit longer. Yes, kids grow up and move into adulthood sooner than you expect, and if you don’t prepare and commemorate each and every moment, you might end up losing what’s left of their childhood.

That’s why creating a few unique keepsakes is the best way to preserve those precious memories of when they were just wee babies, and safeguard the feeling of happiness and bliss forever. Here are five baby keepsakes that capture lasting memories.

Build a time capsule filled with joy

If you are looking for a great way to preserve your kid’s favorite belongings (which are actually your favorites) in one place and keep them safe until one day you peek inside together when they’re all grown up, then building a time capsule is the perfect choice.

And it’s easy as one, two, three – simply line a box with a colorful paper, preferably in a baby pastel hue, and fill it with valuable mementos. These can be baby shoes, socks, their favorite toy or blanket, or anything else that holds a special place in your heart and doesn’t fail to bring a tear to your eye.

Turn your baby’s clothes into plush toys

You might not have known that this can actually be done, but you don’t have to put away your baby’s clothes for good once they no longer fit – you can turn those sweet little socks and overalls into a fluffy teddy bear, or any other animal your kid likes. This one requires a bit more time and effort, but it will be worth it 100%.

So get creative and use different materials, colors, and ornaments to create your baby’s favorite plush animal. Not only is this an amazing way to preserve their clothes (in a sense), but you will also give your child something of true sentimental value. Plus, you can cuddle with it when nobody’s looking.

Frame everything and display it proudly

There is nothing that speaks to the heart and soul like a nostalgic photo of your loved ones. So if you want to preserve some lifelong memories, you better get into the habit of snapping a photo every day, because kids tend to grow up way too fast for our liking.

Once you have enough pictures of your baby you can put them in beautiful custom photo frames and display them proudly throughout the house, making sure every room has at least one frame gracing the wall, the windowsill, or the side table. Putting photos around the house is a beautiful way to keep loving memories alive.

Save a special place for your munchkin’s favorite storybook

Stories are a vital part of growing up, and no matter if it’s a boy or a girl, your little munchkin is bound to have their favorite bedtime (or daytime for that matter) story they enjoyed listening to you narrate as they doze off into dreamland. So don’t give it away when they start growing up; take it to your bedroom instead and keep it on your bedside table for when you want to reminisce about those precious moments together.

Wear a matching bracelet to your baby’s necklace

Celebrating and signifying the birth of your child can be done in a myriad of ways, and giving your baby a necklace boasting a short personal note she or he will wear around their neck for years to come is a wonderful way to symbolize your bond. While the necklace is for the baby, you can wear a matching personalized bracelet boasting the birthdate or name of your child – this way you will always have something to remind you of that special day your baby came to this world.

Children grow up so fast, don’t they? While that part is inevitable, you can preserve the memory of when they were little by holding onto unique keepsakes that will forever remind you of your most cherished moments together.

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