Posted: May 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Babies respond best to familiar faces they know and trust. Combining words with photos of loved ones to create this simple, DIY photo book is a fun and creative way to make your baby's first book. This one is sure to become your family's new favorite read!

Reading together is one of the best ways to snuggle and bond with your little one. Take that time together to a whole new sweetness level with this adorable-as-can-be homemade book idea. Using a small photo book and a few favorite photos, you'll have your child's new favorite book — and family keepsake — in no time!

What you'll need

  • A small photo album (these are sometimes called brag booksTarget, $2).
  • A handful of photos of loved ones. (It's best to use photos that have just one person in each photo. Consider family, friends, day care provider and friends and people you love who live far away.) 
  • A black sharpie

Baby's first book assembly

What you'll do

  1. Pick a simple opener that you'll repeat on every page of the book. Some great examples include: I love, This is, Here is and _____ loves me.
  2. If it fits, write the phrase in the same spot on every picture using finger spaces between each word, a period or an exclamation point at the end of the sentence and only capitalizing the first word in the sentence and names.
  3. We love using your handwriting in these books. It's fun to see and look back on in later years. But if you'd rather, you can also print your words on light paper and cut them into 1-inch strips, the length of your photo.
  4. Share the book with your little one and enjoy her delight. Every once in awhile, consider running your finger across the words as you read them out loud. This will help promote her reading readiness as she swoons for her new book!

Reading baby's first book

One More thought^ If you'd rather make a book digitally, Pint Size Productions offers personalized board books for $22!

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