Why I Design Milestone Blankets
I don’t know about you, but I’m a busy person. When my daughter was a newborn, it felt like every second was filled with some activity (more often than not feeding the baby). I was overwhelmed with taking care of her, making sure the house wasn’t a complete disaster, and trying to return to work full time at a software company. Adding to everything was making sure my dog was well taken care of and given love and attention so she wouldn’t get jealous of the baby, and making sure that I kept up with family and friends… It was a lot.
At the same time, I put a lot of pressure on myself to document that first year of my daughter’s life. Taking everyday pictures was easy. She was so cute and I loved snapping pictures with my phone and some days I’d break out the camera just to document life. And every 19th of the month, I decided that I needed monthly pictures.
I’d seen a few friends take them and post them on social media, and we have a bunch of cards I’ve gotten in the mail of the first year of a child’s life from family and friends. I thought it was the best idea ever, so I was determined to do it. I got a set of blocks and decided that I would take her picture in the same spot every month. We decided to use her glider, and put a special blanket with her name on the back of the chair. That would be her set up and we could look back and watch her grow.
So It Begins
The first month was STRESSFUL. My husband and I were the typical new parents and we were so nervous leaving her in the chair by herself. My husband hovered just out of frame and I took the pictures as fast as I could. I ended up with a few cute shots and was happy with the pictures. The next few months went about the same. She got a bit more interactive and you can see her personality start to come alive those first few months. And then something happened. She got more interested in the world. And the blocks.
Then the next few months were challenging. She wanted to play with the blocks next to her so eventually we gave in and figured it would show off how she was getting bigger. But then she decided that wasn’t enough and she wanted to MOVE. We had been taking pictures every month on a glider. Having a mobile baby with no depth perception wasn’t the best thing. So we had to move her to the floor. And the pictures, they just weren’t the same. So I eventually gave up around month 9 (I know, I was SO CLOSE). I was so frustrated because I wanted to do something cute that I’d be able to keep up with.
The Solution – Milestone Blankets
Eventually, I discovered milestone blankets. Now here’s an idea I can get behind! You can put them on the floor or a bed, or whatever flat surface that works for you, and it’s safe for any child. You can even move it from one location to another month to month and with cropping, you’d never know. Once a baby is mobile, it’s safe to use. Sure, you might have to try to distract them so you can get a picture before they crawl off, but most babies will stay for a few minutes if you have a bright object to catch their attention. I loved the idea of being able to either use props, or just add them in with a photo app later. No more distracting objects unless I wanted to put them in there.
Now, I design all sorts of different milestone blankets so that other parents can easily document their children’s’ growth. Some designs are simple so you can go crazy with crops. Other designs have a theme to show off just how fast little babies grow. Some have names, some do not. I’m always trying to come up with new designs too in order to provide lots of options to my customers. I’ve even made some matching baby bodysuits to go along with them so it’s easy to theme them if that’s how you roll!
What’s your favorite way to document growth?