February 21, 2022 7 min read
True or False: It's better to give than to receive.
One of the best baby gifts I ever received was a set of milestone markers. But since it IS better to give than to receive, I'm about to gift you a mom's perspective on our milestone markers, including all the pros and cons for each. That way, you can choose what's right for you!
Becoming a parent is truly one of the most incredible things, but it also leaves you riding a wild wave of emotions every single day. When you find out that you have a new baby on the way, we instantly seem to go into planning mode and want to have all of the things baby-related within our grasp for whenever their magical arrival finally comes. It’s a fun time and exciting as all these new feelings wash over you.
After having two little boys, I can candidly say that having baby milestone markers on hand would be at the top of my list if I were to ever do it all again.
Yes, diapers, that amazing chair that rocks them to sleep, and a sound machine that mimics the womb are all important, too. However, capturing the memories on camera to have and to hold for the rest of your life (yes, just like getting married!) is something you will cherish long after you have already donated the uber fancy stroller that you had to have. Promise.
This is how I look at it: baby milestone markers are sort of the modern-day, much easier version of a baby book. I’m embarrassed to say that our baby books are half-completed to this very day. We'll get there. Someday. But this is where baby milestone markers come in as a total game-changer.
Not only are they oh so cute, but baby milestone markers are the easiest way to capture important moments in time, and to always know how old your little one was when they happened. Easy peasy.
You can also measure baby's growth against the milestone markers. One month their milestone card might cover their entire belly, and a few months later it's easy to see how much that belly has grown.
I'm also a big believer that milestone markers are the perfect excuse to carve some time out to take pictures of your baby. I know someday when I'm older (and grayer), that I'll be so appreciative that I took the time to do this. These are moments in time that we can't repeat, that we won't get back, and someday I'll be so grateful to have these baby photos. I already feel guilty for not taking enough photos, but at least I can minimize those feelings moving forward.
And if you are unsure about what kinds of milestones to capture we have a month-by-month guide starting HERE with month one, that outlines physical, emotional, and social milestones to be looking for.
Once you have decided to incorporate baby milestone markers into your routine, the next question to answer is: which kind do you choose?
We make 3 different kinds of baby milestone markers, but there are so many more options. Today, we’re going to do a deep dive into the pros and cons of the ones we make (baby milestone cards, baby milestone blocks, and printable milestone markers) so that you can make the best decision for yourself and your growing family.
You can shop baby milestone cards here!
Cons: Our baby milestone cards take you from month one through baby’s first year, so if you plan on taking milestone photos after your little love turns one, you will want something that will stretch further into their childhood. (Keep reading below about our milestone blocks, I think they might be just what you need.)
You can shop for baby milestone block here!
Cons: Our baby milestone blocks are the biggest and heaviest out of the three milestone marker collections, making them slightly challenging to transport if you are planning on taking milestone photos outside your home. For example, you might not want to carry them in your backpack on a hike Instead, you would want to opt for our milestone cards or printables if you're planning photos on-the-go.
You can shop for printable baby milestones here!
Cons: The only con for our printable baby milestones is that they aren’t as durable as our other options. If baby decides to grab the printed milestone marker and put it in their mouth, you will need to re-print it. Thankfully, that is super easy to do!
While I might be partial to the milestone markers we make, my mama skills would need some work if I didn't give you all the options to help you make your own decision. Please keep in mind that some of these milestone markers I have tried with my own kids, and some are just based on my opinions...
I hope that you found my baby milestone markers pro and con list helpful in making your decision about which one is best for you and your growing family. Once you have made your decision and have your baby milestone markers in your hands, check out my guide for must take lifestyle baby photos.
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