“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
As parents, we are among the (if not, the) most important people in the lives of our children. Never will another person share that special bond we do with them. Becoming a parent is often, but not always a welcomed and desired experience in life. A lifelong commitment — one that surpasses any other commitments. Either way, journaling helps ease parenting, even from pregnancy. Our prompt journals provide parents and parents-to-be with questions, notes and thought suggestions to enable you, save your time, and benefit you in numerous ways.
This may not be as much as a gift to your newborn as it is to you, but it definitely will help your newborn. Your pregnancy is one of the most important phases of your child’s growth and development. Coincidentally, it’s also the phase where a ton of mothers feel alone, emotional, and stressed out. Women are also extremely vulnerable — in terms of their mental health — during their pregnancy. This is when a Baby Journal can help out tremendously, and is even recommended by various psychiatrists. After all, a mother’s healthy development during and after a pregnancy ensures a better childhood for their newborn.
According to the co-author of Life Will Never Be The Same: The Real Mom’s Postpartum Survival Guide and psychologist Diane Sanford, Ph.D., a Baby Journal can help in before and after the birth of your child. Not only does a Baby Journal help you capture intricate details about your pregnancy, it may also help a mother in feeling more lively and satisfied. This is highly likely due to the fact that a journal allows a mother to express their feelings without getting any judgement, and can ease feelings of stress during a period that could feel like an emotional roller coaster. With a better mental state, you’re usually also in an improved physical state, which puts in you a better position for the postpartum phase to take care of your newborn.
The 1st Year
Other than the fact that Baby Journals are great ways to encourage a culture of memory-keeping, there are numerous benefits of keeping one, especially in the younger years of your child’s development. Documenting your journey with your child, as well as your child’s journey, can help to create a better developmental pattern for them, and a strong bond between mother and child. As opposed to your pregnancy being a flurry of emotions and hectic days, a Baby Journal can keep you grounded and more clear-headed on your journey with your little one. Plus, it’s such a cute way to look back on your memories with your child once they’re older. Baby Journals also help in stress management for new mothers, promoting better mental health and in turn, boosting your physical resilience. You might think that keeping a Baby Journal is just another additional chore, and is just another cause for your to-do list to get longer, but it has been proven that Baby Journals can be beneficial to mother and child. Particularly because a Baby Journal can help you in multiple phases of your child’s growth.
Birth to 5 Years
With countless applications and social mediums, a Baby Journal may feel outdated and old-fashioned, but applications and such are pretty limited in their scope. Other than being a gift, a Baby Journal offers great flexibility and durability to a mother wanting to archive her child’s growth.
5 to 12 Years
Journal to Bond
Journal with your child! If you feel like this is making you miss out on time spent with your child instead, do it with them! Ask them what the best moments of that day were, or document an inside joke if you had one. This will also make them thankful of the effort you put in to bond with them and make sure those memories last :) If they’re young, they might not get it. But they would definitely value the effort highly once they can fathom and understand it.