“Precious one. So small, so sweet. Dancing in on angel’s feet. Straight from heaven’s brightest star, what a miracle you truly are!”
When I sit down to write a blog about a newborn, I can’t help but also think of baby books. But the thought tends to stop there.
Not today. As the thought popped in my head, I couldn’t help but also wonder about their history. When did people start noting all the fun milestones and intimate details of infancy?
According to Janet Golden, a historian at Rutgers-Camden, baby books began mass production in the 1910s in America. At that time, there were more expensive, bound versions as well as cheaper, paper pamphlet versions. They grew in popularity in the following years.
However, notes about babies didn’t magically begin in 1910. There were a number of detailed accounts and child studies prior to then. In most cases, though, these notes were more for scientific purposes and curiosities. As medicines and sciences improved, so did the health and wellbeing of children.
By the 1900s, it was more likely that your children would survive. Expectations shifted. It makes sense that baby books should appear around this time. We could now embrace the life and experience of childhood! We could anticipate a future for our children.
As the years have passed, we have seen yet another shift… to blogs and online documentation and sharing. As you sit here reading this blog, you are partaking in that cultural and technological shift that has become a wonderful tool for families.
I am excited to share these images of sweet, little Adeline. This beautiful baby girl was born on December 21 and is a precious gift for her mom and dad. I want to extend the largest of congratulations to them. It is such an honor to be part of the early moments in a newborn’s life. To help their parents capture their child’s beauty, their size, their expressions.