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We were given this before the birth of my son, and I was overjoyed to receive it! It is a beautiful book with a padded cover and ribbon placemark and has lots of gorgeous Peter Rabbit illustrations. It comes in unisex colours of white and yellows, so would be suitable for both flavours!
I thought it made a lovely keepsake of the first year, and some of the titles brought me to tears as I waited for our much longed for baby. In particular, the "me in the baby bath" and "me in my pajamas" sections were so exciting and touching, to imagine my real, own baby doing these things!!
It has lots of spaces for photos and for written information underneath. It starts with pages for- About My Parents and Waiting For Me to record your thoughts and feelings, then moves onto My Arrival and Birth Story and the first few days. A particularly interesting page to look back on is the one that records how often they woke up the first night home!
You then take prints of their hands and feet at two weeks (no paint provided, you do this yourself) talk about their name and their family, then it goes on to record the stages of development such as moving, talking and eating. You have pages towards the end for every 3 months, then you take another print of their hands and feet at one year old- it is amazing to see the difference! Finally you record your feelings at the end of the year and there is also a pocket to keep scan pictures in.
I thought this was a great gift and I really enjoyed filling it in (When I had time!) it will be a lovely thing to look back on over the years, and although I think it will interest me more than my son, he will probably enjoy hearing about the activities and milestones of his first year as he grows up.
The Original Peter Rabbit Baby Book
My First year
When my daughter was born I did what a lot of first time parents do, a whole list of different things to do everything absolutely right, including make a record of everything my daughter did and when. Many people told me that I wouldn't have time to fill in everything in a baby book (and they were right - there are still many blanks!) though I wanted to try to make a record so that my daughter could look back on it one day like I looked back on my own baby book.
Before I had got around to buying one, though, my husbands work all pooled together and brought my daughter a couple of gifts, one including 'The Original Peter Rabbit Baby Book: First Year'. I was ecstatic!
Beatrix Potter grew up in Victorian England and studied art by home teaching. She loved learning and was always sketching and painting the world as only she saw it, her brothers many pets often being the subjects of her wonderful paintings which was her inspiration for many of her much loved characters later on in her life.
In 1893, Beatrix Potter wrote 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' and privately published the one story which was originally written for a young friend of hers who had been ill. It wasn't until 1902 that Frederick Warne and Co. published over 8000 initial copies of the story which grew in both printed copies as well as her own imagination, bringing more characters into her much loved stories.
The popularity of Beatrix Potter's stories and characters has grown immensely over the years and Peter Rabbit itself is the oldest licensed character in the world today.
Peter Rabbit is a crafty young rabbit who wears human clothes and often gets into trouble. In the very first book, Peter sneaks into Mr. McGregor's garden and eats as many vegetables as he can before Mr. McGregor chases him, loosing his new clothes in the process which end up on Mr. McGregors scarecrow.
The rest of the Peter Rabbit saga continues much the same way with fun and excitement on every page and is one of the greatest loved children's characters of all time.
Straight away this baby book jumps out at you with its padded hard back cover and beautiful sketches of Peter Rabbit on the front and back. Its main colours are crème and a faint yellow which makes it perfect for either a little boy or little girl. These colours and sketches go throughout the book on every page with wonderful sketches of not only Peter Rabbit but some of his friends too, many relevant to what is actually on the page, for example on the visitors page there is an image of a rabbit knocking on the door carrying a basket of gifts. The book has a pale yellow ribbon securely attached which can mark what page you are on safely.
The layout of the book is as expected from a typical baby book and easy to follow. There is no contents page though is a small introduction to what is inside the book.
The first couple of pages is before the baby is born, allowing space for a photo of the babies parents and name ideas section alongside a space for the prenatal scans. This space is a little small for the scans I had so I have put one scan in a small envelope here and the other scan at the back of the book where there is extra room for more information and keepsakes.
The next few pages cover the arrival of the baby and settling in. The first pages have space for the first photo and general birth information with plenty of space to record the birth exactly (well not the scary bits of course!). There is then a well laid out couple of pages of the baby's first few days with another space for a photo, visito information and sleep patterns. Like on the previous couple of pages, there is always plenty of room for you to write extra information such as what is most memorable to you and parents first impressions. There is also a full page to put your baby's first hand and foot print. The pages are thick enough so that it will not go through the page and ruin the rest of the book if you use something to spread on the baby's hand to make the prints. I actually took a photo of my daughters hand and foot against my husbands to show the size difference as I thought that was much easier than cleaning my wiggling daughter! Next to this page is a whole page for you to record all the gifts your baby got when born.
The next couple of pages focus on the meaning of the baby's name and the family tree with room for a photo with a caption of 'me at (age)' underneath.
Then the book goes on to pages which are more for your childs achievements. Nearly every page, or sometimes every other page, has room for a photo (all photo spaces are horizontal). There are many sections to fill in the date and babies age for things such as first smile, first time baby rolled over etc. Personally, though, I think they could have added much more to these as I have seen other books with a lot more things to fill in. I have added extra to the back pages though so there is plenty of room left if you do want to add more in. There are also larger sections to write comments for certain things, for example my daughter said mum first and then dad a week later and it only asked for 'first time I said your name' so I put the rest in the comments section of that page.
We then move on to first experiences, with spaces for how old the baby was, and the date when doing certain activities such as swimming, first party etc. These pages don't have any room for photos unfortunately as one section is first holiday and it would have been good to add a photo there, though I guess that's what photo albums are for!
There is a special occasions two page spread where I have added Christmas and Christening to though there is only two pages here which I would have loved more of this section.
We then go back to babies firsts with first time for different meals, bathtimes and bedtimes, with more spaces for photos and spaces to write the childs favourite toys in each situation. After these pages you have playtime pages with sections such as first games and people that make me laugh. . These pages are something and nothing really in my opinion though does have more spaces to add photos.
Next you have a couple of pages of health and teeth records, with spaces to write information about what date each immunization was, allergies, doctors name - basically things you can find in your little red book. There is a full page for teeth with a diagram which you can link each tooth with the date your child grew them. I filled in the first one here though soon after my daughter wouldn't allow me to look in her mouth and it was quite difficult to actually see what tooth on the diagram was coming through!
The next pages are not as in depth as the others with four pages simply for a photo and weight charting for 3,6,9 and 12 months. There are two full empty pages to put your childs first scribble and more hand and footprint pages before two pages covering the first birthday.
At the end of the book there are blank pages to add your own comments, stick in memorable keepsakes such as newspaper cuttings, scans etc with a large pocket at the very back to put things in.
The RRP price of this book is £9.99 which is average for baby books and I would rather buy this one than others of the same price.
As far as baby books go, this one is great to look at - the beautiful pictures from Beatrix Potter gives it a lovely finish throughout the book and there are lots of things to fill in. I have seen fuller books with more information in them though to be honest, although with the best intentions, a bigger book would just have more not filled in as seriously I ran out of time! I have managed to fill in quite a bit of this book so hopefully it will be a lovely memorable keepsake for my daughter when she is older.