Recording events in your pregnancy development and charting baby milestones will provide you with a priceless reminder of those special moments in years to come. When you are struggling with morning sickness and feeling exhausted in the early stages of pregnancy, you might not feel like you'll ever want a reminder of how awful you felt! However, photos of your growing bump and the feeling of your baby's first kick are precious memories that you'll want to remember when your kids start getting older and becoming more independent.
Whilst everything will seem very fresh in your mind at first and you'll wonder how any mother could forget the exact date of her baby's first smile, after months of new milestones being achieved on a weekly basis the details do naturally start to fade. Then, if you become pregnant again, you'll have a whole new experience of pregnancy, birth and those early days (this time with a toddler in tow!) and it soon becomes difficult to remember exactly what happened when with each child.
Baby development can be both confusing and frustrating. Whilst your first may have started walking at 11 months, your second may still be satisfied with crawling at 14 months. You probably remember all those conversations with other mums about what your babies were doing at each stage and the secret pride and satisfaction you felt when your little one seemed to be achieving their baby milestones earlier than the others! Well, just as children from different families differ in their progress, so do children within the same family.
This is totally normal and nothing to do with your parenting skills! All babies develop at their own pace, but if you are really concerned about something then of course, speak to your Health Visitor or GP for reassurance.
So to remember all those special events that occur in your pregnancy development (such as getting a positive pregnancy test result, finding out your due date, seeing the first scan, feeling the baby kick etc) and the many baby milestones that your newborn will achieve in the first year and beyond (first visitors, first bath, first smile, first tooth etc) many people write everything down in a baby book and store mementos in a keepsake box. Recording everything in the 'Milestones' section of your sprog blogs family profile will allow you to share pregnancy and baby development (including photos, dates and notes) with as many or as few people as you wish.
Simply add 'bump' or your new baby as a new family member in order to start adding their milestones (pick a milestone from the list or add your own unique one). They'll then be displayed in a chart that will eventually scroll across the page on a timeline as more details are added and your baby gets older. You can specify who has access to view this section by adjusting your 'Profile privacy settings' from your profile page e.g.
'Family only', 'Friends & family' or 'All site members'. If you'd rather keep things more private, select the 'Nobody' option and just send a personal invite to your parents for example, (go to 'Invite others' on your profile page and choose either 'view only' or 'edit' access) - they'll receive an e-mail with unique login details so that they can access your family profile page. This is also really useful if they have looked after the baby over the weekend and want to upload some photos to your page.
Start recording your pregnancy and baby milestones now - you'll be amazed at how quickly time flies when you're caring for a newborn and you'll be so glad in months and years to come when you have lots of lovely memories to look back on!