Inside: Treasure memories of your little ones with these baby must-have keepsakes. Perfect gift idea for Mother’s Day!
Homemade Baby Keepsake Gifts for Mom
As a mom to small children, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day cleaning diaper messes, feeding baby, chasing toddlers, and stressing to keep up with ALL THE THINGS…after little-to-no sleep each night.
I get it. You just want to SURVIVE this stage of motherhood.
But as I’ve learned myself, if you don’t make time to enjoy the little things and make memories — despite the chaos — you’ll soon wonder where the years have gone!
Looking back at the last few years as a stay-at-home and work-at-home mom with back-to-back pregnancies, I certainly tried to do the best that I could along the way. Breastfeeding and caring for babies, dealing with toddler tantrums and sibling rivalry — parenting alone while my spouse traveled for work for days.
The days were LONG and HARD.
Sure we did the occasional crafts and toddler activities, but through those hectic years, I didn’t have time or the best organizational skills to preserve most of them.
I regret not having more little handprint keepsakes to add to my memory box.
If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic too…or just want to plan ahead and create lasting memories to look back on, I’ve rounded up some really creative ways to treasure baby memories and milestones that will warm your heart for mother’s day or any other time of year. You can do these yourself or bookmark for your partner!
14+ Ways to Make Memories With Baby Keepsake Projects
If you’re low on time like any mom of a baby and toddler, there’s no easier way to start creating memories than with a simple handprint activity you can convert into a special keepsake. We did keepsakes for Christmas and they were a huge hit!
Handprint & Footprint Craft Keepsake Ideas
You can easily create a really special gift for mom with paper and paint like this lovely flower handprint that also works as a card, or these beautiful flower footprints to quickly bring a smile to her face.
Add a heartfelt poem like this adorable Butterfly Footprint idea or this “Walk with me mama” footprint poem to look back on with joy.
Unique DIY Baby Keepsake Ideas
Need something extra special that will melt mom’s heart? These unique handprint and footprint keepsakes should do the trick:
Handprint flower picture frame
Baby-made LOVE sign (Source: Pinterest)
Handprint and footprint pot holders
Salt Dough, Clay and Tile Baby Keepsakes
Looking for something a little sturdier to give mom? Preserve memories with your baby with any of the below ideas that will be sure to stand the test of time:
Salt dough handprint and footprint keepsake
Note: To preserve the color in these salt dough and clay keepsakes, be sure to cover with sealing paint or glass when complete!
Whatever you choose, start early so you have more memories to look back on over the years. This is something I wish I had done sooner.
And remember perfection is not the goal. Sure you want to actually have the crafts preserved, but the idea in putting together these special keepsakes with baby is to create happy memories to look back on as your little ones become big kids. That will be the best gift for a new mom to cherish through the years.
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Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.
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