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Baby Memory Books for Alternative Families

Updated February 21, 2017

Families come in all different shapes and sizes, but many baby memory books come in a one-size-fits-all arrangement and layout. Single parents, step families and gay and lesbian parents may want traditional baby books that can be customised to their families. Baby memory books can also be handmade, either by the baby's parent or as a gift to the expecting family. Choosing the right baby memory book can allow you to keep those precious memories of your baby's first year while celebrating your alternative family.

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Scrapbooking

Creative parents, grandparents or anyone in the family's extended circle can opt to create a one-of-a-kind memory book using scrapbooking techniques. The open-ended nature of scrapbooking allows you to create layouts and include information that suits your family, including pages for donors, surrogates or birth parents. Single parents can opt for layouts that feature grandparents, friends, aunts and uncles. If you choose this option, be sure to include the common baby memory book information, including a family tree, dates and stories about baby's firsts, and plenty of space for photos.

Versatile Baby Books

Many retailers offer baby books that rely on a three-hole binding or a post binding. You can open these albums and remove pages that do not suit your family. Some companies even offer additional page packages that are customised for adopting families, families with same-sex parents or single parents, like the Story of Me. You may have more selection in cover styles, pages and memory book organisation if you opt for one of these baby memory books instead of one aimed directly at alternative families.

Speciality Baby Memory Books

Your local alternative bookstore or online bookstore may offer a small selection of speciality baby memory books. Options include Our World Our Family and the Making of Me. Single mothers may find speciality books, including My Baby and Me, available at mainstream retailers. Some baby books are aimed at any alternative family and simply avoid gendered language and references. One option of this sort is And Then There Was Me. You may need to specify your family arrangement when ordering alternative family baby memory books online, depending upon the type of book.

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About the Author

With a master's degree in art history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Michelle Powell-Smith has been writing professionally for more than a decade. An avid knitter and mother of four, she has written extensively on a wide variety of subjects, including education, test preparation, parenting, crafts and fashion.

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