Pictures Pictures Pictures: What To Do With All Those Newborn Photos

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Pearhead Babybook and Shutterfly Photobook

H is our first child, and he’s the first grandchild on both sides of the family, and my husband and sister-in-law are photographers. Needless to say, we could wallpaper our home in pictures of our son. Not that I’m complaining; I absolutely love the photos. However, the inner-organizer in me always wants to do something to make the pictures meaningful, shareable, and presentable.

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Shutterfly Photobook

The wildly popular Shutterfly is a website that enables you to create photobooks, personalized cards, calendars, and other photo gifts. My husband used a coupon to create a free photobook (pictured above) with H’s early pictures. I loved it so much, I replicated it for both sets of grandparents. We used personalized art on the cover: the same “H” in the nursery. Shutterfly is user-friendly, prompt in their delivery, and makes a beautiful product.

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Pearhead Babybook and Bragbooks

I looked long and hard to find a babybook with a contemporary feel. The Pearhead Babybook (pictured above) is just the ticket. This dots pattern is timeless but cool. Best of all, the pages are removable, enabling you to rearrange the book as you see fit. It includes photo corners and photo pages, so even non-scrapbookers wind up with a professional product. I purchased a couple of matching Pearhead brag books (only $9 each!) for H’s two grandmas — not that they need any help in the grandson-bragging department. I love that their brag books match H’s babybook.

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Flickr Photo Sharing

We use Flickr to share photos with family for a couple of reasons. My husband feels safe knowing that if our hard drive was damaged, we’d still be able to access our priceless photos online. I like Flickr because it prevents me from over-sharing on Facebook; I know the people who truly care can access our Flickr images. Flickr’s free account allows you to upload 2 videos and 300MB worth of photos per month.

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CanvasPop Printing

It’s no secret I love CanvasPop. They printed the “H art” in our nursery. I couldn’t help but use them again. This time, they printed our best newborn pic on a giant canvas. It looks great in the nursery. I hear CanvasPop does great things with Instagram pictures as well, but I haven’t tried printing those yet.

Whether you’re a scrapbook-maker or an Instagram-taker, I know you’ll find creative ways to highlight your babe’s pictures without letting them collect digital dust.

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5 Apps for Pregnant and New Moms

I should duct tape my phone to my hand, I use it so much. From sharing videos of my son with family to pinning toddler activities on Pinterest, it’s such a fantastic tool for parenting. I have personal experience with the following five apps, and they rock.

 

Free Menstrual Calendar1. Menstrual Calendar (Free). Many moms (including myself) swear that this app helped them conceive more quickly. Of all similar apps out there, I prefer this one because it’s not as girly and frilly as the others. I’m not interested in tracking my mood with smiley emoticons, but if that’s your thing, more power to you.

Baby Names by Winkpass2. Baby Names by Winkpass (Free). While pregnant, my favorite I-can’t-sleep hobby was browsing baby names. Baby name apps are a fun way to save and rank your favorites. Any free baby name app will have a somewhat limited selection of names. This app is no exception, but it’s well-designed and intuitive. Just don’t be surprised when you wake up the morning after late-night browsing and find that your 2:00am-self thought Zoro was a great girl’s name.

Baby Connect3. Baby Connect ($4.99). As mentioned in the Top 10 Breastfeeding Must-Haves, Baby Connect is a nice way to keep track of your babe’s feedings, along with a myriad of other aspects of your baby’s life. We’ve tracked diaper changes (in the early days), doctor’s visits, and weight. Starting today, I’m tracking naps. The biggest selling point for this app is that my husband can view any information I input and vice versa, but we had to pay $4.99 on each of our phones to access that feature.

Sleep Machine Lite4. Sleep Machine Lite (Free). As I’m sure you know, babies tend to love white noise because it mimics the environment of the womb. My husband discovered this handy-dandy little app. It enables you to choose from a variety of noises including beach, rain, and clock (Can anyone actually sleep to the sound of a clock?). He proudly informed me that H’s precise cocktail for sleep is, “Waves at three-fourths volume and white noise at half volume.” I scoffed at this preposterous claim, until I saw the thing in action. H was out like a light. Sure, it doesn’t work every time, but the more tools in your toolbox, the better.

Nike Training Club5. Nike Training Club (Free). I still pinch myself that this app is free. As Nike describes, the app, “gives you your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere.” For me, “anytime” means when H is actually down for a nap. “Anywhere” means in my living room, because I’m not taking a newborn to the gym. The exercises are short and to-the-point, so if you only have 10 minutes, you’ll still get something out of it. Full-body workouts run 30 or 45 minutes. The app also provides a great excuse to purchase new sports bras and gym shorts.

It’s impossible to wrap up a post about apps without mentioning Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Vine. I use these apps daily to keep in touch with friends, family, and other Wise Mamas like you.

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Twitter’s Vine

Vine Video

Have you heard of Twitter’s new social media service, Vine? Members share 6-second, looping videos. Here’s one of my first tries. Clearly I don’t have a career in film direction in my future. But I got some cupcakes out of the deal. Give me a holler if you join; I’d like to follow you. Oh, and here I am on Twitter. I really think Vine will take off. Thoughts?

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