Pregnancy can be the most special nine months you’ll ever experience (outside of actually meeting your baby). So, naturally, you probably want to capture as much of it as you can.
From the traditional frames and journals to funky pregnancy crafts and photoshoot accessories, there’s no shortage of options.
Here are 11 pregnancy keepsakes that you can gift yourself this Mother’s Day or all year around.
Pregnancy Keepsakes as Gifts
You can buy pregnancy keepsakes for yourself or add them to your wish list for special occasions:
- Mother’s Day (you can celebrate before giving birth!)
- Baby shower
You may also select keepsakes to gift other family members:
- For Father’s Day (for the dad or grandfather-to-be)
- For the grandmother-to-be on Mother’s Day
- For your partner’s birthday
- For the godmother or godfather-to-be
#1 Triple Sonogram Frame
Most people put their baby’s sonogram photo on the fridge or in a photo frame—but why not display more? This photo frame has space for each trimester’s sonogram. Since they should be a perfect fit for most sonogram photos, you won’t need to worry about cutting or measuring it. Your keepsake can be displayed on your desk or on the wall.
Promising review: “This is a really sweet little picture frame. Beautiful and simple. My husband gave me this on my birthday about a month before our first baby was due. It was so thoughtful and unexpected, I was really touched. I’ve given it as a gift to a few of my girlfriends when I found out they were expecting—everyone loves it!”
#2 Pearhead Pregnancy Journal
If you’re someone who journals, you’re probably looking forward to writing an individual journal to document your pregnancy. We have the perfect option for you! The Pearhead pregnancy journal is divided into sections, allowing you to write about and add photos to each stage. The guided sections make writing a fun, while pocket folders provide a perfect place to store your mementos.
Promising review: “This is a really nice pregnancy journal. It includes a lot of space and writing space to document everything. It has tons of stuff in it that is related to pregnancy, and also includes some great checklists. It also has spots for pictures and ultrasounds. I really like how durable it is! Highly recommend.”
#3 Studio Oh! Guided Pregnancy Journal
If you’re a creative person, you may prefer a journal with more visual elements. The Studio Oh! book features beautiful illustrations and offers visual as well as journaling prompts. For example, you can fill in the baby family tree and checkmark question prompts. Helpful pregnancy tips also are featured throughout the book.
Promising review: “I wanted to be able to capture all that I was feeling throughout my pregnancy. This book could not be more perfect! It provides prompts relevant to both mom and dad from pre-pregnancy to delivery, family history/tree, calendars, what to expect, some advice, and it even has space for a few pics and memorabilia. “
#4 Pregnancy Journal for Dad
While some pregnancy journals may include a few questions for dad, most have prompts for the mother and thoughts or symptoms she’s feeling. This journal gives dad a chance to make a keepsake, too! Sample questions include what type of father he wants to be and what food he’s craving. It also includes 12 stickers to use in the book or on your belly.
Promising review: “We absolutely Love this memory book! My husband and I have been using it for our first baby, and we could not be happier with it! It includes entry spaces to record special memories from both mom and dad.”
#5 Baby Keepsake Box
One of the most unique pregnancy keepsakes is the baby box, which looks similar to an advent calendar box. With 9 drawers and 8 files, you can store your baby documents, photos, letters and items (ex. first teddy bear, first shoes, etc.). The box is made to last with acid-free paper and a yearly birthday survey. Whether you’re looking for a baby keepsake organization system or just something cute to pass down, this memento box is sure to be cherished by the whole family.
Promising review: “Previously ordered one of these about two years ago for our first child and now expecting our second—so I went ahead and purchased another. The side with all of the boxes is PERFECT for all the little keepsakes that won’t fit into a folder or photo album.”
#6 Recording of Baby’s Heartbeat
A beating heart is a sign of life and what’s more special than a keepsake of some of your baby’s first heartbeats? Using a fetal doppler and a sound recorder, you can play it back for anyone, any time you’d like. First, make sure to choose a model with an output. Then, starting at 12 weeks, apply a glob of ultrasound gel to your belly and use the probe to detect a heartbeat. Once you’ve found it, plug your recorder into the fetal doppler’s output and hit record. Play your recording for family members and save it to show your baby once she’s grown up.
Promising review: “I got it as a gift for my cousin when she was 14 weeks pregnant. She is in love with it! The clarity of the sound is amazing.”
#7 Grandbaby Frame
Looking for a gift for the grandparents-to-be? Consider announcing the news with this adorable sonogram grandbaby frame. It features a poem about how your baby is excited to meet your parents protected by a white scalloped wood frame.
Promising review: “This is a beautiful frame. I bought two of them and both my parents and my father-in-law loved it. This frame is how we surprised them that they were going to be grandparents.”
#8 Letters to My Baby
If you’re looking for a keepsake that your child can enjoy as she grows up, check out this prompted letter writing a book. There are 12 envelopes: 10 containing statements for you to complete and two for you fill out as desired. After you’re finished, sign, postdate and seal the letter for your child to read years down the road. This is also a keepsake fathers can enjoy too! (There’s also a version for grandparents to fill out).
Promising review: “We asked everyone to write a letter for our daughter to be opened at her high school graduation. Then her Dad and I each used one of these books to give her even more words of encouragement that she can open at different periods of her life.”
#9 Belly Cast
Looking for a keepsake/DIY project combo? This kit includes everything you need to make a cast of your belly. Simply follow the instructions to create a mold and let it dry for 5-10 minutes. After letting it completely dry for about a day, unleash your creativity and decorate it using paints, stickers or photos. Similar to a real cast, you and your family can also sign it and write messages.
Promising review: “My family had a good time doing this together. Our 7-year-old was especially excited and into it. Our 3-year-old was excited too, but she’s 3. We are not very crafty or artistic people and we pulled it off pretty well I think.”
#10 Pregnancy and Newborn Baby Box
This baby box is like a jewelry box only with spaces for specific child mementos. During pregnancy, you can use it to store your sonogram photos and any letters or messages to your baby. After birth, use the small holes to keep your baby’s first teeth and use the separated boxes to store locks of hair, first spoon, etc.
Promising review: “I ordered this for my son and daughter in law who are expecting in early May. Smiles and squeals of delight came out upon opening their gift. It is a beautiful box for all of those special keepsakes of our newest addition.”
#11 Keepsake Pregnancy Photoshoot Accessories
One of the easiest ways to consistently track your pregnancy is through photos. Of course, you can simply take a photo every week using your phone. However, there are a few ways you can jazz up frequent photo shoots to make them even more special:
- Photo cards for weeks 6-40, each containing the phrase “my baby is the size of a…”. Get the pack for $22.99.
- 16 belly stickers for between weeks 8 to 40. Get pack for $10.49.
- Chalkboard pregnancy tracker to pose with. Get it for $24.99.
- Pregnancy announcement photo prop kit. Get it for $12.99.
- Silly/funny face belly stickers. Get the pack for $12.99.
- Wood milestone age blocks for weeks, months and years. Choose a grey or wood-stained design starting at $21.97.
- Maternity gowns to show off belly during photos. Various colors starting at $23.99.
What keepsakes are you collecting during pregnancy? Comment your ideas below. If you have any pregnant friends, share this post so they can capture the magical moments, too!