New parents are kind of obsessed with their baby's wet and dirty diapers because it's the only way to tell if a breastfed baby is getting enough to eat. Since sleep deprivation is a given, logging this information is super helpful. Of course there are tons of iPhone apps that can track this for you, but I've always been more of a pen and paper gal myself. Plus, a physical log can be tucked into baby's keepsake box.
Today I'm sharing a super quick and easy DIY baby log you can make in under 30 minutes. I whipped up a couple while I was (somewhat impatiently) waiting for my wee one to arrive.
1. I used this breast feeding log from Ahhh Designs. But since I wanted to print 2 logs per page, I fiddled with an image of the .pdf until I got this:
I also considered going to Kinkos and having them make copies for me on legal size paper, but I couldn't get the options I wanted using their online ordering system and I didn't really feel like leaving the house anyway.
2. I made 20 copies, printed front and back (so, a total of 4 logs per sheet), to make two books (so, 10 sheets per book). You can do more or less, but there's going to be a limit on how many sheets of paper you can fit through your sewing machine. Maybe you're lucky and have a super fast printer, but mine is leftover from my college days so printing was the most time consuming part of this project.
3. Cut a sheet of scrapbook paper to size for your cover. If you don't want to see the edges of the pages, cut the cover slightly larger than 8.5" x 11".
4. Use a bone folder to fold each sheet and the cover in half width-wise, then stack everything together.
5. Use a sewing machine to sew down the center crease. Don't forget to back stitch at the beginning and end. I used small binder clips to keep everything together. Set your stitch length to somewhere around 3.5 or 4. Don't forget to toss your needle after you're done sewing paper (paper dulls needles pretty quickly and you won't want to sew with this one on fabric).
6. I added a small label to the front of each book (found in the dollar section at Target).
All in all, a super quick project. These would be cute to tuck into a basket of nursing essentials as a baby shower gift if you know the mama is planning to breast feed.