If you’ve recently had a baby, are about to have a baby, or even if your child is already in preschool – this is a really awesome thing you can do to commemorate their birth and make time stand still.
The moment your baby enters this world is a special time that you’ll want to remember for years to come. A newborn time capsule is a great way to honour your baby’s birth and share with him a snapshot of that special time when he is grown.
To create your time capsule, you need to gather several things that reflect the events of the day.
Newspapers make a great addition to any time capsule. Local papers tell the story of what was happening in your community on the day he was born, while national papers provide a glimpse of then-current events. Both offer the opportunity for you to stroll down memory lane, as well as give your child a brief history lesson when the capsule is finally opened.
Money and stamps provide fun signs of the times, too. Throw in a few different coin denominations and a sheet of stamps. If possible, make a list of prices for goods and services, like milk and bread or gasoline. Whether done on the computer or simply handwritten on a sheet of paper, this is a nice addition.
You can personalize the time capsule by adding things like baby’s first picture, the outfit he wears home from the hospital and even his hospital beanie and bracelet. Take time to write a special letter welcoming your child and sharing your hopes for his future to give the capsule even more meaning.
Although my son is now 3 years old, I’ve got many of these things stashed away that I’m going to put together into a time capsule. As for the newspapers, I’ll look for news articles of the day online and print them out. You could also do a time capsule for any other special day in your child’s life, such as a milestone birthday or first day of school…whatever! It doesn’t have to be for his birth. Doing something like this is a wonderful tribute to your child and shows them how special they are to you.
You are limited only by your imagination – and the size of your capsule container. Have fun with it!