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Baby’s first birthday is a big milestone celebrated by loving parents everywhere. Even though my boys are older now, I still remember each of their first birthdays. We celebrated with small family parties at home. My oldest had a Sesame Street theme and my youngest Dr Suess. While their themes were quite different, their celebrations did have one thing in common. On each of their first birthdays I created a time capsule box to commemorate the occasion.
With the help of my family and friends, I was able to add many special items into a box that is to be opened on each of their 18th birthdays. On that day (which I hope doesn’t come too soon), we will celebrate by looking inside their individual time capsule and comparing how different life/society is now versus when they were a baby.
What to Include Inside Baby’s First Birthday Time Capsule
- Party supplies from Baby’s First Birthday (napkins, pieces of wrapping paper, deflated balloons, invitation)
- Newspaper from the day
- Popular magazines which showcase current events (People, Time, Newsweek)
- Hit List of Current Songs (we purchased an iPod and added the top 100 playlist)
- Video Game from the trendy system of the year
- Handwritten cards and notes from family members (I love that my sons have letters from my grandmother who is no longer with us)
- Favorite Family Heirlooms (grandfathers watch, recipe card from Grandmother’s kitchen)
- Photo of your Family including your current Pet
- Letter from an older sibling or a drawing if the sibling is still young
- Books with Meaning (my Dad loves The Little Engine that Could so he wrote an inscription and we put it inside the time capsule)
- Onesie or baby outfit from baby’s first birthday or year
- Coins minted in the year of baby’s birth
- Favorite toy or pacifier (that can be parted with!)
- List of most popular TV shows
- Include a US Savings Bond
- Current US Stamp
- Receipt from your most recent trip to the grocery store to compare the cost of food
- Trendy Toys (fidget spinner, squishies, other collectibles)
- Canvas with baby’s handprints or footprints
- List of the most popular baby names from the year of your child’s birth
How to Make a Time Capsule Box
Of course, there are plenty of baby time capsules available for purchase and if you are pressed for time or not very crafty, then purchasing one is probably the way to go. But I wanted a customized time capsule for my son. I used a large gift box and covered it in themed wrapping paper from his birthday party. On the top of the box I included a note card with his name, birthdate, and the year the box is supposed to be opened.
Now, I store the completed boxes inside of an extra large Ziploc Flexible Tote. They live on the top shelf of my closet for the time being. I know some people actually bury time capsules in the yard, but we have moved so many times that wasn’t really an option for my family.
Don’t forget when you are planning baby’s first birthday time capsule to include your family and friends in the process. I enclosed a sweet note with my boys’ party invitations asking everyone to please bring along an item to include in the box. This was a great idea because it saved me a lot of time. All I had to do was put everything inside the box and add any missing items from my list.
Our children grow up so fast and motherhood doesn’t really get any easier. A time capsule is a great way to always remember the baby years.
Did you make a time capsule on your baby’s first birthday? What did you include?