Review: My Family Photo Album by Baby GUND

We’ve been aware of photo albums for babies since before Little Miss was born. Every baby store has them, but for some dumb reason, (OK, me), we didn’t buy one until 18 months into babydom. I’m talking about albums to be used by babies, not albums to display photos of babies.

My Family Photo Album by Baby GUNDMom nagged me for months before she finally bought one for Christmas, a My Family Photo Album by Baby GUND. It is a 7×5" album which holds twelve 4×6" photos. The cover is fabric, stylized as a house, and the inside consists of simple hand washable plastic sleeves. I have no complaints.

We filled the album halfway with photos from our most recent visits with relatives. Miss loves looking at each photo, asking us to identify every face by name (by pointing and saying "that").

We made a colossal mistake with the other half of the photos, which are ones friends sent us in their holiday greeting cards. In a photo featuring two friends and their baby, we identified the people by their roles – mama, papa and baby. Little Miss quickly caught on and correctly identified the other mamas, papas and babies in the photo album.

At first, it was cute when she implemented this new knowledge in the real world. Mom is a nurse in a birth center and I regularly take Miss to visit her during her lunch hour. When a man and his 5-year-old boy walked down the hall, Miss pointed and said "Papa" and then "Baby." Yay! Great! Very cute.

Uhh, not so cute at the grocery store when she points to a lone 70-year-old stranger in the produce section and yells "Papa!" at the top of her lungs.  It seems we taught her that "papa" means "man," and "mama" means "woman."

Digital tangent: There has been some blog chatter lately about parents who use the Flickr web site to show their babies cute photos of kittens, puppies, and such. I’ve done the same with Google Images, but by far the most popular electronic photos to show Little Miss are photos of herself! I run a simple image viewer through the folder where I store her digital images. She gets very excited at seeing pictures of herself and other familiar faces.


2 Responses to “Review: My Family Photo Album by Baby GUND”

  1. micaela says:

    ok, I find myself wanting to know if Little Miss likes to put everything in her mouth still and if yes, does she do so with *this* album? do the pictures stay dry? Mr. Boy still puts everything in his mouth and some of his board books have suffered for it. So I haven’t bought him any product similar to this album for fear of water damage. I do want to give him a book full of pictures of our relatives, all of whom live 3,000+ miles away…

    January 14th, 2006 at 3:23 pm

  2. AJ says:

    Little Miss stopped mouthing objects between 12 and 14 months.

    With this photo book, I suspect Mr. Boy would suck the edges of the pages. Saliva would have to drip toward the spine and into a sleeve.

    Print your photos at home and replace them on a case by case basis. I have a low-end color laser instead of ink jet printer. The toner is less expensive and images don’t smudge when they get wet.

    One concern might be teeth. The plastic sleeves are bordered by a tight running stitch on cloth. Prolonged chewing might do some damage.

    January 14th, 2006 at 10:25 pm

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