If baby milestone cards were made for mums…

May 12, 2015

Baby milestone cards for mums

Who’s seen baby milestone cards? They’re the cards that capture significant events in a baby’s first year – each weekly and monthly birthday, that all-important first smile or those initial wobbly Bambi-zombie steps, for example – that you use in a photo of your child taken when each  event happens.

As well as being cute Insta-fodder and a socially acceptable excuse for some stealth baby spamming, the card / picture combo is also perfect for exhausted parents for whom memory recall might just be a bit, well, cloudy later on (“When did you roll over? Of course I know! I do! Hmmm….oh wait, let me check my photos“).

But as developmentally speedy as this time is for babies, the post-birth first six months and year is also pretty busy for parents. It’s packed with significant and slightly smaller mum- memories and milestones, both brilliant and not-so-bad. So why don’t they make these cards for grown-ups, too? Come on marketeers! It’s an idea just crying out to happen.

So if baby milestone cards were made for the first year of motherhood, what would yours say? Here’s a couple of slightly alternative suggestions from me:

  1. I pushed something the size of *that* out of *there* and was home in time for dinner
  2. Today I sat down without wincing (hello, painkillers)
  3. I spent X hours staring at my baby in awe and wonder and am not even sorry
  4. Today my partner went back to work and I survived alone with two children and only made five frantic phone calls and 20 panic texts
  5. Fitted into my pre-baby jeans
  6. Fitted into my pre-baby jeans AND did the button up
  7. Today I had two hours of broken sleep and was up at 5am…coffee?
  8. Today I slept for five hours in one go and am winning at life
  9. Totally did that thing again that that catapulted us into babydom in the first place
  10. First night out post-baby!
  11. First post-baby hangover…day 2
  12. Today I mainly looked forward to my end-of-the-day wine
  13. I kept a small person alive for X days / weeks / months using the power of my boobs, and cake
  14. Today my child said what maybe, possibly, could have been ‘mama’, and I cried like a baby
  15. Today I did…what again?

What would yours say? Answers on a (post) card please, or in a photo, posted on a social network…x

Make sure you also read my post on things’s they DON’T tell you in NCT classes, an ode to all the less-than-perfect mums and why my mobile makes me a better mum


  • Kiran

    May 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Yes, yes yes! So funny 🙂 I think you need to trademark this idea and make them! XX

    1. gillian

      May 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Can you imagine?! It might just be my one big idea…x

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    May 12, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Haha so true! Love the cards too, perfect for some Instagramming indeed! x

  • Charlene

    May 12, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    These need to be made! Kickstarter?! Mine would say ‘I’ve got make up on!!’

  • polly

    May 13, 2015 at 8:41 am

    love these!!!! mine would say “survived another day with four small terrrors” :p

  • Kirstin

    May 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Ate a meal without having to breastfeed a baby at the same time.

  • Lulastic

    May 14, 2015 at 2:03 am

    How about “Today I wore an ACTUAL bra that held my boobs up, rather than a maternity bra!”

  • Emma Clement

    May 14, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Mine would say … Today I got to go to the toilet all by myself!

    Emma xx

  • katie albury

    May 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Such a brilliant idea! Mine at the moment would be “I sat on the bed of two hours feeling baby kick instead of doing housework” and “Yes I ate half a jar of Nutella today and feel no guilt whatsoever!” x

  • Kathryn (@KatGotTheCream)

    May 17, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Oh those cards are ace and I wish I’d had them with my 3 as i really struggle to remember milestones now (bad mama). Plus your suggestions are great!! X

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  • Lesley

    August 27, 2015 at 7:05 am

    I would have totally bought these. You need to get them into production!! I think they’d be a big hit!

    1. gillian

      September 14, 2015 at 8:57 am

      What would yours say? 🙂 x

  • twolittlemisters

    September 9, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Fab and funny post! Mummy Milestone cards definitely need to be a thing! 😀

    1. gillian

      September 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm

      We should SO make them 😀 x

  • Jenny Baker

    September 15, 2017 at 7:54 am

    This is such a great idea, I can’t believe no one has done this before!

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