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Baby Milestone Cards

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What are baby milestone cards?

Baby milestone cards were new to me until quite recently.  I’ve played cards, and I certainly know about baby milestones.  I even wrote about them. Still, I didn’t know what baby milestone cards were until recently.  They’re a record of the first appearance of a new milestone.

It turns out that my wife had the idea to do something similar to milestone cards with our own kids.  We would write our child’s age on a slip of paper and put the slip in the scene we photographed.  Here’s my son Sam at one year.  1-yr-old with hand-lettered milestone cardHow do we know his age?  That’s his age on the slip of paper in the picture.  It’s by the wagon tire.

Actually, we were systematic and tried to take a photo with an age card every month.  We called them month-a-versary pictures.  I guess they were age cards.

Too bad we didn’t think of marketing fancier versions of milestone cards on Amazon.  If we had, we’d be rich.  Hmm…probably not.

Having a visual sign in a photo is a very good idea.  The first appearance of a new milestone reveals a new accomplishment.  And what parent doesn’t want a record of them?  Put Baby’s age in pictures and videos of your child displaying a new achievement.  You’ll be glad you did.

Create milestone cards from existing photos

Have baby a good picture with no age displayed?  No worries.  Just enter the date of the picture in our record form, which has links to online age calculators.  Use the photograph’s date and the calculator to get Baby’s age in weeks or months.  Then edit the picture to add Baby’s age to the photo’s caption or title.  Voila!  You have a milestone card.

Prepare for future milestones

Want to be ready for a yet-to-appear milestone?  Check out the milestone firsts for what you can expect in future months. The firsts tool will help if you want to create milestone cards.  It’s included with a Catalog subscription.  Learn about it here.

 

Why record baby milestones?

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Should you keep a record of baby milestones?

Isn’t recognizing a new milestone enough?  Why record it?  A record of baby milestones is important and valuable for several reasons.

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The pleasure of spotting a milestone is fleeting.  A record of it is more lasting evidence of your baby’s developmental progress.

You will forget a lot about the blur of baby care.  Believe me.  A record of baby milestones will offset your failing memory.

A detailed milestone history can be a valuable part of your child’s health record.  It can flesh out the bare bones of a doctor’s record of infant development.

Lastly, a milestones record can make an amusing gift to the older child. It’s fun to remind your child of the strange creature they were as an infant.

You’ll have lots of questions.  What should I watch for?  When?  Which milestones occur when baby is on their back?  On their stomach?  What are the details of the Superhero milestone?

The Catalog tools will help answer the questions. The tools include a recording form and many more details than the names and drawings provide. Learn more here.

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Can you trust Kidtogeny?

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That’s an important and good question.  The answer is, Yes.  To see how I keep Kidtogeny trustworthy, keep reading.

I prevent eavesdropping

Messages between me and you are protected with a method called https.  Sites that use this secure method have an https (not http) at the beginning of their web address.  A green padlock icon by the address box is a sign of this method. Look at the address bar in your browser, and you should see something like the following examples.

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That green padlock is important.  Watch for it.

Your information is protected

I take other security steps.  I host Kidtogeny on Google cloud servers located in the European Union. EU-based servers must meet strict data protection rules.  Also, Google operates on its own global network rather than on the public internet for transmission of information between data centers. This means your information is more secure when it travels across the internet.

Bad guys are tireless, so staying safe is an ongoing task.  I use a web security service that regularly scans Kidtogeny for web safety issues.  They notify me if any new threat appears.  If there is a threat, I immediately fix it.

You can trust me

I’m Warren Eaton, and Kidtogeny is my baby.  I may make a mistake, but I won’t intentionally mislead you.

For more about me, start here and check my academic resume.  I’ve worked as a developmental psychologist with the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba for over 40 years.  To check on my existence, call them at (204) 474-9338.  I’m who I say I am.  You’ll get accurate and useful developmental information from me and Kidtogeny.

Questions or comments?  Send me a message.

Warren

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Watching for milestones and bird watching

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Is bird watching like milestone watching?

Watching for milestones and bird watching have much in common. For both:

  • Milestones and birds are easily missed; they come and go.
  • Little happens for long periods of time; you need patience.
  • You may be sleepy when your target is active.
  • Your view may be blocked.
  • It’s hard to find the time to watch.

Such difficulties are forgotten when you finally see a new bird or milestone.

A good field guide helps

Birders use field guides that describe each bird.  Such guides are portable and practical. They allow for record keeping.

Bird books differ in a major way: some use photographs, whereas others rely on drawings.  As a novice birder you need to decide which to use.

Are photos or drawings better?

Most birders prefer drawings.  Surprised?  Why would  drawings be better?  Experienced bird artists create drawings that are simple. They emphasize defining features.  They omit unimportant details.  Such simplification is hard to accomplish with photographs.

Wild birds are — let’s be honest here — flighty.  Like babies, birds don’t hold still.

Camouflaged by dappled shadows and light, birds hide in plain sight.  That makes the photographer’s task very difficult.

I tried both types of bird books, and I always preferred the drawings.  I applied that to milestones descriptions.

The Catalog is a field guide for baby milestones

drawing of milestone in Kidtogeny CatalogThe Catalog artist highlighted the important and left out the irrelevant. Her drawings will help you see the key features of each milestone.

If you haven’t done so already, look at all the milestone drawings.

Developmental Milestones

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Ever see these infant developmental milestones?

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Why you need a list of baby milestone illustrations

The above drawings show 9 pre-walking baby achievements. You’ve probably seen your baby reach one or more of them.

There are nearly 50 more that can you can see  — if you know what to watch for.  That’s why you need a list of infant milestone drawings.   It’s very satisfying to see your wee one master a new skill and the list will make you smile — repeatedly.

A printed list of infant developmental milestones is very handy.  Keep it in that messy spot where all the important stuff ends up.  Then, when you see Baby do something new, consult the list of drawings to see if a new milestone has been reached.  Progress is exciting, and you’ll want to watch for other, unreached milestones.

Get the full list of milestone illustrations

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  • a link to see all the drawings online, and
  • access to download the full list of drawings.

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If you’re interested, here is more information about the source of this information and the trustworthiness of this site.

Why the name Kidtogeny?

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Why the name Kidtogeny?

The name Kidtogeny is odd and hard to spell, right?  What was I thinking?  Well, it’s not as crazy as it looks.

I created it from two other words, kid and ontogeny.

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Of course you know the word kid, but what’s the deal with ontogeny?  It’s defined as the development of an individual organism. Put the two together, and you have a unique word about kids’ development.

If you like math, Kidtogeny = Kid + (ontogeny – on).  It’s easy to pronounce when you know it’s kid + togeny because you know to break between d and t.

Why bother to create a new word?

I needed a unique address for my website, and no one had taken Kidtogeny.  I liked its uniqueness, and its additive meaning is just right.

There are tools for helping you watch for child and baby milestones.  Check them out.