First Birthday Time Capsule Ideas

What would be a good thing to put in a time capsule for a little girl's first birthday?

By Jean Rounsville from Banning, CA


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November 29, 20100 found this helpful

A lock of hair
Picture of her with parents/grandparents and other relatives
A letter about how much she means to you and
tell about what she's done or places you've taken her to. Anything about her that made you laugh hard. Even the worse temper tantrum she pulled is funny or what it was over. Children love to hear about what they were like as a baby. Was she a good baby; slept well through the night; cried a lot; a sweet disposition, ate well, favorite bathtub toy; did she like dolls or stuffed animals; Each relative could add something about her from their own view point, so one day she will read about herself through the eyes of those closest to her.


Do you have a piece of clothing like a bootie or shoe she wore as an infant? It could become a keepsake or her baby spoon or a clean empty baby food jar she ate favorite food from leaving the label on the jar. (I gave two baby food jars I saved to my g.daughter when she was old enough to play with her dolls and not break the glass jar and she pretended to feed her dolls; the baby spoon was also hers) She enjoyed having those items so much.

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December 1, 20100 found this helpful

Lorelei has some great ideas. I was also thinking a newspaper either from the day she was born (you can get one from your local newspaper office's "morgue," or archive.) Another idea is to go to the website "info please" (find it by typing the phrase into your fave search engine,) and find your daughter's birth year. Print the whole page.


One more thing: if your daughter's fave toy isn't trashed or too tattered - and maybe even if it is - include that.

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December 1, 20100 found this helpful

Don't forget to put the candle from the first birthday cake in there along with a photo of her blowing the candle out and/or her eating the cake. :-) And I know it sounds weird but when she's old enough to open the time capsule she might get a real kick out of a diaper (not soiled of course - LOL) being in there. ;-)

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December 1, 20100 found this helpful

You may want to put in a favorite dress or other clothing that she liked to wear, a favorite toy, picture of a place where she felt peaceful, a picture of her with her favorite stuffy, a picture of any pets you have, pictures of her room. Hope this helps.

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December 2, 20100 found this helpful

If you have access to a video camera make a video of her and her family and relatives. It's nicer to see a video of family and relatives so she can see people she may resemble.


Pictures of her parents at her birth, and a picture of her every year she grows.

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