Baby's Firsts — in Real Time
Some cyber-savvy parents post all of the important updates about their baby's “firsts” on a Web site designed especially for baby. All you have to do is find a host (America Online, Yahoo Groups, or your own Web hosting service) and use a template to design the Web site. Then, be sure to update baby's site regularly, keeping the memories fresh for everyone you invite to visit often.
You can accomplish a beautiful, near-professional quality Web page in a matter of minutes from good templates, and literally thousands of these are available on various Web design sites that you can find using a simple search engine. If you don't feel comfortable designing a Web site yourself, there are plenty of Web-based businesses or local Web site developers that can help you design a Web site for your baby. Use a search engine or a local phone book.
How can I add audio and/or video to my baby's Web site?
Capture coos with a digital recorder, convert the file to an mp3 format, and then upload to your site. Adding video to your site can be easily accomplished using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Flash. If you have a Mac-based system, use iLife or iMovie. You can also upload to Google Video or ???YouTube — or narrate a slideshow of photos on SnapFish.
Baby's First Blog
Creating an online diary, or blog, can be a great way to keep people posted on baby's daily milestones. Blogs are a particularly good way to communicate in near real time when you have lots of faraway friends and family, since they can create an RSS feed that populates their computer with up-to-the-minute news about all of the happenings in baby's life. Subscribers to your blog can also post their own comments, which will create even more great memories for baby once he is older.
Finding a Blogsite
You can build a blog for free using any one of several providers. The most popular at the moment are Blogger, Live Journal, and Word Press, though there are now literally hundreds of places where you can post a blog for free. Just use a good search engine and check out all of the great possibilities!