Wooden Baby Growth & Milestone Chart

Monday, March 10, 2014

Once Agatha was standing I wanted to start marking her height but I couldn't quite bring myself to mark up the walls nor did I really love any of the growth charts I've seen for sale.  The solution: a wood board and a sharpie.  An aged board would have been way better but I didn't have one of those handy.

WoodenGrowthChartBrooklynLimestone

Since I had lots of room, I included boxes to mark other interesting milestones and firsts for her.  The type of things that I might forget if I didn't write down and she might find interesting: countries + cities visited, halloween costumes, first words, schools, books read, etc.  I tried not to make them too baby centric so the board stays relevant for more than just the first few years.

I added a coat of Danish oil thinking it would darken up the wood but I don't love how it highlighted the grain. I probably should have just left it bare or stained it prior to writing on it but live and learn.


19 comments:

  1. This is such an awesome idea-- I have one of these in my house too but it's not near as cool as this!

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  2. What a beautiful and simple way to capture your daughter's growth! And your handwriting is amazing. Great job!

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  3. That is so perfect. Love it!

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  4. I've seen growth charts done before, but THIS is amazing! From the fonts to the milestone boxes. I am in love with this project.

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    1. Thanks so much Mindy. I almost wasn't going to share it because it didn't turn out quite like I wanted but reading that makes me feel good.

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  5. This looks SO great! I love the addition of all of the milestone boxes. What a treasure it will be when she grows up!

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  6. What a truly unique and wonderful way to track Agatha's growth....and she's such a happy girl!

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  7. Wish you would sell these on Etsy! Love the fonts. This seems so much more personable than the things I've being seeing.

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    1. You should try one yourself. Its all by hand so lots of squiggly lines and imperfect shapes but I knew that going in. If you wanted something more perfect you could painters tape to keep your lettering and boxes straight.

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  8. Love this growth chart! It is absolutely fabulous!

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  9. This is such an innovative take on a growth chart! I love it.

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  10. This is SUCh a fantastic idea, Stefanie! I've been looking forever for a growth chart I actually like. LOVE, love, love this.

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  11. That looks so nice..I'm interested what stuff you all write down? What does the big numbers 0 to 5 mean? Or could you tell all sections?

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    1. The numbers are for photos of her at each age. (you can see i haven't gotten around to putting those on). The rest of the sections are:

      Milestones: First crawls, steps, walks, first day home, first words, etc.

      Adventures: Countries and cities visited, first plane/train/boat ride, amusement parks, etc

      Education: School name, date, etc, first book read, first scribbles, etc

      Celebrations: Santa sightings, halloween costumes, birthday parties

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  12. That is gorgeous! Both the growth chart and Agatha. I wish I'd seen this earlier and now our kids are 5-3 and all we have are measurements from the doctor's visits.

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  13. Did you stain this before or after you added your sharpie?
    I love this.

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