Making a time capsule is a perfect way to help let your baby know, when he or she is much older, what things were like when he or she was born. You can purchase time capsule kits, or you can just make one for yourself.
The first item you should include should be newspaper articles from the day of your baby's birth. While you may not be able to get to a newspaper, you should be able to pull up stories online. Include a few of the major headlines and then some smaller stories that give a flavor of the times. You also should include a card of leaders. You will want to put the nation's president, as well as other popular leaders, entertainers, and athletes. Let your child look back and see who was big then.
Also try to include some fun things, like a grocery receipt. Your child will be able to look back and see how much a gallon of milk cost 18 years ago. It will be fun for you, too, to look through the old stuff with your child. You can include lists of prices for popular items, such as sneakers and gasoline.
Write something to tell your child what the world was like. You can include how you live, where you live, and the current political climate. Include popular debates, what kinds of entertainment are popular, and how you live your day-to-day life. Don't forget to include pictures! You will want to let your little one in on what your house looked like, how you and your partner look, and how she or he looked as a little squirt.
You also will want to include in your time capsule a few items that represent your world. Toss in one of Dad's ties or a pair of pants you've worn recently. Include other items, such as restaurant menus, or festival line-ups. You can put other items that will show your child what you were like, such as a DVD or CD that you enjoy.
After you put everything together, put it in a keepsake box or tin that will not get damaged by prying fingers and eyes or by sitting for 18 years. Expect everything to be yellowed when you open it, but it should all still be intact. Write on the outside of the time capsule who it is for and the date on which it can be opened. That way you won't accidentally open it before it's time.
It will be fun to open this time capsule when your baby grows up. You can all be reminded of what life was like today when you have moved on. If you want to add to the capsule, you can write your baby a letter on each birthday and include it. That way, your grown-up baby can see what you would have said to him or her at 2, 3, or 4 years old. These time capsules create great memories for your family for years to come.
By Julia Mercer