Activity #269: Email your baby

There’s been some talk in the blogosphere about babies born with URLs already reserved for them. That’s fine and all, but there’s a reason to get your pre-reading child online that’s not just about reserving his or her Internet real estate. If you sign your kid up for an email address, you can send messages to his or her future self.

All those things that you aren’t writing in the baby book are candidates for an email to your child’s future inbox.

  • Dear Julian, today you threw a tantrum like none other I have seen. You have impressed me.
  • Dear Julian, today you said “Mama” in a way that told me you knew exactly how to use that word.
  • Dear Julian, I’m on my first business trip away from you, and it’s not half-bad.

Let’s face it, handwriting in baby books is old school. Screen-based communication is what our kids are going to expect. This is how their lives will be documented. Of course blogging about them is another choice.

If you are commited to the paper-based method, you can check baby’s inbox from time to time and print your messages out. Or, just wait. When these guys are old enough to open their inbox, they can read all the notes you wanted to send them when they were too young to understand. And hopefully, they won’t see your name in the “From” line and click “This is spam.”

For those of you considering the URL option, just remember that you may have another child someday and is going to make a lot more sense than when Owen’s little sister comes along.