Watching your kids grow up is wonderful, but for many parents, seeing the passage of time so clearly can be a little bittersweet.Of course, watching them grow and experience new things is exciting, but holding onto the memories of their babyhood is also important.So instead of snapping a million photos, why not create something truly personal that will last for years — maybe even generations!Artists and crafters on Etsy are helping parents and grandparents preserve memories of babyhood by turning babies’ belongings into one-of-a-kind works of art.We’ve seen artists turn kids’ doodles into stunning pieces of personalized jewelry, but maybe you’d like something a little cuddlier that a baby can appreciate, too!That’s where Memory Bears come in.Made from onesies and blankets that have become too small, or too worn to donate, these handcrafted plush toys hold special memories for parents and children alike, and can be enjoyed for years. They can even be passed down to the next generation for even more snuggles, too!Check out some of the many Memory Bears (and other animals, too) that you can find on Etsy. And if you’re crafty, you can even try your hand at this yourself!
Each artist has their own unique style and approach to creating the bears, too, so you’ll see a variety of faces and body shapes, but they’re all very sweet! This style features jointed limbs so the bear can be posed.