MyMomShops Giveaway: Pottery Barn Kids First Year Frame

A few hours left to enter this giveaway! Deadline is tonight ( Sunday, April 10th) at midnight EST.

If you’ve read this blog for awhile you know that I love baby keepsake gifts, particularly those that become part of your home for years to come. When R. was about 9 months old, I received this Pottery Barn Kids Oval First Year Frame. I had spotted it in the catalog and put in a request for it as my 1st Mother’s Day gift from my husband and baby. Here is chubby baby R. helping me open my gift:


I immediately set to work filling in R’s frame up to age 9 months, and then completed it after she turned one. Three years later, I made the same frame for her little brother.

These frames are actually one of the first things moms comment on when they enter my kids’ rooms. Without fail, they say something to the effect of “Oooooh! I love that!”, followed by, wistfully, “I wish I knew how/could find the time to…do that for my child.”

Today I’m going to tell you step-by-step just how easy it is to complete a Pottery Barn Kids First Years Frame for your little one. Plus, it will be extra easy for 5 lucky MyMomShops readers who will win their own First Year Frames from Pottery Barn Kids!

Here’s what to do:

1) Get the frame as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter if your child is a newborn, or 5 years old. I firmly believe it is never too late to make baby keepsakes (an exception: baby footprint kits. A giant foot doesn’t have the same effect).

2) Start selecting pictures. This is the part that usually trips people up. My advice is *not* to choose the most “perfect” picture from each month where your baby is smiling angelically, but to choose the ones that on an emotional level you love the best because they really capture the spirit of your baby. Your child can be smiling, or crying, or making a cute infant scrunched face. It’s about all those memorable moments during that fleeting first year, so go with your gut.

3) Figure out sizing. The frame is an oval which measures 14.5″ x 17″; the oval photo openings on the First Year frame are about 3″ tall for the newborn photo, and 2″ tall for each monthly photo up to age 1. Sometimes it’s hard to tell on your computer monitor how the sizing will work out. My best tip is to go ahead and order (via Shutterfly, or Kodak Gallery, or wherever you get your prints from) your favorite photos BOTH in wallet size and 4 x 6 size. That way, you won’t be stuck with an image of Junior that is too-big or too-small for the photo openings. Give yourself some options–it is worth a few extra dollars.

4) Set aside an hour for this project. “What hour?” you laugh. Believe me, I know what you mean. Make the time late one night, or while your child is napping. Lay out the frame and your photos, and match up the photos to where you want them to appear inside the die-cut matting. I used small slivers of invisible scotch tape to “anchor” my photos to the reverse side of the matting–this way they won’t shift around once you reassemble the frame and hang it up. Then put the frame back together and secure the back with the clips provided.

5) Attach the included white grosgrain ribbon (or not) to hang it on a wall hook. I left the ribbon on for R’s version, for S’s I opted to take it off (a bit less “girly”). And this is a detail I had forgotten about: I taped the gift card from my husband and daughter to the back of the frame. I often tape cards to the back of gifts, or inside books I’ve received…I’m sentimental like that. This one is particularly poignant for me.

6) Now’s the fun part…decide where to hang it (it is a chunky frame but just requires one wall hook). Be creative. Place it in an unexpected nook in your child’s room. Or group it with other keepsakes.

Here’s how Pottery Barn Kids shows the First Year Frame on display. I don’t know about you, but my daughter’s first “nursery”–actually a walled-off dining alcove–never looked that good. But it’s all about aspiring to a certain aesthetic, right?

Here’s how R’s First Year Frame looks in her room. Not quite catalog material, but very pretty nonetheless, I’d say.




Pottery Barn Kids’s First Year Frame costs $44 (online only at Pottery Barn Kids; not in-store) and shipping is free.


Win it! FIVE MyMomShops readers will each win a First Year Frame ($44) from Pottery Barn Kids. Here are the contest rules (they have changed a bit- please read carefully!) Winners will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Monday morning, April 11th.

1) Visit Pottery Barn Kids and then leave a comment here about your favorite baby gift (it does NOT have to be the First Year Frame). Leave your comment on THIS post (click on “comments” below).
2) Post your comment by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 10th.
3) You may leave up to 4 separate entries- 1 entry with a comment as described in #1, 1 entry indicating that you “like” Pottery Barn Kids on Facebook, 1 entry indicating that you follow Pottery Barn Kids on Twitter (please provide your Twitter handle), and 1 entry indicating that you follow MyMomShops on Twitter (please provide your Twitter handle).
4) Five winners will be chosen at random (using Random.org) and announced on Monday morning, April 11th.
5) NOTE: If you wish to be contacted by e-mail if you win, please include your e-mail address in your comment. Otherwise you must check back on Monday, April 11th by 10am. If the prize is NOT claimed within 48 hours, the next random winner (using Random.org) will be contacted.

GOOD LUCK!

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155 Responses to MyMomShops Giveaway: Pottery Barn Kids First Year Frame

  1. FressenwagenDriver says:

    First Year Frame, definitely. I'd never do this on my own, but it's such a great idea.

  2. Selena @ Stoneyville says:

    I love the ceramic plates that you can personalize, that is my favorite!

  3. Selena @ Stoneyville says:

    I like pottery barn kids on Facebook

  4. Selena @ Stoneyville says:

    I already follow you on twitter @stoneyville1

  5. Julianne says:

    My favorite baby gift is the rose petal canopy :)

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  6. Julianne says:

    I liked pottery barn kids on Facebook :)

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  7. Julianne says:

    I followed pottery barn kids on twitter

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  8. Julianne says:

    Followed you on twitter :)

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  9. Nadine says:

    This frame is my favorite baby gift from PBK!

  10. Nadine says:

    I like Pottery Barn Kids on Facebook.

  11. Colleen says:

    Ny favorite is the PBKids everywhere chair. My first has one and I'm hoping the second gets one for her first birthday! I don't have the frame but would love to have one.

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  12. Cheri says:

    Such great gifts! I love the silver sentiment frames.

  13. Cheri says:

    I like Pottery Barn Kids on Facebook.

  14. susanlanai says:

    I think the Silk Trim Blanket would make a nice gift too.
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  15. susanlanai says:

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  16. susanlanai says:

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  17. Blackheart Betty says:

    I really like the Hayley crib bedding!

  18. Blackheart Betty says:

    I like pottery barn on facebook

  19. Blackheart Betty says:

    I follow pottery barn on twitter (scoffingwidow)

  20. Blackheart Betty says:

    i follow my mom shops on twitter (scoffing widow)

  21. Kathleen says:

    I'm expecting my second baby, and maybe this frame would help me keep up with taking photos!

    The Personalized Ceramic birthday plate is so cute. I love PB's things.

  22. Kathleen says:

    Facebook fan of PBK.

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  23. Kathleen says:

    Following PBK on Twitter @katydidandkid

  24. Kathleen says:

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  25. Holly says:

    I have always wanted First Year Frames for my son and daughter. Thanks!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I like the personalized ceramic plates. Thanks, Gretchen willlily@optonline.net

  27. Heather says:

    I really like this first year frame and the rectangular silver leaf frame. Such a good idea and I like that you said it's never too late.

  28. LisaFriedman says:

    I love Sophie the Giraffe, and also the multicolored Skwish. I bought both for my son. :) My e-mail is LLevenson07 at gsb dot columbia dot edu. Thanks!

  29. LisaFriedman says:

    I like PBK on Facebook.

  30. Kelly Massman says:

    Peter Rabbit™ and the Flopsy Bunnies Sound Book
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  31. Chacoy says:

    love the microfleece silk trim stroller blanket with the personalization!
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    Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. Chacoy says:

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  33. Chacoy says:

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  34. Chacoy says:

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  35. Anonymous says:

    This frame, definitely! Need it for a new baby joining the family this summer!

  36. Anonymous says:

    I like PBK on Facebook!

  37. marybelle says:

    I just adore the Personalized Ceramic Plate Collection.

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  38. AIMEE says:

    The Color Burst Squish toy is a great gift; my son loves his.
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  39. LizzieA says:

    I love the Pastel Critter Chairs, especially the Hippo!

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  40. LizzieA says:

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  41. LizzieA says:

    I follow PBK on FB!

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  42. LizzieA says:

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  43. Aimee K. says:

    I like both first year frames- this one and the silver leaf frame. I have no keepsakes for either of my kids…maybe this will give me a push!

  44. Aimee K. says:

    I "like" PBK on facebook

  45. Shooting Stars Mag says:

    i really love the Sherpa My First Hybrid Anywhere Chair

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  46. Sara says:

    I love the sleep sheep – looks so cozy!
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  47. akritical says:

    I like the Farmyard Activity Gym for a baby gift.
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  48. akritical says:

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  49. akritical says:

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  50. akritical says:

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  51. Katrina says:

    I say the anywhere chair…you can take a pic of baby in it each month to see how much bigger they got!
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  52. Kim says:

    I adore this – Farmyard Activity Gym

  53. Kim says:

    like them on FB

  54. Ashley Elaine says:

    I like the My First Anywhere Chair Collection

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  55. Anonymous says:

    I would probably put together the First Year Frame if it was a gift; not sure I would purchase it myself.

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  59. Anonymous says:

    Love the nursery horse rocker.
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  60. Anonymous says:

    I like the watering can bank!
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  61. Anonymous says:

    Just liked PBK on Facebook!
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  62. Anonymous says:

    Following My Mom Shops on Twitter (L13)!
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  63. Anonymous says:

    Following Pottery Barn Kids on Twitter now too! L13
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    Thanks for the chances!

  64. Meg says:

    I love the PBK blocks…classic and fun. You did a great job on your frame!! Thanks!!
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  65. Ursula says:

    I like the Silverleaf First Year Frame as a baby gift.

  66. Michelle says:

    I have always wanted a frame like this. My favorite PBKids item is probably the personalized baby blankets.

  67. Julie says:

    I love the sherpa chair.

  68. I'm Engaged! says:

    I have the First Year Frame and love it. My husband spent months picking out the photos!

  69. Rosanne says:

    Adorable frame. picture frames are the best baby gift. You will love them long after your kids are out of diapers. The PB Kids frames look like Heirlooms. I hope I win!!!!

  70. Deborah says:

    I LOVE the frame it'd be a great baby gift!

  71. Deborah says:

    I like PBK on facebook

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  72. Deborah says:

    I already follow you on twitter

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  73. Deborah says:

    I follow Potterybarn Kids on twitter too :)

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    twitter name is happybeyond

  74. mrsmiawallace says:

    love the first year frame and also the personalized bath towels. i love your blog!!!

  75. Julie says:

    I "liked" them on FB. Hopefully that will let me know about sale stuff.

  76. Xtina says:

    My favorite baby gift is the anywhere chair. Perhaps it is premature to get a chair for a baby, but boy he grew fast and he LOVES his chair.

  77. Xtina says:

    I like Pottery Barn kids on Facebook!

  78. Xtina says:

    I follow you on twitter @cristinaspeaks

  79. Xtina says:

    I follow Pottery Barn kids on twitter @cristinaspeaks

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  80. Ellie says:

    I follow pbk on facebook.

  81. Ellie says:

    I love the blocks.

  82. Sabrina says:

    My favorite Pottery barn gift as of yet is Sophie the Giraffe. Caitlins room is full of Giraffes and I know that when she is born she will love Sophie!!!

  83. danielle says:

    I love the Watering Can Bank.

  84. danielle says:

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  85. danielle says:

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  86. danielle says:

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  87. Anonymous says:

    By far my favorite baby gift from PBK is the stroller blanket! I got one at my shower for my daughter and now I got one a my shower for my son. It is something they will have for many many years to come.
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  88. Anonymous says:

    I like PBK on Facebook!!

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  89. Abeonde says:

    i love their everywhere chairs, but i tend to only shop the sale section at PBK – it's so pricey!

  90. Abeonde says:

    i already like PBK on facebook!

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  91. The Ashland Family says:

    The Silver First Year frame as well as the oval.
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  92. ASHURE says:

    The first year frame!
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  93. ASHURE says:

    I like Pottery barn Kids on facebook.
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  94. Brian says:

    I love the Baby Journal and baby book as a gift from PBK!

  95. Molly says:

    I love the rocking horse from PBK, but my favorite keepsake is the frame.

  96. Molly says:

    I like Pottery Barn Kids on Facebook.

  97. Molly says:

    I follow PBK on Twitter (@mollyfoggsims)

  98. Molly says:

    I follow Mymomshops on Twitter (@mollyfoggsims)

  99. Bryce Ashland says:

    I like the sleep sheep

  100. Bryce Ashland says:

    I like pottery barn kids on facebook

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  101. amber says:

    my favorite baby gift from pbk is the penelope swaddling blanket. i just ordered some last week!

  102. Amanda says:

    I lOVE PBK gifts, but my absolutely favorite one to give is the stroller blanket. It's the perfect size and so warm and cuddly. The colors are perfect for those that prefer calm over crazy.

  103. Jessica jmac678@hotmail.com says:

    I love personalized delft birth plates. Very cool!

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  104. Simone says:

    I love the personalized stroller blankets!

  105. Simone says:

    I like Potterybarn Kids on Facebook. email: bacchus.simone@gmail.com

  106. Simone says:

    I follow you on twitter. @moniebean

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  107. Simone says:

    I follow Pottery Barn Kids on Twitter. @moniebean

  108. Forget Shyness Reviews says:

    i lov ethe hipp critter collection – http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/hippo-critter-collection/?pkey=gthmcipbab

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  112. Charity says:

    I like pottery barn kids on Facebook. Would love two bean bag chairs for our school room!
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  113. Jill R. says:

    I love this idea! This is probably my favorite baby gift from Pottery Barn Kids.

  114. Drobs says:

    I love the Skip Hop Pronto Clutch as a gift – so nice to skip the diaper bag.
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  115. Drobs says:

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  116. Drobs says:

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  117. Drobs says:

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  118. Catronia says:

    My favorite Baby Git from PBK is their Silver Leaf First Year Frame.

  119. Catronia says:

    I liked Pottery Barn Kids on FB.

  120. Vanilda says:

    My favorite baby gift is "My first Nap Gift bag"

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  121. Vanilda says:

    I "like" PBK on facebook

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  122. amywarren says:

    i love the critter belly rattles!
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  123. amywarren says:

    i like pbk on facebook
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  124. amywarren says:

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  125. amywarren says:

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  126. Lauren says:

    I like PBK on FB :)

  127. Lauren says:

    I love the personalized ceramic birthday plates. My son has celebrated all 3 of his b-day's with one my Aunt (who has since passed away) got for him. It is so special to us.

  128. Lauren says:

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  129. Lauren says:

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  130. Meredith says:

    I love their crib bedding… when it's on sale, you can get a bumper and quilt for a decent price–my favorite baby gift! But I love this frame–never managed to do it for either kid, but would love to!

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  131. Amy says:

    Ah, I tried to follow pottery barn kids on twitter, but the site isn't working.
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  132. Amy says:

    Ugh, I tried to follow mymomshops on twitter but I can't get to it. I think my computer can't keep up with the updates on the site.
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  133. Bryce A. says:

    My computer isn't letting me access the site on twitter to follow mymomshops :(

  134. Bryce A. says:

    I'm not able to get through to follow pottery barn kids on twitter :(

  135. April says:

    I have these frames for my kids and am looking for a 3rd!
    My favorite item at Pottery Barn Kids has to be there letters. I have always liked theirs…

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  136. Tylerpants says:

    I love the adorable Farmyard Activity Gym! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  137. Tylerpants says:

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