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How to Care for Your Baby Book

Step 1

Avoid using PVC plastic, paper clips, rubber bands, acidic envelopes and sleeves, rubber cement and adhesive tape in your baby book, as they deteriorate and interact poorly with paper.

Step 2

Avoid overstuffing the book or to putting thick items between pages. This damages the binding. Place acid-free tissue between the pages to keep the pages from staining each other.

Step 3

Stand books upright on flat, smooth shelves. If the shelves are of untreated wood, which releases acidic vapors, line the shelves with acid-free board. Store heavy, oversized books flat or spine-down with upright support on either side.

Step 4

Consider storing your baby book in a buffered, acid-free box. The box will help protect the book and any enclosed items. They can be custom-fitted from high-quality materials or purchased in standard sizes.

Step 5

Store baby books in a cool, dry place that is out of direct sunlight and where air can circulate freely. Garages and attics get too hot and the temperature changes too much. The best place to store your baby book is in an air-conditioned closet or room where the average temperature is 68 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Avoid storing your baby book in a damp area, such as a basement or under pipes and plumbing. High humidity encourages mold growth and can swell the materials. Water leaks can also cause damage.

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