Filling Out Your Baby Book: What Happened in Baby’s World (2008 Edition)

You ‘ve been asking and we are always happy to oblige. We at Babysakes  are always keen to help out new moms – especially when it means doing the research so you can fill out those Baby’s World pages in your fabulous  Baby Book from!

So here we go with the wonderful topsy-turvy year 2008 – just choose the key bits that you would like to add to your baby memory book:

World Leaders:

  • President George W. Bush – USA
  • Prime Minister Gordon Brown – UK
  • President Hu Jintao – China
  • President Pratibha Patil  – India
  • Prime Minister Kevin Michael Rudd – Australia
  • Prime Minister Nicolas Sarkozy – France
  • President Horst Kohler – Germany
  • President Dmitry Medvedev- Russia

Top Stories of 2008

Near financial collapse, the US Government came to the aid of some of the historically most financially solvent institutions. Because of the sub-prime mortgage debacle, many banks found themselves out of cash.  Those that weren’t gobbled up by their former competitors, were left floundering. Lehman Brothers was allowed to fail, but Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG were helped out by taxpayers. By the end of the year, consumer spending was at record declines, home values continued to plummet and joblessness on the rise.

Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States in an historic victory that brought the United States its first African-American President. In an equally historic democratic primary, Obama defeated Hillary Clinton for the nomination after a 50-state caucus. On the right, Alaska governer Sarah Palin energized the ticket headed by John McCain in the Republican nomination. The long and hard-fought election also showed a marked generational shift in American Politics with the Internet, mobile phones and social networking being used to rally support for candidates.

For three days in November  Mumbai, the financial and movie capitol of India, was held hostage by 10 armed men. The tourism center was hit hardest with hotels and restrants becoming sites of unbelievable carnage.

The term “Made in China” brought about a great deal of fear in the minds of consumers as the chemical melamine was found in food products given to animals and humans and high levels of lead in children’s toys brought about new consumer saftey standards.

Top Selling Music Albums of 2008

1. As I Am – Alicia Keys

2. Noel – Josh Groban

3. Tha Carter III – Lil Wayne

4. Long Road Out of Eden – Eagles

5. Taylor Swift – Taylor Swift

6. Rock N Roll Jesus – Kid Rock

7. Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends – Coldplay

8. Now 26 – Various Artists

9. Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood

10. The Ultimate Hits – Garth Brooks

Top Grossing Movies of 2008:

1. The Dark Knight

2. Iron Man

3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

4. Hancock


6. Kung Fu Panda

7. Twilight

8. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

9. Quantum of Solace

10. Horton Hears a Who!

Highest Paid Actors of 2008:

1. Will Smith

2. Johnny Depp

3. Eddie Murphy

4. Mike Myers

5. Leonardo Dicaprio


1. Angelina Jolie

2. Cameron Diaz

3. Jennifer Aniston

4. Keira Knightly

5. Jennifer Lopez

Best Sellers of 2008:

(Non Fiction)

1. The Forever War by Dexter Filkins

2. The Thief at the End of the World by Joe Jackson

3. The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder

4. The World Is What It Is by Patrick French

5. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale


1. 2666 by Roberto Bolaño

2. Lush Life by Richard Price

3. Lush Life by Richard Price

4. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

5. Unaccustomed Earth Jhumpa Lahiri


1. The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman

2. Big Words for Little People by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell

3. Bats at the Library, Written and illustrated by Brian Lies

4. Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

5. Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert

Top 10 Highest Rated Television Shows of 2008:

1. American Idol Tuesday (Fox) 2. American Idol Wednesday (Fox) – 15.3%
3. Dancing with the Stars (ABC) – 4. Dancing with the Stars Results (ABC) – 11.4%
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
6. NBC Sunday Night Football (NBC)
7. CSI (CBS)
9. 60 Minutes (CBS)
10. Survivor: Gabon

What Things Cost in 2008

Gallon of Milk: $3.72

Gallon of Gas: At its highest it was $4.20 for regular unleaded.

Loaf of Bread: Approximately $1.59

Movie Ticket: Average price $7.20

College Education: Private – $25,143 per year Public: $6,585  per year.

House: $206, 200(Median Home Price)

Car: About  25,000 to 35,000 for a moderately priced new car or SUV.

Diapers: Approximately 18 to 28 cents a diaper.

Babysitter: Approximately $12 – 15 an hour for someone over age 18.

Sunday Paper: Average price $2.50 to 3.00 or free online.

Postage Stamp:  42 cents

As always, let us know if there is any more information you need in the comments. We are happy to oblige.


  1. you missed the average cost of a computer

  2. i am wondering how much a jar of baby food cost in 2008

  3. sports stars of 2008 and also fashions and fads

  4. I need a price for a new computer and a family vacation

  5. This is a wonderful website. I was able to fill in a lot of blanks in my daughter’s baby book. It does however ask for sports figures and fashion trends in her book. Is it possible for me to get that info??

  6. I was so excited to find this sight, it was super helpful in filling in my baby’s book! I do have a couple blank spots if anyone could help out for 2008 information… a cotton shirt, a computer, and a family vacation… thanks so much!!

  7. also fashion trends too… sorry

  8. what about sports heroes, fashion trends, latest dances, and musicals?

  9. ok just kidding i see it up here. thanks!!

  10. I would also like to know average computer cost, and average family vacation cost.

  11. Cotton shirt
    Family vacation
    Monthly rent or mortgage

  12. This is great! When will I be able to view the same facts for 2009? My daughter’s baby book also asks for fashion trends and a jar of baby food. I can’t wait to add your info to her book!

    Thanks so much!

  13. this is great. i’ve been looking for some of this stuff on the internet. i’m trying to fill out my son’s book. he was born in oct 2009. i’m waiting on the 2009 info.

  14. Thanks so much for this info! How about the price of a candy bar?

    This website is really helpful!

  15. What about stats for 2009? My baby was born in Dec ’09, and I can’t find the stats I need anywhere. This is a great site that lists everything I need, just not for the year I need. So, is there any chance 2009 will be posted soon? Thanks,

  16. can you publish this information for babies born in
    2009? Thanks!

  17. thanks for the info!
    i still need popular cars, fashion trends and cost of computer and family vacation. thanks!

  18. Hello…when will the 2009 edition of Filing out your baby book be coming out!? Love your site! :)

  19. Do you have current infor for my child born in 2010

  20. Michelle says:

    Do you have any information on fashion trends?

  21. I love this information…it really helped fill out my son’s baby book. When will you have this information available for 2004?

  22. carmen c. says:

    i wanted to know if you could please help me with finding everything that happened in 2004 and the prices of everything that you can think of. thank you in advance i have a 5 year old, a 4 year old, and a 2 year old and i’m making their books so that they may keep them and someday do the samething for their children.

  23. Hoping you will post one for 2009. So helpful. Thanks!!

  24. This was VERY helpful and saved me alot of time and run-around. Thank you!!!

  25. Jenn Anderson says:

    This is exactly what I am looking for, however it’s a little old. My son was born April 14 2009, anyone know where I can find that info??

  26. Marlea Barr says:


    Do you have this list of information for 2009?


  27. I’m looking for the following bits of info please; Fashion Trends, Famous Sports Figures, Technological advances and the cost of a computer? Thank you very much

  28. I need the price of a jar of baby food. And i also in fashion. thank you very much

  29. can you do one for 2010 pls

  30. Are these prices in Us dollars?

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