Your child is only little for a short period of time. So, you must capture as many moments as you can so they live on for years to come. With vast technological advancements, we’ve come a long way, from taking super 8 movies to long-lasting digital captures.
So, there is a plethora of creative ideas for recording your child’s memories. Of course, photos and video will always reign supreme. But, you can take these a little further with voice recordings, hiring a photographer, and creating a scrapbook, among several others.
Videos & Photos
With every smartphone having a camera, snapping a few photos of your child or turning on the video recorder is a breeze. It’s the easiest and most convenient way to send them off to grandparents in minutes. But, if you want something more durable or higher quality, then consider hiring a professional photographer. This is a time-honored method for capturing memories of your child.
Another great thing about modern technology is the ability to create an audio recording of your child. You can record directly from the baby monitor, for example. Also, you can have your child speak into the voice recording feature on your smart device.
If your home has surveillance microphones, you can record your child during playtime or naptime. What’s great about this is that neither you nor the child is aware of the recording, which allows for the capture of very precious moments you may not get otherwise.
Journaling, Diaries & Scrapbooking
Of course, documentation is an excellent way to capture memories too. Therefore, keeping a journal, diary or scrapbook is ideal in this regard. You can buy a physical book anywhere they sell blank journals and notebooks like a craft, stationary, or even a dollar store.
You can write down the date, jot down what the child did, what your thoughts are about the situation and any subsequent results that come from it. For instance, a great entry would be if your child hated their first bath but now love bath time with a rubber ducky.
Creating scrapbooks of your child’s firsts in life is another good idea. You can put mementos, photos, drawings, and other artifacts from this time to create a picture and narrative. You can have one for their progression of mobility, starting when they crawl to when they learn to walk, run and dance.
However, there are many digital options nowadays where you can keep the journal, scrapbook, or diary stored on an external hard drive. This opens up many possibilities and gives a wider range of documentation capabilities. Take all the photos, audio, and video of your child and create a slideshow presentation with them.
Of course, not everything you collect from your child’s earliest years can go into a journal, scrapbook, or convert digitally. Things like shoes and toys simply won’t work. Therefore, creating keepsake storage or treasure box will be best to preserve these things.