We checked in with a couple of local parents who also run their own businesses here in BC and asked them about making memories with their little ones.
“Instil a love for reading”
From a very young age, probably around 10-12 months old, we would make it our daily routine to sit down with some books to read together after lunch, just before nap time. Especially with my firstborn, when we had so much time to spend together, I really wanted to instill a love for reading in my kids. It was so special to sit together for some quiet time looking at books! - Marina Baerg , Owner at Puddle Jump Designs
“Take them to your favourite place”
Do you have a favourite cafe? A festival you go to every year? How about a hike you take every summer? Your life will change so much once baby comes and for some parents, that can lead to extreme case of FOMO. So, my solution is bring baby. Yes, you will have to modify (no 3 day treks over exposed alpine to start) but you will make some really great memories together as a new family unit. - Jen Hewitt Founder of Clipsake
“Go to a place that makes their eyes light up!”
These are the activities they will love & be rewarding for both of you. Says Angelisa Edwards of Feelin' it Decals, "One activity that sticks out in my mind is watching my little girl laugh and giggle as we played in the waves at Tofino. This was truly a magical time."
“Everything. Record everything.”
I constantly watch all of my videos of my little girl and it makes me so happy. -Angelisa - Feelin' it Decals
“Get the giggles!”
One video that we constantly go back to is a clip of our oldest son getting the giggles when he was about a year old. That deep-from-the-belly baby giggle always makes us smile and takes us back to those pure and innocent baby days! Marina - Puddle Jump Designs
In fact, we planned a home birth but things didn't end up that way. So, we cherish the video clip of our son leaving the hospital and getting his first breath of fresh winter air. The sun is shining and he looks so very small. That video clip reminds me of how excited/nervous/hopeful I felt at that very moment - we were bringing our litte guy home & our lives were about to change forever". Jen - Clipsake
Because we edit baby video footage here at Clipsake, we have a good idea of what makes some great keepsake video footage. Here are a few of our favourites.
Wearing an item of your clothing. Glasses, your hat, your shoes. YES! You will have a great reminder of that hat you bought at a thrift shop & wore to every festival for the last 5 years, but as a bonus - who doesn' t love a baby in an oversized ... anything?!
Wearing a special outfit Whether they are dressed up to attend a wedding or for trick-or-treating, you spent time and effort finding and wiggling their little body into that outfit - you might as well remember what they looked like in it ;)
Bath time (first, 3months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months) It's a great progression to see them go from passive bather to active splish-splashy participant & it makes a great video montage!
Reading a book with loved ones We love using the audio of a parent reading a book as part of the soundtrack to a keepsake video. To capture the best audio - get really, really close. Don't worry if that video isn't great. Remember that the audio can be seperated from the video during editing.
Time lapse of baby attempting to roll over/crawl/stand-up Setting up your phone to record for a few minutes of this effort makes for a heart-warming and down right hillarious time lapse when we speed up the footage. To avoid recording shaky footage, its best to use a little tripod for longer shots like these.
In the stroller or carrier from 3 different perspectives (inside the stroller looking up at you, from a bench as you walk by, from the handle looking in at baby) These shots are best done when you're out with your partner or a stroller walking group so you can get some help grabbing some of these angles.
Eating - get the reactions The squeals of joy, the squacks of confusion and the contorted faces babies pull when eating are priceless and VERY difficult to capture properly with photographs. So, start rolling before offering baby their dinner.
Finally, just to fill you adventure loving new parents with hope, Angelisa who adores outdoor activities like surfing and snowboarding introduced her daughter to her passions. At 18 months, she snowboarded without bailing! And just check out this pic of her ready to hit the surf with her Mom!
p.s - we've also got some technical tips for filming baby with your smartphone here.